If you're in the Houston, TX area don't miss Chloe Dao "Lightness", her 2010 Spring Fashion Show this Saturday, April 17th at 7:30pm. Buy your tickets at her LOT 8 boutique or online at warehouselive.com.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Spring 2010 Fashion Show is now online in a beautifully designed interface that lets you watch the runway video and shop for the looks you see at the same time. Also as you watch the show, get fashion commentary by four leading editors, including Project Runway's Nina Garcia. I like how you can also jump to any of the looks you want at the bottom navigation. The interface is so well designed that you're able to click for more details on the outfits and have the video automatically pause so you can take time to browse, then resume watching again whenever you are ready.
One of my favorites of the spring collection is this Fulton Silk One-Shoulder Dress and at $199 it's a really affordable dress that you'll get a lot of wear out of this season. I also love the light neutral cream colors and the python print. If there's one thing you'll need this spring/summer, it's a one-shoulder dress or top!
Fairytale Fashion is using technology to create a collection of magical clothing in real life and is created by one of my good friends, fashion designer Diana Eng. Last week she had her first Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam in NY. Models hit the runway in sophisticated tech fashions, while a quartet of circuit bending DJ's created music from a hacked sewing machine and conductive felt. Enjoy the video of the show above.
If it wasn't enough that I went to Vivienne's fashion show in the tents, being on the list for her after-party was a dream. I never write long stories on Coquette but this was such a funny story in itself I thought I must. Through all this, I got a chance to meet Vivienne Tam herself and I told her what an inspiration she was to this Chinese girl from SF!
My friend Leigh and I promptly hailed a cab right after the show at the tents to go to Vivienne Tam boutique in Soho where the after-party was held. After standing and walking in heels for most of the evening, not to mention the last 3 days in NY, we were not happy to be greeted with a standing line that was formed around the store. Thankfully, we weren't that far behind. As we waited we watched inside the store as they were still setting up for the party. Both Leigh and I were eyeing the three leather stools inside. THE ONLY SEATS IN THE STORE. Our plan was simple. Leigh was to get inside and grab a leather stool, one of three that we saw sit prominently in the center of the store. My task was to get the champagne.
By this time, the stools were all occupied by myself and Leigh, and two other gals. We were soon joined by Vivienne's longtime friend Shelly Bromfield (who used to work for DKNY). Here she is with her blinged out iPhone.
There comes a point in one's life where the pain of fashion (aka our feet), takes over the idea of actually standing and partying. Yes, there were fabulous people around, supermodels, designers, the Asian A list, they were all eyeing our seats. I had two glam ladies clad in their Christian Louboutons smile at me. Shelly looked at them, bent over and touched my hand and said, "Never give up the seat!" The other 2 gals who occupied the other stool was Danielle Yuen and Hannah Park, pictured above. We all knew we had something special going on at the party.
We turned out to be in the center of everything. We were there for Vivienne's grand entrance. Thanks to Shelly who was greeted so warmly by Vivienne, I was able to talk to her and snap a photo. We watched the PR gals dress up the naked mannequins into the Spring outfits. We saw the new HP clutch dash across the room before our eyes. People even started to dance in front of us. Now, we did make our turns around the room, only we did it while the other was saving that precious seat. You could see the pain in each woman's eye as the night went on. They knew those seats were like gold and as the store got more and more crowded, we definitely weren't giving them up!
The PR team were starting to dress up the mannequins into the outfits from the spring collection. We had a front row seat watching Vivienne float by and see that her outfit wasn't properly put together. With HP clutch in one hand, she takes control to have the outfit shine.
Later in the evening, the DJ was on fire so everyone started dancing, including Vivienne herself. It was so fun!
Here's Leigh at the end of the night, still resting on one of those leather stools.
You can see more shots from the evening in my Flickr slideshow.
"Butterfly Lovers" was the theme of Vivienne Tam's Spring 2010 Collection. If you don't know it's the Chinese "Romeo and Juliet" where in the story the star-crossed lovers transform into butterflies to live happily ever after together.
From colorful close up prints of butterflies to dresses that had cut outs alluding to the shape of a butterfly, to one of my favorites (at the bottom) a sequined jacket filled with a butterfly's spectrum of colors, Vivienne created a collection that carried on the butterfly theme unlike anything I have seen before. Outfits were also with these fabulous large fringed bags which gave the show a very hippie chic kind of look and attitude. And to remind of us of Vivienne's strong role in technology, models were seen holding her new HP clutch while the whole fashion show was the first to be broadcast live over the web. I'm sure the video will be up on the viviennetam.com site in the near future.
Here's Leigh and I in our seats at the Vivienne Tam show. I'm wearing my Karen Millen dress (posted about here. too bad i am slouching down a bit for this photo). See more photos in my Flickr set.
Here's a short clip of the runway show taken from my iPhone.
Ok I have to admit, as a long time Project Runway fan, this season hardly had any stellar standouts. I'm not sure if it's the designers or the challenges they were given (too many felt sponsored based). I also feel like the show hasn't been edited well for us to connect with the designers, as if Bravo's just gave up now that the show is going to Lifetime for next season. Last season, after the first episode, I called that Christian Siriano was going to win. This season's been a lot harder to choose. I find myself wavering between designers liking some of their outfits but then getting disappointed at their bad ones. For some reason, this time 6 finalists were able to show at Bryant Park -- making it hard for us to weed out who the final top 3 really are. So I've picked my favorite top 3 based on their runway shows. And I'm gonna call my winner now for the show, I think it's going to be Korto. Her show had a sense of energy and the clothing while all cohesive, looked different.
I loved the retro and colorful energy of Kenley's runway show but wasn't too into the puffed up shoulders or over the top bubble ruffle collar. Some pieces were fantastic but overall I felt there was a lack of cohesion.
You can also check out the fashion's from the other 3 guys: Jerrel, Joe, and Suede.
And then there's Christian Siriano who's design work just keeps getting better. In his Spring 09 fashion show, Christian goes modern and sophisticated with one of my favorite colors of the season, gray. I love the tiny peeks of color under a sheer top, as trim, or in the lining of a blazer.
Spotted at the Vivenne Tam runway show today is her new collaboration with HP, this beautiful Vivienne Tam Special Edition Notebook is a PC that looks like a beautiful clutch! Wonder if there's a special lip gloss compartment?
Here are more shots of the most fashionable computer to strut down NY Fashion Week's runways:
Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan is no stranger to technology. Animatronics were used back in 2006. In his recent Paris Fall 2008 Fashion Show (via Boing Boing), the designer created mechanical dresses that sent out moving spots of light to symbolize the big-bang theory of the beginning of the universe. It's a beautiful sequence that feels almost like a ballet.
Click here to watch the video of the fashion show at Swarovski Sparkles TV.
(The models above come out at 11:30 in the video.)
Also on a non-tech related note, it was interesting to spot knitted calf boots by Chalayan (right) down the runway, just like the ones made by Tina Marrin (left) featured in the premiere issue of CRAFT Magazine back in the Fall of 2006.
You can also see photos of the entire Fall collection at Style.com.
For a nice break with reality, I spent some time on Chanel.com browsing the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2008 fashion show (click on Fashion, then Fashion Shows). This dress above is my favorite for it's ability to continue my love for the soft pale hue of grey and for it's magical ability to transport me into the era of balls in Jane Austen-land. Look at the tiny hint of her satin slippers? Love it!
Here are more of my favorites from Chanel's Haute Couture show:
Paris Fashion Shows
Viktor & Rolf Spring Summer Collection 2008 With soft long flowy layers and tiers, the fashions that came down the the runway at the Viktor & Rolf Spring Summer 2008 Fashion Show in Paris mixed modern elegance with a musical edge. It was hard rock meets the violin, which was an iconic theme done with a perfect twist. The minimalist clean palette of white, black, and soft pale pink showed off the amazing layers, cuts, and shapes of the designs that graced the runway. Watch the full video of the Viktor & Rolf fashion show above.