I still remember the Macrame Owls we had as a kid. Designers this Spring season opted for a more sophisticated approach to this craft. From left to right.....Alberta Ferretti, Gucci and DVF
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The Paul Smith show for Spring 2010 was influenced by the book "Gentlemen of Bakongo" by Daniele Tagamani. The 1st look off the Runway looked like it walked right off the cover of the book. You can't go wrong with a Pink Suit and Red Bowler Hat. The book captures the culture of Congolese Dandies called "sapeurs." This look started back in the 20's and 30's when affluent Congolese would travel to Europe and bring back new wardrobes fit for a king. Nowadays the "sapeurs" do not come from money. They can save up all year working multiple jobs just for
one outfit with pedigree. They look damn good though. Paul Smith also mixed in a bit of traditional dress as well. The 1st photo below is a current picture of some "sapeurs" although they look of another era. The 2nd picture below is by Malick Sidibe a Malian photographer know for his b+w photos of 60's popular culture in Bamako Mali. Mali is kinda far from the Congo, but this photos reminded me of some of the looks from the show. Not sure where the tattered photo is from, but love the mixture of prints.
Friday, September 25, 2009
A few designers took a bit of inspiration from the surf scene. Hipsters in NYC have been riding track bikes for awhile now, so I guess it is time for something new. Surfing has gained some popularity in New York recently. Mollusk Surf Shop opened an outpost in Brooklyn in 2007. Saturdays Surf just opened up on Crosby St the beginning of this month. In addition, The Surf Lodge, a boutique hotel catering to the Urban Surfer opened in Montauk this past Spring. Above are looks from the Proenza Schouler and Unique from Top Shop. Below are some vintage surf shorts from Rusty Zipper.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
DVF and Ohne Titel both took inspiration from ancient Egypt for their Spring 2010 collections. Here is some more Egyptian inspiration from some pictures I snapped at the MET when we were in NYC this past January. So many great colors and patterns on the little shards of pottery and whatnot.