Editor’s Note: With so many festivities during Fashion Week, we asked our fabulous friend and fashion publicist, Liz Anthony, to help out. Over this next week, look out for her coverage on shows and events.
Arriving at the stroke of noon to Mac & Milk Studios, I found my seat displaying the Vena Cava Fall 2010 program and a small plastic package of ear plugs resembling two pieces of candy. My initial wave of disappointment (I was really hoping for a mid-day treat) was soon replaced by the anticipation of a high-impact fashion show featuring live music by The Like.
The inspiration for the Fall 2010 collection came to the Vena Cava designers – Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai – after a long weekend in Woodstock, NY. They researched the work of Sheila Hicks and the 1970s craft movement and created “pieces that read more minimal, American, 70s tinged and somewhat classic, but with singular Vena Cava detailing and a hazy, rainy day color palette.”
With twenty-one looks, their vision came to life on the runway. One of the strongest was thick fur collars tangled with the models’ tousled and brightly streaked manes. Other highlights included the culottes, tailored trousers, soft and full hoods, and mesh sleeves. All the fabrics were rich, ranging from more traditional brushed cotton and wool twill to a metallic copper viscose. The ensembles were tied together with striking accessories – fabulous felt hats by YESTADT Millinery and vintage-looking sunglasses from Retrofuture. Vena Cava stays hip and equestrian all at the same time and their attention to unique detail including skeleton prints, custom hardware and Tetris beading never fails to impress the fashionable masses.
By Liz Anthony. View more photos below: READ MORE
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BCBG Max Azria’s runway was filled with modern and asymmetrical pieces; stylist Harry Josh, who is also John Frieda’s International Creative Consultant, created a contemporary, sleek hairstyle to complement. “The collection had a clean, modern feel,” says Harry. “I wanted to complement that aesthetic with a very comfortable and effortlessly chic look. The inspiration came from the models themselves, who would come into casting and quickly pull their hair back into a bun. I really wanted to create a look that a woman wearing BCBG would sport herself, since the looks on the runway were also extremely wearable.” Below are step-by-step instructions on how to re-create the look: READ MORE
True genius means bringing something totally fresh to the table, something that both benefits and engages everyone seeking involvement. This is exactly what the infamously over-the-top and incredibly brilliant Isaac Mizrahi did with his Spring 2010 show.
As eager attendees entered a deeply lit room playing soft Astaire-era music, setting a clear tone for the entire show, they began to wonder how the Old-Hollywood style stage lift and obstacle-course like runway would come in to play. Once the presentation started, Mizrahi’s vision became clear…inspired by the days of Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly, romantic pastel skirts and sequin embellished lapels vibrantly graced the stage for all to see perfectly. Seats did not matter, personalities did not matter: all eyes were glued to one place, simply in awe.
With the integration of everything from bustled tulle ball gowns with enormous rosettes to satin tuxedos with spectator pumps and boating hats, the perfect mix of girlish glamour and androgynous strength proved just enough to enthuse all simpletons and style-setters alike. True beauty in fabric form led a classic throwback to gain new meaning and spark the imagination to develop unique interpretations of re-inventing trends.
Yet just as the collection began to satisfy beyond all expectations, the garments of course speaking for themselves, Isaac pulled out all the stops. Rain poured down from the ceiling, male models escorted their ladies under umbrellas, looks glided across the runway every which way and closers entered the floor via golf carts. Every detail from accessory to spotlight was taken in to consideration and for good cause.
A showman he certainly is, a tastemaker even more so. After a Spring 2010 Fashion Week that definitely had our minds racing in a million directions, we could not have found a better way back to a clear, inspired mind. Isaac definitely stole the season.
By Malorie Kaye
It definitely felt like spring at the Tibi RTW SS2010 show, with simply strappy dresses in pastel hues, which gelled nicely with a smattering of bright floral, silky slips and peg-leg trousers.
Clean and classic, the designer, Amy Smilovic, only accessorized with simple sandals, but didn’t spare the use of color, using bright red and turquoise throughout the collection in forms of jackets, pants and shorts, while pastel colored garments added a nice contrast.
Some of the pieces were reminiscent of the 1990s with dresses cut on the bias, and buttonless jackets, and I was brought back to a time when those styles were permanent fixtures in my wardrobe. Looks like they’re making a comeback!
Full collection can be seen here.
It was my second year in a row attending the G-Star Raw show, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites – thanks to its theatrical presentation, bumping, raucous soundtrack, and creative, urban looks that propel it beyond just a jeans company. I always leave thinking two things: “Where can I find the music used in the show?” and “When will that jacket be available in stores?”
Held again in the Hammerstein Ballroom, models literally emerged from out of nowhere in 1 of 5 slim cylinders, that reminded me of Jetsons teleportation devices. Unlike the slouchy and relaxed silhouettes we saw last Fall, looks this season were sharply and exquisitely tailored to the body, beginning with the first series of white, high waisted, suit inspired bathing suits, with crisp lapels and shoulder seams. The on point tailoring, beach whites, and maritime sapphire blues, combined with the 1920′s loosely rolled curled updos, sharp, pencil thin eyebrows, and scarlet lips, made me think that the inspiration was a Great Gatsby goes Riviera/Resort. READ MORE
Inspired by the “Cool Sheik” look of Narciso Rodriguez’s SS10 pieces, makeup artist/ Shiseido’s Artistic Director, Dick Page, created a “reverse makeup” look. The models bore makeup that was slightly “dirty” and smudged. Here’s how to get the look + more photos: READ MORE
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