Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knitspiration: Ann Yee Autumn/Winter 2013


Maybe I am overly optimistic, but I can feel spring in the air, or at least on its way.  Nonetheless, I still haven't put down my knitting needles, and feel ever more inspired by Ann Yee's Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, which was overflowing with lush and sumptuous hand knit sweaters and tunic dresses.  There were also plenty of other cozy winter-ready necessities, like a creamy white cocoon jacket, and a zippered knit tank with matching knit handwarmers.  Looking at all of the layering potential of these pieces make the oncoming warmer weather just a little bittersweet.










-Tiffany

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Sister Saviour: Suzanne Rae Fall Winter 2013


With the prevalence of celebrity-driven, bling-saturated style, Suzanne Rae's Fall 2013 presentation provided a nice alternative to what passes for fashionable across the gossip and style magazine circuit.  Rather than looking to this season's it girl muse, Suzanne turned her gaze towards women involved in humanitarian aid, and those who've dedicated their lives to serving the greater good and helping those in need.  Casting her attention on the modest garments worn by nuns, missionaries, and monks, Suzanne presented pared down pieces in the simplest and most minimal shapes and silhouettes.  The reference was evocative rather than literal, drawing on the spirt of aestheticism while also serving as a subtle reminder of the selfless acts that we are able to perform in our everyday lives.





















-Tiffany

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cave Dweller: Rochambeau Fall/Winter 2013


For Fall 2013, the Rochambeau collection was inspired by the cave paintings of the 40,000 year old Chauvet cave located in the Ardeche region of France, the same cave that inspired Werner Herzog's film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  Having recently visited the Caves of Lascaux, another cave that was discovered to hold cave paintings, I can understand how inspiring the depictions of prehistoric life can be, especially when one considers the immensely laborious ancient painting methods.  That said, the
the resulting collection bore little resemblance to the garments the Paleolithic cave painters probably wore, and instead seemed to be designed in the dedicated spirit of these devoted unknown artists.  Additionally, the paintings themselves have been reinterpreted as some of the season's silhouette, and signature forms from the cave art reappear in embroideries on sweatshirts, and as prints on shirts and leggings.










-Tiffany

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Blizzard Ready: PARKCHOONMOO Autumn/Winter 2013



Against all my self-preservationist instincts, I braved the elements and made my way through the "historical blizzard" to see the PARKCHOONMOO show at Lincoln Center this evening.  Even though the trek was well worth it, I began to suspect that the designer might have accidentally summoned the winter storm herself.  Inspired by the majesty of glaciers and the Arctic, Demi Park presented plenty of cold-weather attire meant to withstand subzero temperature and weather whatever tricks mother nature has to offer.  There were thick and cozy knits, alpaca fur wraps, and some very cozy looking padded pillow coats that looked like they could double as sleeping bags, and provided the extra bonus of being weather resistant.  Even though the designs embody Park's signature cool and minimalist chic, they also have a sense of built in practicality. Given the current bout of blizzarding, it was hard not to imagine stealing the clothes off the runway and taking them for a fashionable romp in the drifts of snow quickly mounting outside.  They would provide the perfect attire for building a snowman outside, which is exactly what some showgoers were doing in the plaza of Lincoln Center.







Post-show snowman building at Lincoln Center

-Tiffany

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whole Lotta Look: Chromat A/W 2013



As one of Becca McCharen's biggest--and earliest--fans, I couldn't help but feel a slight surge of pride as she presented her first ever Chromat fashion show.  This week's been a big week for Becca, starting on Sunday with costuming Beyonce's backup dancers for the Superbowl (watch it again, you'll recognize the cages whirring around in the background), and continuing with her first foray into New York Fashion Week.  For her debut, Becca expanded on the themes that she's been working on for the past few years, basing her garments on her background in architecture, and applying that knowledge to creating structures around the human body.  This season's main source of inspiration was parametric design and three-dimensional translations of mathematical equations.  Even if the sound of those words makes your head hurt, you can still enjoy the beauty of the super structural undulating grid results, which weave and wind themselves around the body with a tightly calibrated sense of dynamism.  Obviously, fanatical attention to detail yields fantastic results.










-Tiffany

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