Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CATHERINE HOLSTEIN: COOL CHICK GLAMOUR FOR SPRING '09



RUNWAY SHOW PACKS IN THE EDITORS /BUYERS

September 6th, Bumble & Bumble Salon, West 13th Street NYC

Words, Images by Judith Ecochard

We wear clothes like this…meaning well made dresses, tailored shorts, and jumpsuits in bright prints and solids.








We were delightfully surprised at how sophisticated and polished this largely daywear RTW collection is. We thought of many ‘casual’ lines we have previewed that should take notes; easy, pulled together wear does not mean sloppy.

Jumpsuits-the Spring ’09 silhouette we think will be huge- are standouts…including a flattering belted black sample…and a subtle floral print one.













For dresses and skirts, Holstein had a clever tile square pattern working to great effect in many looks…including a winning yellow skort version.








A few other separates-either short peplum hemmed or long flowing tiered skirts-managed to be playful and polished, cinched in with belts …and often paired with fitted tees to balance out the ensembles.







The knitted turbans atop most models’ heads also managed to add to the chic ‘ness’-and lent an air of European posh by way of Babe Paley- in a decidedly American collection.







RETAIL: Saks Fifth Avenue







MAKEUP: At the after party at the swank Bryant Park Hotel, we got a chance to chat with reps from the mineral based skincare/makeup line Jane Iredale. The “Dream Tint” is the must have matte finish product-with healing algae extract. Plus, we are amazed at how well the mascara made our peepers pop without damaging lacquers or shellac.