Right when I saw ddtigreiss's creation, I said, "What a killer color combo." Think about it — on their own, black, orange, and silver are great, but put them together and BAM! In this pairing, black lends seriousness, silver shine, and orange vivaciousness. One hue would not be the same without the other . . . it's a ménage à trois, for colors.
Am I looking at a dress or a piñata? No disrespect to Manoush because I normally like her designs, but this Manoush Multicolored Tiered Dress ($480) should have never left the showroom. That amount of tiers wouldn't even look good on a stick-skinny model. Maybe, just maybe if it were all one color it would be better, but the colorblock makes it silly. Am I being way harsh?
French contemporary label, Manoush, has always had a place in our hearts thanks to their over-the-top femininity and quirky sense of humor--there's something about that combination that we like. When we caught a glimpse of this Jabot Dress we couldn't help but wonder if the design team wasn't poking fun at the ruffle trend taking over the contemporary market. Is it Manoush's femininity or sense of humor coming out in this dress? It's hard to tell. In any case, we like this dress but it does reach our ruffle threshold. The only thing more ruffled you'd find us wearing would be a Spring 09 frock by Cristian Lacroix because, well, his ruffles are too over-the-top not to love.
How many times do we say it's all about the accessories? Victory Ford of Lipstick Jungle knows this. Even when her eyes are set on landing a tennis pro's clothing line, she adorns a LWD to perfection. Layered rhinestone necklaces, a strong shoe, and a pop of color clutch are key Victory accents. I'm sure her business partner-slash-ex Joe was dazzled but not enough for him to do the deed we've been waiting for. Alas, we have to anticipate another Friday night for the answer to that one; in the meantime, feast your eyes.
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Today we popped into the Coterie Trade Show where the godforsaken clothes are actually bought and sold! If you fancy a quick glance at Fall 08, off the runway, here are some photos we snapped in attendance. Coterie, one of the most prominent trade shows in America, takes place in the Javits Center and is vast and sprawling. The maze of designers is only navigable by the atmosphere of their respective booths. Indeed, as any good New Yorker knows, even in the space of a kitchen tile one can make themselves known. Tory Birch had a guard with clipboard as the booth was 'by appointment only', Rag & Bone was prohibiting press pictures (thanks lady, we've got the runway shots anyway), and Earnest Sewn built a huge wooden wall to act as a shield against the lesser-merchandised vendors. Adam by Adam Lippies, Diabless, Manoush, and Iodice, on the other hand, hosted mini-Coterie parties in their respective booths where all were welcome. Some representatives hired models to pass out look books, while others simply mowed-down on sandwiches, staring into space. It was day three of the event, after all, and everyone let their true colors shine through. Some of our favorite designers at the show, coming soon.
Bohemian girl Frederique Trou-Roy was between jobs, so she decided to wander around Morocco (good choice!). While there, she scoured the street workshops, hunted for old scarves, and had the local craftsmen make leather shopping bags with metal detailing and sequin-embroidered wicker baskets for her. From the escapade, her Parisian label Manoush was born, a melange of gypsy influences and wearable clothes.
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You gotta love celebs; one day they're on How Would YOU Wear It? and the next they're on Celebrity Style! Rod's daughter looks exquisite in her Manoush LBD. She's adorable and sophisticated at the same time. And of course those Yves Saint Laurent platforms don't hurt either. The one thing she lacks is color, so I took it upon myself to give her a pair of divine purple earrings. Work it girl!