133 posts tagged F/W 2008 in ALL BLOGS


A.F. Vandervorst -

PARIS...The husband and wife team of A.F. Vandervorst stuck to their usual hard versus soft duality. Nearly every look began with a stark black or white button-down and cotton leggings to match. For the soft alternative, they offered oversize Fair Isle cardigan coats, shiny puffer jackets and a cozy active inspired ensemble fit for the gym. ...
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O, Happy Day -

PARIS...With the soundtrack to The Graduate playing in the background (Here's to you, Mrs Robinson) John Galliano remarked that for Dior F/W 08/09 “pure glamor,” was his starting point, offering up the iconic looks of Jackie Kennedy and Rachel Welch, big hair! bright color, loud geometric prints and huge hats courtesy of Stephen Jones that recalled the "optimism and opulence" ...
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Watching you, watching me -

PARIS...A.F. Vandevorst attendees got their 5 seconds of fame at the Musee de Metallos on Sunday night in the 11th arrondissement. Upon entering the venue cameras kept a watchful eye on those making way to their seats, the models backstage, even the runway itself, recording everyone's every move, with 14 video screens projecting images of various sizes from within ...
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The Architects of Paris -

PARIS...Rick Owens' new collection was a testament to his adept couture workmanship. The architectural shapes came about because Owens "lifted so directly from Le Bontecou (the 1960s American sculptor). Items of special note were shearling leg-warmers that laced at the back of the knee and belled out unzipped above lofty wedge boots as well as the gorgeous grey minks that ...
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It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but we love it -

Paris Fashion Week kicked off to a rock 'n' roll start with a heady mix of jeweled and sparkling animal prints at Balmain.  As the models walked to the beats of Billy Idol, one thing became clear: the '80s are still a key inspiration. The color palette was an edgy combination of red, black and silver, with jewel-encrusted snakes embellishing ...
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Balmain -

PARIS...Designer Christophe Decarnin made a strong statement for overt sexiness this season, with both groupie minidresses and punk rock hallmarks like plaid and zippers. A strong palette of silver, red, white and black kept things from getting too schizophrenic, and some sweeter pieces like abbreviated, pleated and embellished skirts lightened the mood. Separated into individual pieces, the full-on attitude of ...
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Milan, the best of the rest… -

MILAN... in comparison to their spring offering this was a rather toned-down collection from Dolce and Gabbana. There were at least a couple of strong themes present including a nod to the glam rock looks of London in the '70s; that meant poor-boy sweaters, flat caps and long fur vests, also some scarf print skirts that recalled YSL's peasant styles ...
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Queen for a Day -

MILAN...Isn't it why the fashion flock comes to Milan season after season? To watch a show like this, from Donatella Versace, to sit back, revel in the colors, the shapes, the short lengths! Imagine for a half hour that you live that lifestyle (have that body!). Her collection has been so subdued of late and this season was no exception, ...
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DSQUARED -

MILAN...The DSquared brothers took an almost refined direction on their F/W 08 collection. The sexy secretary strutted this season in form fitting tartan skirt suits and white poplin mens style shirts, all of which were touched with elements of biker chic. The combination made for a fairly buttoned-up show with a lot sex appeal.
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PUCCI -

MILAN...At Pucci designer Mathew Williamson showed a decidedly younger and more edgy show than in seasons past. The collection still evokes the leisure class, but the looks are shorter, slimmer and more modern. Flared mini dresses and cozy, over sized knits are the perfect items to take us from the slopes to the lodge. Williamson's update of ...
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Versace -

MILAN...The House of Versace has a bit for everyone this season. The standout items for the younger set were definitely the '60s inspired mini dresses. These super flirty shifts were shown in jaw dropping colors that radiated the runway. Prints were scarcely seen, except for a photo montage of urban cityscapes, muscle men, dogs, Versace china, and the house ad ...
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Russian Dressing -

MILAN...For the Gucci women's fall collection, Frida Giannini further developed the rock and roll Cossack wardrobe she showed last month for men. What this meant was many show-stopping pieces that the super-rich recession-proof Gucci faithful will no doubt love and be filling up the retail store wait lists to purchase as soon as possible. The key items included leather ...
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Consuelo Colors Up -

MILAN..Consuelo Castiglioni took a similar road traveled the day before by Miuccia Prada, adding a feminine slant to a minimal design style, Miuccia used lace, Consuelo used color; ranging from muted pastels all the way to acid brights. An array of classic Marni sportswear pieces were layered (will the dress-over-the-pants look finally hit the mass market this year?) and topped ...
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GUCCI -

MILAN...Frida Giannini's Gucci collection was definitely heavy on Russian folklore for F/W 08. Traditional prints, shaggy coats, peasant blouses and sash belts were reminiscent of the '70s, with an obvious rocker edge. This richly layered collection will separate out into dozens of affordable items that will be appropriate for this uncertain market.
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New Faces: What’s the 411? -

MILAN... The fashion landscape here does not change that rapidly, year after year the super brands remain the same, Gucci, Dolce, Armani, Prada, Marni rule the roost. However, a few names have started to emerge in recent seasons, 6267 (Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi both of whom worked at MaxMara before) is one such name. The long and slender lengths ...
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