Today's profile of designers: Alexander Wang (!!!) , Karen Walker, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Vena Cava, and Alexandre Herchcovitch.
This is a first-ever moment. Alexander Wang using...turquoise? orange? HOT PINK? Yes, this is the same designer who, last season, showed an almost entirely black collection. It's refreshing, but it didn't lose Alexander's signature boyish grungy feel. I loved everything- the tailored turquoise blazer and shorts, the hot pink blazer and orange shorts, the denim shirt over slouchy black pants...ahh. The show felt like it was directed towards an athletic, tough girl who still cared about fashion. One of my favorite looks was the sequined double breasted coat (or dress?).
I was a little surprised by Karen Walker. Her clothes are usually colorful, mixed-up, crazy patterns. This season it was extremely toned down, very minimalist. I had hoped for something a bit more like her last collections, but I still thought this one was great. I loved the first boyish blazer and pants outfit. Although most of the show was simple, she spiced things up by adding patterns, like the leopard print that I actually like, and that last floral top. She let the prints take all the attention by pairing it with unembellished pieces.
I didn't like this one as much as Fall, but it was still undeniably cute. Kirsten Dunst was cast as the face of the lookbook and she was half the reason that made me love it as much as I do. She made all the clothes look totally effortless and like her normal street style. I thought it was a perfect fit. My favorites out of this collection were the first look, with all of the layers, and the last, with the casual acid yellow hoodie paired with a more sophisticated skirt. This was a very easygoing, carefree collection that completely said Spring 09, baby.
Vena Cava's collection had an Egyptian influence, as we saw in the tribal prints in skirts, pants, and dresses. I loved the 70's inspired loose flared pants and silk gowns. A recurring theme in the collection was skinny leather pants, mostly the khaki ones, shown under dresses. The short sleeved leather jacket is delicate, unlike most leather jackets. I want the printed pants...
Alexandre Herchcovitch was mostly a futuristic feminine, with a pixelated floral pattern repeating throughout the show. He also incorporated utilitarian pieces, like the first jumpsuit and the panel of khaki on the third floral dress. I loved the second pink dress, it's adorable and I love the high khaki neckline.