This is a discussion landscape regarding the au courant in fashion, including all accessories (jewellery, hats, shoes, handbags, et al.) paired with its art and historical origins, placing an academic slant on the usual "hollywoodesque" fashion blog. I am obliged to answer any questions, comments or suggestions one may have regarding today's fashion, its history, museum or runway news, or perhaps questions on what and what not to wear. In posting a subject everyday, I will comment on contemporary fashion news and critique a particular ensemble, pairing it with a historical element. Everyone who wants to learn about fashion is welcome. From questions and comments regarding bridalwear to fashion icons, such as the Graces (Kelly & Mirabella), as well as general questions regarding taste and trends, let's discuss! Remember, we are all students of fashion.

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Anglica Theatrum, W. Hollar (c. 1640)

Anglica Theatrum, W. Hollar (c. 1640)
Hollar was the 1st Fashion Journalist

Monday, February 4, 2008

Pamella Roland

If you have recently pitched items from your closet to take to Good Will and you are finding your fall duds a little sparse, good news. My advice is to empty your 401k (just kidding) and buy every piece from Pamella Roland's collection and as long as you never change your size, you have made your last Good Will donation of your fall closet. Roshumba Willims reported for American Express that this is a collection for the "high-end, jet-setting woman." Ok, who doesn't want to dress like monied-set with style and grace? If you read my first article on this blog, you have a sense of my style or what I aspire it to be. From Grace Kelley to Angelica Houston, this collection fits them all. I wish to have every piece. I guess, if I could only pick one, no two, I would pick her black jersey low-cut evening dress and the black suit with a ruffle detail and no lapel. Rolland is a purist and this collection is a true state of brilliant manipulation of the fabric through tailoring and detail. I would buy every piece of this collection, as nothing is off-kilter or disproportionate. Williams also reported that she has a business degree from Michigan State. In the article by James Covert in New York Post's Business section, "OUT OF FASHION
Labels Play it Very Safe Amid Economic Slowdown," David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group, which forecasts fashion and retail trends, states that designers are inclined to "play it safe and also make it exciting" as retailers need to focus more on their bottom line. In reflecting what Ms. Roland must have had on her mind when designing for next fall, he also exclaims that "the idea is to produce very luxurious versions of ordinary clothes." Kathy Deane, President of Tobe, a global fashion consultanting business agreed, stating that "that's partly because consumers are looking for clothes that will last." Pamella Roland's certainly will. Applause to you, Ms. Roland, you are not only a fabulous designer, but also a fabulous business woman. What is your ticker symbol, because I want to be long your collection?

So Many Shows, So Little Time

I need to do some serious catching-up from Sat, Sun and still view everything from today. I am seeing LOTS of narrow belts and strapless or assymetrical evening dresses with draping pulled to one hip. 60s/80s inspired color-blocking seems to also be popular. One thing I can say is that Peter Som did not dissapoint, starting the day off brilliantly. His pieces are gorgeous and then their is the every classic, Carolina Herrera. I am posed to watch Pamella Roland at 4pm, then Max Azria, again (his own line this time), and one of my favorites, Ports 1961 this evening. The sky may be gray in New York today, but these collections have put my mood in a sea of blue! Please tune back in after for my critical analysis and please comment!!!! Cheers!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

NY Fashion Week FA 08 Friday Feb 1

Let us begin with BCBG Max Azria. Usually a designer whose work I admire and have quite a few of his items. His fall 08 collection, however, is another story. Subdued colors; brown suede narrow belts knotted at center front with symmetrically hanging ends flopping about; bubble skirts with hem just underneath the round of one's bottom (perfectly highlighting any bit of cellulite a woman may have); and bodices covered with wide flounced pleates and ruffles hanging from deep necklines, creating too much fussiness, as well as assymetrical bodices, one shoulder necklines with sheer draped and pleated cape-like overlays from shoulder and necklines. In my humble opinion, Max was trying to create volume on the top and bottom, off-setting an odd length and silhouette. Dresses with length were about an inch below the knee and ended up looking sloppy and ill-fitted on the models, especially with pleated elbow-length pleated sleaves. Paired with dreary colors and belts used as an accessory that did not flatter a silk dress (what were the stylists thinking?), these oddly-shaped garments of beautiful italian fabrics came together to create an overall underwhelming collection, though he did throw in a gorgeous coat and a classic wear-forever pantsuit.

Onto Perry Ellis. Gorgeous menswear. I can't wait to shop next fall for my darling husband! These men look like men, the ones you want to snuggle up next to beside a fire. The clothes are wearable and women will love their men in them.

At both Rag and Bone and Nicole Miller, we saw leggings and sexy tight fitted dresses, 80s inspired. Palettes of charteruese, purple and black at both. Rag and Bone topped their leggings and dresses reminiscent of parachute pants with fitted military jackets. Their ensembles clearly had a Parisian or Berlin cabaret effect. Perhaps they were inspired by the band, Berlin with "99 Red Balloons?" They intermixed the school boy/girl look with ties, jackets and wool bermudas (I was sent home after wearing them to junior high school in 1984). Miller induced her tafetta dresses with stripes and 20s Orientalism in printed silk dresses--all very 80s. Have a great evening and party like the 80s tonight...its only the beginning of Fashion Week!!