Supima is hosting another design contest, asking emerging talent to "rethink the possibilities of fashion--beginning with fibers and fabrics". Modeled on the legendary 1954 Wool Secretariat competition that helped launch the careers of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, this event is just now picking up steam and setting its sights on becoming an important competition on the fashion calendar. Among other contestants in last season's runway show were the designers of Form (Jerry Tam and company)--who hold their own during New York Fashion Week with or without contest-running. The Supima open call will take place this Thursday in New York and the subsequent runway show will take place in January. For more information, click here.
Form Spring 09 might be the one collection that we preferred to see on the runway rather than in the showroom. That's not to say that the clothing isn't well made or interesting up close, on the contrary it excels in both respects. The catch is that no matter how feminine or light Form's recent collections might be, there is still the fact of seeing the clothing on a body in order to take in its, ahem, form. What did stand out, on the other hand, were the sequined numbers that we only vaguely remember from the runway show. One blue (left) and one black frock were hanging in the showroom today and were truly impressive. The sequins on these two garments are much finer than what you might find on a pair of American Apparel leggings, for example, making the fabric look like a skin of sorts. Form continues to be one of our favorite New York brands, no matter our preference for seeing one garment on the runway and the other in the showroom. We're just being picky because we know they'd indulge that sort of thing.
To see more Form Spring 09, check out our backstage coverage with photographer Robert Malmberg.
Walking is one of the best and easiest ways to fit a little extra exercise into your day. To really get the most out of walks, it's best to use proper form to reap all the benefits. Health.com created a great little how-to on the basics of walking the fitness walk. Here are highlights to think about the next time you're strutting your stuff:
- Head: Look straight ahead, not down at the ground.
- Arms: Relax your arms by your sides and swing them front to back, not out to the sides; your hands shouldn’t come up higher than your breastbone. On hills, bend your arms to 90 degrees for more pumping power.
- Hips and waist: Stand tall and keep your hips positioned directly above your feet. Don’t lean forward or back from the waist, even when going up hills (although it’s OK to sit back slightly when heading downhill, as long as you keep your weight over your feet).
- Legs: Stick with your natural stride length to help avoid shin pain, the most common complaint among walkers. To increase your speed, focus on taking quicker steps, not longer ones.
- Feet: Land on your heel first, then roll through to the ball of your foot.
To celebrate the kick off of New York Fashion Week we've produced five teaser videos for the Spring 09 season. Last week, amid the inevitable chaos of designers and their pr offices, we snuck in and said hello to some of our favorite New York designers. That is Jerry Tam of Form, Ashleigh Verrier, Steinunn Sigurd of Steinunn, Chris Han, and Brandy Lunsford of Harlan Bel. In the teasers you'll discover a glimpse of the inspiration behind their collections and what each designer does to prepare for Fashion Week. When the time comes, we'll be posting their respective Spring 09 fashion shows (or presentations) and a little backstage action to boot.