Wednesday, July 29, 2009
For spring/summer 2010, designer Riccardo Tisci imbued Givenchy's menswear collection with his signature hip-hop swagger, gladiator influences and Middle Eastern-like mosaics. On paper, it reads like a head-scratcher; on the runway, it translated into what fashion writer Tim Blanks described as "ferociously sexy athleticism". And that's precisely what it was- there was the gold star motif, the leggings-under-shorts silhouette (WHICH I LOOOOOVE), the gold gladiators, the trousers with the built-in cumberbunds... Here is a designer that is challenging how men should dress, and in the process comes up with what can only be described as male couture.
Said to have been inspired by the colours and textures of Africa, designer Massimiliano Giornetti came up with a collection that was surprisingly very Italian.
The saffron, cinnamon, coffee coloured knits, silks and leather were tailored into one seamless collection that touched on 1950's pin-stripes and fedoras.
One deep orange-red double-breasted suit with royal blue accents was indicative of the rest of the collection that came before and after it- suave and very sophisticated.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Like the collections from Alexander Wang and Phi, the Resort collection from Rag & Bone exuded a sexy cool-ness that chic downtown girls like Kate Moss have perfected. There was the cashmere. the drop-crotch leggings, the head wraps, the ankle boots... Very nice mix of tailoring and layering.
The toughness of the Phi collection was very appealing. With biker, scuba and surfer elements, there were little details through-out the collection (undershorts peeping out from under a cuffed boy shorts, strategically placed zippers, an Asian-like black and white floral pattern) that revealed a well-defined thought pattern, as far as inspiration was concerned. As one of the most talked about design houses around, Phi gave us more to buzz about.