Gabriela Perezutti’s romantic flair was still in evidence with a beautiful black tiered lace maxiskirt and sequined slipdresses, but this season, the designer added rustic elements to her accessories, showing riding boots and Navajo patterns on hosiery with her more casual looks.
Timo Weiland showed his men’s and women’s collections separately this season, and the men’s wear was all the better for it. “We didn’t want to have to make them match,” Weiland said in an interview backstage before the show. Jackets with hexagon quilting, wool coats adorned with neckwear patterns and a sweater decorated with an image of design partner Alan Eckstein’s dachshund, Coconut, were ready-made for the trendy Brit-pop scene that inspired the lineup. Add the duo’s catchy windowpane trousers and the hat collaboration with Albertus Swanepoel, and the hits kept coming. While Weiland was nursing a broken arm from a holiday skiing accident, the mishap didn’t seem to slow down the momentum for this youthful label.
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“This is as bad-ass as I get,” said Todd Snyder of his collection, inspired by Snyder’s favorite black, 1950s leather motorcycle jacket he’d found a decade ago in a Leeds (England) vintage shop. The rugged edges that characterized his past seasons have shifted into a younger and more polished offering.
The collection, titled “Rebel Gentlemen” featured a color palette consisting primarily of grays, browns and blues, with a few pieces more of a greyish plum or a dark mustard.
Among the standouts were a double-breasted, three-quarter length horsehide bomber with a shearling collar, paired with slim-fitting tweed pants that spoke to the designer’s sartorial roots. The use of “advance fabrics,” such as a wool-bonded cotton used in a laser-cut jacket and a stretch knit for skinny suits, added interest to this modern collection.
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Photo Credit: (c) 2012 Jane Kratochvil for Coup d’étage
Born in Athens to an Egyptian father and a Greek mother Fotini was raised in Canada. Initially, Fotini embarked on a career in finance and marketing at the direction of her father, but could not ignore her passion for the creative and design that she dreamed of as a little girl. Today, the New York based designer, has been building a brand that combines luxurious fabrics, corsetry, a true love of Fotini’s, while adding intricate details on the garments. Fotini, spent 3 years traveling abroad to Italy particularly in the areas of Bergamo, Bologna and Como studying the construction of corsetry beside old world ateliers. This has enabled Fotini to design the feminine, sensuous and chic pieces that she felt were missing from her own closet. Fotini understands her customer’s needs. “A woman designing for women” is a quote from her.
The FOTINI Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection paid homage to her heritage, drawing inspiration from Egyptian queens and Greek goddesses. Fabrics in this collection ranged from chiffon, jacquards and laser cut leather. The special touches of feathers, embroidery and modern day beading were some of the beautiful finishes. “I love shiny things, a sexy fit and rich fabrications, a woman should not be afraid to show her femininity” she stated when interviewed about her brand.
Fotini is a woman that is proud to have a background in business before she decided to switch careers after getting inspired by working by a fashion house. “I have always wanted to be a designer but my family wanted me to take an education in business.” She believes having an education in business is helpful to her in the fashion industry.
While she showed us her collection for Spring/Summer 2013 she had time to tell me a bit about her inspiration for this collection: “The clothes are inspired by French countrysides landscapes and 18th century paintings,” she said, “like you can see on the little details on this dress the beading are little flowers closely beaded together.”
There was nothing novice about the Parsons The New School For Design-trained creator’s 18 looks, presented at Lincoln Center yesterday. Hand-painted rock prints by Eva Zuckerman added texture against soft neoprene jackets and peplum skirts; and pale nude and yellow hues offset the mainly black palette. Inspired by French photographer Jean-Paul Goude’s pictures of Grace Jones, Haworth intended this collection to be powerful—and slightly strange. “There’s definitely an ’80s feel to it, which I tried to modernize with the color,” she stated in an interview. “I tried to do an icy pink with the neoprene, so it would feel really different. I wanted it to feel both natural and organic but also have a weird, sort of artificial element to it.”
Scenester Hannah Bronfman, who models the spring 2013 look book, made an appearance at the presentation matching with Haworth on top (both wore a shirt from last season’s collection). As for the rest of Haworth’s show-day outfit? “These are old drop-crotch jeans that I just re-discovered in my closet. They’re my favorite pants in the world, and I don’t even know where they came from. And with these sparkly heels on, I feel like a jazzy waiter.”