Archive | December, 2010

Spring 2011 RTW: Alexis Mabille

31 Dec

I was pleasantly surprised with Mabille’s spring collection. Not very familiar with the line, I didn’t know what to expect and found the unusual use of the quilting and the unique designs a great gift. The patterns and bows were expertly executed and while the large fishnet tights were not my style they didn’t detract at all from the main look on the model. These looks are chic yet very wearable. Not all the looks were as glamorous and easy as these five but the main feel of the line was a very Caribbean and beach paradise feel — the kind of line I want to slip into and enjoy the warm weather in.

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Spring 2011 RTW: Alexandre Herchcovitch

31 Dec

I don’t have much to say about this line. My favorite aspect of the entire collection was the multi-colored pastel pumps that accompanied each ill-fitting outfit. The patterns and ideas are intriguing yet are insanely unflattering. I love the splatches in the first design yet they don’t flatter the body at all. Maybe the fall 2011 line will be more appealing…

Spring 2011 RTW: Alexander Wang

30 Dec

There was a beautiful symmetry to this show: the beginning was heavy in white, then a gradual shift to florals and pastels and then ended with emphasis again on white. While, to me, this show was not as magnificent as many of Wang’s others, there was a nice simplicity and consistency in the designs. Wang is quoted as describing this line as optimistic: “I wanted to explore a purity and honesty…As you can see, there’s not one hint of black.” He followed the simple trends of layering and silhouetting, yet stayed true to his own style. While not my favorite of his collections, Wang never fails to impress.

Spring 2011 RTW: Alexander McQueen

30 Dec

Needless to say, the anticipation surrounding the unveiling of Sarah Burton’s first collection for the beloved line following McQueen’s untimely death was high. Clearly there was a Spanish influence in Burton’s still insane but toned down portrayal of McQueen. While critics will highly scrutinize the next few seasons, I think she’s off to a great start. Personally, I rarely find a design that I would wear in McQueen but every season I love to watch the shows and am amazed by the genius in the house.

Spring 2011 RTW: Albino

27 Dec

I’m going to be honest, I had never heard of this line before about ten minutes ago. While many of the designs were not my style — very poofy and pleathery — a few, such as these four excerpts, really intrigued me and I kind of adore. There was nothing about Albino d’Amato’s line that stuck with the norms for the Spring 2011 line but it was definitely a show to browse through.

Spring 2011 RTW: Alberta Ferretti

26 Dec

I actually could find no flaw with this show. It was feminine and graceful. The lace was elegant without being too much. There were long, flowing dresses and elegant, short minis. Ferretti herself described the show as one that “redefines femininity.” The models all wore flats, portraying an ease to each look. Even my least favorite look (a flowing dress with an overwhelming floral print) I would still wear with pride.

Spring 2011 RTW: Akris

26 Dec

Critics claim that Albert Kriemler’s looks for the Spring collection are the best so far. He has been criticized for designing more for the goal of runway acclaim than for sticking to Akris’ personal style. Yet in this show he spans all styles — the use of multi-colored leather and big floral prints are effortlessly on track with the predicted style for Spring. This line appeals to all ages and styles. My aunt is a devoted follower as well as many of my young friends.

Marc Jacobs

21 Dec

Jacobs, from Teaneck, New Jersey, began his fashion career by working retail at age 15 in New York City. From there he attended The New School to study fashion, winning the Perry Ellis Gold Thimble Award, the Chester Weinberg Gold Thimble Award and the Design Student of the Year Award in 1984. While in school he designed and marketed his first line of sweaters for Reuben Thomas, Inc. He then began to design for Perry Ellis, creating the signature grunge attitude while working for Ellis. Unfortunately this innovative line lead to his dismissal from the company. In 1986, Jacobs designed his first line under the label “Marc Jacobs.” The next year, Jaobs became the youngest designer to win the most prestigious award in fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent (1987). In 1992, the CFDA awarded Jacobs with another award: the Women’s Designer of the year. Jacobs became a celebrity himself based on his fashion empire. For each collection he draws inspiration mainly from past decades.

In addition to his self-titled line, in 1997 Jacobs was given the position of creative director of luxury for French luxury line, Louis Vuitton. Here he created the first ready-to-wear line for the brand.

Marc Jacobs is truly an inspiration.

Spring 2011 RTW: ADAM

21 Dec

Adam Lippes strayed a bit from the mainstream style of this season. While he stuck with the retro feel and bright colors, he avoided the harsh cuts and masculine lines. The blazers add a dash of strength to the very feminine cuts, yet aren’t as masculine and boxy as many other interpretations of the style are for the spring season. There was a lot of embroidery and elegance in this line which is a nice change from the edgy, defiant looks we see in many other designers for the season.

Spring 2011 RTW: Acne

18 Dec

I loved Acne’s Spring 2011 Collection. All of the pieces were simple and all the looks made up of many layers rather than just one complex top or bottom. I love the casual elegance in look 5 and 3 and how this contrasts with the simplicity of look 6. Metallics are big in the upcoming spring season as well as these boxy shapes that invaded the runways.