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spring 2008

Lara Miller Bamboo Clothing

Here it is another proof of how stylish, sophisticated and innovative eco-friendly clothing can be. Young designer Lara Miller (Chicago) creates beautiful clothes from handmade bamboo soft jerseys and unique wovens.
Lara Miller spring 2008 collection

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

2008 GAP Design Edition

On April 15, Gap marked the second consecutive year of Gap Design Editions, a limited edition collection specially designed for Gap by the winners of the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition.

American designers (3.1) Phillip Lim, Scott Sternberg from Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian, and ThreeAsFour's Gabi Asfour, Adi Gil & Angela Donhauser designed a limited edition collection inspired by the classic Gap white shirt.

Gap Design Edition: THREEASFOUR

Gap Design Edition: THREEASFOUR

Style on a budget: Rodarte spring/summer 2008

Flapper style is one of my favorite moments in fashion so I'm glad that this season designers paid more attention to it. I was particularly inspired by the modern-flapper look Rodarte showed on its spring 2008 collection: I love the floppy hat and the sheer, loose clothes. Gladiator heels and fingerless gloves bring the needed modern vibe.

Rodarte spring 2008

Rodarte spring 2008

Rozalb de Mura spring 2008

Rozalb de Mura (a word game of "rosée" and "blackberry") is a young Romanian clothing label founded in 2006 by Hungarian-Romanian designer Olah Gyarfas. Furthermore, Rozalb de Mura is developing as a multidisciplinary platform that supports collaborations between fashion designers, visual artists, musicians and writers of various nationalities.

Rozalb de Mura spring/summer 2008

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

The Mad Hat

Spring 2008 runways have shown a lot of women's hats. Does this mean
we're going back to 'can't get out of the house without a hat' times?
Could the hat be as essential as a handbag these days? Well I think the
answer is no but a hat is definite a more fashionable accessory, now,
complementing any outfit. Don't think of conservative "royal court"
styles and get rid of the sporty caps.

3.1 Phillip Lim ss08 Alexander McQueen ss08

3.1 Phillip Lim - Alexander McQueen

Wooden jewelry

Wood has become quite a fashionable jewelry material. Up till now it was taken in consideration only to complement summery safari or afro inspired looks. But this season, thanks to designers like Fendi, Marni, and Missoni shown here, wooden jewelry add a sophisticated twist to any outfit. From earrings to bangles and necklaces, just take your pick.

Missoni spring 2008

Missoni spring 2008

Lena Criveanu Spring/Summer 2008

This is only the forth signature collection for Romanian designer Lena Criveanu and she is already considered one of the most valuable names in Romanian fashion. Among the top three, I'd say. After her debut in 2006, her career went sky high, the designer being able to build, in merely two years, a strong label with a definite style.

Lena Criveanu Spring/Summer 2008

Lena Criveanu Spring/Summer 2008

DBD. The launch of a new fashion label

Here is a good proof that fashion blogging can lead to success. I'm proud to announce that fellow blogger Diana Bobar from SoFash'on launched this very month a fresh new fashion label, called DBD. Diana, a Romanian talented art student started blogging in search of a way to express her thoughts on fashion, art and lifestyle. Her blog is also used as a "showroom" where she displays her designs.

Diana Bobar Design spring 2008

Diva Magazine's spring 2008 top looks

I brought home from Vienna several fashion magazines including Diva, an Austrian publication. And I'm so glad I bought it as it features amazing pictures. You can see them here and here. The magazine also has a look book highlighting the main trends of the up coming season, which are:

1. Floral: big, colorful, busy prints and even floral fabric appliqué


Plaids are IN for spring 2008

Plaids are no longer fall season prints. In fact I saw many fashion rules being dashed these past few season and that's a good thing, right? That's what it's all about, a permanent change and reinterpretation. I very much like this doll house (bathroom, in fact) setting from Alice+Olivia fashion show.



Adrian Oianu Spring/Summer 2008

Adrian Oianu is one of the few Romanian designers with a real interest for innovation and for building a well-defined style. His spring/summer 2008 collection, called The Beat, focuses on a sophisticated mix between two wardrobe key pieces, the trench and the dress, using soft, fluid fabrics, lots of pleating, frills and also sporty details.

Adrian Oianu spring/summer 2008

Adrian Oianu spring/summer 2008

Fashion muse for spring 2008: The Flapper

The Flapper look continues to be a strong trend in fashion. Designers looked for inspiration not only in Coco Chanel's constantly promoted style, but also in the mysterious figures of silent flicks or in the looks of angelic Mia Farrow playing Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby-1974).
From the tennis player attire to flamboyant evening dresses the spring runways brought to live the jazz age feeling.

Spring 2008 Trend: The Roaring Twenties

Left to right: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Costello Tagliapietra and Daks.

The Toga Dress

Not only Alberta Ferretti was inspired by Ancient Rome for her spring 2008 collection. Many other designers sent on the runway their own versions over the classics. The last season's one-shoulder dress became lovely draped toga-like tunics, mini dresses or maxi gowns. At Lanvin and Hermès those one-shoulder dresses with a cinched waist and a just below the knee hemline take you back to the Hollywood's golden age glamour. Other designers teamed up this trend with metallic fabrics or bold color. Marchesa kept its signature style: a dramatic floor sweeping one-shoulder gown.

Toga Dresses Left to right: Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Danielle Scutt, Erin Fetherston.

Down: Hermès, Haider Ackermann, Paul & Joe and Marchesa.

Painterly Abstraction

After borrowing rich colors from brilliant painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer for their fall 2007 collections, designers kept an artistic mood and, for spring 2008, they came up with one of kind abstract painterly prints. This trend brings forward a palette of clear, intense colors with splashes of white and black.

Abstract PrintsAbstract Prints

All Green at Portland Fashion Week

The first eco friendly fashion week was held in October, 19 to 24, at Portland, Oregon. There were thirty five independent designers among which sixteen well known eco designers who presented their Spring/Summer 2008 collections at Portland Fashion Week. Not only the eco-fashion clothes showcased but everything was green at this fashion event: the bamboo runway, the eco-friendly styling products, the energy efficient LED lighting and the whole décor - recycled fabric, paper and sustainable furniture. There was even completely organic food and drink on the menu.

Alula, Emily Katz, Holly Stalder, Izzy Lane, Kate Towers, NatureVsFutureAlula, Emily Katz, Holly Stalder, Izzy Lane, Kate Towers, NatureVsFuture

Japan Fashion Week: 2008 Spring/Summer Collections

I have a true admiration for Japanese and in fact Asian fashion mainly due to New York designers of Asian descent such as Derek Lam, Vera Wang, Anna Sui, and Philip Lim but also because of the street style blogs, especially Style Arena about Tokyo street style. This is the reason why I start browsing for asian designers and started with Japan Fashion Week as a fashion week usually gathers the best designers. Thirty-six fashion houses presented their 2008 spring/summer collections.

Junya TashiroJunya Tashiro

Heirloom Inspiration: Lace Trend Spring 2008

Just browsing through spring 2008 fashion shows and I was glad to know that lace is still in fashion. I'm in love with artisan and handcraft work and this will be a good opportunity to start learning to knit and crochet or at least to start browsing more vigilantly through thrift and vintage store.

Charles Nolan, Lela Rose, Naeem Khan, Bill BlassCharles Nolan, Lela Rose, Naeem Khan, Bill Blass

Camouflage Print for Spring 2008

These past few seasons I hardly saw any camouflage prints like this coat from Undercover Fall 2007 collection. But for spring 2008 camouflage prints are used for all types of clothes and fabrics from sheer dresses to blazers and whole outfits.

Undercover Fall 2007Undercover Fall 2007