Archive for September 10th, 2010

September 10, 2010

Rag & Bone Spring 2011


Credit: Vogue.com

Maybe I should preface this.  David Neville and Marcus Wainwright recently won the CFDA award for menswear and typically display a “utilitarian/biker/hard-girl look” for womenswear.  Theirs is an aesthetic that I terribly love with their tough girl chic.  Instead of riding high on their critical acclaim and producing a similar collection, Neville and Wainwright set out to re-examine military.

Spring 2011 depicts a depart from that much beloved aesthetic.  Yet, the chiffon and lingerie tops (I’ll get to those later) that served as the collection foundation were so very Rag & Bone.  Neville and Wainwright went a lot more romantic while maintaining their utilitarian sport look.   Normally structured biker jackets are softened with lighter, bright fabric.  And those lingerie assemblage of bondage-style suspenders (made by fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alum Jean Yu).  Let’s have a look shall we?

How can I not rave about these?  They’re truly inspired (North African deserts in fact).  And perfectly suited to spring.  Coupled with the sheer layers, they captured 50s lingerie with a sporty angle.  Oh, and the lace in the pants?  Derived from fighter-pilot G-suits, complete with zippers and D-ring buckle straps snaking up and down the legs.

Neville and Wainwright just keep getting better and better at what they do.  You’d think that chiffon, North African deserts, and lingerie make for a spastic disorganized collection; however, Neville and Wainwright have it well in hand.   And the result is well-done collection that demonstrates growth and creativity.

See the well-crafted review by Vogue.com.

Edit: ooh Fashionista just came up with a good word for their collection: ballsy

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September 10, 2010

Jason Wu Spring 2011 Beauty

Credit: Vogue.com

On another note, his beauty and accessories are spectacular.  I love the two-tone smokey eye in various colors.  And his first adventure into bags are quite well-conceived.  The braided, ribboned tied chignons are lovely as well.  Very spring.

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September 10, 2010

Jason Wu Spring 2011


Credit: Vogue.com

I must admit that was quite pleasantly surprised by Jason Wu.  I couldn’t stand his collection last season.  It was a tribute but a bit of a miss hit.  But he’s done so well this season.  He opened with Joan Smalls and closed with the ever popular Karlie Kloss.  As Vogue.com puts it “for inspiration, Wu said he’d looked to the seventies and forties, and the vivid floral paintings of the Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. The flowers and the color brought out print dresses with multi-petaled skirts, silk city sarongs, and chiffon blouses.  It’s all very mature, rationally conceived, and increasingly precise in cut and fit—something he’s working at, hard.”  It’s quite the opposite of conservative minimalist that’s been displayed in fall.  The attention to detail is excellent.  Overall, Jason Wu has stuck to his particular aesthetic.  It’s growth in skill but not in creativity.  To be fair, he’s quite young.   This is a lovely offering from a young designer who’s had a lot of acclaim and critique both on his young shoulders.

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September 10, 2010

Mandy Coon Spring 2011

Credit: style.com, StyleCaster

Apparently the influence was jellyfish.  That initially threw me off but after viewing the collection, I dig it.  I absolutely love the hair and beauty.  It’s an inspired twist on the Tao Okamoto bowl cut for sure.  I like the draping that Mandy Coon has as well; there’s a slightly rugged Grecian look about everything.  The fabric is natural and lovely.  I like the wear and tear to it all.  But god that hair!  That’s what really caught my eye before anything else.

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September 10, 2010

Christian Siriano Spring 2011

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I wanted to love Christian Siriano.  I really did.   Well…I did in some fashion.  I loved the drama and playfulness that he always does.  But there wasn’t much else that I loved.  He does beautiful dresses that always impress.  And I guess that’s all there is to it.

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September 10, 2010

Jen Kao Spring 2011


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The bodycon queen shows a little depth.  I’ve always loved Jen Kao’s line and the footprints in the sand concept immediately caught my eye.  I happened to watch this one live stream.  And I must say, Jen Kao really knows how to set the mood for her line.  The clothes had just the right amount of summer free-floatiness without feeling like utter fluff.  It was well grounded with some judicious tailoring demonstrates Kao’s skill.  While I wasn’t drawn to the loose dresses (which made up the bulk of her collection), I really love what she has done with her signature bodycon dresses.  Beautiful pieces that add a little subtle edge to summer.

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September 10, 2010

Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2011

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Don’t the designers look stylish?  Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs have softened up their normally hard line edgy label.  And I like it!  Even the leather does not seem to heavy; it’s just the right touch for spring without overwhelming a person.  And of course, I adore the platform pumps.  I may need to wear mine in solidarity.

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