Ecco Domani winners, Cushnie et Ochs, held their Fall 2009 runway show this afternoon to a packed--but not Rag & Bone packed--audience. Suzy Menkes, Lynn Yaeger, and Kate Lanphear, among others, all sat front and center. The Fall 2009 collection played with lean, androgynous tailoring made sexy by way of pvc, mesh, and a-symmetrical finishes. There were instances of extreme texture and proportion, thanks to a few stand-out fur pieces. Check out the (far better looking) runway gallery right here.
Posts for February 13th 2009
>> A LITTLE TURN ON THE CATWALK —Peter Som's chaotic whirlwind of a season has brought out the quirk in his designs — the full self-financed capsule collection of 16 looks he produced for Fall 2009 is up, with more odd color combinations and pattern clashing than he's dared to do before — think bright digital graphic-patterned dresses, tiger-printed mink, and dual-tone pink and purple neck warmers mixed in with his usual Fall tweed. [Style.com]
No, we're not talking about our grainy photos, we're talking about instances of real-life affordability on the catwalks. Last night, at Catherine Holstein's presentation, we were told that the designer's price point has lowered this season. While there were some murmurs of criticism, most of the young gals were talking hurriedly about which pieces they would buy. As for other examples, we saw Abaete's Payless range on the catwalk just a few hours ago. To us, the chain-wrapped ankle boots and platforms looked just as chic and, at times, difficult to walk in, as anything.
>> We've been tracking a number of designers fleeing the Bryant Park Tents, but this morning, Yigal Azrouel brought his audience into the tents for the first time — thanks in part into backing by primo tent sponsor Mercedes-Benz. While Andre Leon Talley sat front row wearing a red beanie decorated with rhinestones spelling "Obama" — mild compared to the midriff-bearing getup he wore yesterday — Azrouel sent out a collection with a bit of a harder edge than he's tried in the past: metal pinstuds decorated a handbag, leather jacket, and pumps; stovepipe leather pants and tights pushed into skintight leather over-the-knee boots; exposed zippers traipsed down the backbone of skirts and dresses.
Kate Young, who styles the show, may be responsible for some of the rocker feel; it is her taste. Pamela Love — known for her skull and claw-casted jewelry — contributed claw earrings, leather and beaded cuffs, and cage rings. As for the standout pieces: a heavily beaded, feathered black bolero, a pencil skirt of leather paillettes, and the cozy looking boiled wool blanket coats.
>> INSIDER WIRE —A couple of Anna Wintour tidbits: it's circling that one or more of her assistants may have been fired or quit recently; Arlenis Sosa Pena credits Anna with helping her land a lucrative Lancome contract within a month of being discovered: "She invited me to the Met ball with Moises de la Renta, the son of Oscar. I went and she introduced me to Giorgio Armani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts. I met a lot of other people that evening, too — stylists, designers, so many I didn’t know. The next day, Lancôme sent a message to my agency and wanted to meet me. Three weeks later, I had a contract." [The Cut Twitter, WWD]