Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stitch by Stitch: Lars Andersson Spring 2013


Lars Andersson will neer cease to amuse and impress me with his unique blend of gothic and grandmotherly knits, that are always forward thinking, yet simultaneously alluringly cozy due to the nature of the medium.  I remember when Swedish-born, New York-based Lars made an offhand comment that he learned how to knit as a child, because everyone in Sweden knows how to knit.  While I wouldn't say this is true, whoever taught Lars to knit many many years ago passed on an impressive set of skills.  Even though Lars's stitches are incredibly fine, and so perfect and precisely executed that they look machine made, each piece is hand knit.  It is pretty hard to imagine or even approximate how many man hours go into creating each piece, but needless to say, each generously draped flowing shawl or floor length maxi skirt is a true labor of love.







-Tiffany

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fun Furs

Feather vest courtesy of Adrienne Landau, Anntian dress, Nike shoes, Alexander Wang sunglasses, Chanel bag, necklace of my own design 

One of the nicest perks about the changing of the seasons, after the gorgeous drop in temperature and the crispy fall feeling in the air, is the chance to break out all of the jackets, sweaters, scarves, and warm layers.  While it isn't quite cold enough to break out the fur yet, during NYFW I got a sneak peek of all the fun furs lined up for the coming season.  At the Adrienne Landau press preview, the designer showed looks from her colorful fall collection of multi-hued fun furs alongside her extensive archive, which is overflowing with fur trimmed velvet kimonos, feathers, and sequins.  At Helen Yarmak, the looks skewed more uptown classic, but there were also some electric hued standouts, including a green and black striped long coat, and a bright red bracelet sleeved jacket.  For an added plush bonus, many of the models were accessorized with fluffy fur teddybears.

Even though wearing on full-on fur isn't an option yet, I took the mid-60's, slightly cool weekend as an opportunity to break out my new Adrienne Landau feather vest, which adds just a smidgen of extra warmth on days that are still sunny, bright and beautiful.  I wore it to a send-off party at the Soho Yard for our beloved Nicollette, who is making a two-month move to London.  London, you better treat her well!

Waseem, Christin, me, Nicollette and Ashley at Nicollette's going away party

Adrienne Landau Archive velvet and fur embroidered kimono

Adrienne Landau Archive sequin dress and fur scarf

Adrienne Landau Fall 2012



-Tiffany

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Whatever Man: Nomia Spring 2013


Yara Flinn is one of the many female designers who designs for herself, and her collections always seem to mirror her her hip, streamlined brand of edgy elegance. This season Yara presented her signature minimalist look inflected with a bit of a 90's skater feel.  Staples included mid-drift baring crop tops, wet-look skirts, maxidresses, and tees and letterman jackets emblazoned with the word "WHATEVER!"  The utterance may conjure up Cher Horowitz, but this collection is made for another breed of clued-in clothes horse entirely.








-Tiffany

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Northern Lights

Altewai Saome

As I mentioned in my last post, on Monday night, International Playground partnered with the Swedish Consulate and the Finnish Consulate to host Northern Exposure at The New Museum, a joint fashion presentation of six Scandinavian designers.  Since I did not make it over to either Stockholm or Copenhagen Fashion Week this season, getting to have some of the major players come over for a mini Spring 2013 showing here was a real treat.  The selection was diverse.  Representing Finland, Daniel Palillo showed his sci-fi inspired street attire, Samuji presented classically tailored feminine garments, and R/H provided casual offbeat sportswear infused with a sense of quirk.  Representing Sweden were Malmo's most innovative new design stars Altewai Saome, showing off their signature structural silhouettes, Minimarket, who presented eye-popping digital prints, and Hope, showing their trademark brand of preppy minimalism.  While each designer only showed four looks, it was a representative glimpse into what's going on in the North, especially for those who weren't familiar with the designers. Here are some highlights from the night.

Altewai Saome

Altewai Saome

Altewai Saome



Minimarket

Minimarket

Hope

Hope

Hope



Samuji

Samuji


R/H
-Tiffany

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Space is The Place!: Daniel Palillo Spring 2013



Last night, my dear friends at International Playground hosted a joint presentation of some of their favorite Swedish and Finnish designers.  While I have plenty of photos of all of the other collections, I had to share my friend Daniel Palillo's first, because we can't always save the best for last.  Even though there were only four looks shown, it was great to see the first stateside presentation of Daniel's work in full in-your-face form, styled with all of the swagger that serves as the design foundation for all of Daniel's outrageous garments.  On Daniel's latest weird trip, the theme is "space invasion," or a sci-fi film directed by Spike Lee, where the clothes are a uniform for a whole new street subculture.  Obviously, in this subculture, the pieces speak volumes so the wearers don't have to...
















Me and Daniel
-Tiffany

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Retro Superfuture: Erin Barr Spring 2013


Though Erin Barr's Spring 2013 presentation had a distinct Mad Men feel, with a backdrop that looked like Don Draper's recreation room, the clothes were hardly retro looking or vintage inspired.  Rather than referring to all the sartorial splendor that that the late 50's and early 60's had to offer, Barr appeared to draw on the mid-century modern art, furniture, and architecture of the times.  Inspired by an imagined meeting between Marilyn Monroe and Frank Stella, the resulting collection combined abstract prints, clean lines, and minimal embellishment with a dollop of coquettish femininity in the form of transparent fabrics, revealingly high slit skirts, and peek-a-boo cutouts.  While Barr references these legendary figure from the past, the resulting clothes feel entirely modern.










-Tiffany

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