Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is the sleepy portrayal of the five Lisbon sisters and their mysterious suicides, set in a 1970s Detroit suburb. While the subject matter is melancholic, it's hard to ignore the soft, feminine fashion. The film's dreamlike aesthetic and moody tone showcased lots of gauzy, retro-romantic babydoll dresses and ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, and girly, '70s-style eyelet and lace. Shop our picks below to crib the Lisbon sisters' easy, innocent style for Spring.
Each day of New York Fashion Week is giving us something to look forward to for Fall '11. We've been seeing longer hems, bold pops of color, and loads of mixed prints — and each show leaves us more excited for the next. Derek Lam hit us with his well-known uptown glamour, VPL showed us sexy metallics, and Alice Ritter offered the ultimate in cool-girl chic. Click through to see day four's Fab-approved looks.
French designer Alice Ritter is a favorite among fashionable but not over-the-top New York gals. Her signature plaid blouses, country summer frocks, and motorcycle jackets have always reminded us of Isabel Marant--who likewise is known for capturing that coveted notion of easy French cool. This season Ritter brought back her chic harem trousers from Spring--which have already sold out at Barneys--in addition to some amazing light outwear pieces rendered in charcoal and black. Check out Ritter's Fall 2009 collection below along with a few snapshots from our showroom visit.
Alice Ritter's wild, champagne-filled presentation was what started our New York Fashion Week this past Fall 08, but this season Ritter decided to skip the excess and focus her energies on making a closely edited, salable collection. We can say that she was successful in her process, especially by way of the trousers. Today we saw four pairs of the same billowed trousers in four different fabrications. It was efficient on her part and will be indulgent for consumers because these pants will likely be snatched up in all four fabrics by Ritter fans. Our personal favorites were the hunter green washed silk pair, that would look amazing with heels and a simple cotton blouse come Summer. Billowy pants with an elastic waistband, ankle cuffs, and side pockets are our new Spring 09 plight. After all, it only takes one pattern to spend a lot of money.
What attitude or personality best describes Marie Saeki PR and the lines that you represent? Our team is an international mix of open-minded and positive people, with a strong fashionable attitude and a sense of humor. The lines we represent reflect the personality of our office.
What are some of the differences between working with the larger publications versus smaller ones or websites? The differences are similar yet respective to the scale of the media company. For example, the monthly and seasonally printed publications have to forecast what is going to happen months in advance, and we have to wait to see if our products have been selected for editorials. Websites are very exciting because the Internet is able to instantly broadcast something new and there is an instant result to show our clients.
What is your average day at the showroom like? Answering a very, very large amount of emails and writing an even bigger amount to our clients, editors, stylists, and journalists. We are in constant communication because new ideas are always being brainstormed and pitched. Samples and products are sent out daily for photo shoots and other product placements. Depending on the season, fashion shows and events are planned and executed. There really is no average day because each day presents new tasks and requests. Our biggest daily issue is deciding where we should order lunch.
What is the most stressful part of your job? Worrying about not having results to show our clients.
And, your favorite part of your job? Pitching, it's like a game. It is always fun to find the right angle when introducing a new concept or fashion happening.
In today's exclusive Coutorture editorial we've pulled garments from the Spring 08 collections of Alice Ritter and Trovata. The two brands, though seemingly dissimilar, are on common ground in terms of their contemporary style and appeal to twenty-something's with a penchant for smart casual dress. From Ritter, we've covered her Spring 08 collection as well as her Fall 08 presentation during New York Fashion Week (it was one wild party). In our video, we spoke with Ritter, who attributes the Fall 08 season to have been influenced by legendary rougue Serge Gainsbourg. From Trovata, we popped into the showroom to shoot Fall 08, an exclusive Coutorture editorial that made us want to move upstate and start a family (only kidding!). It, as always, had an East Coast prepster aesthetic that pulled at our Cape Cod-loving heartstrings. The two brands appear again in today's editorial, La Belle Dame sans Merci, so, consider yourself an expert.
An original photo editorial for Coutorture.com. Photographer Alex Norden, Fashion Editor Megan Zanke and Julie Fredrickson, Styling Julie Bobek, Makeup Julie Fredrickson and Maleeha Kahn. Clothing From SS08 Harlan Bel, Trovata and Alice Ritter. Models Margaret Pridgen, Kyla Jamieson, and Marie Lunde Fossdal.
Yeah, the Alice Ritter show was kind of nuts. Only the French would take something so stressful, throw back the booze, and turn it into a totally chilled out opportunity to talk about politics and how everyone's weekend went down. There were a few models walking around in, you know, the collection, but there were also a lot of Ritter's friends who were well-dressed and mingling in such a way that you couldn't really tell just what was what. To further complicate things some of Ritter's pals, like Au Revoir Simone, were modeling in the show. In other words, the people looked like models, and the models, people. Below, our video of the madness, and a gallery of the looks as a point of clarification.