Decade DescriptionJuly 8, 2009
It may be early yet, as 2009 is barely half over, but as we experience the Couture 09 shows I can’t help but wonder how this decade of fashion will come to be described. When I was a young miss in the nineties what people wore seemed so “normal” (i.e. minimalism, thank you Mr. Klein) that I didn’t think you could characterize it.
It’s clear that throughout the nineties and into the millennium designers have been faithfully “reinventing” looks from the past. We can easily say what silhouette is from which decade. We know that a peep toe platform is reminiscent of the forties, neon colors remind us of the eighties, and a high waisted wide leg pant calls to mind the seventies.
As for the nineties, there are several looks that came about. Grunge, a spillover from eighties prep, whatever was going on with the original 90210 cast…etc. I think as time marches forward and individualism becomes more celebrated one defining look ceases to describe a decade of fashion. That isn’t to say, of course, that trends don’t still come and go. There may just be more of them that come and go more quickly.
We have now the first decade of the millennium coming to a close. Who were the innovators? What trends will we look back on? I’m actually more interested to hear the opinion of others, rather than exposit my own. But I’ll leave this off with some food for thought. Innovators in silhouette: Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, Alber Ebaz for Lanvin, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte. New guys for the cool crowd: Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang. But when you are talking about cool, and by which I mean deconstructed and aged, you must include a Rick Owens jacket. As for us plebeians and the trends on the street, skinnies, leggings, tunics, and gladiator sandals – whether we want to admit it or not.Marisa Swanson
How to Get into Rick Owen's Show – You Don'tSeptember 30, 2008
As if being part of the next iteration of fashion wasn’t hard enough, a recent blog post at our international blog on Lenny Kravitz’s troubles at the Rick Owen’s show was less than welcome news. How so? Here’s how so. During the Rick Owens show, Lenny Kravitz had a pretty difficult time negotiating security just to get in and see Owens’ collection. He’s a celebrity, so he gets what he deserves right? uhh… Not so fast. Vogue editors apparently had a fun time trying to get in as well. Ok, so if the celebrities had a hard time, the press had a hard time, heck even some buyers had a hard time getting in to the show, who was in there?
Methinks that Marc Bouwer’s online presentation may have been the way to go for Mr. owens. The question remains though: who was at the show? Apparently there was a first come first serve situation with the rsvp, and then there was also a “preferential” who’s closest to us think going on as well. It’s all well and good, but you have to wonder what Owens’ handlers were thinking not even allowing Vogue editors into the show. That is according to Style. But I am comforted to know that Sarah Mower and even the New York Times’ Cathy Horyn were able to make it in. Every now and again you get your access rights pulled by someone who doesn’t like your review.
In the end Lenny Kravitz was snuck past the security guards a’la Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and was able to see an essentially Egyptian infused collection. Bravo for Lenny Kravitz.Eva
Rick Owens Says No to Lenny Kravitz and Just about Everyone ElseSeptember 30, 2008
Rick Owens had laid the gauntlet down. No one could get into his show during Paris fashion week. The numbers just did not add up. There was no room. So when Lenny Kravitz sauntered by thinking that because he’s, well, Lenny Kravitz, the celebrity was unceremoniously told in no uncertain terms that he could not get into Owen’s fashion show. As a matter of fact, most people couldn’t get into Owen’s show. Vogue’s Style File blog alluded to as much when they stated that only headmistress of Paris Vogue, Carine Roitfeld was provided entry. Eventually Kravitz did make his way in, but not without a certain amount of acrimony and tension and chicanery (he snuck in).
If government’s want to learn how to stop terrorists, they should talk to designer’s about security.Karen Ehrenström
Outside Looking InJuly 2, 2008
Every now and again I like to peruse some of my favorite mags to see exactly what the heck is going on. This time I took a gander in Nylon’s February 2008 issue (blogging affords not a lot of time to stay too current on the print front) and I found this Rick Owens jacket. It’s a timeless piece that’s stylish today and will be stylish 5 years from now (I hope). Sometimes fashion is an investment and the investment today is Rick Owens.
photo: Nylon MagazineEva
Rick Owens For SpringApril 2, 2008
Another designer that you’ll need to make some sort of commitment to for the Spring is Rick Owens. While it won’t be completely necessary to go overboard his light, feminine silhouette is begging for attention. Last Spring he managed to inject all manner of fur into the collection. This season he decided to go free flowing but keep some sort of structure at the top. Indeed a lot of his collection for the Spring flared out right around the knees. He’s gravitated more towards higher necklines (something you’ll see a lot of this season) and black/white color combinations. So if there’s a need to glow it’s at pieces seen above. Definitely search for Rick Owens either online or in store. There’s something worthy there for Spring.