Archive for category Fall 2012
It’s been a long time since my last post, but I am surprised at how The Row for fall 2012 has lingered in my memory. There has been much made of seasonless dressing, but this collection for The Row is the most natural expression of that idea I’ve seen to date. A quick glance at the pictured look gives the impression of a warm-weather outfit, but another second longer and the fur registers. I’m not proposing that this is a practical look for anyone other than women like the Olsens themselves. However, for the rest of us, I think it adds new possibilities for the mixing of styles we do in our own wardrobes.
A Sunday treat for you all. I asked my friend Cherry to break-down the model situation as part of the NYC fashion week coverage for basicallyclothed.com.
Thanks to Lisa for inviting me to come give my completely unqualified opinion on New York Fashion Week! Or rather, on its models. Or rather, on runway models in general, because this is what makes fashion weeks so great: they’re such the complete antithesis of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show that any regular woman who watches the latter and feels even a pinprick of low-self-esteemy-oh-man-I-wish-I-looked-like-THAT business should turn the TV off, turn the interwebs on, and check out some footage of actual runway models stomping up and down actual runways. Yes, they are tall. Yes, they are skinny. And some of them are gorgeous, and a few of them are indeed Victoria’s Secret models as well, but a lot of them? Are totally not cute. So not cute that any normal dude would go “ugh” if you showed them a picture (try it!). So not cute that if you knew them in real life, you wouldn’t be scared they’d steal your boyfriend because the last time you checked, your boyfriend wasn’t into six-foot-one lesbian vampires. So not cute that the first words that spring to mind when looking at some of them aren’t “professional model” but rather: “Oscar Wilde,” “the Chris Kattan SNL character that ate the apples and spit them out all over the place,” or “female version of Landry from Friday Night Lights.” (And yes, I have specific models in mind when I’m saying these things, and yes, you win a prize* if you can guess them all.) So the next time you wistfully think “man, I wish I looked like a model,” think again (or at least be more specific). Because you might be wishing for that thing from “Splice.”
*the prize is me going “wow, that person knows a lot about obscure runway models!” and then proceeding as normal with my day
What a great fall collection for Rodarte, one of their most wearable yet. The details are amazing per usual, but the silhouettes are pared down this season and the layering has been restrained. Plus I love the illusion netting that links the collar and the back detail on this dress together. It’s reminiscent of Alber Elbaz’s early days at Lanvin and Miu Miu’s peter-pan collars, but seamlessly blends into the Rodarte world. Plus, I think strapless dresses, while flattering, can be terribly difficult to navigate in real life, so I like the thought behind attaching it all together. I think it all works for a covetable collection of clothes.
Thomas Iannaccone, WWD
Olivier Theyskens keeps stretching his wings at Theory without losing sight of why professional women love the brand. For fall, he moved forward his vision of Theory into evening wear. Nothing as mind-blowing and elaborate as his gowns for Rochas, but that isn’t the point of the brand he’s working for now.
Jimi Celeste, WWD
It’s hard to make men’s fashion exciting without being absurd, but Patrick Ervell found the balance. The lighting on this photo isn’t accurate, but it’s a purple, speckled jacket and blue pants. Maybe your boyfriend wouldn’t wear it, but he wouldn’t immediately dismiss it either. But for the color combination, it’s a superbly cut jacket and pant. I think this is exactly the type of idea that designers need to be suggesting, otherwise what would be the point of fashion?
PS. The women’s looks weren’t too shabby either.
John Aquino, wwd
This Rachel Comey collection makes the hi.lite for the socks alone. Rachel’s spin for fall has black polka-dots on a sparkly and sheer sock (ok, probably more aptly, hose) in varying lengths. I am ridiculously excited over those socks. To top it off, one of the few hits of color in this mostly black/white/gray collection is orange, my favorite color.