Sunday, September 13, 2009

More Bang for Your Buck

The Spring 2010 shows are just about the only things making me jump for joy over my perpetual summers. There seems to be a real Back to Basics sensibility with many of the looks focusing on silhouette, construction, contouring and an overall pulled together presence — all of which have been recently overlooked thanks to trends of heavily jeweled, studded, ripped, oversized and brightly hued fashions. The new designs offer something I crave: apparel mileage.

6 comments:

TheBeautyFile said...

YAY!!! I am DYING over all the shows...everything is either structural, colorful, flowy and/or gorgeous. LOVE.

Susan said...

Loving the shows too! But! I have had some long involved email convos with my long distance BFF about how we have to break up with Rachel Comey. They runway is beautiful as a stand alone- but If you think about real women wearing lots of her new pieces that bulk up your hips and stomach with lots of extra fabric- and you aren't 14 and 6ft tall- then they are all missing the marks on being Wearable basics.. just don't translate like wang, wu, rowley, lam...
and the shoes are awesome as always but as a lot of my friends and I well know- they fall apart! I have 5 pairs that have all been repaired multiple times... my miu mius and margielas and randalls just don't do that. I would LOVE to hear your take on more of your faves though!

Courtney said...

I guess right now my wearable pieces are so different from what I was looking for a year ago. I'm currently looking at clothing from a "does this travel well" and "how does it translate to other cultures" standpoint. I loved Rachel's shorts with the draped over piece - almost skort like without being, gasp, a skort! Shorts are hard to pull off (read sometimes a bit frowned upon) in some areas of Southeast Asia, so I loved this alternative. I've never purchased her shoes, so I don't know about their quality firsthand, but I can say my Loeffler shoes have lasted YEARS! Well worth the $400 flats you can wear them almost daily and still have them looking sharp three years later.

I think the biggest shocker for me was Chado Ralph Rucci. Working for him was easily the most influential and inspirational job I've ever held. However his clothing, while utterly gorgeous and flawless, was always more mature than my taste. This collection held a few surprises that had me jumping up and down and wishing that damn money tree would go ahead and sprout in my backyard. Pronto.

The Lil Bee said...

Agreed. I can't get enough of the shows right now.

susan said...

I definitely know how you feel about the constraints of dressing appropriately for international fashion! I can see how some of the RC pieces might make some sense- but skorts for Houston? I understand bringing back culottes/gauchos and even shoulder pads. But I just can't jump on the skort bandwagon!

I can only imagine what working with a creative force like Mr. Rucci is like- You're very lucky! I teared up last week watching a Sundance channel mini- documentary called "The Day before Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld" I am sure working alongside any major designer has the one similar thread- that the consistency of creativity is what demands loyalty amongst their team and their driving force to create and originate is unstoppable. And you are right- Mr. Rucci's SS10 collection is breathtaking, a little fresher and younger than his previous seasons. He is SO under- acclaimed!

I have looked at so many shows that a lot of them start blending together... DVF sticks out as always, i love united bamboo's grafitti prints and organic shapes, I want to go on and on!

Looking at the shows i think about things on a few different levels- the how does this work for my life- can i translate this affordably or can I splurge on this? level, and the Does this inspire me and does this give me anything different/ shift my perspective on form and proportion? level.

Alright. I will stop now. Artfully clothing myself (and sometimes my friends) is such a major component in my life. This time of year I get all aflutter!

AT said...

Haven't had a chance to look at all of them, but the Oscar de la Renta show made me light-headed.