Erdem (in which I nerd out in a rather laughable manner) - Utilizing classic silhouettes - the a-line dress, the dropwaist dress, and the maxi column dress, Erdem takes form back to its timeless roots. No surprises with shapes here. However, these looks win my heart because the print is so reminiscent of a SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION!
(image via NASA)
For the uninitiated, a supernova is a astronomical phenomenon that occurs when a massive star depletes its hydrogen fuel and violently ejects its mass in a spectacular stellar explosion of basic elements. It is posited that the elements created in a supernova may have been transported via comets to small planets, bringing the basic necessary ingredients to create life. Supernovas typically explode in a circular manner, and when I first saw these dresses, the similarity was so striking that I wondered if Erdem Moralioglu was a science nerd like myself. It's highly likely that Erdem was not inspired by outer space at all, but that's one of the things I love most about fashion: it can mean so many different things to everyone. This print reminds me that our place in the universe is circumscribed and infinitesimally small - and that our very existence may be owed to the violent death of stars.
The Row - In keeping with the heavy linear shapes of their Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the Row presents us with more ankle-grazing minimal goodness. It's a seamless meld of modest Fransiscan monk chic with Tokyo street practicality and a high dose of androgyny for good measure. As I was discussing with a friend, looking like a boy is the new looking like a girl, and the Olsen sisters are right on trend. The thick forms and fabrics make me wish fall was in short arrival. This collection highly inspires me to replicate some of the silhouettes with items in my own closet.
Proenza Schouler - I'm not going to delve into a review of the actual garments, rather, I am going to LOSE MY SHIT over the new mini PS1 satchel bag! Opening Ceremony posted a few more photos of them here. The smaller version of the PS1 is adorable and functions as both a day and evening bag, something its messanger-bag sized big brother can't do. Also, small = more affordable (usually), so this is a piece of Proenza that I could feasibly own one day. Once I get a decent job, of course.
Thakoon - Easy, unfussy silhouettes with Thakoon's resort collection. Unexpected shapes keep the looks feeling playful and carefree. The collection has a distinct "grab-and-go" feeling, meaning one could just reach into their (obviously wealthy and privileged) closet for their new Thakoon and be set for the day. Even if one doesn't own anything from this collection, the shapes can still be replicated with pre-existing garments in most womens' wardrobes. The proportions in look#1 have me especially intrigued and I can't wait to try out myself. Clean jacket with draped 3/4 skirt and a men's belt? Yes please. Look for that in an upcoming outfit post.
Couture season is arriving soon, so be prepared for more awkward reviews from Little Old Nobody Me. Ha.
(all runway images via style.com)