04/29/09. Sydney, Australia. Photos: Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images.
We're off to a press preview at Pas de Deux--the women's boutique recently opened by Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai of men's fashion destinations Odin and Den. Tomorrow we'll bring you as many photo galleries as one preview can conjure but, while you wait, check out our previous Spring 2009 preview coverage entitled, "In The Showroom".
We see two marked advantages to this coverage and every collection has either one or the other going for it. For designers like Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, and Aurelio Costarella there comes a chance to see photos of clothing hot off the runway and hear our take on how the collection measures up in person. On the other hand, if the designer didn't show this season, our coverage let's you see Spring 09 from a point of view not yet smattered all over the internet. Our favorites in this category have been Bess, Mary Meyer, and Rodebjer.
Whichever category a collection falls into, we think it's a pretty neat opportunity.
Now you, off to the showroom!
Forgive us the awkward turn of phrase but stripes of all stripes were out in force on the catwalk for Spring 2009. Horizontal, vertical, or criss cross the pattern made its way onto dresses, shirts, skirts, and even slacks. Sabysachi, Mara Hoffman, Tommy Hilfiger, Aurelio Costarella, Leifsdotter, Doo Ri, Derek Lam, Iodice, Ports 1961, Carmen Marc Valvo, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc, Tibi, Y3, Catherine Holstein, Alice McCall, Rag and Bone, Michael Angel, and Thakoon all showed a variation on the theme.
The black day dress seems a strange staple for a Spring 2009 runway and yet it kept popping up on runway after runway, as if to say things are a bit dire so maybe a conservative frock will get the attention of concerned buyers? Our gallery showcasing the trend includes Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Aurelio Costarella, Vera Wang, Chris Han, Anna Sui, Richard Chai, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Iodice, Rock and Republic, and Nicole Miller
Everything from skirts and pants to day dresses and evening gowns shined lke the top of the Chrysler Building at New York Fashion Week. And given that we have no clue how Lehman Brothers is going to survive the week we too say its a Hard Knock Life, thus the fantasy and aspirations of a newly impovershied America turns to glitz and glamour. Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aurelio Costarella, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Ports 1961, Venexiana, Calvin Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi are all in our gallery.
Photographer Alex Norden, Art Director Julie Fredrickson, Fashion Editor Megan Zanke, Assistant Maleeha Khan, Makeup Artist Jeffrey Dwayne. Clothing From Aurelio Costarella, Operation Clothing, Chris Han, Erotokritos, Tom's Shoes, Frye Boots and Helmut Lang. Lauren Hanawalt with Elite Model Management.
Aurelio Costarella Spring 2008 Fashion Show