Fab Blab: Henry Holland on M.I.A Outfit M.I.A caused a stir at the Grammy Awards this weekend in a sheer House of Holland dress with carefully placed polka dots. Some people have expressed outrage, as M.I.A is due to give birth any day now! Henry Holland has spoken about the dress explaining that he is "amused" by the reaction it has caused.
We find the oversized black and white polka dot trend too fabulous for words--especially when it's skillfully layered with contrasting prints. Leave it to Christian Lacroix and House of Holland to do it best, after all, both love an over-the-top challenge. In case you're ready to start practicing, these Topshop examples are perfectly matched to those on Spring 09 runways.
We started to see round sunglasses crop up this summer but the statement failed to make it beyond the eccentric celebrity and fashion-insider types--all that has changed for Spring 09. Round sunglasses appeared all over the Spring 09 runways, especially in New York, where a diverse group of designers embraced the trend. Our favorite pair made the cut for today's front page, and thankfully Ralph Lauren also has pair we can buy now. We hope this style is as flattering as the wayfarer...but something tells us it's not.
New York Fashion Week ignites some trends, but it's in London where the envelope is pushed beyond the limit. Take, for example, Giles Deacon's Pac-Women. London Fashion Week is nearing completion, but there was enough quirk to last a lifetime, or at least until next season. While overexposure started in New York, the king of quirk, Henry Holland, took the concept to a whole new, playful level. Proceed with caution.
Much like in New York, London Fashion Week not only means dozens of runway shows every day but also the arrival of a whole mess of trade shows. It is the Spring 09 season for everyone remember, and just because a designer or brand does not show during Fashion Week doesn't mean they didn't design a collection that buyers will need to see. Because buyers come from all walks of retail life, and because there are only so many hours in the day, trade shows necessarily organize themselves. In New York, that means the illustrious water views of Coterie and for many fashion people (who may or may not have braved the Fashion Week storm) the event comes and goes quietly. Now, it is something we can see both sides of, the idea of whether or not a trade show should be made into a big fashion spectacle but, because we are officially (gasp) the press, we have to say we like seeing them covered.
So...today we walked into the "tents" to pick up our Exhibition pass and realized we were walking into one massive trade show. You see, New York Fashion Week had us so frazzled that we failed to put it all together--or at least the scale of it. Pop up cafes and champagne bars, multiple floors of booths divided by accessories and ready to wear made up this wholesale behemoth and though we thoroughly regretted the decision to wear heels by the end of it, fashion we did absorb. Our favorite booths were part of The British Fashion Council's New Gen group, sponsored by Tophshop. Between Felder Felder (who showed today), House of Holland, and Sandra Backlund there are quite a few names The New Gen can count on for street cred. It seems a shame to see such talented designers forced to show their collection on a rolling rack rather than a runway but alas, maybe the New Gen and Exhibition will change all that.