From The Field
The ruminations of days 0 and 1.
Day 0 and 1 Fashion Week deductions leave me rest assured that my propensity toward denim (see: Rachel Comey, Timo Weiland) will continue to be nourished well through the boundaries of at least next November. That is a lot of time to chalk up interesting new layering tactics and outfitting methods. Other trend conclusions include a wealth of over the knee boots. Take the ones at BCBG Max Azria for a moment:
They’re a dynamic combination of pump and high boot that offer little to no warmth for the skin over your navicular bones but such is the way of fashion. This show (the first of the day) demonstrated really love fall layering tactics in lush, rich oversized leathers (and multi-color calf length fur vests too but we don’t have to talk about that if you don’t want to). A tinge of middle eastern influence percolated through the collection in the subtle prints presented on tones of black, white and navy. As a matter of fact, little color was exploited at all (give or take a tinge of burgundy, not to be confused with oxblood). The resounding noise of cool echoed through the models’ beanies. Takeaway #1/2: Boots. Wear a beanie, don’t take it off.
No navicular woes at Timo Weiland–the over the knee situation manifesting below one of the few feminine silhouettes from the collection featured a lovely white flat emblematic of the early 70s while the rest of the collection functioned as a nod to the endearment of having two young boys design clothes for girls.
Creatures of the Wind previewed Tabitha Simmons’ second collaboration of the season (she’d done the lace up booties at the J Brand ready-to-wear presentation on Wednesday as well) in a short-heel pump featuring what looks like something of an aquatic sock over it. And nothing gets my heart racing quite like a two-for-one deal. Per the beauty shot at left: I for one, was utterly relieved by the hair styling–offering a hint of wet scalp and fuller looser, wavy locks falling from ear point. Do also note the sunglasses positioning, concealing the prospect of hearing. Ears: who needs ‘em? As for the clothes:
Hip, hip, more suiting (and that white leather, black trim works famously on utilitarian green). The real star of this show, however, was the closing look (at left), which featured a leather capelet over a paneled gown. It’s inappropriate for almost any event you’d likely want to wear it–and as such, so fantastically ideal. Takeaway #3 is that if you’re not sure where to wear it, the answer is probably everywhere.
And finally, here are the Rachel Comey girls. Does anyone remember that episode of Sex and The City when Samantha bought a black pixie wig and followed boyfriend Richard Wright into his apartment building where she found him having a fine clam dinner inside another woman’s crotch? She pulled the wig off, cracked a framed photo she had purchased and dramatically remarked, “there, now your heart is broken too!” These girls are that Samantha Jones only they don’t care what their male counterparts are up to because quite frankly, their plans are better. There’s a hint of 70s glam permeating through this collection that remains just that: a hint, to make room for the profoundly evident menswear inspiration. Takeaway #4 goes, in matters of gender and fashion, it’s never just one or the other.
And that’s all I got. Alright now, snow, give us your best shot. (Also, be sure to check in on Manstagram where I be posting from da runwayz in real time, yo.)