133 posts tagged F/W 2008 in ALL BLOGS


The Objects of Desire -

PARIS...Once again Alber Elbaz delivered for the House of Lanvin. It was a collection that has that rare cache, sexy yet artful, containing a high degree of lavish innovation, while remaining utterly wearable. Rendered mostly in a palette of grey and black, one-shouldered looks were ubiquitous, showing up in a black satin dress, a tiered grey number, and a loose ...
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Wunderkind -

PARIS...Clash of the titians was in full force at Wunderkind for F/W 08. A plethora of neon-brights, animal prints and plenty of plaid were expertly collaged on a range of minis that looked young and fresh. You would think that was enough, but many of the looks were also accessorized with the occasional pair of insane fluorescent-beaded leggings. ...
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Sports Day -

PARIS...A rather puzzling Miu Miu collection from Miuccia Prada that cross-pollinated the sporty appeal of jockey uniforms with the cool attitude of surfing suits. Bold color-blocked dresses in neoprene were zipped up the front and embellished with monograms of the models' initials. Knit blouson sweaters were worn over long sporty shorts and duchesse-satin tunics and track jackets paired with simple ...
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A Quiet Affair -

PARIS...Several editors, not to mention a certain Ms Dita von Teese were left out in the cold after arriving late at the very-much-on-time Louis Vuitton show. Marc Jacobs' response as to the theme of the show was, "We just worked with shapes. Darts, folds, and pleats. I don't like to use these words because they sound pretentious, but if you ...
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Royal Flush -

PARIS...This enchanting collection from Alexander McQueen, a fairy tale inspired by the days of the British Raj and the court of Queen Victoria, is being hailed as this designer's best in years. There were nods to some of the great couturiers of the twentieth century, starting with the draped and classic styling of Paul Poiret and ending with a sequence ...
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Miu Miu -

PARIS...A new take on active wear was Miu Miu's  main theme for their F/W 08 collection. Focusing on jockey uniforms with a neoprene twist, (weird even for Prada) this felt as disjointed as it sounds. Key items that can be dissected from the group, were '80s biker shorts shown in a one piece jumper as well as second skin dresses.  ...
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Chloe -

PARIS...Despite the fact this was supposed to be a F/W 08 collection Chloe was heavy on billowy chiffon and organza this season. Going back to the roots of the house when Lagerfeld held the reigns in the '70s, were a plethora of microflower prints, a haberdashery of appliqués and embroideries that had a strong hippy, mix and match feeling. ...
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Victor & Rolf say “No, No, No”. -

PARIS...In response to the surplus of questioning that came after the Viktor & Rolf show, the duo went on the record saying, "We love fashion, but it's going so fast. We wanted to say 'No' this season." While they might have been clear in the delivery, a big fat "NO" popping out 3-D style from a long gray trench ...
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The Young and the Draped Dress -

At an age where most young people are finishing up college and wondering what to do with their life, 23 year old Esteban Cortazar just showed his first collection for the venerable house of Emanuel Ungaro. There was an acknowledgment toward the founding designer who made his name creating power clothes for socialites in the '80s in the form of ...
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MF Girbaud -

PARIS...MF Girbaud's F/W 08 collection proved to be a fresh direction for intelligent, sophisticated casualwear, presenting new concepts and a flattering silhouette. From tiered, deconstructed skirts, to star detail button downs, the entire palette was a wash of denim shades punctuated by cream and black. Elongated hooded coats and sweaters created a street urchin vibe, and this casual attitude was ...
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Anne Valérie Hash -

PARIS... Anne Valérie Hash is a master of construction and F/W 08 saw her exploring new ideas in geometry, adding three dimensional embellishments to dresses and sleeves. Although these designs were a great starting point for design inspiration, the more palpable ideas came in the form of muted, collegiate plaids and a tough, yet feminine cropped leather top. A young ...
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Stella McCartney -

PARIS...Stella McCartney's position on animal products in fashion is no secret, but the absence of these materials never diminishes her ability to produce a rich and textural collection. For F/W 08, many of the pieces were fashioned from grey felt, for a thick, yet modern effect. Tonal, cowl-neck outerwear and even off the shoulder mini-dresses appeared in the fabric, displaying ...
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Lutz -

PARIS...Growing line Lutz put forth one of the most Juniors appropriate collections of the F/W 08 season, focusing on slouchy layers, chiffon and a subtle combination of color. Key pieces included an easy to wear grey wool kimono coat, and a relaxed navy blue dress with a round portrait neckline and pleat details. A nice look at workable, versatile separates ...
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A Cut Above -

PARIS...Stefano Pilati sent a veritable army of power women along the runway of YSL. They marched out in identical black bowl-cut wigs, black lipstick, futuristic looking sunglasses. It was the perfect way to express an attitude of uncompromising austerity and severe tailoring that looked forward to the seasons to come and looked back to the power decade of the '80s ...
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Isabel Marant -

PARIS...Isabel Marant is a go-to favorite of many young Parisian women, a staple in their wardrobes for a touch of versatile insouciance. For F/W 08, Marant delivered a whole range of these items, from cropped jackets and parkas, to cozy, relaxed pants and slouchy boots. Large country plaids were an unexpected touch, but one that is certainly on-trend and worked ...
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