Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Coming on the heels of their t-shirt collaboration with Uniqlo earlier this year, the latest is a line of delectable cashmere sweaters by the always-on-trend Japanese clothier. The sweaters come in 20 delectable Pantone colors (yes, it’s too indulgent to by all twenty, even though at $130 a pop, they’re still quite affordable), and the launch is set to coincide with Uniqlo’s London store opening in November.
1. Layer Cakes—Famous sweet-tooths, British and London-based designers turned out collections of crafty, confectionery looks including profiterole evening wear by Nathan Jenden, pure candy from Giles, layers of ruffled icing from Christopher Kane and tiers of both stiff and supple pleating from Modernist, Erdem, and Richard Nicoll. From left: Christopher Kane, Nathan Jenden, Richard Nicoll, Erdem.2. Fruit Cup—Looks like those sherbet tones smuggled aboard our plane as the same blush pinks, opal blue, melon, and fuchsia cleared customs and met us on the runways at Louise Goldin's phenomenal display of virtuoso knit design and colorful shows by Aquascutum, Erdem and the always playful Jenden. From left: Erdem, Nathan Jenden, Louise Goldin, Aquascutum.
4. Jacket Policy—From unstructured blazers to the alluring three-piece suits, workaholic New York designers spent a great deal of time and yardage providing the quiet strength and precise tailoring of formal menswear to women's lines. Continuing the trend, Todd Lynn, Jens Laugensen, and Paul Smith Women, all experts in the code of Saville Row, continued the trend with matched jackets and skirts, relaxed blazers, evening-appropriate trousers and slick, sexy tux tops. From left: Todd Lyn, Jens Laugensen, Jens Laugensen, Todd Lyn.
5. Quilting Bee—Ethic prints, batiks, and Native-American motifs have been seeing creeping into a lot of collections on both sides of the Atlantic in resent seasons. Leave it to London and pacesetters like Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab to move a back-burner trend to center stage with extremely bold print choices and tribal-inspired quilting effects. From left: Christopher Kane, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Marios Schwab.6. Killer Queen—Bordering on costume, a number of our faves presented varied takes on underground princesses including Erdem's diaphanous chiffon gown with a punky cropped vest, Jenden's full-skirted number with a striped blazer and black baseball cap or Giles' shredded scrap gown with Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die studding. From left: Nathan Jenden, Erdem, Erdem, Giles.
7. Optic Fiber—With enough frenetic op-art to make Bridget Riley dizzy, designers like Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto, and the precious Kane used these boldly graphic abstract and nature-inspired prints to make themselves heard over the competing volume of Native-American and ethnic-batik prints. From left: Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto, Matthew Williamson, Eley Kishimoto.
And with the collection already picked up by Opening Ceremony and Fred Segal, it seems that House of Dagmar has itself come along way from the trio's days growing up in Gothenburg, learning how to sew from their grandmother. "To see our clothes in New York and America is a dream that we never thought would come true," says Tjader. "It's amazing."
House of Dagmar is available at Opening Ceremony in both New York and Los Angeles. For more information, go to http://www.houseofdagmar.com/.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
You can watch the film on the perfume’s new interactive microsite, which also allows you to go behind the scenes of the filming, and – most impressively – take a tour of Coco Chanel’s actual Paris apartment. Coco was a revolutionary figure in her time, and her persona remains a powerful force in the fashion world to this day, so to get a glimpse into her apartment is a real treat.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
After seeing the high lights of Rodarte collection, my conclusion is.... none, in other words, in my point of view nothing is new. It does not surprises me, I am not saying that nothing is pretty, on the contrary, the problem here it is just that, nothing is worthy of adjectives like brilliant, magnify or surprising.
Monday, September 3, 2007
This year designers opted to show in a wide range of colours. As well as the usual monochrome schemes of black, white and grey the freshest feel to new colour for autumn is green. The most prominent green fashion tones are sea green, jade to citrus, chartreuse and moss. Dusty citrus lime tones are especially popular hues this autumn. Peridot, emerald and jade jewellery or Venetian glass green beads provide the green glow of an accessory that really picks up an outfit.
Coloured bags and matching shoes are the accessory statement this autumn. It is now perfectly acceptable to have matching bag and shoes again.
We always know when a colour will be a big fashion trend when top fashion houses like Dior produce shoes and handbags in the green colours as shown in the first mood board. This workboard also shows texture a winter feature of fashion.
Purple Tones Mood Board
Purple has been key through summer 2007 and now ranges from a wine purple that has a hint of red present to a violet purple that verges with royal blues and French navy. Notice how in this board shiny colours are set against matt textures. Texture is key to autumnal fashion vocabulary.
On the colour page we saw that the key new fashion colours for Autumn Winter 2007/8 are as usual darker tones than the summer palette. Purple is now a key colour in the Fall 2007/8 fashion colour palette.
Golden Terracotta Tones Mood Board
This is how designers have used golden tans and rich terracotta colour for autumn 2007. Leathers and suede take naturally to tan tones. Texture is important with croc effects and slippery satin tops that shimmer and shine. Watch how this fashion trend for tan soon encourages you to purchase orange and rust based clothing.
Silver Greys Colour Mood Board
Silver and greys are also part of the metallic trend. Grey knitwear, silver toned jewellery and diamante fashion jewellery will be in all the high street shops.
September arrived already and with it is time for us to think about what we are going to buy for the next season. I must confess that normally, for this time of the year I would be already being missing autumn cold and its clothes, but this year I’m not. Perhaps because the summer in Portugal is a little unstable, as well as in the rest of Europe. But as I’m a fan of fashion, I’m already seeing what are the hot things. Here is my opinion:
Key Fashion Trends for Fall 2007 & Winter 2008
Major New Fashion Looks for Fall 2007 Winter 2008
Top Twenty Key Trends
1. COATS - A major trend is for coats - seek Cocoon volume, Trapeze A-lines or masculine lean tailored fitted coats.
2. PLAIDS AND CHECKS - Big tartans and checks create punk influenced jackets, dresses, bags and coats.
3. ARMY & NAVY MILITARY - Sgt. Pepper - braids, brass, ornate pea coats, martial lines in black, navy, cream, olive.
4. GLEAM & SHEEN - METALLICS, LEATHER, PATENT, PLASTIC, RUBBER - shine, sheen, glow, glimmer and gleam.
5. BIKER BABE - Leather multi zipper biker jackets, sans studs. Supple leather knee coats worn with skinnies.
6. ARMORIAL - Clothes with hardware or reptilian textured leathers make the perfect warrior women.
7. 1940s GLAMOUR GODDESS GOWNS - Grown up dressing for girls who emulate 1940s satin clad sultry sirens.
8. SECRETARY DRESSES - Figure hugging midi dresses for hourglass bodies. Try sack, trapeze or pinafore alternatives.
9. OPULENCE - Pailettes and embellishment bulks-up to become passementerie. Deluxe gold trim overlays black.
10. SKIRT SUITS - Formal dressing made easy with matchy matchy jackets and full or pencil skirts.
11. SHOOTING PARTY - Lighter weight country look tweeds, moleskin and corduroy separates, but for town wear.
12. EQUESTRIAN - Sporting touches in boots and trousers. Think jodhpurs, crisp shirts, caps and riding capes.
13. MAN ABOUT TOWN - Androgynous dressing in high-waisted man tailored pants, or tuxedo masculine trouser suits.
14. GLOBAL NOMAD - Ethnic Mix - tribal look that evolves, refuses to die. Melting pot traveller clashing prints, patterns.
15. WINTER WARMERS - BIG KNITS - Every wardrobe will succumb to at least one item from oversized knit ranges.
16. QUILTED, PADDED & PUFFA LOOKS - Practical glamour for winter cosiness. This is edgy when styled well.
17. MONOCHROME - Black with white optical effects, grey knitwear and tailoring.
18. BLACK ON BLACK - Black texture is laid beside other textures. Matte against shiny, or dull against shimmering black.
19. COLOUR - Jewel colours, bold brights - orange, coral, pink, red, emerald green, amethyst and purple.
20. PURPLE - Any tone, any shade as long as it's purple. Amethyst, aubergine, puce, purple, mauve, lilac, lavender.
As I like fashion and design in general, I always had a secret love for show windows. I think that with a well designed shop window and a good speech, it is possible to influence the persons, so they don’t look like clones, and that, my friends it is something that terrorizes me. I believe that when we are born we bring with us our personality and it seems to me that we are all equals. I realize that for many people, to have a style implicates some expense, but nowadays we are not obliged to spend rivers of money to be well. This put up, I think that a shop window can move mountains, i.e. can open mentalities, end fears and above all, can make new talents appear.
I ´ve done a search in the Internet and discovered a site with some works done Japan. I leave some for you to see. Enjoy!!!