Monday, June 6, 2011



RTW Show@ Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Press Preview

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

We always pay a lot of attention to the music at a RTW runway show---it sets the tone...and captures an era, especially when it's the iconic Neil Young's hard rockin'/proto-grunge--- and acoustic driven "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" originally released on his 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.

And we def felt a late 70's influence romping down the runway---that stirred up vague memories of how our dads' dressed...

Belted thick chunky cable cardigans/coats with wide ribbed hems,

Toggle, trench and classic double breasted coats and blazers...

Some prints-Wool Buffalo Plaid Eisenhower

Military Epaulets/belt

Belt detail on back


Bombers and Quilted Vests

Leather quilted nice by itself or underneath as a middle layer

Lambswool turtlenecks and wool shawl collar sweaters---thick scarves,

In easy to wear, versatile colors--- classic neutrals---here dubbed on the run of show as Castlerock, Shitake, Brownstone, Charcoal, Iron, Camel, Spruce, Pewter Heather, Olive, Oatmeal...

The designer John Crocco may have delved into the that era for some design details---fused with some military..

NICE SHEARLING TOPPER/Iron-Cotton/Wool Vertical Fairisle Crew Vanilla, Wool Windowpane Trouser

But it was a 21st century "Watch it live...Wear It First" show with the top ten runway looks available for four days only, to consumers----six months before delivery. It certainly was cold enough in February when this catwalk romp occurred.

Hopefully, the handsome coat/jackets---will have lengths that will be delivered a bit longer. We like the pants tucked into hiking boots silhouette---but thought the top pieces needed a bit more=== to avoid that over grown school boy thing---especially since the cuts for the shoulders were well fitting, All-American.

Link to MB Fashion Week's YouTube of the show.


About three months later...we got an editor's peek at what the company Perry Ellis International is designing/manufacturing for Callaway Golf---for men and women.

We loved it---the fabrics were technically performing fabrics from what we could tell---there were no hang tags ...but we cover enough performance wear to recognize moisture wicking, anti-microbial---with a soft hand.

And we assume that the apparel will have woven in SPF 50+...seems pretty standard for the performance wear we review.

The styling was exceptional---including flattering silhouettes for women ---that we hope will be delivered in sizes that actually fit sizes 0-2...

No neglect of details that make the golf pieces---well golf pockets for tees/golf balls/divots...note how the jackets have zips and hems that double as eye catching trim. breathable mesh inserts for ventilation...and stttrrreeetttch.

Collars with tabs that close perfectly to ward off the elements---because a dedicated golfer is not a fair weather player.

Love-color blocking of this men's tab collar breathable shirt.