now that the shows are over and you’ve had a chance to digest everything (rhianna on the runway, for example), i’m sure you’ve figured out who your favorites are and who disappointed you. here in no particular order are my favorites from s/s 08.
louis vuitton: although it had a similar crazy theme has his own line, the lv collection seemed more cohesive and thoroughly more wearable. the accessories collaboration with richard prince is sure to be a hit.
proenza schouler: jack and lazaro do it again. i liked the f/w show, but this one seems more grown up while staying truer to their roots: making great clothes for city girls. i’ll definitely be picking up some of the shoes.
lanvin: what fashion shows should all be about: gorgeous girls wearing gorgeous clothes that feel womanly. the color palette is amazing and i loved the mix of flowy dresses with more fitted pieces.
balenciaga: it took a while to grow on me, but yet again, nicolas ghesquiere is setting the bar for what will be hot next season. the sculptural jackets, exposed stitching, and archival-but-modernized florals will be seen all over. and as always, the shoes were as interesting as the clothes.
marc by marc jacobs: as someone in her mid 30s, marc by marc had gotten a bit young for me. this collection moves back into wearable for everyone territory and i love the lego belts and 70s-esque monogram bags.
rodarte: the hard/soft mix is never as good as it is here, and laura and kate mulleavy didn’t disappoint this season. also hot: the louboutin studded sandals.
jil sander: raf simons’ collection was one of the brightest of fashion week, layering eye-popping shades with white, navy, and black. the super-skinny pants are only for the runway, but the layering will work on anyone.
adam adam lippes: for all the fun and frivolity in some collections, don’t you really just want to wear the clothes? everything in this collection was completely wearable, and the details and finishing has gotten a bit more upscale.
honorable mentions go to narciso rodriguez, oscar de la renta, christian dior, dries van noten and calvin klein.
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