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fall 2008

Boho, Brogues and Bold trousers

Want to see what runway trends translated well into street fashion? First is the modern-boho look, well actually one aspect of this look: the fur gilet, which is now everywhere. But there are also other boho details like ethnic or flower prints, folksy knits, fringes, cross-body bags and flare denim jeans.

Jeffrey Campbell collection at OAK

I love this selection of Jeffrey Campbell footwear, fall-winter 2008-09, available at hip store Oak Nyc. From sky-high 5" heels to the flattest flats the collection keeps a sassy look thanks to the fun and forward spin on the season's trends (such as the peep-toe bootie or the high platform pumps), street style and vintage classics (oxford shoes).

Buckles, lace-ups, soft suede or python skin, there is something for everybody. My favorites are the suede low boots Dakota and the naughty looking Pape Heel.


Coca Zaboloteanu shoes

Coca Zaboloteanu is an emerging Romanian shoe label synonym for playful-retro-chic style. Coca, a 26 years old fashionista, got a BA in Dental Medicine but decided to make her passion for shoes into a fashion business.

She started by drawing sketches and getting professional manual labor while learning shoe manufacturing techniques by herself. Shortly after she opened a small design studio in Bucharest and launched an exclusive line of unique shoes.  


Coca Zaboloteanu fall 2008 line


A shocking pink spring

Resort and couture collections also highlighted color trends for future seasons. Next spring it's pretty sure that if you won't wrap yourself in pink at least you'll get a glossy pair of shoes. From sweet lovely blush hues to fuchsia, pink was all around..

Behnaz Sarafpour, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Jenni Kayne.

Hannah Marshall's Code Black

Also named as one of the season's ten most promising new talents by online Style magazine is young British designer Hannah Marshall who reinvented the Little Black Dress with her "Code Black" collection destined for winter 2008. Hannah won the backing from the British Fashion Council's prestigious „New Generation" initiative to exhibit at London Fashion Week in February 2008.

Hannah Marshall fall 2008

Hannah Marshall fall 2008

Fabulous knits at Romanian Fashion Week

Romanian Fashion Week also featured beautiful knitwear starting with young designer Andra Clitan who presented her MA graduate collection inspired by the Hindu culture.

Andra Clitan at Romanian Fashion Week

Andra Clitan at Romanian Fashion Week

Romanian Fashion Week: Ludmila Corlateanu

Ludmila Corlateanu was one of the up-and-coming designers staged at Romanian Fashion Week. Originating from Kishinev, the Moldavian Republic, she has now established her label in Bucharest making her way in the fashion business after studying clothing design in her home country and at Istituto Marangoni, Milan.

Ludmila Corlateanu fall/winter 2008/09

Ludmila Corlateanu fall/winter 2008/09

Sophisticated, modern, one-of-a-kind: Vicente Villarin

Named one of the season's ten most promising newcomers by, designer Joanne Cordero Reyes amazed the fashion world with her fall/winter 2008/09 collection. Her clothing label Vicente Villarin, (named after her grandfather, a talented composer of the early 1900's), is only two season old and has already made its mark.

Vicente Villarin fall/winter 2008/09

Vicente Villarin fall/winter 2008/09

Kirrily Johnston

Kirrily Johnston is another remarkable Australian label that showed at the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2008 (2-9 March). Among its notorious fans the most recent one is top international supermodel Irina Lazareanu.

Kirrily Johnston at Melbourne Fashion Week

Kirrily Johnston at Melbourne Fashion Week

Megan Park's works of art

I was looking at some of the shows from L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2008 and I came across the wonderful collection of Megan Park. Every item, garment or accessory, is created by hand with beading and embroidery made by highly skilled artisans in India. Even the prints and dyes are produced using old handcraft techniques.

Megan Park autumn/winter 2008

Megan Park autumn/winter 2008

2008 LMFF Designer Award

2008 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, the largest fashion event in Australia, was held this month from to 2 to 9 March. Among its highlights, the LMFF Designer Award, presented by Woolmark on March 4th, announced AWI (Australian Wool Innovation) support for emerging Australian designers. This year's nominees were Antipodium, Carl, Friedrich Gray, Gail Sorronda, Manning Cartell, Therese Rawsthorne and Thurley.

2008 LMFF Design Award nominees

2008 LMFF Design Award nominees

Left to right: Antipodium, Carl Kapp, Friedrich Gray (menswear and womenswear). Second row: Gail Sorronda, Manning Cartell, Therese Rawsthorne and Thurley.

Limi Feu, a true Yamamoto

Limi Yamamoto proudly follows her father's footsteps into the fashion world's recognition with her second Paris show. Nevertheless, her fall2008/winter2009 collection, presented under Limi Feu label at Paris Fashion Week, reflects a new Japanese aesthetics.

The young designer, who never dreamed of getting into fashion and wished she could play bass guitar in a rock band, makes a strong statement by showing her clothes on beautiful Japanese women, with more common body types, turning away from the standard model parade.

Limi Feu fall'08/winter'09

Limi Feu fall'08/winter'09

Paris Fashion Week faves

It was quite hard to choose between so many great collections shown in Paris but here they are, my favorite five Parisian fashion shows:

Albert Kriemler, the founder of Akris label, designed a smart-casual, impeccable cut collection with a minimalist appeal. The one-color or similar-shades outfits with accentuated waist generate a long, lean and elegant look. I love everything from double-faced cashmere suits, the slick suede tunics worn over thin turtlenecks and slim pants, tulle dresses adorned with suede rectangles, envelope pockets seen on cashmere skirts and jackets but also on a long evening dress.

Akris f'08/w'09

Central Saint Martins at London Fashion Week

The Central Saint Martins MA class of 2008 presented their graduate collections on 15 February at London Fashion Week. CSM alumnis, industry professionals and buyers were gathered in the audience to scoop out fresh ideas and the next big name in fashion. The MA show included mostly wearable clothes in a subdued color palette (beige, iris-blue, black and white), a serious twist from previous years.

David Steinhorst is the next big fashion hope as he was granted with the Harrods Design Award. His collection was about draping, folding and metallic accents.

Central Saint Martins - David Steinhorst - fall 2008

David Steinhorst

Pantone Fashion Color Reports

The world-renowned authority on color, Pantone Inc., has published its fashion color report for fall 2008. Fall 2008 is described as the "season of change" defined by rich, elegant and vibrant hues.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute states that "fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones".

Pantone Colors Fall 2008

Karstadt New Generation Award at Berlin Fashion Week

One of the main events held at Berlin Fashion Week was the conferring of Karstadt New Generation Award. Four young Berlin based labels: Pulver, Mongrels In Common, Miroike and QED presented their collections to a large audience together with established designers.

The Karstadt New Generation Award went to QED, a menswear label established in 2006, which will have the opportunity to design an exclusive collection for the notorious retailer. I will focus, though, on the other nominees who brought out fresh, modern women's wear designs.

Mongrels in Common was founded in May 2006 by two Esmod Berlin graduates: Livia Ximénez-Carrillo and Christine Pluess. Designing both menswear and women's wear, they put a strong emphasize on high-quality fabrics and manufacturing. They work mainly with premium wool and two-fold cotton, finest silk, nappa leather and denim, the result being an exclusive, elegant look which is very hip as well.

Mongrels In Common Fall 2008

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Fall/Winter 2008

The Berlin Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008 housed over 60 events that took place from January 25th to February 3rd, among which the Mercedes-Benz fashion shows held at Postbahnhof.

While the fashion shows didn't lack well-known labels I have to say that I was more impressed by students' presentations. The Weissensee School of Art and Design, first time guest at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, send down on the runway 10 collections with 100 outfits brilliantly designed by its students and recent graduates.

The Weissensee School of Art and Design at Berlin Fashion Week

The Weissensee School of Art and Design at Berlin Fashion Week