Friday, September 26, 2008
ethnic groups, and certainly location all play an important roll in the designs and
motifs behind the designer's collection that season. But with research on these things for their latest collections they don't always have to get their passport to find inspiration. For instance, Miami is a very important destination that hot, up and coming designers go to for inspiration.
Alexander Wang's spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection was inspired by the bright and vibrant city of Miami. Miami vice to be exact was his major source of influence and this was shown through the bright and sharp colors in his collection that exuded the 80's. These bright pastel colors infused with dark blacks were very much fashion forward and an interesting take on a 80's retro redo, if you will. His mix of bright and dark colors were appealing to the eye and you could have easily seen them on the streets of New York or LA today.
So location and ethnic influence most definitely make up a lot of the influence in a designers collection whether it be Milan, Italy, Brooklyn, or Japan the cultural background is apparent in the clothes we wear every day. In American most of the clothes that we were on a regular basis are a mixture of different cultures, country's, and ethnic backgrounds. But the sad part is that probably 90% of us don't even realize this because it never crosses our minds that we could be wearing the same thing that a girl in the 3rd world country of Ethiopia would wear. It just goes to show you that such great influence goes into the way we dress everyday.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Trends of 2008 New York Fashion Week
One of the more significant trends this year at New York fashion week is “Country Chic” dress. Things like plaid, tweed, and fur were shown on the runway by Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, Michael Kors, and Carolina Herrera. These designers have taking a whole new perspective on the country life. Revamping the typical plaid blouse with lace and frill that just screams feminine and sophistication. My absolute favorite though is Michael Kors’s fall collection. His mix classic tweed and luxurious furs exudes grace and richness. Kors’s collection is very much so the classic American standard and always catered to a classy yet sexy woman.
Simple, monotone fabrics were another trend seen for this fall. Geometrical and architecturally formed clothing was shown on the runway by many a designer at New York Fashion Week this year. Classic blacks, greys, and shades of white transcended a new age of simplicity for fall fashion. Pant suits, blouses, jackets, and dress were all one note colors. Designers such as Jill Sander, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent were supporting this new age philosophy.
My Most favorite trend shown this year has to be the superhero inspired trend. Graphic and bold prints mixed with jarred clothing made for a great comic book illustration. This futuristic, fashion forward trend can only led to better things to come. Empowering women to dress like “Super” women gives me every more reason to follow the path of designers like Balenciaga and Fendi. Their collections inspire me to lay on the dark eyeshadow, dress in my sexiest back trench coat with heels and strut down the city of New York, quietly fighting crime while doing so.