American designer Fahrd Foste showed his Fall 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week this season. Foste launched his namesake brand last season, after studying at Parson's and working in the denim industry with Ralph Lauren (Polo and Black Label) as a young designer. We're excited about his statement accessories and turtlenecks for fall. Check out a few images from the collection below.
Doo-Ri Chung has learned the right pair of tights can instantly transform an outfit. After receiving high accolades for the leggings shown in her Fall collection, seen left, Doo-Ri has decided to launch a hosiery line.
“I would love to use studs or bring something in that could be smooth on the surface,” said Chung. “Legwear is so important because women today see themselves in complete looks, and with how big accessories have become, they see how models are on the runway and that’s how they want to get dressed.”
The Doo.Ri leggings collection will make its debut in the Fall. If her hosiery does well, Chung will consider creating a more extensive line for next Spring.
The jewelry mastermind behind Bing Bang, Anna Sheffield, has teamed up with hip NY clothing brand Bensoni to create a line of rocker girl baubles to complement its Fall collection. The exclusive line, which debuted at New York Fashion Week, includes a selection of earrings, necklaces, and cuffs made in inky, metallic finishes. My favorite piece has to be this rad cuff. Anna's combination of bronze and teal is genius. The collection will be available come Fall. I'm tingling!
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I'm all for avant-garde dressing, but the crazy toppers at Isaac Mizrahi's Fall show take hats to a whole new level. I love handbags but putting one on your head is nonfunctional and it just looks weird! Seriously, how strange would it be to see someone pulling their keys out the top of their head . . .? Let me know peeps: are these hats crazy freaky or crazy fabulous?
There's no denying the current economic crisis. That said, I've been trying my best to save money and cut back on everything — even shopping. Times like these make me envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous, but even they aren't immune to this problem. At New York Fashion Week, Hollywood girls Michelle Trachtenberg, Jessica Stroup, and Nicky Hilton dished on how they've been cutting back on their spending habits.
- Michelle likes to mix H&M and Target into her wardrobe. “I have always kept in mind that my fans are teenagers and they don’t have a lot of money to spend. They like to get looks for less.”
- Jessica claims she has “always been a bit frugal.” The actress likes to reinvent her old pieces and is always on the lookout for sales.
- Even the heiress is getting more money savvy. “I’m being smarter about my spending. I’m not going into stores and buying anything. I am buying more pieces instead of just a bunch of clothes.”
Jenni Kayne's Fall '09 collection was brilliant, but I didn't expect anything less from the trendsetting designer. Among the standout looks was this all-black trouser and tube top set, finished with chunky sandals, a gold ball necklace, and black-rimmed glasses. Simple yet unmistakably cool, that's Kayne's forte. If you wish to recreate it, French Connection's Cosmic Wonder Tube Top ($80, originally $138) should be your starting point. It's pleated like the designer version but way cheaper. Get your Kayne on.
I'm forever intrigued by bloodsuckers, but the sexiest monster has once again been popularized with the successes of Twilight and True Blood. I'm actually surprised I didn't see more gothic romance on the Fall runways; then again, we still have London, Milan, and Paris to go. A handful of New York designers delivered sultry, moody looks complete with sharp black outwear, ruffled blouses, lace aplenty, blood-colored tights and tulle, and neck-baring sexiness. Jill Stuart showed a youthful, slightly '80s version that would have garnered any Lost Boy's attention.
Here's how Mary-Kate's week went last week: Tuesday, CelebStyle is giving away pieces from the Elizabeth and James jewelry line; Wednesday, chatted with Fab while drinking a non-vanilla iced latte; Wednesday night, partied with fashion folks at Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld exhibition; Thursday, attended Proenza Schouler's Fall show while wearing a pair of shoes from Elizabeth and James's shoe collection; Saturday, attended the Independent Spirit awards in Proenza shoes. Whew. See how it's all intertwined? It had to be fate, then, that led me and Mary-Kate to a surprise convo at the Elizabeth and James design studio in NYC.
I had an appointment to see the highly anticipated Elizabeth and James shoes and to preview the Summer clothing collection. No silly, not with Mary-Kate, she just happened to pop by when I was getting the scoop. Intros were made, Fab stood in shock.
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>> THE MODELIZER —A year ago, WWD reported that one-third of the New York shows didn't employ models of color, but according to Jezebel's calculations, spots given to models of color increased six percent this season. Among those shows with the highest diversity: Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Tracy Reese, Sophie Theallet; those using no models of color included: Julian Louie, Koi Suwannagate, Temperley London, and Vera Wang Lavender Label. [Jezebel]
As promised, Alexander Wang's first jewelry collection with Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Paris Kain of Abraxas Rex debuted on Wang's runway Feb. 14. If you paid close attention, you would have spotted the weapon-like cuff, seen on Tasha Tilberg's wrist, and the sharp, alien-like earrings. Do you recall when Wang said you wouldn't need pierced ears to wear his earrings? Now I get what he meant. Totally makes sense that Wang's jewels are as edgy as his clothes, but are they freaky or fabulous?