Thuy- Need another dose of happy? Well, Thuy will certainly deliver. For Spring’09 the designer showed a hodgepodge of sunbathed separates. It was evident that this collection was aiming to provide a quotient of cheeky ease. Charmeuse mini shorts cuffed in patent leather, shrunken blazers and flirty dresses are sure to make an impression this spring. A Slouchy car coat in bright orange and another in a salt and pepper with shoulder detail were interesting albeit random. This collection is best left to the adeptly fashionable tween set, who are bested prepared to make use of the plethora of pieces that can be layered and mixed for girly glam.
It may soon be time to dawn our new winter coats but for the moment it’s still warm enough to plan next summer’s wardrobe!
Miss Sixty- Fashion shows are always bustling scenes but there are certain shows that seem to bring out a very specific type of fashion enthusiast – the kind who hoots and hollers and waits in line for hours just for a shot at “standing room” seating- Miss Sixty continues to be one those cult like shows.
For Spring 09 the Miss Sixty aficionado can look forward to youthful zeal! Miss Sixty is always a show about peace and love – and well just really fun clothing. Anyone who is familiar at all with fashion knows that if you want fun denim Miss Sixty is the place to go. More and more however, the Miss Sixty collection is addressing all the wardrobe needs of their fashion hungry clientele. The prescription for this coming spring is easy enough: prints, color and denim of course!
Chiffon blouses in colorful prints revisit the peace-lovin’ days of 70’s. Even maxis made an appearance, but how can you go 70’s without them! The collection offered a wide spectrum of separates that can be layered to create a very personal look. Billowy tops in a butterfly print and racerback tanks with various silk screened images rounded out the offerings. All in one jumpsuits and rompers are sure to insurrect a tween frenzy.
The palette ranged from neon brights tempered with white to touches of tan and soft ecru colored denim. And just in case you have overdosed on skin-tight denim the Spring‘09 Miss Sixty collection offers an unexpected antidote: Harmen pants. Yes, Harem pants- in your choice of chiffon, lurex or denim. Believe it or not, I am fairly certain some will make their way from the runway to the streets.
Chocolate. Amber. Cocoa. Blush. Color ruled the Rock and Republic runway! I should point out that the Rock and Republic Spring Collection was restrained to a palette of black and white. The models however, were every color of the rainbow. It was the best use of color I have seen in seasons!
The call to arms for diversity has been heralded by the people at Rock and Republic. For the Spring Collection a spectrum of beauties ranging from the mocha dazzler Chanel Iman (who opened the show) to Tawny skinned Dujan strutted down the glossy white catwalk. After much debate in the industry about the lack of diversity on the runway, it was encouraging to see the fruits of that dialogue move casting in a more progressive direction. The casting felt intentional but not forced. Face it, models are beautiful people. But more often then not when it comes to minority beauty we have seen only select portraits of that beauty: an ebony African model with her hair cropped short or a stick straight-raven haired, Asian model. There are nuances within minority beauty and they were on full display at last night show. One model after the next- another refreshing representation of diverse beauty. Now for the day when a line-up like this is run- of-the-mill.
Rock and Republic can always be counted of for a good time! The house lights go down. The speakers start pumping sexy remixes; music video lights descend from the rafters and its showtime! For those who secretly dream of being a rock star this collection is one stop shopping. Justin may have brought sexy back but Rock and Republic is certainly keeping it alive! The Spring ’09 collection lack none of the illustrious rock star wear we have come to expect. Leather, black and white glazed lean jeans and lots of skin bearing tops sailed down the runway. Bomber jackets revisited: this time think slick- no more bulk it’s all streamlined silhouettes (for the guys and the ladies alike). This is collection is not for the faint of heart so strut with caution.
Alexandre Herchcovitch stayed true to his affinity toward one world in his Spring 2009 presentation. The Brazilian designer aimed to juxtapose Western and Middle Eastern influences to create a “multi-ethnic” army. In the process, he conveys an inspiring and credible message of unity and peace.
The “Army of Love” collection represented a global village where a vision of integrated culture and compassion stood at the forefront. A legion marched down the runway in sheer, delicate “uniforms” of trim waistcoats with gold studs, patchwork tunics, and slouchy breeches. There was a hint of an aristocratic air, yet the floral embroidery and harness expressed a rustic sentiment. Tightly braided updos and buckled ankle boots completed the look.
I enjoyed how utilitarian details were reinterpreted in a more frivolous nature. Military influences became softened amid a sea of silk georgette, lace, and pastel shades of mint, lavender and taupe. Cascading ruffles replaced the ornamental epaulette and dainty paisley prints brought to mind insignias and badges.