Los Angeles Fashion Week Suh Tahn Spring 2009 Photos by Frazer Harrison
The Suh Tahn Spring 2009 show was made up of great denim, black, and white pieces that can only be described as 'edgy basics' whether it was a body-skimming cotton dress, denim vest, or geometric leggings. The pieces all neatly fit into a contemporary aesthetic that admires Rick Owens and Rad Hourani but from a slightly lower price point. Our favorite piece was the two-tone jacket/vest (left) that looked easy to wear and versatile for day and night looks. Having a jacket like that in your wardrobe would probably rid you of the desire to wear anything with it but body-skimming cotton dresses, denim vests, and geometric leggings--sometimes it just takes on piece to make the point for an entire collection. In New York, Suh Tahn is carried at Opening Ceremony. If you should be stranded somewhere, they've an online store coming soon. Also, check out our first glimpse of the Spring 09 collection, when we visited Coterie last month.
Los Angeles based Suh-Tahn was founded in 2005 by partners Shannon Nataf and Dimitry Tcharfas who together have designed a line layered with meaning. Dark and brooding yet organic and light, the line lives up to its nuanced name. "Soutane" means scared robe in french, "suh" a feminine adjective from sanskrit and arabic means light or star, and "tahn" a masculine adjective is rooted in the Greek word thanatos or darkness. The constant tension serves the duo's work well as their Spring 2009 had a visceral impact on your editors that literally halted us in our steps.
OK, so here's the thing: I am so over leggings. Have been since they came back a couple years ago. But I accepted it's one of those things that won't die, and I figured out it's because they serve a functional purpose; they do come in handy in times of travel and nippy weather. And so, I think Lindsay Lohan was on to something. Along with her legging line 6126 (named after Marilyn Monroe's birthday), the new crop of leggings are un-ordinary. They come in different colors, textures, and treatments. So if you can't rid yourself of them, try on a modernized, fresh pair, for me.