2009 September 15
(NEW YORK) Herve Leger
In a collection that is just as bondage as bandage, Max Azria clearly brings those mysterious, feminine touches that are his signature – delicate embroidery, braiding, nude colors and a feather light sexiness and makes Herve Leger all his own.
Zero + Maria Cornejo
Maria Cornejo explored the complicated and often conflicting relationship between the pulse of the city and the power of nature through simple, unadorned designs in her latest collection. Barley-colored linen tunics, wooden body cuffs and silk prints of leaves and grass exemplified Cornejo’s love of the natural world and the tranquility it provides. In contrast, bark leather jackets and smoky hued drop pants brought the city lights to Corenjo’s natural environment, emphasizing “the beautiful tension of organic elements pushing through the cement of an urban landscape.”
LUTZ & PATMOS
Inspired by Desmond Tutu’s robe, Lutz & Patmos offered a lovely and ethical collection this season. The luxury eco-brand has a tradition of inviting a guest designer, and this time they chose Tutu as their muse. “He’s more of a moral icon than a style icon,” Tina Lutz admitted. Tutu did not whip up the sketches himself, of course; rather, he gave the designs the official green light. Airy linen shorts and light spring sweaters in berry pink update and feminize the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wardrobe in ways we never would have imagined! Sweaters in thin, organic cotton are breathable, effortless and principled--a portion of the proceeds goes to the Desmond Tutu Foundation.
“I wanted to capture the optimism and energy of Richard Avedon’s photography,” explained Barbara Frank of her Spring 2010 collection. As Avedon’s inspirational photographs were primarily black and white, Tfank was tasked with coloring his images in. True to Avedon’s spirited sensibility (and her own) Tfank veered away from black and focused on joyful hues of poppy, navy and lime. Having worked with Avedon as a young designer, Tfank translated the photographer’s influence into vibrant and elegant pieces rich in feminine details: grosgrain ribbon, dotted swiss cotton, full skirts and capelets promise to entice women in a broad age range.
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