This is the second part of my NY Fashion Week review, you can find the first part here.
On my point of view, generally fashion shown in NY runways are more wearable than it’s counterpart in Milan and Paris, which are mostly art and really hauté. Calvin Klein, for example. Consistent to it’s futuristic and clean lines, the collection really is sophisticated and simple but elegant.
But sometimes, it’s waaaaay too futuristic.
Perry Ellis shows a very luxurious collections. The color chosen looks very ‘rich’. Amazing.
Michael Bastian shows it’s American style, but some consider it too casual for him. For me? They’re just fine.
Beside his own collection, Michael Bastian also collaborating with Gant, Swedish-owned-American-brand. Which in the show, I may highlight, showing a model wearing only white towel with a Nike Sandal.
For another eye candy, maybe Victor Glemaud can show you the way. The boots and knitted work is good.
Our beloved Marc Jacobs shows baggy pants. I don’t know how it will survived the reality outside runway, but we totally wear whatever Marc Jacobs design us.
For the ugliest collections, Thom Browne can have his crown. This totally feminine collection, with it’s furs, scarves makes the models looks like drag queen from the 60’s.
And for the last collection, Diesel Gold Black showed two items i would love to have, especially the white jacket. It’s a better version of white jacket i want from the Levi’s Spring Summer 2010 collections.
— New York Fashion Week review, my style.
Just like Gossip Girl once said, ” When the white tents blossom in Bryant Park it can only mean one thing: Fashion Week.” Although this year Mercedes-Benz sponsored New York Fashion Week started with tragic news when the super talented Alexander McQueen found death, let’s not mourn. What we should mourn about is the few collections among what I’m presenting below because the ugliness is in intolerable level.
DKNY showing some amazing jacket and blazer in their collections, clean cuts and the use of two tones in most of the tops are kinda cool.
Luxurious red jacket and Burberry style coat from Duckie Brown
Generra shows some nice knitted cardigan but ugly condom-looking hat.
Lacoste, the fun colorful brand showing nice range of colored garment but what i fond of is their white-ish pieces.
Transparent umbrellas ? Not so fond of them. Plain black umbrellas is way more acceptable in fashion world. How about transparent raincoat ? Look what Patrick Ervell has to offer below
And, the ugliest model in most disastrous collections goes to : John Bartlett. This collections is a mix of everything but not getting anywhere.
Here are “things” worth noticing at Milan Fashion Week.
1. Roberto Cavalli FW 2010
Like this collection. Definitely because of the prep style element.
2. Dolce & Gabbana 100+ Model.
Word said that Dolce and Gabbana using more than 100 models for their latest show. I like everything grandeur, and this one is no exception.
3. Ermenegildo Zegna celebrate 100 years it’s existence. In a modern way.
A hundred year old this year, The man fashion house showing their latest collection with a clean lines and a very modern look.
4. Burberry military coat
The elegant royal military coat really blows me. Forgive my exaggeration. ;-p
5. Prada knit and coat
Nice knit. Especially compared to those ugly Missoni’s.
6. Emporio Armani neon color
7.Bottega Venetta hairstyle
The most bizarre hairstyle from Milan Fashion Week goes to… Bottega Venetta
8. Gianfranco Ferré
Luxurious. Complete collection here
9. Few adorable pieces here and there
The Bomber Jacket from Pringle of Scotland
Jumper by Jil Sander
The whole pieces by John Richmond
Looks like 2009 is not the only year we’re going to see the fall of once famous fashion house. Recently Yohji Yamamoto’s company who were filing for bankruptcy last October were closing down his store in New York. Uh Oh. That doesn’t sounds good even though we heard some company (Integral Corp.) said they’re going to rescue him and he does enlisted in Mercedes-Benz fashion week scheduled this February.
Poor old man
Well, at least you’re not alone. There’s Christian Lacroix who were also saying goodbye last year. The famous haute couture designer worn by celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Nicole Kidman and known for it’s baroque style design filed for bankruptcy in May 2009. It’s no surprise since in its 22 years of existence, he had never made any profit. In fact, I’m surprised of how long he could stay alive in the business. If only his founder partner, Bernard Arnault would lend him a little hand. He’s the richest man in France anyway, not to mention the CEO of LVMH, the biggest holding company in fashion industry (Cristian Lacroix did stick with Arnauld until sold to US group Falic by LVMH in 2005).
The sad thing is, Falic, the owner who put the business into administration and laid off all but 12 workers did not want to spend any cent for his last show. Lacroix’s Fall Winter 2009 Haute Couture was privately financed by Lacroix and each model was paid €50. “I didn’t want to cry,” said Lacroix “I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work” Lacroix said about his last Haute Couture collection.
Some other name who fell from the sky is German’s brand Escada who filing for bankruptcy in August 2009 and some crazy Russian teenage girl named Kira Plastinina who were quite famous in his home country for her young-and-chic design but failed miserably in the US after trying to open expansive 12 stores at a time and being unable to catch up with her creditor.