Monday, August 25, 2008
ÉDITE SHOWROOM –SPRING/SUMMER 2009
Verrière & Sako
VERRIÈRE & SAKO, LOVENIA, DOUGLAS REKER, BRADLEY SCOTT, ISHII NYC
ÉDITE SHOWROOM- GARMENT CENTER, August 23rd
We were just dropping in for a chat with one of Edite’s gurus, Rachel Paletsky- when we got the scoop on the just received spring/summer samples from several of the showroom’s stable of upscale designers. We ended up taking camera shots of the entire stash…everything was that good.
We’ve written about a few designers prior-Verrière & Sako (by Stephanie and Kmie respectively), Lovenia (by Heidi Handler), and Ishii (by Tamae Ishii) . Hands down, these talents have all done their best work in next year's summery new designs.
Two new to us individuals, the New York based Douglas Reker with a “Picnic Collection” (woven basket weaves of fabric, sophisticated folds, nearly seamless construction with and overlapping layers of fabulousness) and Bradley Scott with a complete wardrobe coined "Far and Away" (Audrey-esque silhouettes with impossibly elegant fabrics exclusively made for the designer in Italian mills, and couture worthy details like grosgrain ribbon trim- fused with young downtown pizzazz) are both strong candidates for future editorial spreads.
Expect ship dates of Feb 2009.
VERRIÈRRE & SAKO
Sophisticated black linen garb, and their signature very complicated ruching and gathered textiles- make this collection retail ready. We know some of the clothes are fitted to the body...but are flattering for curvy gals as well as tall, thin glamazons.
Breezy white sheaths, adorable black capelets and a a knockout peachy pink confection evening gown add up to a strong showing for Spring 2009.
Inspired by picnics - we think the classic gingham and vivid flower prints the Nashville native uses-are reminiscent of the sparkling delicacies of 19th century Japanese prints...and Marie Antoinette's whimsical gardens. Intricate draping techniques, worthy of the early 90's Japanese designers are made modern by Reker- with wrap and fold techniques that manage to avoid use of seams and faceting, creating volume and dimension.
Standout pieces include a modern cape inspired belted trench coat composed of white cotton with a pearl finish and a floral patterned silk burnout lining that turned inside out-is totable wearable. Plus Reker's white cotton trousers with a v-shape contoured waistline, exposed zipper and hemp belt, follow a modern construction with a hint of summer's ease...that looks amazing on many different shapes and sizes
Douglas Reker has been featured in WWD and the Arts of Fashion 2008...and has worked for LaRok, Pency and Christian Lacroix Jeans before starting up entrepreneurial fashion adventures.
We couldn't find a website-but have no fear, this young designer will be all over print reads and in major department stores soon-if they have any sense. Scott may be going for the Park Avenue princesses but we felt a little Marc by Marc Jacobs playfulness for the socialite ingenue set- going on. Yup-the below 14th Street set will buy the line too!
For S/S '09, Scott's inspiration is "Far and Away' for those seeking a pack/travel friendly wardrobe crafted with old world attention to construction- and finishes magically fused with the latest textiles. Our top pic is the stunning raffia coat and short trench jacket in metallic purple...that on the surface- seems very different in tone. But it's keeping with the designer's MO to create separates for a women's very different day to evening clothing needs.
We just think YUMMY.
Eyelet cotton, and a red carpet worthy pale green/black airy chiffon dress with a hooped hem are just two reasons we think Ishii should start making headways in buyers' minds.