GMHC - FASHION FORWARD 2011 [60 sec. w credits] from Jonathan Turner on Vimeo. To promote the annual GMHC Fashion Forward fundraiser event, 11 models
The term "American sportswear" is being taken quite literally this week with many designers churning out collections that are, well, sporty. The clothes not only channel the sporty lifestyle, but the gear as well, which is why mesh is having a moment. Alexander Wang's first five exits were completely covered in it. Meanwhile, the fabric hasn't been limited to just clothing. Those sleek ponytails at Donna Karan? Wrapped in mesh, of course.
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Despite the fact that Victoria Bartlett consistently sends interesting, futuristically fashionable clothing down her runway, most are quick to admit that she never strays far from her signature athletic aesthetic. The look must strike a chord among those in-the-know, though, because a number of editorial heavyweights were in attendance at yesterday's show. From Vogue's Tonne Goodman and Lisa Love to Elle's Anne Slowey to Glamour's Anne Christensen, tons of masthead-toppers turned out to support the British designer. There were a large number of pieces in bright kelly green, from a short-sleeved neoprene jacket to a bra-and-brief duo layered beneath a sheer, webby black knit. In terms of prints, the designer played with an abstract "cartography" pattern which, at least to me, looked more like scenic horizon prints than actual maps--though they were certainly pretty.
Victoria Bartlett's sporty urban armor has always maintained a devoted following among the fashion flock, and it's interesting to observe how she never ventures far from the sports-bra-and-knickers look that's earned her accolades. If it isn't broke, after all... There were plenty of wrapped, draped, and architecturally folded looks at today's Pier 59 show to keep Barlett's fans happy--and, perhaps, win her a few new followers as well. Cast in a palette of pale grey, light sand, and deep khaki, the fuzzy knits, paneled leggings, and diagonally-twisted dresses clung to the model's forms in a way that looked body-conscious but never cheaply sexy. The "interplay of aggressive and soft" for which the designer was aiming came through via clear focus on the shoulder; zipped-up wool jackets, bandage dresses, and even soft cardigans were accented with tucks and peaks at the upper arm. Bartlett had cited a number of artists as her inspiration, from Piero Manzoni to Man Ray to Joseph Beuys, and many of these looks would qualify as bona fide works of art themselves. This was particularly true of the closing numbers--convex, wire-supported shrugs, peplum belts, and vests emphasized the torso's angles and curves, while nude-hued latex bodysuits and tanks almost disappeared into the body.
Bras are a lot like jeans in that it takes years to find one that really, truly fits. And it's difficult regardless of cup size--we know AAs to Cs to FFs who can't seem to get it right. So we've rounded up some of our favorite bras--and favorites of our friends--that flatter a range of sizes. And of course, we made sure that they were pretty. Hopefully our ideas will make your search for "the one" a bit easier.