Alexander Wang’s much anticipated first collection was definitely, worth the wait . Wang’s usual downtown roughness was toned down with the parisian’s brands classicism, upgrading Cristobàl Balenciaga’s familiar rounded theatrical cuts to modern cocoon coats. The cracked marble effect was a recurrent theme , from the runway to most of the pieces. As predicted , the show was in a much more intimate venue and less of a conceptual spectacle then Wang’s usual show , but that only emphasized the simple beauty of the clothes. My favorite pieces where the marble inspired pumps, again a reconstructed classic silhouette .Looks like the edgy urban Wang girl has grown up into a proper( but still effortlessy cool) parisienne.
Images via style.com
Proenza Schouler always has one of the strongest collections of New York fashion week , always finding the middle ground between the art of crafting beautiful clothing and wearablity. I found that in this season , they found this balance by defining the different textures with a minimalistic design. I think the fact that they are a team of designers instead of just one person makes them have a more open outlook in the creation process , they seem to always be striving to create a different texture to materials like tweed and leather . These tweed pieces , instead of being woven in wool , they where woven with thin leather strips and the laser cut dresses where cut using some kind of ultasonic welding process. With all the chains , leather and thick shapely fabrics , the collection exuded a very industrial new york vibe but the peeks of peach softened the aesthetic. Overall , it somehow trumps last seasons amazing collection.
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Since I am on the train towards Toronto for the weekend as we speak , I have had plenty of time to enjoy the free Wi-fi (thank goodness for that!) and go through all the NYFW shows so far. New York is by far my favorite of the fashion weeks ,the city’s dynamism is always seen in the collections. Rag and Bone showed oversize suit jackets and masculine sportswear that automatically made the show one of my favorites so far , menswear for women is never unappreciated . Yigal Azrouël sent Alana Zimmer down the runway in a sleek and sultry gown amongst yeti-like fur coats and mostly black peices. It was all white again mostly for Cushnie and Ochs , reinforcing for the millionth time that head to toe white is the way to go and they even made transitioning your spring wardbrobe into fall even easier by adding a snow-yeti-like jacket.
Looking good New York , looking good.
Earlier tonight , I went to Arsenal for the Fall/Winter 2013 Montreal Fashion Week as I did last season. I was invited to attend Matière Noire’s presentation , a brand I quickly grew fond of. Cécile Raizonville is the designer to Matière Noire since 2012. The influence the city has had on her designs is quite obvious , the pieces are at once very modern but also influenced strongly by the ease of the Montreal lifestyle. The models , unlike in other shows , sulked slowly around the room in different directions and all the models stayed in the room until the end, which made me feel much more absorbed in what was going on and allowing us to really feel the aesthetic of the brand. The attention to detail and the way it was put together as a concept instead of just models walking down a runway set it apart from the other shows. Overall I was impressed and I can’t wait to see more of this brand in the future.
Above are pictures I took at the show , I will show more of the pieces in clearer images along with my favorites of Montreal Fashion Week , these are only some I edited quickly.
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I’m sorry about the fact that I’m writing about Margiela again . But he’s like Wang to me. Mysterious and modern , always different but wearable . I think that is what I like to see the best in shows , something minimalist but still slightly feminine . The leather , the baggy silhouettes and careless hair are so Paris to me. Just perfect.
I was reading recently an essay in the August Paris vogue about the Parisian girl . It is no secret that Europeans in general have a different (read : much chic-er)lifestyle from people of my side of the pond. After reading this article , I realized just how elegant and perfectly non-chalant this alleged Parisian the author writes about is. Wearing vintage Chanel , never really having combed hair , smoking while doing just about everything and of course , all that being done in her le smoking . For his first collection , Hedi Slimane seems to be going back to the roots of St -Laurent , showing pieces like in past collections from Yves’s time ( le smoking and making them more modern , catering more today’s modern woman . Emulating the Parisian woman is quite difficult task , but Hedi just made it somewhat easier .
All photos are from style.com . It’s the best place to keep track of shows .
I was browsing on style.com through PFW shows and I stumbled upon Sacai’s show. Recently I have been loving the look of just a simple button down and jeans so any brand that gave said perfect button down I love. This collection features intresting pieces and of course , lots of very nice button-downs. Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection. Also , if you read my blog everyday or so you must have realised that I am not covering all Paris shows. This is simply because it is very easy to go look at collections on style.com or any other big website and I don’t like repeating their content since I believe it is useless. I will only review my absolute favorite collections and standout collections from lesser known designers (such as Sacai).
All images via http://www.style.com
Last season Balmain showed beautiful and detailed baroque style pieces with such intricate beading . This season , if we look past the 80’s inspired shoulder pads , we have the perfect party dresses. Short but not skanky because they are simply too fashion to be skanky and (again) the most intricate details. I really think they should go into couture eventually. Mark my words , these dresses will be street style stars. Don’t you just picture these looks with disheveled hair and a smoky eye à la Marion Cotillard on the cover of Vogue Paris?
The Balenciaga show is one of the best ones in PFW yet. Structured but not boring , this is the best look .
I was really sad that I didn’t like the row today , I was really disappointed , their looks were not wearable and just not my style. I had high hopes for them . It was hard choosing the look of the day, there weren’t many options . But then I found this look from Milly that I though was fresh , bright and casual . Perfect for early summer days when you are in a good mood.