Spring may bring a daring trend: bold, contoured color on the side of the cheeks, eyes, and/or temples. During the past few weeks, we've seen Christian Siriano deck his models out with tawny blush on the temples and sides of the cheeks or eyes in New York, a similar look from Moschino in Milan and a more avant-garde take on the technique from Jean-Pierre Braganza in London, whose models donned a bright pink hue near the outer part of their eyes. When done in flattering tones and a light hand, I could actually see this look taking off. What about you? Is it a trend you'd try, or will you pass on this one?
London Fashion Week is like New York's eccentric, cheeky older sister, and the designers take risks that would make some fashionistas on this side of the pond blush. This year was even more daring than usual, with nude models, antlers, wild wigs, and face paint galore. I've put together 10 of the most jaw-dropping moments from the runway, so be sure to check out what the Brits have been up to right now.
The charming Jean-Pierre Braganza took us through his technology-obsessed spring 2010 collection recently at an event sponsored by the London Centre for Fashion Enterprise. The theme of Braganza's latest collection —"a hybrid of humans and machinery, like machinery wrapped around the human form"— is best expressed through structural folds, angular leather panels, and graphic black and white patterns.
Continuing his love affair with custom digital prints, Braganza layered black and white photographs of a ferris wheel in Berlin with graphic images of skulls to create this season's technology-inspired symmetrical print used for a pair of skinny trousers, a molded mini dress detailed with black origami folds, and a strong-shouldered, scoop-neck tee. Braganza remains inspired by the future, yet firmly planted in the moment.
Yesterday, at the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom, we had the chance to meet designer Jean-Pierre Braganza and hear him speak about his Fall 2009 collection. This season, Braganza was informed by two distinct inspirations: Native American imagery and futuristic, sculptural tailoring. Overall, the collection communicated a sense of the exoskeletal, from the paneled dresses "that seem to grow over the body like petals or scales" to the prints comprised of digitally manipulated x-rays. Thanks to this, the collection had a post-apocalyptic feeling to it and the usage of Artic fox fur, hand-woven leather pieces, and Kirkwood-friendly heels certainly didn't hurt matters. Below, a few of our showroom snapshots and their corresponding runway images. To see Braganza's Fall 2009 in full, click here.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Speaking of awards, Rodarte won double honors — 100,000 euros for the Swiss Textiles Award, the first American designers to ever do so — last night. The prize, which Laura and Kate Mulleavy snatched over fellow nominees Richard Nicoll, Louise Goldin, and Jean-Pierre Braganza, is to be used to fund international development of the brand. Last year's winner was Marios Schwab. [Style File, WWD]