Notes on Style and Fashion

Archive for August 2007

Refinery 29 has their countdown to the beginning of the Spring/Summer 2008 fashion season, and so do I. There a number of designers whose shows I’m impatiently waiting to see.

There is Diane Von Furstenberg whose designs perfectly capture the essence of a woman.

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There is Giambattista Valli whose designs are gorgeous and bold.

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There is Martin Grant whose designs are chic and refined.

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There is Sophia Kokosalaki whose designs are romantic and feminine.
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Of course, there are many more designers whose collection I’m looking forward to viewing. New York, Milan, and Paris fashion week cannot come soon enough. Only five more days!

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A little over two weeks ago, I wrote about a to-die-for pair of Jean-Michel Cazabat heels. I found a pair, which seems to be inspired by the design of the designer shoe, on Zappos. They’re from Nine West. They cost $3.95 (USD) less on the Nine West site than on the Zappos site. However, Zappos gives one the option of three colors–blue, black, or fuschia, which is the color that I’m coveting. They would work well with the color theme this fashion season.



$82.95, zappos.com; $79.00, ninewest.com (black pair only)

Style and French chic go hand-in-hand. With a language that has more than one word for “scarf” (écharpe, châle, foulard), and in a country that dictates more than one way to wrap it, Parisian chic still manages to come off as effortless. Those high-waist pants with that slim men’s undershirt with those peep-toe pumps with that large tote is all very deliberate, but to the person looking it appears as though the chic fille, ultra-feminine as it were, simply rolled out of bed and threw together a look worthy of a slow, admiring appraisal. There’s a flirtatious femininity, a romanticism with an edge, to many of the pieces that French designers create which make the clothes oh-so desirable.

Catherine Malandrino

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Heimstone

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Tara Jarmon

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Vanessa Bruno

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Alber Elbaz for Lanvin

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Erin Fetherston, an American designer who is based in Paris, has been tapped to create a line for Target’s GO. International campaign. I do love the campaign. I’ve bought a couple pieces from two past designers: a filmy white Tara Jarmon button-down tunic and a black cotton cropped Behnaz Sarafpour swing jacket. The Erin Fetherston line is set to launch on November 15th.

Some of the pieces are hit-or-miss while others are very cute and girly. Many of the designs are replicas of her Fall 2007 line, which can also be viewed on her web site, Erin Fetherston. Expect trapeze dresses–some more voluminous, others tucked in to create a smaller, more ruffled silhouette–and Peter Pan collars.

Much attention has been paid to the plight of the people in Africa. Celebrities such as George Clooney and Bono have made it their mission to shine a spotlight on the numerous crises on the continent. Because of that, it’s become almost easy to forget that there are positives about Africa. In different countries, there exist many designers who, with their talent, call attention to the fact that style and beauty live and breathe on the second-most populated continent in the world. Here are four collections in particular that inspire and amaze.

 

Deola Sagoe, Nigeria
Website: Deola Sagoe


Deola Sagoe’s bright and innovative designs are about not only celebrating Africa as a whole, but about putting Nigeria on the map. She uses traditional African fabrics, bright and rich in color, to create some pretty awe-inspiring designs that have quite the feminine touch.


Deola Sagoe

 

Chi Chi & Chi Chi E, American-born of Nigerian descent
Website: Chi Chi & Chi Chi E


The sister design team of Chigozilu (Chi-Chi) and Chidelu Enigwe (Chi-Chi E.). The two are students at Temple University. Their new line shows that they have an eye for color and design. Their creations are sexy yet sophisticated.


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Kluk CGdT, South Africa
Website: Kluk CGdT


Kluk CGdT–a combination of the two designers’ names, Malcolm KlûK and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit–is a line created by two designer friends from South Africa. They’ve designed together since 2003, and for the pair a focus on luxury design is of the utmost importance. Their love of fashion is evident in their line.


Kluk CGdT Spring/Summer 2008

 

Kara Janx, South Africa
Website: Kara Janx


Kara Janx gained a lot of recognition after her stint on Project Runway last year. While she didn’t win the big prize (in fact, she was the first designer out in the final four), her Fall/Winter 2006 decoy line (all four designers were included in the finale so as not to have anyone ruin the finale of Project Runway) that she showed during Olympus Fashion Week made jaws drop. Her collection is vibrant and fun.


Kara Janx Fall 2007

A burst of color. For me, that’s always been my motto. I learned more than several years back which colors compliment my complexion as a darker skin woman. In addition to white, tropical colors work well. However, in seasons past, color was reserved strictly for Spring and Summer. Designers typically pushed the gray, the black, and the chocolate palette for Fall and Winter. If color was included, it usually ran to deep plums and eggplant. That’s all changed. As winter approaches and days get shorter and nights become cooler, step out of the box with coats that have color. It will add some fun to the long winter nights ahead.

Chanel
Chanel

Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs, $548, shopbop.com

Veronique Branquinho
Veronique Branquinho

Banana Republic Trench
$188, bananarepublic.com

Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi, $89.99, target.com

Is it an oxymoron to be a fashionista concerned about the environment or the treatment of animals or human beings? Well, certainly in recent years, it’s not. For the woman who is style-conscious, and thinks globally, here are a few designers who create clothing just for her. Relax. It isn’t just hemp-made material either.

Stella McCartney
“In 2001, Stella McCartney launched her own fashion house under her name in a joint venture with Gucci Group and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. Her collections include women‘s ready-to-wear, accessories, eyewear, fragrance and skincare.”–Stella McCartney biography

Satin T-strap sandal, $645, Bergdorf Goodman

Linda Loudermilk

“…nature is, to be sure, the creative source material for Loudermilk’s designs. She channels nature’s punk energy into clothes of grace and volatility. But nature is less Loudermilk’s muse than her major mind-freak. When she patterns a jacket after a waterfall, it’s not about making something pretty to wear; it’s about holy fearsome awe.

Likewise, the luxury eco™ category Loudermilk invented with the launch of her line wasn’t inspired by some predictable sense of patchouli-smelling do-gooderism. The ingenius sustainable fabrics she’s developed and sourced for Loudermilk, the brand, reflect the respect Linda Loudermilk, the woman and artist, has for nature.”–Linda Loudermilk biography


Kate D’Arcy

“Combining the notion of sustainability with her innate sense of style Kate D’Arcy launched Toggery, a new line of organic clothing for a new age of consumer. Taking intelligent design in a whole new direction, Toggery is fashion for the environmentally conscious consumer.

The clothes are a special blend of contemporary design with environmentally conscious fabrics. They are soft and luxurious, flattering to the figure and a smart choice for the fashionable.”–about Toggery, Kate D’Arcy’s line

Louis wrap, $45, kaightshop.com

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American Apparel
“…American Apparel, a vertically integrated, made-in-the-USA, sweatshop-free enterprise.”

Beklina

“Comforted by nature, inspired by design, Beklina is passionate about living at the harmonious crossroads of the two. Our boutique is a three women family operation, that hand selects the best available in sustainable style. Our fashion is modern organic, reflecting Northern California’s grace and beauty. Beklina believes clothing and design can be precious, radical, nurturing, healing and wonderful.”

gominyc

“Gominyc is a stylish little boutique that [works] very hard to stay on top of fashion trends and there is a growing list of excellent designers, both big and small, who work with sustainable materials. “


la fashionista has had an interest in fashion and style since childhood when she first saw her mother dress in the various fashion of the 80s. Her mother was also a great seamstress, which was a definite influence on la fashionista's foray into fashion. Sadly, her mother's sewing talent did not get passed on to la fashionista.

But that doesn't mean that she doesn't still love talking about fashion. Because she does!

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