Australia Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2008/09
Posts for May 8th 2008
Sportswear and summer go hand in hand. Recently we were perusing stock images of boxing uniforms at the New York Public Library as a lesson in sportswear, and it occurred to us that this particular uniform is one that could lend itself to ready to wear quite nicely. We've seen the oversized racer back tanks from the likes of Alexander Wang and Oak, but the square, baggy boxer shorts, we thought, we harder to come by. Jade Jagger, a Stella McCartney brand of fashion designer, has put out a pair of Zigzag Beaded Shorts that are right on the money. The appeal here is that these are the type of shorts that you can ride a bike in, the kind that when you sit down don't shrink to diaper-size, but, because of the beading, color, and fabric are far removed from your boyfriend's undershorts. We expect a lot of baggy shorts this season and this particular variation, free from buttons and zippers and otherwise constricting elements, is one of our favorites. Check out our spread below for some bright silks in the boxer short cut.
Karl Lagerfeld has launched his first bag collection under his own name. Manufactured in collaboration with the Accessory Network Group, the holiday/resort collection features a mostly black, white and beige palette with occasional pops of color (hazard-cone orange, midnight blue). ANG is also responsible for Vera Wang's bags and as much as we love a little tulle we admit this doesn't exactly scream prestige. But with wholesale prices from $250 for a clutch tp $1,510 for a shearling carry all we are guessing they are going for the big guns. And with little K logos woven into the design maybe the Kaiser can make them iconic.
Isabella Fiori was acquired by Fab Starpoint a licensed kids' accessories company. We don't quite see the connection between selling pop tart paraphernalia and luxury handbags but cash is king.
We are sad to hear that now isn't the time for Nau with an homage to the brand from Eric Wilson.
Apparently natural is just as hard to achieve as perfection. In what is unlikely to be a surprise to anyone, it is revealed that the Dove Real Beauty advertisements were in fact the product of photoshop
Ralph Rucci will be awarded with a National Design Award by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. With rabid fans and yet surprisingly little hype, Ralph Rucci is beloved by real fashion lovers everywhere and we couldn't be happier.