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New York Fashion Week February 2011 – Tadashi Shoji

19 Feb

Set to Florence + The Machine’s “Cosmic Love,” the quiet, simple femininity of this collection, with its rich colors and beautiful movement, provided a perfect counterpoint to the pounding and wailing of the music, making for a very dramatic experience. As people who spend way more time than anyone would consider healthy examining the clothes of celebrities on the red carpet, this collection seemed to be tailor-made to address T Lo’s most common complaint: fear of color. For stylists and starlets wedded to their neutrals and nudes, here is the collection you’ve been waiting for. The colors are sophisticated, striking, and (most importantly) photograph well. The dresses are relatively simple and uncomplicated (another boon to the famously conservative celebrity red carpet), but so many of them are dramatic and powerful in their own way simply because they move so beautiful and the colors are such a treat to the eyes. One-shoulder dresses are not going away any time soon, it seems.

If we can put on our pretend fashion editor’s hats for a moment, one of the ongoing trends reflected this season is the accentuated shoulder. It’s interesting to see how he worked that element in, even in the one-shouldered dresses. We’re not big fans of the lace pieces, but that’s because we’re not big fans of lace generally. A minor issue, because with the staging, the music, the styling, and the pieces themselves, the show was a hit and everyone left the tent buzzing about it.

Now, play Home Stylist. Pick who should wear which gowns to the Oscars. That black gown pictured second (which was actually last in the lineup but getting these pictures in exact order requires an editorial staff which doesn’t exist for us. Yet.) would look great on Meryl Streep, who favors gowns that mostly cover her up and provide a little volume. Anne Hathaway for any of the purples or reds (it’s her color). You pick the rest.

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New York Fashion Week February 2011 – Custo Barcelona

15 Feb

Custo Barcelona has presented at the Lincoln Center their new fall winter 2011-2012 in an innovative show that surprised all the audience. With a clean slate as a starting point, the journey of this collection begins in the pure lines and neutral colors: a wide palette of beiges, ecrus and pale pinks. A new approach that conveys its highly sophisticated message through details.

Nevertheless the true Custo Barcelona essence inevitably emerges in an explosive way: colors, prints and graphics take over splashing it all to create a graphic colourful composition that goes from the minimum to the absolute. Wool is the hero fabric and all its textures are represented: felted wool, fringes, wool based graphic jacquards and open and distressed weaves are used to create an effect of light organza.

Warm dresses perfectly paired with graphic leggings and thick voluminous sweaters for men represent the key looks of the season. This collection is therefore a balanced mix or concepts that as unexpected as it may seem creates a perfect cocktail at the Custo Barcelona runway. An exercise of bold clash of opposites that has been a winning bet at the New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Liberty London Men’s Spring/Summer 2011

4 Feb


Everything can use a lift. Liberty London debuts the relaunch of their menswear collection for Spring/Summer 2011 – working with Italy’s Slowear Group to get things proper. As usual, the Liberty print archive was made available to them for a re-thinking of their classic patterns.

“The collection was designed with a light and effortless attitude in mind, using very fine double twisted cotton shirting fabrics ranging from stripes and checks to jacquards and of course prints. The tailored collection includes both double and single breasted blazers in very deep shades of navy and china blue as well as tobacco and cognac. All the blazers have Liberty printed shirting fabric trimming their back collar, a signature detail of the collection.”