Giles Deacon showed a Fall 2009 collection yesterday that served as a personal retrospective for the designer. Deacon called up his favorite designs, some of which dated back to his college years, in an effort to reclaim some "fun" this season. Two perfect castings to this theme: vintage supermodels and thigh high suede Louboutins.
Who loves Pre-Fall? I do, I do! This time, I'm showing you fabulous frocks from the likes of Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Nicole Miller, Naeem Khan, Giles, Vera Wang, and Badgley Mischka. I don't see any elegant soirees in my future but a girl can always dream, right? I'm swooning over this intricate teal Lhuillier. Absolutely amazing. Click through to see more decadent dresses.
Fashion In 50 Seconds 12/02/08 Gemma Ward's Film, Cyber Numbers Roll In, Marni Changing Format, Designers Give Back
Gemma Ward's new film, The Black Balloon, will open stateside this Friday, following its March release in Australia which came with a slew of positive reviews...
Cyber Monday has come and gone but consumer spending online should continue, despite all odds, to grow. WWD reports on the build up of Cyber Monday and the Thanksgiving numbers that brought us there.
Marni has announced its Fall 09 menswear show will take place by way of a presentation rather than the usual runway spectacular. The company has articulated their ongoing focus on menswear, despite deciding on this rather subdued format for next season.
A collaborative project called A Little Piece of Mind has the likes of Giles Deacon, PPQ, and Luella Bartley designing squares of quilts that will be auctioned off, in New York and London, for charity. Debuting this March, proceeds from the auction will go to Shelter in the UK and the Bowery Mission in New York.
While my girls in London wrap up their own Fashion Week, Giles — someone I've always had my eye on — sent rather tame, graphic designs down his runway. But what wasn't tame was the Pac-Man-inspired massive head gear. So it's a bit distracting from the shift dresses and draped black gown, it's super fun. I enjoy the contrast of the tame clothes and ode to the '80s accessory. It takes me back to dentist visits where I played Pac-Man while my teeth soaked in fluoride. Maybe this pleasant memory is why I don't mind visiting my dentist and Giles's poking fun.
Metallics have been around the block and back. I'm glad to see them taking on new forms and becoming more fluid and romantic. Marni (pictured) presents the perfect juxtaposition of luster and crispness — a thoroughly modern combination. I am a self-proclaimed luster addict. Can you imagine the ways these clothes move? They are probably blinding in the sun. But that's the beauty of the luster — you just can't keep your eyes off it, no matter how painful it is.
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Has going to jail become so glamorous that designers are making clothes inspired by prisoners' outfits? That's what it seems with Giles One-Shoulder Mini Dress (on sale for $2,048, originally $4,095). I do love the combo of black and white, but this is a little too similar to the real thing...well, minus the one-shoulder effect. Would you jailhouse rock it?
I am in a trend alert lull. Don't get me wrong - there are always enough trends to go around. But you see, we're at this point in the season where the Summer sales are dwindling down but we're being romanced by the new collections in the glossy mags - though items are not yet fully in stores.
I'm ready for Fall! There, I said it. I'm not necessarily ready to shop (or ready for the weather) but I'm ready to feature the new trends and fresh Fall offerings. While in this fashion flux, I was browsing through the Fashion Fix Runway Style group and thought it would be fun to zero in on some of the more dramatic Fall trends to see if you all dig them, loathe them and, most importantly, are inspired by them.
Let's begin with a little plumage shall we? Feathers floated, flocked and freaked out on the runways. While I think the luxurious lightweight material can add a certain something to a hem or lovely texture, I'll take my plumage Louis Vuitton style (middle). While it is quite elegant for evening, as exhibited by Marchesa (left); it can also leave you looking like a freak show, like on British designer Giles' runway (right). A trend I think only the wealthy or red carpet worthy will end up pulling off - I am already fearing feathery knock offs. Does this trend ruffle your feathers? Or are you feather ready?
The future is upon us. Fabric innovations have brought fresh and interesting textures to the runways. Upon the streamlined shapes of Fall, these complex and high-tech fabrics, like heat-fused wool-and-silk blends, glazed mohair knits, full on plumage, and glossy treatments, outshined some of the silhouettes (and the models!). Here at Giles, get lost in the new textures - ladies, it's time to texturize it.
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