Tuesday, September 30, 2008
RTW FOR MODERN MERMAIDS
Images, Words by Judith Ecochard
How Holly Dunlap manages to improve on an already terrific line of shoes, bags and ready-to-wear is beyond us…
But this is her best assortment of wearable glam hostess dresses, jumpsuits and ornate sandals and handbags to date.
And she thinks so too!
“It was a really Blue Lagoon collection…” with sparkling cool blue waters of the Indian Ocean… and flattering lime/plush green colors dominating a summery rainbow palette.
THINK: Fun, flirty, American attitude---and yes, all sizes will look great in the easy wear clothes. And you don’t have to live on the beach!
THE LOOK FOR SPRING 2009: We love jumpsuits…and Holly Dunlap serves up our favorite one pieces. The short sleeves, safari-ish front pockets, a defining sash waist----all in lavender or pale bluish green----are made of a falls just right on the body- stretch silk/lycra fabric that is slimming but not clinging.
There’s a sleeveless, diagonal side tie multi-shade one too-that will look awesome when worn over tanned skin.
A few long airy dresses and cloud white sundresses with a touch of ruffles- round out this strong presentation.
Ethnic Indian print and tie-dye patterns are also cleverly used in shoes…but the hands down knockout is the jewel/shell encrusted precious clutch.
ADDED PLUS: A personal friend owns the famed House of Lavande vintage jewelry shop in Palm Beach...and lent the models some pieces. We chatted with the owner, Tracy Smith who started her own collection about four years ago. “I made a business of it as my collection grew.”
INFO: HOUSE OF LAVANDE-317 Peruvian Avenue, Suite 201, Palm Beach
A “BED IN” - SEVENTIES VIBE FOR THE 21st CENTURY
MARITIME HOTEL ROOFTOP, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, 2008
Pics and Words-Judith Ecochard
Philip Stephens is a very popular London based designer we’ve heard about-from fashion forward types hailing from Dublin.
So even though you could cut the heavy, oppressive humidity with a knife on that Saturday, we eagerly trooped over to the hip Chelsea rooftop of the Maritime Hotel- for this contemporary men’s and women’s wear presentation.
Sweating buckets, we avoided the outdoor terrace-and stuck with reviewing the clothes on the models that were relaxing about the two rooms of the air-con suite.
This included two sleekly dressed peaceniks lounging about the bed.
Well hello John and Yoko----we'd love to Give Peace A Chance.
We also got a vibe that conjured up the classic British WWII comedy, “Gert and Daisy’s Weekend” about hardscrabble East Enders decamping for the safety of the posh countryside of English nobility.
The clothes were a fresh take on street wear chic mashed up with elegant 21st century threads like the blue sashed, hippyish long tiered gown-in white of course.
MOTO: “Modern elegance with a clever dash of grit.”
FACTOID: “Ethically” produced using organic fabrics and sustainable dyes.
CELEBS A’WEARIN’: MADONNA, CAMERON DIAZ, BOWIE, GWEN STEFANI, JUDE LAW, DAVID BECKHAM
Selfridges, Harrods, The Shop at Bluebird and Concrete in London; Havana in Dublin; Printemps in Paris and Lille; Isetan and Beams International Room in Tokyo; Neiman Marcus in L.A; Curve in New York and L.A; Seibu in Hong Kong; Sprmkt in Amsterdam; Princess in Antwerp; L'Una et L'Altra in Rome; Off and Co in Munich; Citta Di Bolgna in Cologne; F95 in Berlin; Zuma in Shanghai. Amaze in Moscow; Trilogia in Reykjavik; Capital L in Sydney; Wasteland in Perth
Monday, September 29, 2008
SPRING/SUMMER 2009 COLLECTION
FOCUS STUDIO, 11th Avenue- NYC September 7th, 2008
Words, Images by Judith Ecochard
Many of Sari Gueron’s front row fans were dressed to the nines in her sparkling evening wear-- for this late afternoon presentation of her daytime outfits (with a few mini dress, cocktail numbers thrown in for good measure).
We assume this assortment of easy luxe- is going to be priced like an “affordable’ contemporary designer collection...a smart move in an iffy economy.
We really liked GUERON’s fashionable efforts…and think it might do better at retail- than similar collections, maybe more costly garb...we saw this week. It will certainly broaden the designer’s fan base.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ruffles big (surrounding a plunging V neck) and small (shoulder details), and see through lace that's sexy and fresh...set this line apart from plenty of what we saw all week. A bit of sequins and Swarovski crystals are thrown in for tasteful feminine embellishments, not glitz... very on trend, not retro.
Wearable silk dresses and tank tops in lime, slouchy comfy but not sloppy leaf print blazer over linen shorts, and the last look, a black silk v-neck cocktail dress-all added up to a cohesive, pretty and sellable spring wardrobe. (Image above).
The woman seated next to us was positively purring at the sight of Look #19, a teal blue short sleeve, see-thru lacey dress, with a dash of ruffle…over a solid black racerback slip (wisely used again-under a -a popping pink fushia lace dress).
Congrats Sari Gueron…we think this collection hit the spot.
INFO SARI GUERON.
“FUTURISTIC STREETWEAR WHERE BOUNDARIES ARE ERASED”
Sunday, September 7th, 2008-Milk Studios, 6:30PM
Words, Images by Judith Ecochard
Tim Hamilton had an ear to ear Cheshire cat grin on his face-
- when we arrived at the spacious Milk Studios penthouse ,The spacious white interior space, adjoined by two outdoor terraces, was packed with a buzzy, hip group crowd sipping Bulldog gin…against a perfect NY skyline, backlit by the perfect NY sunset.
It’s a terrific collection. Truth be told, we had no idea how talented this designer is. A big WOW!
BACKSTORY: Toiled at J.Crew and Ralph Lauren, based in NYC…rocks out to Velvet Underground. CFDA Award nominee (2x)- launched own line 2006.
THE INSPIRATION: Frank Stella’s minimalist paintings, particularly his “Black Paintings from the 1960’s…“clinical and characteristically coy.”
THE PRESENTATION: We wouldn’t call these dudes prepsters but the male models- who smoked, drank, and chatted up interested parties (and there was plenty of that to go around)- while posing on white cubes or just plain hanging out on a stark white stage…were definitely well-groomed, outfitted in sporty attire.
Think: handsome separates with an edge…as the basics were covered… grey or stripped sweater/ hoodie, a black leather jacket, cashmere sweater and blazer, lots of tailored shorts, crisp cotton button down shirts, and a cool black on black, subtle stripped blazer, linen pants combo with a black/white gingham button down.
FABRICS: Showed thought…”a Daedalian edge. Burnished silks in shades of metallic shine alongside soft cashmere blends, glazed cotton –paired with checkerboard wovens and dry cotton twill.”
QUOTE: “I WANTED TO CREATE SHAPES THAT ARE GENDER AMBIGUOUS BUT INHERENTLY MASCULINE.”
We were channeling a David Bowie vibe during his B/W phase.
WHAT’S SPECIAL: The details: drawcords on the sides of shirts, perfect pleats, “hidden ruffled collars”---that were hidden but we were informed.
INFO: TIM HAMILTON