It can be difficult for young designers to build buzz, but not for Matthew Terry. After stints with Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, he started his own line, Coventry. Fashionologie has a review of the clothing, but I'm more interested in this beautiful plaited hairstyle. "The idea was to make the girls look as though they'd just come from a long horseback ride," said stylist Pasquale Ferrante, the hair guru who created the look with Davines styling products. Want to re-create the look at home? For step-by-step instructions, just read on.
After designing knitwear for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, Matthew Terry launched his own line, Coventry, just two seasons ago. At his New York Fashion Week debut, the runway was decorated with an island of tree branches, flowers and grass—a clue as to what kind of earthy wares were in store. The women's looks were body-conscious and included jodhpur trousers and romantic chiffon-paneled skirts. As for Men's, Terry exerted his more traditional side with thick cable sweaters, chunky scarves, and button-down vests. Coventry is, to date, only stocked at the Odin stores and at Shelly Steffee (for whom Terry worked when he moved to New York) but we're sure he'll have picked up a few new accounts this season.
>> Matthew Terry, closely watched during his first outing this season — he's a knitwear alum of both Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — showed in the same Cedar Lake theater space as Rag & Bone, but the experiences couldn't have been further apart. Instead of the chaotic crowds of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Coventry was much more zen — maybe he inherited that from Donna? The runway was circular, with a mossy, sparse bundle of sticks in the middle, and the focus was clearly on Terry's strength: knitwear. A number of the pieces looked too generic sportswear; more should have been approached like the below-the-know pleated skirts, which upon first glance looked normal and dowdy until the model walked, allowing the fabric between the pleats to become translucent and adding an element of sexy. High-waisted riding pants also caught the eye, as well as Terry's ability to create knits that hold shapes the way wovens do — with no seams.
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>> Even established designers are editing, editing, editing for Fashion Week — the number of models, the number of looks, the amount of fabric used — but the tight times aren't keeping a crop of new blood away. Joining former Bill Blass design director Prabal Gurung and Swaim and Christina Hutson, who are starting over with a new label, in the mix — alums of Central Saint Martins, FIT, and Parsons; apprentices of Marc Jacobs, J.Mendel, and Ralph Lauren; but most importantly, New York Fashion Week virgins — show us what you've got.
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