Skip to Content

spring 2009

A bit of Alexander's genius

Fashion's "terrible child" Alexander McQueen follows in the steps of fellow couturiers and lends his brilliant talent for a Designer Collaboration with American mega chain store Target.

McQ Alexander McQueen for Target, released at the beginning of March, is a rock-chic styled collection that mixes McQ (McQueen's diffusion line) classic craftsmanship aesthetic with "a rebellious, nostalgic flare", having as muse the lead singer of the British rock band Duke Spirit, Leila Moss (yep, another Moss).

MCQ spring 2009

H&M spring/summer 2009 collection

The Organic Cotton Spring 2009 Collection, a plea for eco-friendly design and organic materials, released by Swedish chain store H&M focuses on two key trends of the up-coming season: volume and curves, expressing a new femininity inspired by the style of 1950s and 1970s decades.

 

Sandrina Fasoli for Mango exclusive collection

Designing duo Sandrina Fasoli, winner of the first MANGO Fashon Awards  edition, created an exclusive collection for the Spanish fast-fashion chain store. This Limited Edition within Mango spring/summer 2009 collection arrived in stores on 15 January and is available for sale at Mango online shop.

Sandrina Fasoli collection for Mango spring/summer 2009

Fashion Color Report Spring 2009

Spring 2009 will see the return of bright, cheerful colors in tempered combination with "deeper, translucent or neutral tones". Pantone Color Institute and New York fashion designers released a full report on the fashion colors, inspirations and must-haves for spring 2009.

Green is definitely the color of spring 2009 as it will invigorate us
and our wardrobes with three different tones: the quintessential
spring hue Vibrant Green, the calmer and sophisticated Dark Citron, and
clean, clear Lucite Green with a subtle shimmer.


Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2009

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Highlights (II)

Some of the best shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 included Julie Fagerholt Heartmade, Munthe Plus Simonsen, Rutzou and Vadum:

In 1998 designer Julie Fagerholt launched her pet child project Heartmade brand as an exclusive couture business but two years later the customers' demand got so heavy that she had to launch her first rtw collection which won her a "Golden Button"- the prestigious Danish Fashion Award.

Alexander Wang wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced the winner of its fifth edition, Monday, 17 November at Skylight Studios, New York. The award, consisting in a $200,000 US prize plus a year of business mentoring by a fashion industry insider went to young&hip designer Alexander Wang.

At only 24, he outbeat some of the best American design talents including Richard Chai, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Obedient Sons & Daughters and John Patrick of Organic.

Alexander Wang F/W 2008/09

Highlights of Japan Fashion Week (II)

Not so long ago I wrote about Japan Fashion Week SS09 held in Tokyo and about my favorite collections presented there. Well, here are three more.

Matohu is a young label designed by Hiroyuki Horihata and Makiko Sekiguchi and probably "the next covetable Japanese export" as Fashion Wire Daily considers. Both Horihata and Sekiguchi studied the Apparel Design Course at Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo) and after graduation they subsequently worked for Bora Aksu in London.

 

Matohu spring 2009

 

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Trend spotting continues! Here are the spring 2009 fashion trends at first look over Paris Fashion Week collections:

Asymmetric: long/short trail-y gowns irreverent called ‘mullet dresses' made a shocking appearance on Paris runways. Except for an iconic rock wedding dress of the early 90s this cut never emerged as a fashion trend and I think neither will now, although we will see some experiments on the red carpet.

 

Paris Fashion Week ss09 trend: asymmetry

 

Balmain, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro and Nina Ricci

Minna spring/summer 2009 collection

The British Fashion Council ethical fashion show/exhibition at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009, Estethica, now in its 5th season, turned into the very epicenter of the eco-sustainable fashion industry in UK.

One of the best newcomers in this community of fair-trade, eco and ethical fashion design is young fashion label Minna, an example of edgy design and eco passion mix.

 

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Milan Fashion Week revealed the Italian view on spring 2009 fashion: glamorous and sophisticated, sometimes opulent but very feminine. Here are some of the spring 2009 trends:

1. Bejeweled: not only evening gowns but also trenches and short coats are adorned with stones, big paillets, studs or crystals.

Alberta Ferretti, Burberry Prorsum, Derercuny, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro and Blumarine

London Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

London Fashion Week (14th-19th September 2008) revealed some of the spring 2009 trends. These were the most obvious for me; if you noticed other trends feel free to share your findings.

1. Color block: clashing two or three color combinations; hot pink or fuchsia makes a vivid contrast with fluorescent shades of yellow, orange or green.

 

 

LF Markey, Josh Goot, Richard Nicoll and Sinha Stanic

Leather pencil skirt

Pencil leather skirts emerged as a trend throughout spring 2009 New York collections. And not only skirts; slick jackets, dresses and even leather tops that placed this material in a sophisticated area, pushing it forward from the fetishistic/stereotype category.

And, with today's technology development, artificial leather versions like latex and all sort of high-tech pvc coated fabrics are more comfortable, softer and look even better than leather; so it has never been more easier and classier to make a eco-friendly choice.

Matthew Williamson, Rag&Bone, Stærk, Zero Maria Cornejo

Highlights of Japan Fashion Week (I)

September 1st to 5th, Tokyo: Japan Fashion Week hosted 37 brand (maisons) spring 2009 shows. Among them, young designer Aya Furuhashi of fur fur label who presented a youthful, bohemian collection in garden-like scenery.

Under those many layers and flowers you can notice sweet and feminine pieces such as frilled baby-doll tops and chiffon dresses; three quarter length sleeved spring coats and jackets in precious taffeta or brocade as well as flower printed leisure trousers, all in warm, sun-bleached shades.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2009 Trends

Until the big overview released usually in Jan/February here are some of the spring 2009 trends highlighted at New York Fashion Week.

All-over frills and ruffles is still a big trend but what got my attention were these amazing sinuous tiered ruffles that call to mind exotic sea creatures.

3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, Yigal Azrouël

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Highlights (I)

Forget Paris, London and Milan! Stockholm, Berlin and Copenhagen are now the new European fashion centers. The latter one was the home of the Copenhagen Fashion Week festival, held in August, 6th to 9th, which, gathering almost forty fashion labels, made a huge display of the well-known modern-edgy Danish style. Some of the best collections tempered the edge with a feminine appeal.

One of the CFW's highlights is Bibi Ghost, a young Danish designer presenting her second collection at Copenhagen Fashion Week. The label's design aesthetic lies in an atypical mix of playfulness and mature look with unexpected details, of loose volumes and minimalist cuts.

Bibi Ghost spring 2009

Kellylicious by Ludmila Corlateanu

Not long ago you read about Ludmila Corlateanu fall 2008 ready-to-wear collection being one of the best presented at Romanian Fashion Week. Only at its 3rd season, this Bucharest-based label has already climb up the ladder to success; fashion editorials, online reviews, international fashion fairs.

Speaking of which, Ludmila's latest collection for spring-summer 2009 season, entitled "Kellylicious", will be displayed at Pret A Porter Paris Fashion Fair, "Creative By" Hall, from September 5th to 8th, 2008.

 

Kellylicious by Ludmila Corlateanu

 

Berlin Fashion Week (I): Minimalism and Futurism

From pure lines and simple shapes to flamboyant styles, Berlin proved to be, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a strong candidate for the title of 'ultimate fashion capital'.

Berlin Fashion Week started on Thursday, July 17 with a presentation of the HUGO collection for Spring/Summer 2009 that struck a minimalist note. Belgian designer Bruno Pieters presented his second collection for the well-known German brand.

Hugo spring 2009

Stockholm Fashion Week spring/summer 2009 (I)

Stockholm Fashion Week (days, to be more accurate), held from June 30th till July 2nd, has put on show fresh Northern ideas for spring 2009 season, gathering well-known brands such as Acne and Cheap Monday as well as up-and-coming designers nominated for the Mercedes-Benz Young Fashion Industry Award.

Acne sent forward tough and sophisticated looks, with strict cuts, straight lines and a minimalist color palette. Silly looking oversized ranger hats added a touch of humor to those punkish distressed denim jeans.