Wednesday, October 31, 2007
By Abbey Khan
Los Angeles Fashion Week
L.A. Fashion Week gets high! High heels, high shine, and high-waisted clothes ruled the Spring 2008 runways. When it came to shine, gold was the color of choice for Joseph Domingo, Jenny Han, and Candice Held. Domingo used the bold color in his men and women’s collections on tops and bottoms, belts, shoes, and earrings, while Han & Held models sported wedge and high heel shoes in the same hue. Coco Johnsen shined with crystal embellishments and sequins on her bathing suits, jackets and dresses. Samora and Monarchy raised waistlines on their pants, skirts, and shorts.
Skinny jeans and leggings – still in. Oligo Tissew and Monarchy paired skinny jeans with high heels, and celebrity favorites Bird of Prey and Christian Audigier showed off metallic leggings, taking a break from boring black.
Straight hair – out. Flat irons can finally go back into the bottom drawer. Wavy to curly and somewhat messy (bedhead) hair is back – it’s soft, natural, and easy. Pin it up like the Jenny Han models, wear it long and full as seen at Tart, or tie it in a low ponytail like the Coco Johnsen girls.
Comfortable chic. Feel comfortable in your own skin or at least in your clothes from Ecoganik, Tart and Voom by Joy Han. Ecoganik went a bit slouchy and loose, almost hippyish. Their accessories collection included thong sandals and little booties made out of sweatshirt material in soft pastel and neutral colors. Voom showed a little more personality with checkered and striped patterns, black and white outfits, and tops, skirts, and belts splashed with fuscia. Tart showcased flowing, racerback, and turtleneck dresses of varied lengths, perfect for the L.A. girl.
Silky smooth. Gregory Parkinson used silk in his dresses and gave it a twist with tie-dye prints. Candice Held showed off silk dresses that were cut out beautifully in the back while Jenny Han went beachy by pairing her silk chiffon dresses with flip-flops.
Find your inner goddess. Pistachio green, aqua blue, yellow, and earth tones were seen at Samora. The dresses were feminine without being overly flirty, maybe because the collection was inspired by Bellona, the Roman Goddess of War. Joseph Domingo’s “Goddess” collection was inspired by goddesses-divas throughout the ages that includes Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe. Domingo made an impact by opening the show with two Adonises in gold swimsuits escorting a female model and continued with the goddess theme.
Read the fine print. Sue Wong went wild with bright geometric prints and zebra prints, drawing inspiration from the works of Modern Art masters such as Joan Miro and Alexander Calder. Kevan Hall turned to his African roots to create tribal print pieces using fabrics and jewelry from his homeland.
Like a day at the beach. With Swarovski crystals, Mother of Pearl, lace trims, gold chains, and translucent beading details, Beach Bunny swimsuits are meant to be worn at the beach and not in the ocean.
Going green. The Gallery produced The Green Initiative show with collections from designers that promote organic lines and send positive messages about sustaining the environment. The six collections and two accessory lines showcased included Peligrosa, Protect the Element by Roshi Salim, Wet Cement, Vintage China, Rene Geneva Design, M The Movement, ArteSania jewelry, and Demano handbags.
New York Fashion Week
Men. Perry Ellis and Nautica played it safe by showing traditional menswear collections. Perry Ellis carried solid colored pants, shorts, shirts, and blazers in white and grey while Nautica stuck to its classic white and navy sailboat style, but went outside its boundaries with some bright yellow and blue pieces. Adventurous souls may seek Duckie Brown for his bold colors that includes a yellow trench coat, red pants, and an orange jacket, but he also showcased some navy and white pieces for when he feels subdued.
Ethnic Influence. Vibrant reds and gold and the balance of black and white was evidence that Chinese culture played a strong role in Jayson Brunsdon’s Spring collection. Sabyasachi was influenced by India as models covered up in head scarves and hoodies, and wore long dresses and skirts, and loose fitting slacks.
Silver Springs. Lela Rose and Toni Maticevski shined in silver dresses, skirts, belts and gowns while Yeohlee included the trend in her poncho, tank dress, long skirts and slim pants. Peter Som and Marc Bouwer showed off metallic sliver tops and dresses for evening.
Yellow fever. Yellow-green pants, bead necklaces, and chunky pumps were seen at the Willow show while a golden-yellow hue was seen on silk dresses and tops offset with purple in either the garment itself or with a purple belt at Reem Acra. Yellow tops added a pop of color when paired with grey or khaki coats and suits at Nanette Lepore, livening up the outfit.
Bold face. Vibrant blues on dresses and skirts and a splash on tops were present in Jason Wu’s collection. Nanette Lepore used fuscia, orange, and yellow on dresses and tops in solid and floral prints. Tuleh displayed fuscia, orange, red, and green satin wrap and sheath dresses and suits for a fun day at the office.
Shift into chiffon. Romantic and elegant, chiffon was the fabric of choice at Chris Han, Venixiana, and Anne Bowen. Han’s designs focused on beautifully exposing a woman’s neck and collarbone in basic black, white, and grey. Venexiana included a floral print chiffon gown for evening and a blush colored chiffon dress for day. Bowen’s eveningwear collection featured gowns of varied lengths in pearl white satin, marshmallow white chiffon and metallic tissue in a gold hue. Standing out was the rose shredded chiffon evening gown coupled with suspended crystals and rouched chiffon flowers and hand-crafted beading.
Swimsuit season. “Brazilian-Bond Girls” was the name of the Spring 2008 Gottex collection. The swimwear line was divided into 12 categories that included Highlight, Margarita, Black Tulip, Iris, Romantic, Moonstone, Creation, Terra, Finale, Carnival, and Bride with one and two-piece suits, plunging halters, bandeau tops, asymmetrical cut-outs, floral prints, and vibrant colors.
Buns. Worn high or low, buns dominated the runways. At Lela Rose, hair was parted in the middle and the buns were twisted and worn low; at Terexov, a high chignon rested on pulled back hair with no part; and Yeohlee exaggerated the trend by parting hair in the middle from the front to the nape of the neck with buns on both sides of the head.
Put it on mute. Designs from Terexov, Temperley, and Lela Rose made bold statements by toning down colors to give a soft and pretty feel. Terexov’s color palette of grey, khaki, black and white looked simple yet elegant in his daywear and eveningwear collections.Temperley’s designs included smaller tiered ruffles in neutral colors like grey and beige. Oranges, yellows, blues, and greens were seen on dresses, skirts, and tops at Lela Rose, but they were subdued for the woman looking to stand out without drawing too much attention to herself.