133 posts tagged F/W 2008 in ALL BLOGS


Tsumori Chisato -

PARIS...Perhaps the polar opposite of the restrained glamor of Karl Lagerfeld's collection, F/W 08 from Tsumori Chisato looked wild and energetic, full of color and pop details. Known for her prints and cartoon sensibility, the designer looked to the sky for inspiration, creating light, cropped puffer jackets and dresses illustrated with airy clouds. Dip dye ombre tights were a key ...
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Karl Lagerfeld -

PARIS...Karl Lagerfeld, although definitely a hugely creative prescence in the fashion world today, knows when to stick to a trend. Establishing collections in his own image for a few years now, this season was no different, proving to be a solid presentation of variations on tuxedo styling. Keeping skirt lengths above the knee and the palette fully in the black, ...
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Artist at Work -

DRIES VAN NOTEN  PARIS...Once again, Dries Van Noten's girls walked to the beat of a different drum. There was no sign of "austerity chic" on this runway, quite the opposite in fact. Van Noten followed up on last season's big bloom prints with a variety of colorful abstracts sometimes exploring the same sort of marbleized printing techniques rendered by Raf Simons ...
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Tisci’s Catholic Taste -

PARIS...Since Riccardo Tisci took over the helm of this most venerable of Houses in 2005 editors and store buyers have been waiting for him to find his feet. This season it finally happened. Perhaps it was a recent trip to South America that did the trick. Tisci said that as a Catholic it was a coming home of sorts; the ...
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Hussein Chalayan -

PARIS...Hussein Chalayan might not be a usual choice as a go-to designer for Juniors, with his explorations into mechanical dresses and laser light shows. However, this season, a parade of directional yet realistic dresses formed a wearable and inspirational collection. Fabrics with shine were incorporated into almost every design, and the silhouette focused on a narrow halter neck with hanging, ...
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Dries Van Noten -

PARIS...As an established master of print, Dries Van Noten has explored a range of motifs in the past few years, including the current craze for florals. For F/W 08, he diminished his reliance on blooms and added in marbleized patterns that recalled rock striations, as well as a gorgeous crisscrossed multi-color top that mimicked stained glass. Fresh key items included ...
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Like the Girls -

Tao Kurihara, of the label Comme des Garcons, revealed her cotton-candy colored eponymous label yesterday in Paris, to much acclaim. The light and fluffy yet complex knitwear was expertly balanced against the otherwise ominous look of the show. Silver-foil dresses were the openers, after which followed several waves of candy colors, then black, then cream (and back for some more ...
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Wear your art on your feet -

The surrealistic (Prada, Marc Jacobs) and fetishistic (Jil Sander, Fendi, Balenciaga) tendencies that began in spring are continuing into fall and both were on display at the Balenciaga show yesterday. Several styles were other styles were architectural in the extreme, showing a killer stiletto and pointed toe. Other styles in deliciously icy tones with an overlay of latex gave new ...
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Vivienne Westwood -

PARIS...Warrior women have been on the minds of many designers for the past few seasons, and Vivienne Westwood is among them with her F/W 08 collection. Enlisting the help of elementary school students, who drew the illustrations covering most of the pieces, she addressed issues of global warming by asking for depictions of futuristic eco-crusaders. An inspiring look at hand ...
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Ann Demeulemeester -

PARIS...Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester's brand of louche rock and roll has made her a cult favorite with many fashion forward fans, and this season she continues to explore some of the textures and silhouettes introduced during the last few collections. Bohemian grunge were the references, reflected in the lace up military boots, wide brimmed '70's hats, mottled nouveau tie-dye and ...
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Viktor & Rolf -

PARIS...Viktor & Rolf are obviously known for their theatrics and the conceptual nature of their designs. Last season's staggering lighting rig runway display, which some models literally staggered underneath, was one of the most difficult to decipher. For F/W 08 the ideas were bit easier to swallow, such as t-shirts emblazoned with an assertive "No!" in a reaction to the ...
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Rubber Soul -

Nicolas Ghesquière struck fashion gold once again with his F/W 08/09 collection for Balenciaga. Last season’s short, structured florals were forsaken for something deeper, darker and more refined. It was a delicate balance of ladylike austerity (jewelry as collars and cuffs!) with futuristic tendencies (liberal use of technical fabrics, neoprene, even rubber) The collection was condensed to only 34 looks, ...
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Tao -

PARIS...Tao Kurihara, protégé of Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, struck out with her eponymous sub-label a few years ago, and has since matured enough so that neither Kawakubo nor Juyna Watanabe even views the collection before it comes down the runway. For F/W 08, the Tao line veered slightly away from the usual head-to-toe heaviness and introduced a more ...
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JEFEN -

PARIS...Jefen for F/W 08 showed a bevy of wing-shoulder leather jackets, flirty fur caplets, and over sized cables knits made of lush cashmere. Sure, these artful exteriors were paired with super-short flippy skirts and short shorts, but the bottom line is that everything was glossy, cool and wearable. As usual, Jefen's mix of sport and chic was right on ...
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Undercover -

PARIS...Undercover's F/W 08 collection demonstrated a hybridization between Japanese avant garde and American casual street wear. Inserted was a sense of alternative Japanese cool transformed into sweat ensembles, parkas and motorcycle pants, that were zippered and collaged with leather, knit, waxed cotton, and buckles. One of the coolest collections of the season for a new style of active ...
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