Suffer for Fashion

Prada FW08
February 29, 2008, 1:14 pm
Filed under: collections, Designers, Prada, Trends

I love Prada. Most of the time the collection isn’t easy for me to digest, but Miuccia has this amazing ability to innovate and predict. Even when I see a Prada collection for the first time and think huh?? (FW07 anyone?) it never fails to grow on me. But this collection was immediately likeable. The way she treated all the lace was great because it was kind of dark and masculine but didn’t even reach the point of being gothic. And suddenly I want blue lace. And there was more of that modern minimalism we’ve been seeing all over the place. Also I loved the plastic ruffle necklaces. So bold but not in-your-face. I’m a jewelry designer (a rather bad one) more than anything else so I always love to see awesome jewelry on the runway.


Sorry, London
February 22, 2008, 7:59 am
Filed under: collections

I’m so behind I don’t have time to write individual thoughts about London Fashion Week, so instead I will compose a prose poem about it. Be warned, I’m an awful writer. Here goes nothing.

Kristopher Kane sheer and noisy no more neon colors I guess. So intricate with lace and prints blurring by Erdem. Not so much for Louise Goldin, it was more like space eskimos from the queen of sweater dressing. Luella kept it young and quirky with her witches dressed in checker prints and knitted hats. And then there was Marios Schwab, who drew long lines and cut out holes to textures that oozed out from underneath dresses like snakes. Neon insanity reigned at House of Holland with plaid antlers on Agyness and…a plaid eye patch?

Ok, scratch that. That wasn’t a prose poem, it was just a bunch of words.

Zac Posen FW08
February 21, 2008, 7:52 pm
Filed under: collections, Designers, Zac Posen

I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone this, but Zac Posen got me into fashion. A little random, I know. But before I had discovered Lanvin, Balenciaga, Prada, Chanel, etc. I stumbled randomly upon Zac Posen’s fall 2004 collection. I must have been a freshman in high school. I think it was probably the first whole show I had ever seen, and suddenly I loved clothes. My style has changed a lot since then, so I’m not so obsessed with him anymore, but I have to give him a lot of credit for getting me into all of this. Unfortunately, this collection seems a little out of place to me. It seemed almost too…childish. I’ve never been a bib-front person, and there were lots of them on the runway, and they made me scrunch up my nose inside. There were some pretty pieces, and definitely some great tailoring. Like most (all?) Zac Posen’s collections it was pretty flamboyant, which was kind of not in keeping with the movement towards more simplicity that’s been floating around the collections. I’m hoping Zac will catch on a little.

Marc Jacobs?
February 20, 2008, 9:48 am
Filed under: collections, Designers, Marc Jacobs

Soo…the Marc Jacobs show confused me. So this is not a real post. I don’t know what to think about it. Do I like it? It does make me feel kind of warm and fuzzy outside, and I can really see how he was thinking about comfort and safety. But I still have to think this one over.

3.1 Phillip Lim FW08
February 20, 2008, 9:15 am
Filed under: collections, Designers, phillip lim

I have some mixed opinions about Phillip Lim’s fall collection. I do like the move towards a more refined approach to fashion, but this season’s collection seemed a little…old. The silhouettes were pretty conservative, and most of the pieces were relatively tame. I really liked the 2007 fall collection, and this one just didn’t seem as fun and immediately wearable as that one. I did really like Irina’s little leater jacket with maxi dress. Transparency is a trend I’m really loving, and that dress seems more like the polished but not too stuffy prettiness I’m used to seeing from Phillip Lim. I haven’t yet mustered the courage to wear a maxi dress like that. It’s pretty hard to find flattering ones, especially since I’m pretty tiny. All in all I’m a little disappointed with this collection. There. A collection I’m not so excited about.

Rodarte FW08
February 20, 2008, 7:39 am
Filed under: collections, Designers, Rodarte

I bow down to the Mulleavy sisters. I know, I know, don’t I have anything bad to say about the fall collections? I suppose, but I’m not really into being all negative. I don’t often feel like writing about things I dislike. Seems unpleasant. I already spend lots of time thinking about or talking about other unpleasant things. There’s too much unpleasantness around anyway. In any case, I loved the new Rodarte collection. I like that it’s like a natural evolution of the spring collection, which in a way is refreshing. A lot of time designers take new seasons as a chance to take their work in a new direction, but I loved Rodarte’s spring collection, so I was glad to see them travel along the same path. The combination of tough and soft was gorgeous, with the spiked gloves and intensely awesome shoes alongside gathered tulle dresses and spider-webby knits. They referenced Japanese horror films in an unexpected and not-so-obvious way, which was great. The blood-red was deliciously gory. They are definitely incredibly talented.

Proenza Schouler FW08
February 20, 2008, 7:27 am
Filed under: collections, inspiration, Proenza Schouler

I love Proenza Schouler. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are just full of surprises. What grabbed me immediately were the colors. The colors just latched on and wouldn’t let go. That’s saying a lot, considering I enjoy wearing mostly black, grey, and navy blue. The dresses were pretty, and, just like everything else, beautifully constructed. I loved the pants and coats, too. Basically I approve. I am on a serious search for colored pumps now.