October 21, 2008

so now what?


cathy horyn said that the spring collections “will make you dizzy;” for me, it made me wish for fall. never in recent memory was i more disappointed with a season than i was with spring. it started in new york, which i’ve come to expect as the most commercial, but this time, the clothes were uninspired, silhouettes that i’ve seen before, color palettes that seemed anything but spring-like, more to the point, nothing that made me want to run to the stores. there were exceptions…i loved marc jacobs (as did horyn, style.com, and just about everyone else) for his inventive take on american fashion. it may have been accessorized to death, but it all seemed to work. i am attending the trunkshow next week at the maiden lane store and am so excited to see it up close. i also liked the sportiness of bcbg (which considering their pricepoint, is a good thing), and the quiet sophistication of derek lam and narciso rodriguez. some surprises: loving gap (sunwashed colors and looser shapes…a nice continuation of this past spring) and tommy hilfiger (no flag motifs here!)

moving across the pond, london and milan were underwhelming to say the least. even though some raved about jil sander, i just didn’t see it–all i saw were the same old skinny pieces for skinny girls. and prada is something i’m still comprehending, and it isn’t making much sense. gucci was probably the biggest time suck ever, and then after reading the buyers reports for milan, it surprised me to see how “sellable” they thought it was (considering most of it was already selling at zara, h&m, and topshop). paris was good, but not great: lanvin, vuitton, and valentino were top of the class, but it was dries van noten that for me was the best of the season. he had all the trends of the season–shine, sequins, pajama dressing–without being trendy. so what stood out to you about spring, and was there anything that made it onto your wishlist?

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