We might be in danger of playing favorites with Charles Nolan but its hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm the entire house has for the line and the women that wear it. Visiting Charles' booth at Coterie is a perfect example of why a runway show is never enough to get a feel for a collection. You have to get up close and personal. Thankfully Charles' friendly sales team let gush over the Spring 2009 offerings. Because really what woman wouldn't want to own every single one of his crisp white shirts?
The Spring 2009 shows may have only finished a few days ago in New York but savvy fashion watchers know its all about what gets bought. Many runway favorites were at Coterie ENK's impressive tradeshow at the Javitt's Center. Fresh off the runway looks from Charles Nolan, Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo and Tadashi Shoji were causing quite the stirr. After all, you need to see the garments up close before you open up the check book!
Charles Nolan takes us through his dual inspirations for his Spring 2009 collection including one innovative American couple and a book on Post World War I France.
The warmth, good cheer and happy intellectualism of Charles Nolan has made him a Coutorture favorite. A peach, a stimulating conversation with Charles himself, and lots of smiling people made this backstage the best of the week.
Man is a political animal according to Aristotle and we are pleased to discover that for many fashionistas that doesn't simply evoke zebra stripes. Charles Nolan, fresh from his Americana Cruise 2009 collection has been supporting his life partner Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, at the Democratic Convention WWD has a delightful interview with the political animals. Concerns about the economy, rights, and free thinking were thankfully a higher priority thank who wore what pant suit to the couple.
Jil Sander is expanding into inner and beach wear. In license with Italian manufacturer Albisetti SpA the first innerwear collection will launch in September 2009 with beachwear in 2010. We personally can't wait for the minimalist bandeau suit possibilities.
Los Angeles County Prosecutors have dropped half the charges against designer Anand Jon. Accused of a slew of sex crimes, the remaining charges could still put him away for 122 years to life.
Origins wants Coloradans to feel like its a local favorite, just like all the other actual local favorites. But these days you have to be big to afford to be good.
Its going to be a fall full of Rei Kawakubo thanks to her high profile collaborations. While the Third Estate has to wait till November for her collection with H&M. But her work with Louis Vuitton is making its debut next Wednesday in a temporary concept store in Tokyo designed by Rei herself. Because its not a money making venture for Vuitton supposedly (har har, though it does "quietly mark its 30th anniversary in Japan) you can only place your orders at this pop up but you will not be back to get your bags till 2009. If we were planning a trip to Tokyo anytime in the near future we might actually consider buying this "noodle" handle bag.
Reports are coming out of WWD Magic that buyers are sticking to comparatively cheaper American made lines.
J. Brand Jeans and Topshop are working together for a lower priced denim collaboration coming out November 30th. The jeans are to be named after New York neighborhoods. The skinny jean, one of J Brand's classics, is to be named the Brooklyn. We would have gone with the Williamsburg.
Coutorture.com interviews Charles Nolan on his Cruise 2009 collection.
Yesterday, a beautiful Sunday afternoon indeed, Charles Nolan showed his A/W 08 collection. We'd been to his studio recently, for the FGI Rising Star Awards party he hosted, and, like last time, the large space filled up in a casual Thanksgiving-dinner sort of way. Children were running between legs, people were sipping coffee and eating bagels with lox and cream cheese. Sure, there was the usual chaos of preparing for a show, but the Nolan-way was present. It was our pleasure to interview Mr. Nolan before the show, where he told us a little bit about the collection and its mix of tradition and technology. Soak up that bright light (that's a sick river view you're witnessing) and the amiable manner of a gentleman who can manifest 'lifestyle' from backstage to brick and mortar.
Interview with Designer Charles Nolan