For fall Madewell wants its young ladies to take a tip from roughhousing English schoolboys and wear suspenders with slouchy printed pants or well worn denim paired with checked work shirts layered (in that perfectly disheveled Madewell way), under chunky cardigans. But she's not all tomboy. There are lust-worthy printed maxi skirts to be belted and worn with ankle boots with bright red laces. As always, there was a lot to lust after--from the soft slouchy striped sweatshirt tops to the camera bags to bold geometric jewelry to sturdy outerwear that included a blanket/poncho hybrid I wanted to crawl into right then and there. Unfortunately it didn't seem appropriate in the meticulously assembled old-time-y school room office hybrid Madewell had assembled for their fall presentation.
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Banana Republic Fall 2011: Dunaway-Esque
Banana Republic showed their fall collection yesterday on the second floor of the Bowery hotel, set to a live, soulful soundtrack by A Fine Frenzy. For fall, Banana Republic is falling instep with the '70s trend in a major way--looks were described as "Dunaway-esque" on the line sheet. Creative director Simon Kneen sent out menswear-inspired pants and drape front pencil skirts in browns and camels paired with knits in mustard, tomato and plum over silk blouses. There were flashes of winter white too, as well as animal prints here and there on lady like gloves and swing coats. The collection felt luxe, cozy, and inviting despite the steamy temps inside the venue. Also The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi and Samantha Bee were inexplicably there. New campaign stars maybe? That would be awesome. Check out the fall collection.
Preen Fall 2011: Cut and Paste, Add Prints
For fall 2011, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, picked up where they left off last season, chopping apart tailored menswear and attaching it to softer more feminine pieces. It sounds clunky but it wasn't. The tops of tailored pants were stitched onto longer tulip skirts, and the backs of dresses looked like men's blazers, pocket slits included. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi added color to a mostly navy and slate palette with a multicolor geometric print that looked like Escher-meets-Spirograph (remember those?) on silk tops and cropped knits. Prints gave way to heavy beading at the end of the show that covered the fronts of dresses and blouses like mold growing in a petri dish, only, you know, in a cool fashion-y way.
Check Out Madewell's Entire Fall Lookbook--You're Gonna Want Everything
We got to preview Madewell's fall collection a month ago and now we can finally show you why we were craving the cold. Here is the brand's full perfectly disheveled layer-tastic English prep school-esque collection for fall. There are some girly-er items too--pleated skirts and maxis but paired with tough worn-in brown leather belts and thick blazers. And there's good news for your white jeans, too: if Madewell has anything to do with it, you'll be wearing them right through summer into fall.
Céline Spring 2011: Grown-Up Clothes for Grown-Up…Girls
PARIS--I was not supposed to attend Céline. However, my fairy godmother secured me a ticket at the 11th hour, which means I hightailed it down to the Tennis Club de Paris on the outskirts of the city just minutes before the show was about to start. My cab wouldn't take me right there--84 Georges Lafont--because it's technically outside of the city line, so I ran the last ten minutes of the trip. I'm happy to report that I arrived as they began to rip the plastic off of the runway. (Which, by the way, seemed to be made out of some sort of cork.) The standing spots were terrible, so I plopped myself on the edge of the pit. It was then and there that I decided, other than A-A-4, you can't get much better than sitting with the photogs. I watched designer Phoebe Philo's women gingerly walk down the runway in low-slung, wide-legged pants, jumpsuits in everything from denim to leather (also low-slung), and several shells with squared shoulders that looked as though they were made of a mix of cotton and neoprene. The models wore their hair in low ponytails, their crowns teased to perfection.