Sunday, September 13, 2009
This season she took it to the next level by partnering with Stylecaster to live stream her show. Vivienne Tam was the last show after the much anticipated show of Chado Ralph Rucci on Saturday September 12th. Vivienne Tam chose fun an attractive colors for her Spring 2010: tans, purples, turquoise, greens, yellows using suede, silk and chiffon as her main fabrics. She tastefully chose her colors and the collection definitely breathed 70's and Rock & Roll. Pants were flare legs and she opted for an array of large and colorful butterfly prints light either long or knee-length dresses. Huge fringed-handbags were one of the main accessories and sandals were either flat or very high platforms with straps. The collection which was very young and jovial failed to display originality. It has already been done before and this is expected from a Spring/Summer collection. Fortunately for Vivienne Tam, she has already long established herself and this is only one of many more collections to come. Designer Vivienne Tam is known for her digital savvy - after all, she partnered with HP to create the most stylish computer ever last year, the Digital Clutch!
Chado by Ralph Rucci once again gave a satisfying show...The Fashion Runway beautifully set up like a painting...Ralph Rucci is indeed also a painter and has exhibited his work at 4 solo exibitions over the past 5 years. No wonder why all eyes were ready and anticipating to see the new collection including celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Steve Harvey, Ashlee Stanford & Simpson who were all front row sitting...At the entrance, it was a total chaos, a-listers, celebrities, fans trying to get in, hungry photographers pushing one another to get a good spot...everyone expected an amazing show especially after last season's flawless show. Chado Ralph Rucci is a luxury clothing line designed by Ralph Rucci, the first American designer to receive an invitation to the Paris haute couture shows since Mainbocher. The name of the collection comes from chado, the Japanese tea ceremony noted for its attention to detail, exactitude, sense of austere style, and intensive expertise on the part of the practitioner.
Chado who is very much inspired by Japanese culture and easthetics kept his designs minimalist and simple yet extremely elegant and rich in textures and details. He is a genius when it comes to construction methods in executing his creations. This season, Ralph has utilized extensively fabric treatments and embroidery techniques that "can be construed as stairways, or ladders, rising up from the hems of garments and literally becoming more refined as they climb " Color palette include mainly black & white,and some accents of pink, yellow and greys using rich and diverse fabrics such as chiffon, silk woven, silk gros and leather. The collection is delectably refreshing by the contrast made between the simplicity of his garments yet complexity of the fabrics and textures that he has himself created. The Silhouettes remained feminine yet classic. There was certainly something magical and mystical about his show...which attracts mainly an older clientele but something tells me Ralph Rucci has maybe convinced a few younger women to wear his impeccable & classic designs. I wouldn't be surprised to see Michelle Obama wearing a Chado dress. The collection was utterly beautiful.
Nicole Miller has become as household name in the Fashion industry. Celebrities, socialites and fashionistas love her style, particularly her dresses. Launched in 1982 by designer Nicole Miller and Bud Konheim (who remain business partners to this day), the label has become a multifaceted fashion institution, with four major lines that range from sportswear separates to red-carpet dresses. Miller’s signatures are her bright prints and patterns (influenced by a variety of cultures and eras), which grew from an early “obsession” with Celtic knots. Beyond the label’s major lines, Miller also designs handbags, eyewear, shoes, lingerie, swimwear, fragrances, beauty products, and two diffusion lines for JCPenney.
This season, Nicole took inspiration for the element of water and ocean for her upcoming collection, she opted for the storm and the boldness of the ocean. Asymetry, geometry, sparkles, metallic, big and bold are descriptive of her edgy collection. There were mashups and slashes — and some noteworthy asymmetrical dresses that had blocks of prints she called “riptide” and “ocean current” placed opposite chunks of black. Miller offered an array of tight shorts and crinkled pants and asymetrical and modern dresses. Most of her outfits seem to focus on the hip and waist area with sashes as the main body part unlike most designers who focused on the shoulders this season. Her color palette consists of mainly black and white with accents of greens and blues. Sitting front row were Jill Hennesy, Ciara, Amerie and Amber Rose (Kanye West's gf) both looking stunning and dressed in black. I must admit her collection did not wow me especially with all the buzz surrounding her brand name...but of course, she can't always please everyone:)