Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PRETE and BRUNO/ Salvatore Prete and Filippo Bruno /VANTAN TOKYO Fall 2013 RTW COLLECTIONS

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/NYC

words/pics Judith Ecochard
VANTAN TOKYO pics/video-MB Fashion Week

 Salvatore Prete and Filippo Bruno ---two designers who have shown a prior season at Lincoln Center-staged a small presentation at a private space-down in SOHO. They were running late-and with a show uptown, we could only grab a few pics before leaving. 

Impressions overall- wearable frocks--- an ode to the 70's/ 80's glam of club days past---like the fabulous B/W gelatin-silver prints that lined the walls...capturing a NYC era like no other---including Studio 54 regulars and Warhol's entourage ...mixed with lower East Side artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat sharing a moment with rocker lggy Pop.

this model reminded us of Candy Darling

Back up at Lincoln Center, VANTAN TOKYO -a design school based in Japan-presented a trio of graduates of its X-Seed Program-an advanced design course given in both English and Japanese.

striped knit sweater over watercolor peony print shirt with oyster flared skirt

watercolor floral ensemble

 The last group...by Natsuki Watanabe's Sagan label---itself inspired by "the free-spirited and independent women...(and) French novelist Françoise Sagan.." was a retail ready collection of sweet feminine prints, hand-knits and nice color-blocking schemes-including the hosiery----

We liked the easy charm of the separates---and the pockets!

mustard hand knit sweater over peach watercolor floral print cotton shirt and slim pants

Navy silk pleated cowboy shirt with wide black pants

Nelly Hohmann-who actually showed first-combines the West/East perception of beauty and aesthetics...creating contemporary pieces that defy being pidgeon-holed into a singular style, we thought.  

combined plaid shirt with olive denim shorts
 Kei Tsunoji's "eisunoge' (his name without initials---so the info said)...is a label with a fun ---AND a distinct point of view---that we thought fab. A reflection of Tokyo's famed street style (that also refs Americana/hip-hop)...via "imperfect scenes"---or-"the advancements of incomplete scenes in the media." Maybe that got lost in translation---but never-the-less-very cool.
grey sleeveless college sweatshirt with jersey pants
varsity style turquoise bomber over grey/yellow sweatshirt with yellow pants