Natalia Kuks-Jacobs and Gabriela Perezutti-Isacson—born in Argentina and Uruguay, respectively—have been designing New York-based clothing and accessory label Candela since 2004. For spring 2010 we love their straight-from-the-Estancia look book, especially the tiered floral skirts and handkerchief hem dresses paired with ankle boots and rancher hats.
New York-based designer Rachel Antonoff's Holiday 2010 collection is all about cocktail party sophistication. Her look book, shot at the kayak pier on the Hudson River, shows off sculptural separates and frocks that will surely please her clients come winter. If you've seen Antonoff's previous look books, or her Fall 2009 video, then you know the kind of quirky-cool presentation that is her signature. Between her chic, modern designs and creative photographic escapades, there's nothing not to like.
H&M's upcoming Divided Exclusive collection, and now their Jimmy Choo collaboration, might be stealing the spotlight but their regular Fall 2009 range is trè chic. Here's a peak at the look book, which artfully styles Divided Exclusive and regular H&M pieces together. With the menswear shows starting next week and the Spring 2010 season looming, we think it might be time to actually start thinking about buying fall clothing.
This Fall, Phillip Lim sent a slew of sixties inspired looks down the runway. With so many outfits to digest, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a look book on the designer's website. Finally, a sixty-odd page spread has landed on the site, clearing up all of our break-away coat questions and then some. Delightfully, the look book features model-of-the-moment Tao Okamoto, who inspired the bowl cut wigs featured in Lim's runway show.
Swedish brand Acne is growing steadily and impressively by the season and this Fall 2009 marks another victory for the brand. The Fall range was first presented during Stockholm Fashion Week and showed off Acne's mastery of the androgynous and oversized. Judging by how well the Spring range is doing on Net-a-Porter--many items sold out immediately--we think Fall will be strong as well. Check out the look book in full, below.
Alexander Wang's somewhat genius diffusion line of cotton-things offered more substance this Fall 2009. Layering, after all, is what winter is all about. Alongside those coveted ultra-thin t-shirts and tanks are now such items as a body-skimming maxi dress, a button-down union suit and an elegant one shoulder dress. As much as we sympathize with the argument that a cotton t-shirt is best bought for less than $25, we find these new additions give value to the range. Check out the complete Fall 2009 look book below.
British jewelry designer Lucy Hutchings launched her namesake label in the Fall of 2008. Over the past three seasons Hutchings has received critical acclaim in countless international magazines and landed credits alongside the likes of Matthew Williamson and Calvin Klein. Often inspired by the natural world Hutchings designs are powerful and hard-to-miss. Check out images of her 1950's B-movie inspired Fall 2009 collection in the gallery below.
Michelle Nguyen Williams' sweet cocktail dresses and silk separates have been making us swoon for a few seasons now. Her line, Quail, made her a finalist in the Gen Art Fresh Faces ceremony in 2008 and is stocked at boutiques all over the world. The Fall 2009 collection shows off Quail's sweet but rebellious aesthetic with sheer blouses, swinging skirts and bloomers. Check out the look book in the gallery below.
Designer Abigail Lorick was a model in Paris and head designer at T S Dixin before she launched her own line in the Spring of 2007. Her Fall 2009 look book was inspired by French New Wave film and was photographed by Tom Hines who also shot the Samantha Pleet and Safe Spring 09 look books. The look book captures the cinematic, retro, haunted quality of Lorick's clothing, which makes frequent appearances on the equally dark television show, Gossip Girl.