Monday, November 15, 2010

Spring 2011: Browne & Ford Foray Into Womenswear

Thom Browne:
As a guy, I can't say that I am thrilled with this expansion; there are so few designers that strictly focus on Menswear. Even though Tom Ford infamously designed womenswear for Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, he's been out of the womenswear market for sometime, now; I will say that it is time for him to reenter this market. I cannot say the same for Thom Browne, as most of his looks from his womenswear presentation seem identical to Browne's collaboration with Brooks Brothers. However, I can see the pieces being extremely versatile and wearable (in a fun/adventurous kind of way).
Tom Ford:
Photos, Huffington Post & Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Spring 2011: A Punk in Paris

The New York, London & Milan shows declared a preppy romanticism and such Paris shows as Balmain literally screamed, "I'll do it my way!" (the soundtrack professed).

Christophe Decarnin's way wasn't necessarily a way for which I would've liked to travel. Decarnin's latest collection seemed revisited & was cluttered with everything/anything tiny including, cropped-biker pants that appeared as if a direct copy of Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 success. Balmain seems to repeat itself each season.

Google defines Punk as, "rebelling against the established order" and Decarnin established said punk fashions during the Fall 2008 season.

This confusion has sparked a scatterbrained vibe throughout the industry, "I think it's much more about fashion culture than fashion [which is why it seems all over the place].", admitted the New York Times' columnist, Cathy Horyn to Harper's Bazaar.


For the Spring 2011 season, Balenciaga took over Balmain's former role as rebellious, offering wearable pieces that explore new silhouettes. Balenciaga's show opened with a slew of unknown models that Ghesquiere's crew cast off the street (as apposed to the industry/establishment's casting of the same top models for each show). Nicolas Ghesquiere explained prior to the show, "I didn't want clones".

I would much rather take the road less traveled, for which Ghesquiere has paved extremely well! Despite the toughness exuded by the houndstooth leather and clunky brogues, the simple Tuxedo cuts and sheer panelling of the shirts add a dose of softness, making for a fresh take on punk style.

Nicolas Ghesquiere told's Nicole Phelps, "It's about individuality", which certainly backs the theory that every fashion house has a knack for something different at the moment.

photos, tfs.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Spring 2011: Girl by Band of Outsiders

For Spring 2011, Scott Sternberg introduced the newest edition to the Band of Outsiders clan, Girl. Sternberg set up shop with Band of Outsiders [Man], the original menswear range; following BoO was Boy, a fresh take on tomboy fashion from the perspective of a menswear designer. Girl explores unchartered territory for Sternberg which was (if I say so) successfully chartered. Note the striped umbrellas, crisp whites accompanied by sheer shirtings and gold brogues - a fantastically fun and sophisticated ensemble, whilst maintaing the typical Band of Outsiders vibe: the twisted prep.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall 2010: Lanvin x H&M

I'm extremely excited for this collaboration, and not because I like Lanvin (because I do), but in relation to the collaboration's appealing menswear (personally, I find it to be the best menswear collaboration to-date). I plan on posting my full collaboration-rundown later on this week, once all 40 looks are released (only 25 were released today). So, enjoy several of the campaign images and the comical trailer.

The Lanvin x H&M campaign was shot by David Sims and features Hannelore Knuts, Jane Schmitt, Tati Collitar and Natasha Poly. The collaboration (naturally) looks cheap for Lanvin which I reckon is a good thing considering 90% of the "collab" is straight out of previous Lanvin collections (i.e. majority of shoes via Spring 2009); I think it'd be rather unfortunate for those ladies who shawled out boatloads of cash for RTW to appear as if they're wearing H&M.

[UPDATE: Check-out the H&M website for all Lanvin/H&M locations; none happen to be in my state, nor any neighboring states. Perhaps, you'll luck out?]

To see all of the looks released as of yet, visit New York Magazine.
Campaign Photos, tfs & Campaign Video, Nitrolicious.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spring 2011: The Fine Floridians

Marc Jacobs:
I first noticed the "Floridian" trend (if you will) at Marc Jacobs where palm trees adorned gilded pantsuits and dresses; breast appliqu├ęs appeared to be mini beach umbrellas and the candy stripes evoke a Sonia Rykiel dose of fun (suiting a top 10 Spring Break destination). Big, floppy hats accompanied humidity ridden frizz in bright, radiant colors. The hats also reflect the raffia trend for accessories, which Vogue generously curated.

Stella McCartney:

If an entire look cluttered with oranges does not scream Florida, then I have no idea as to what may. I especially enjoyed Stella McCartney's Spring collection (as I frequently do), so expect a review/rant in full, soon.

Prabal Gurung:
Prabal Gurung boasted a collection full of electric color blocking which gratifies the bright, art deco architecture of South Beach. The clean geometric prints opened Gurung's latest collection and certainly packed punch; perhaps foreshadowing things to come for the young designer?

photos, Sonny Vandevelde, Tfs