Monday, October 20, 2008
VICTOR BY VICTOR ALAFARO FALL/HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS
FASHION VET HITS THE MARK WITH WELL PRICED STYLE FOR BON TON STORES
“My new Fall 2008 Collection is all about pieces that transcend age and define refinement through a luxurious sensibility. Sumptuous fabrics, a medley of complementing textures, vivid hues, superior fit and modern silhouettes with impeccable attention to detail. Inspired neither by a specific time nor place, this Collection lets a woman create her own individual story, her unique identity. It allows her to embrace her personal style while enhancing it by adding new, indispensable modern pieces to her wardrobe each season. This is a very comfortable sense of luxury; creating a well-rounded Collection of modern essentials that can be incorporated into a modern woman’s sophisticated style.”
Tuesday, October 14th Garment District
Words, Images Judith Ecochard and courtesy of Harrison & Shriftman
When we got a press release from the PR team charged with promoting Victor by Victor Alfaro…we arched an eyebrow at yet another mass market dance choreographed by a designer. Arched in a good way as we can actually move our eyebrows.
It’s a smart move by garmentos, especially in this economy…but delivering on quality/style is something else…
Happily, the Victor line is done well…and it’s a complete collection of shoes, accessories, and separates for gals.
In fact, several pieces were out on editorial shoots when we visited the Harrison & Shriftman office.
THE SNAZZY SECRETARY
Aimed at the urbane 20-50 year old set, Victor by Victor Alfaro is reasonably priced…with top prices going for the plush all leather “It” color purple satchel ($180), a pebbled brown leather hobo with two oversized pockets ($135) and clutches($120).
Booties are the standout from the Fall shoe assortments…though we think the flat suede boots with a slouchy fit (on sale on the website for $159) are big sellers as they are a notch up in style than Uggs and cheaper.
Pencil skirts ($60), tweed blazers, oversized comfy, mixed ribbed cardigans (now $60), flat front narrow and wide leg pants (in wear with everything charcoal grey), animal print cashmere sweaters, silk tie bow blouses, and Merino wool turtlenecks in deep jewel tones ($24.97) are precisely cut and hang well with figure enhancing seams and tailoring sewn correctly.
Here’s a novel idea for a big name designer…clothes come in a wide range of sizes including plus and petite sizes.
There’s a small assortment of jewelry too---gold bangles etc that we actually didn’t see.
LOOKING FORWARD TO…
The Holiday collection of a silk grafitti print top, a black moiré taffeta skirt, sensuous suits including a boucle wool pencil skirt, cinched waist boyfriend sweaters.
FACTOID: Alfaro left the NY runway scene (2001) and moved to easier lifestyle Los Angeles.
Was hanging ten as top guru for surf inspired contemporary line Wet Seal for a year too.
INFO: BON TON STORES