>> Jonathan Saunders, who is no longer designing for Pollini, is now pairing with Escada Sport, and he is on board to create a Resort 2012 capsule collection, consisting of 20 pieces over all product groups, including leather accessories. The collection is expected to hit stores next November. [WWD]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Steven Meisel isn't the only one currently obsessed with the It Brits — Grazia is shooting today with a number of London designers, and apparently Jonathan Saunders wanted Pixie Geldof to model for Pollini, but it didn't happen because her father wanted her to concentrate on her exams, instead. Christopher Kane was also at the shoot and revealed he's a "massive" Gossip Girl and The City fan, and "does an amazing American accent." [Grazia Twitter, Grazia Twitter, Grazia Twitter]
Kingdom Of Style reported on Pollini's Spring 2009 collection, made colorful by creative director Jonathan Saunders.
Kitten Lounge offered lingerie options a-plenty thanks to a specialty e-commerce site called Hip Undies.
If you are feeling glum from all of the gray we saw on the catwalk, the impending financial doom, our imperiled ecosystem or are just plain out of sorts we have the fifty best prints of Spring 2009 here to cheer you up. From Gucci to Pucci, Miu Miu to Marc Jacobs we cover New York, Milan and Paris' best prints.
Scottish designer Joanthan Saunders is having a truly excellent Fall, his Target Go International collection will be hitting stores in October, his own Spring 2009 collection was a voluminous expansion of his usually tailored vision, and his first collection for Pollini was a pleasantly colorful and commercial interpretation of the brand. Pollini's parent company, Aeffe, will no doubt be pleased to see just how well Saunders has been able to combine his own expertize in prints and tailoring with Pollini's rich history of vibrant hued design.
The collection was just a little more girlie than typical Saunders with frills, chiffon dresses and polka dots but it was in the graphic colorblock appeal of green and purple or orange and pink that we saw the designers personal style shine within the classic Pollini fair. We were impressed that Saunders strayed from his preference for sheen and bold bright colors, instead tempering the impact of the collection with more muted hues and even black and gray. This left us feeling the collection was solidly in touch with the preferences of today's consumers who may as it turns out be into Italian fashion for somewhat more prosaic reasons: it lasts.
>> Jonathan Saunders used colors aplenty and frothy, full skirts in his namesake Spring 2009 collection, and there was more where that came from for his first outing at Pollini. Complemented by Nicholas Kirkwood's minibags and high heels for the brand, Saunders sent out 27 looks that kept the press interested.
WWD raved: "a promising start of pretty clothes with plenty of commercial appeal"; Vogue UK wholeheartedly approved: "[Pollini] built its reputation on strong colour and prints — and Saunders proved today that he was without doubt the best choice to embrace that history"; and Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune also saw good in the match: "slimmer tailoring, still with graphic patterns, was a less dynamic take and jersey dresses were too complex in their asymmetry. But this was a clear start for Saunders." Now just one important thing remains to be seen — can the collection sell (to editors and consumers)?
>> IN PRODUCTION —Nicholas Kirkwood officially unveils his first accessories collection for Pollini with Jonathan Saunder's ready-to-wear during Milan Fashion Week, but until then, here's a preview. Expect the look to be less avant-garde than Kirkwood's epynomous line; Instead, there will be stacked heels, shots of color, and a shoe type Kirkwood has never done — flats. [WWD]
The sun may still be shining bright in your neck of the woods, but soon Fall will be upon us, bringing with it crunchy leaves and gusty winds. With the notion of seasonless dressing becoming more of a reality, investing in Fall pieces now is not such a bad idea. That way you can use now and later. A slew of online retailers have started thinking ahead by stocking Autumn goodies now, like this Pollini Cutout Ankle Bootie ($695). Get ahead while you can.
- Shopbop — Great for boots and leather jackets.
- Bluefly — Fall preview dresses and cashmere sweaters.
- Urban Outfitters — Look for dark-hued floral dresses, sheer tights, cardigans.
- Oak NYC — fashion-forward hoodie tanks, knot necklaces, and colorful fringed scarves.
- Ami Ami — Good for sweaters and leather.
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