On a trip to Shanghai last year, L.A. based designer Geren Ford discovered a little-known Chinese artist, LanLan, whose work dates back to the 1930s–an era of style that fits perfectly with Ford’s effortlessly elegant yet simple aesthetic.
After a visit to her showroom in SoHo this week, we learned that LanLan’s paintings and travels to Paris inspired Ford’s latest collection.
Loose-fitting trousers in fuchsia, navy, and black were paired with feminine tanks adorned with ruffles and bows. LanLan’s luggage played muse to leather jackets and mini skirts in a creamy burnt amber hue. Ford takes a cue from 1930s style by giving basic sweaters and henley shirts sex appeal with inserts of sheer fabrics.
Jen Mankins‘ chainlet Bird (there are outposts in Cobble Hill, Williamsburg and Park Slope) pretty much dictates what a certain set of Brooklyn girls wear (read: editors, stylists and other assorted influential ladies). One of our “Fashionista 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion,” Mankins made the cut because, as Lauren puts it, she Read more →
MARLON GOBEL • Fall / Winter 2011 “The Secret Order” from Marlon Gobel on Vimeo.
Of course we had our favorites. And here they are, in no particular order. For the most part. What were yours?
Whether or not Brad Goreski poached Demi Moore from his former boss, Rachel Zoe, remains to be seen, but he has been racking up some noteworthy styling gigs lately. Namely, styling Kate Spade’s adorable fall 2011 collection. Kate Spade likes bows, Brad likes bow ties, it’s a perfect match! Take a look.
Marc Jacobs’ collection was lauded for it’s commitment to the faux. Say, don’t those skirts look like Marni’s spring 2009 collection? Who’s discs are you dotty for Marc’s or Marni’s?
It’s pretty standard to do a cursory front-row scan upon taking your seat at a fashion show–you’re generally likely to spot at least one tertiary CW star, perhaps an America’s Next Top Model alum, and maybe (just maybe) an Olsen or Kardashian. But we stopped dead in our tracks upon glimpsing Iris Apfel sitting directly across from us at last night’s Naeem Khan show. Apfel’s pretty much the coolest 90-year-old style icon around, and true to fearless form, she was decked out in an entirely red ensemble accented, of course, with her signature oversized specs. Next to Apfel sat Ranjana Khan, Naeem’s lovely jewelry-designer wife, as well as noted couture client Becca Cason Thrash, whose appearance in the 2007 BBC doc The Secret World of Haute Couture (seriously, YouTube it ASAP if you haven’t witnessed the amazingness) left us following her every move.
It’s easy to see why Khan’s designs have carved out such a devoted fan club–these clothes are pretty much as luxe as one can find, short of shelling out for true couture. This particular collection featured several stunning numbers in multicolored paisley-print organza, cocktail looks edged with Far-East-inspired threadwork, and sheaths trimmed with fringe beading. Oh, but those were the more subtle looks.
Yesterday’s L.A.M.B. show was broken into six parts: Soldier Girls, Rasta Ragga Muffins, London Girls, Buffalo Girls, Mod Girls, and Glamour Girls. It may sound like mix of random inspirations, but once the looks came out on the runway the connection was obvious. These are all the looks Gwen has cycled through during her career.
The opening group of Soldier Girls wore, unsurprisingly, army green looks that were all tightly tailored. With only eight looks, the Soldier Girls section was brief, but left me wanting more. Stefani could have done an entire show off the army girl riff, and it would have been amazing.
While we love peeping next season’s trends and scoping out street style during NYFW, we have to admit that the whole scramble-sit-watch-applaud-repeat drill can wear thin by week’s end. Thank goodness, then, for designers like Isaac Mizrahi, who consistently manage to add a little levity to their presentations.
Each seat card at Mizrahi’s show bore only one word, “CAKE,” and that perfectly summed up the delectable, whimsical collection. Each model was outfitted with a poodle-style black pouf atop her head–shades of Dr. Suess, albeit far more chic–and the looks ranged from classic tea dresses to crisp A-line lady coats to ribbed turtlenecks worn over mermaid-silhouette faille skirts, all in candy-sweet shades of mint, tangerine, and bubblegum pink. And, clearly as a nod to the sock-hop-era poodle skirt, there were fitted pencil skirts embellished with sparkling poodle brooches. Evening gowns shimmering with pearls, sequins, or a combination of the two were definite showstoppers, and shorter day dresses bore exaggerated bows (some hugging the models’ shoulders, others decorating the back of the look).
Nobody working in American fashion today does sleek chic quite like Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa. The Brazilian designer sent out a stunning collection of his covetable separates and signature shifts, cast in a range of desert tones like slate, stone, and sand. We flipped for the charcoal-colored alpaca jacquard sweatshirt on Sigrid Agren–a super-luxe take on a sporty standby. And an ivory technical jersey sheath was trimmed with metallic leather at the neck–it took a second look for us to realize it wasn’t, in fact, a separate necklace. Another highlight was the smoky wool flannel frock with a bell-shaped skirt cut from buttery lambskin, which we could envision on any number of Sartorialist-snapped editors.
Phillip Lim’s fall collection felt like his most ladylike showing yet. Whereas in past seasons the looks had a girly or youthful spin, Lim’s latest showing is all grown-up.
With a soft palette of grays, greens, navy, and saffron, Lim’s collection was light handed and alluring. The opening look, a tie neck, gray twill pea coat worn with lambskin pants had a romantic air that carried through the rest of the collection. Voluminous pants and and structured jackets were the staples of the collection, although the extra fabric pleats on the pant’s thighs will probably mean a redesign before the items hit stores. (Because the last thing a woman wants is more attention on her thighs.)