Sunday, March 01, 2009
NY Collections: Futurism by way of the 1980's and Pasadena? Her Name Was Rio: Marc Jacobs Fall 2009/10 During this last Fall 2009/10 New York Fashion Week, big shoulders (Zac Posen) , big Ball gowns (Oscar De La Renta) and strong make-up was on parade on the runways featuring the latest offerings for Fall 2009. There were also lots of Azzedine Alaia and Herve Leger-like body-wrapping and micro minis. If one blinked, you might have thought it was 1985 Fall Fashion Week! Case in Point: The marvelous Creative minds of Marc Jacobs and Rodarte. Marc Jacobs: Ready To Flashdance: Marc Jacobs Fall 2009/10 His Fall 2009 Collection, which began simple enough. First, he showed grey, almost-schoolgirl cardigans with neck scarves, but then quickly went into 1980's Stephen Sprouse-meets-Duran Duran colorful coats and dresses. The exaggerated make-up and spikey asymmetrical hair styles reminded me of those Patrick Nagel paintings---all that was missing was some black lacquered furniture strewn on the stage and I would have thought I was back at my High School Prom! Barbie-Pink: Marc Jacobs Coat Fall 2009/10 I loved it all! Jacobs featured over-sized shoulders , over-sized jackets and lots of tight tights! The Crayola-like colors--from neon-bright yellows and greens to "Barbie" pinks, were unusual for Fall, but still looked great!! The Marc Jacobs message was in-your-face and strong for Fall: Buy a neon-yellow coat and update that all-black wardrobe come Fall 2009. Click Below to see the entire Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 Runway Video. Rodarte: Wrapped Bride of Frankenstein: Rodarte Fall 2009/10 For Fall, the Pasadena, California based Mulleavy sister team of Rodarte designed a collection that almost looked perfect for the Bride of Frankenstein a la 2009. The looks were futuristic with a bit of quirky romanticism, which is becoming a Rodarte trait. Wrapped, draped and tied knit and woven tops over micro-mini skirts with high straitjacket-like leather boots. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' : Rodarte Fall 2009/10 Each look seemed like a slight variation on the last one, with various color and draped top changes. Some thought it was a bit repetitive but that did not stop the fashionistas and fashion editors alike from going on and on about how much they just LOVED it. See for yourself. Click below for the entire Rodarte Fall 2009 Runway Video.