224 posts tagged F/W 2009 in ALL BLOGS


Each One is Unique -

London...Nathan Jenden Pieces with large-scale cutouts and origami folds appeared like singular one-of-a-kind pieces—similar to snowflakes—in a tight monochromatic palette of mostly moonless night black and snow white. Entitled “Frostbite,” Jenden's F/W 09 displayed a bit of that ‘80s style that has been a reoccurring theme in a number of shows this season. Fishnet-trimmed strapless dresses and baggy pants paired ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

FABRIC & MATERIALS L to R: Rag & Bone, Patrik Ervell, Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors Some of the words used to describe the fabrics found on New York's F/W 09 runways included "sophisticated," "luxurious," "innovative," and "elevated." Coinciding with many designers' interest in fusing fabrics and tonal colors together, there were a lot of leather-trimmed shirts, pants and outerwear. The lustrous ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

SHAPE L to R: Yigal Azrouël, Rag & Bone, Robert Geller, 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W 09 has been quite a season for evolutions in men's shapes and silhouettes. While the New York collections have never been known for pushing the envelope but so much, this season gave us a refreshing, more understated way of translating the many ideas and concepts seen ...
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Topshop Unique -

LONDON…Topshop Unique designers, Jacqui Markham and Karen Bonser, tapped into a current thread running through many of the F/W 09 collections—eighties and early nineties references, apparent in silhouettes of oversized shoulders and narrow pants or skirts, giant cocoon like coats and sweaters and streamlined jumpsuits, all of which are key shapes of the season. Inspired by “images of grunge and ...
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Charles Anastase -

LONDON…The overtone for Charles Anastase’s new collection was a touch grunge, trying to capture “the spirit of Kurt Cobain.” The refined grunge looks were also inspired by the idea of mixing and matching vintage shop finds. Key looks were a red and grey rugby striped sweater dress paired with a short pink coat, a leopard jacket over a flared skirt ...
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Vivienne Westwood Red Label -

LONDON…Vivienne Westwood’s invitation this season was a school report card, which foreshadowed the rebellious schoolgirl looks to come. There was a cute and wearable tweed blazer paired with a bias cut miniskirt layered over leggings. The bright red, baggy track/ trousers shown are a directional shape. Sweet, going out looks were a little black, sweetheart neckline dress with a hooded ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

COLOR L to R: Victor Glemaud, Z Zegna, Calvin Klein Collection, Thom Browne  Four dominant accent colors emerged at the conclusion of New York's F/W 09 Fashion Week. Unlike their European counterparts, many New York-based designers wanted to shy away from completely bleak, somber collections for the season. Yes, there were plenty of black, charcoal and navy looks on many of the ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

FABRIC & MATERIALS L to R: Michael Kors, Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Ralph Lauren With the economy in a state of flux, women want to make wise purchases and are anticipated to veer between fast fashion and high-end designer pieces for Fall 09. New York designers used four major plush materials, including both real and faux fur, wool/gabardine and wool/cashmere, satin and ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

SHAPE  L to R: Rodarte, Yigal Azrouel, Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Taylor Taking a look at the silhouette direction from New York Fashion Week, four major shapes emerged. First, Belt-cinched waists created an hourglass shape, adding a focal element to outerwear, jackets and layers. Mini dresses, with a hemline hitting above the mid-thigh, were worn with opaque hosiery or a key matching component ...
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New York Fashion Week Wrap -

COLOR L to R: Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Michael Kors, Donna Karan With New York Fashion Week for the F/W 09 season at an end, four major colors have emerged as a constant through out designer collections. Despite the typical black, mineral shades, cosmetic tones, fuchsia and grey are set to be key colors for fall. Designers looked to nature for ...
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Simplicity in Luxury -

New York...Ralph Lauren Known for his American classics, Lauren provided newness with his F/W 09 collection with a surprisingly light palette. Antique white and deep black looked sleek, while a new cosmetic palette of blush pink, cocoa and taupe emerged on lush surfaces like silk charmeuse and velvet. An exaggerated Jodhpur was the silhouette of choice for pants and belted tops ...
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A Surrealist Dream -

New York...Catherine Malandrino Elsa Schiaparelli’s surrealist influence, inspired by artist such as Dali, made a strong impact on Malandrino for her F/W 09 collection. The outlined visage profile, synonymous with Schiaperelli's look, found its way from the original artistic motif onto ruched jersey dresses and face-framing outerwear. Shocking pink, veil-covered faces and simple bun hairdos completed the look. Intricate cosmetic-toned knitwear, ...
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Restrained Insanity -

New York...Thom Browne Due to showing a basics-driven collection at the Pitti Uomo tradeshow in Florence, Thom Browne opted out of his usual runway circus that typically makes fashion week headlines. Claiming that his F/W 09 collection was his most restrained and "pulled back" to date (yes, snowflake & ski bunny prints are considered restrained for Mr. Browne), Browne played up ...
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Long Live the Queen! -

New York...Libertine Johnson Hartig and Cindy Greene's F/W 09 Libertine presentation was like an "excellent adventure" to different historical periods and countries. Red-coated Beefeaters guarded the showroom doors, telling attendees immediately what they were in store for upon entering. "Dressed up and broken down" was a major underlying theme in the Anglo-loving, pieced together collection. Hunting badges and family crests adorned ...
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Cascading Ruffles -

New York...Rebecca Taylor In a mix of deep somber hues and purple tones, asymmetrical ruffle design details were a unifying element on skirts, tops and jackets in the recent Rebecca Taylor collection. The key colors included light charcoals, ash blues, and tonal browns ranging from taupes and extending into indulgent chocolate hues. Along with these neutrals, a bright beautiful fuchsia was ...
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