So on Tuesday, Charleston Fashion Week began. While I haven’t been able to go down yet, I will be running down on Friday and I’ll also be there Saturday as well. Sarah Parrott was one of the 4 emerging designers to show for opening night and happened to snag my slot for best show of the night. The color blocked collection featured crop tops, leather, and a sort of minimalistic edge that one wouldn’t expect with pieces in hot pink red and blue. Parrott also snagged the People’s Choice Award but sadly will not be showing the entirety of her collection on Saturday.
It was the dark and artistic Veritee Hill collection that managed to get the Judges’ pick of the night. This means that the collection, along with it’s seemingly young Galliano aesthetic, will move on in the competition and will be show in it’s entirety on Saturday. With a bit of black and a bit of latex, Hill designed a collection inspired by Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. It actually was the first look that interested me most, with it’s hand painted fabric, full skirt, and headpiece. The collection shows that Hill has the artistic ability and executing power to be a directional designer.
There was something soothing about the Van Hoang collection, soothing and ephemeral. From the dies to the flow of the garments, there was a calming sensation that seemed to sink right down into the models themselves. The pieces themselves were well versed: scarves, shorts, sundresses, and even a gown. Hoang would have to be my runner up for best show of the night because the collection presented was one that was very wearable, and seemed to be molded by a disciplined hand.
Now why don’t we get into some bananas, 20’s, color blocking, and good old fashion hedonistic behavior; in other words, the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection.
Shala Monroque(Editor at Large for Pop Magazine)
Photographer: Jak and Jil
Blouse and Skirt: Prada Spring/Summer 2011
Bracelet: Delfina Delettrez
Always the first one to rock peices from new Prada collections, days after Miuccia Prada showed the Prada Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection in the same space she showed the Menswear collection a few months prior, Shala Monroque was spotted by Tommy Ton of Jak and Jil wearing pieces from the collection. The detailed shot of the blouse(Look 26 in the show worn by Hannah Noble) makes evident what the funky designs covering pieces of the collection are: monkeys. Of course and you can’t realistically do a collection featuring monkeys as the cherubs for your work without bananas, now can you? Miuccia even got in on it herself, taking her bow in a small pair of bright yellow banana earrings, which I sadly didn’t catch on any of the model’s ears.
Collection: Spring/Summer Womenswear 2011
All in all, while the collection nods to the trends, including a little to minimalism, it’s fully hedonistic. That’s really the only word I can find to describe it. It seems that the Prada woman will have something to celebrate in the Spring/Summer of 2011 and it will include her tall heels no matter what Prada’s CEO, Patrizio Bertelli, has to say or thinks about it. And the only thing I have to say is… I’d have it no other way.
Models: Jourdan Dunn(left), and Melodie Monrose(right)
Collection: Spring/Summer 2011
See the entire collection in the galleries.
I wanted to cancel the divide between menswear and women’s clothes because it’s also a luxury for women to be able to dress in men’s clothes.
See the rest of the collection in the galleries
Talk about hectic. So the day of the Peter Som show I had to work. I don’t know if I explained my job to you guys but it involves me waking at 4:15. Anywho I was at work and then I proceed to begin driving to pick someone up when I realize that it’s after 9:15 so Peter Som should be starting on Milk Made. What do I do? I of course open my laptop while driving and search for Wi-Fi while driving around downtown Columbia. Safe? No, but I do it for fashion! Anywho I finally pulled into the public library and sprinted(I would love to say like a gazelle but I have only just realized my legs are not long enough to sprint like a gazelle and so I just kind of ran fast) into the library and plopped down on the floor only to find that Richland County Public Library blocks Milk Made. I tracked down the feed on AOL, and caught the tail end of a spectacular show!
Grandaddy Dior is FINALLY back! The last two collections were sooo ALIKE! They were so similar and I think I stated that. I was becoming very disenheartened with Grandaddy and John Galliano’s interpretation of his aesthetic. It seemed as if we were being given the same collection… just stuck back in the microwave. This collection, although it uses similar ingredients, DEFINITELY is new. Although the floral/gardener theme is still present, it is clear, that Galliano has again made Grandaddy relevant!
So I know what I said about posting… well things have changed. I’ve decided that this blog is more of a curation of the industry as I am doing a majority of the posts. Also, the quality of the pictures wasn’t coming out well. So I’ve gone back to the old way. It just means less posts. Oh and for designers like Dolce and Gabanna, although I love the line and I do wish you a happy 20th, I can sadly not post your entire 96 look show. But let’s get into Pringle of Scotland. There is something so relaxed about this particular collection. Maybe it’s the shoulders, the way the material seems to actually fall on the bodies of the models, including the pants, but something seems so relaxed and yet at the same time, not at all cheap looking.
I wasn’t sure how in fact I would go about blogging Alexander McQueen. I mean the line must continue, but I just wasn’t sure how I would take this. I will attempt to do all I can to write as accurately about my feelings as possible while staying intelligible. Seeing the collection, I immediately thought, where is Alexander? Where is the actual Pomp and Circumstance that this show is entitled for. Besides of course in the jacket pictured above and the shorts pictured a few photos below. I was immediately angered, what are they doing with the McQueen brand. And then I went back over the collection, more carefully. I remembered that we loved Lee not only for his spectacular theatrics, for his over the top artistic ability, but also his technical skill. The fact that even with the famed “armadillo heels” he created, he still could wow us with technique alone, the fold of a dress, the tension created with the various lines. Viewing the collection again with this in mind, not only did every piece become an instant favorite, I finally understood the Pomp and Circumstance.
So, I love to blog and I love covering the shows. But I find myself always picking and choosing shows to blog about I simply dont have time to blog about them all by myself, especially not when I’m traveling, and interning at a few places. So, I think I’m going to do it by day and try to use this new online editing thing. Anyway, we open Milan Menswear Fashion Week 2011 with the sad news that Tom Nicon has died :(. There has been a string of model deaths in the past few eyars and it is sad to add another name to the list. Tom was found outside of his hotel room this morning after doing a Givenchy fitting. It’s a sad way to begin our coverage but we must stay real with what’s happening today
So, Trussardi 1911 showed today as well. 50 pairs of naked ankles walked down the runway. Yes that’s right, every pant had either a shortened leg, or the pants leg was rolled up. On the whole, the collection was very Milan fashion, alot of pieces that only used different materials, not so much different cuts. Of course there were matching bags for the Trussardi set. Huge matching bags, which I prefer GREATLY to the “murse” or worse yet the “mutch.” All in all I sort of liked the Trussardi collection. Whereas Missoni showed more of an elephant trunk leg, Truassardi 1911’s was more tapered. Plus, that first top… looks like a cardigan I nabbed a few months back! See the entire Trusardi 1911 collection here.
Ohhhh Donatella Donatella. That’s all I could manage as I flipped through the Versace Spring 2011 collection.The ankles were not unique to Trussardi 1911. The models walked down sans socks, plus gold and silver necklaces. To me there was just something so off about the collection. I mean maybe it’s the color palette, or maybe it’s the fact that it seems like Versace has bought into this cowboy theme that was in a few pieces of the Dirk Bikkemberg show… a style that I currently ABHOR! I’m not quite sure what it is but I have a distinct feeling that Donatella may be losing touch, atleast for menswear atleast. I normally have a love for the line’s womenswear though. Judge the collection for yourself here.