As caught up as we might be with the Fall 2009 season, we can't help but notice all of the best Spring 2009 pieces appearing online. Particularly noticeable are the bad girl frocks that appeared on the Spring catwalks by way of transparency, cut-out details, and body-con silhouettes. Judging by the House of Holland number M.I.A. wore to the Grammy's this weekend, and the $12,000 dollar white Balmain frock which is already sold out on Net-a-Porter--we're pretty sure we're not alone in our love for this trend.
>> There are few designers these days that can succeed without hopping onto the fashion train in some way — even Margiela sold a majority stake to Diesel — but Azzedine Alaia has done just that. After all these years, he still remains a mystery — he has no website, and as The Imagist points out — "no seasonal shows, no advertising, no freestanding boutique network, very little retail outlets, and product that is about its own consistent identity, not the whims of a fashion moment." Seeing his Spring 2009 lookbook, shot by Willy Vanderperre with Kasia Struss, seems like such a treat — mostly because of his elusiveness, but also because the black velvet gown he dressed Penelope Cruz in for the SAG Awards last weekend really whets the appetite.
Looks like all of those fabulous statement shoes from the Spring 09 season are finally hitting shelves...and just in time for the Fall 2009 women's ready to wear shows. Can you handle it? Yeah, neither can we. Our best advice is to stash a dust bag with a pair of rolled up ballet slippers in your purse. You know, just in case.
Only in fashion could something so insubstantial come with a 40,000 price tag. In all honesty though, we're happy to see the transparency trend carrying through the Haute Couture shows. Modern, minimal, clean this look leaves a lot of room for creative interpretation without ever eliciting the desire to be excessive.
There might not be many shows that make up a couture season but that doesn't mean there are not trends. This season, we're noticing quite a few instances metallic lavender. From Armani Prive to Givenchy, and today, from Elie Saab, it seems this pale, feminine color with a litle bit of shine is an appealing option indeed.