For Spring 2009 head to toe nude looks are back and better than ever. Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tommy Hilfiger, Aurelio Costarella, Chris Han, Anna Sui, Milly by Michelle Smith, Doo Ri, Catherine Holstein, Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, Chris Benz all went for trend.
“I have been thinking about this for a really long time,” said Chung. “Within my own collection there is a great need to have a wider price range. A second line allows me to do that."
The diffusion line will feature Doo-Ri's signatures patterns, cuts, and draping. Look forward to a cool collection of leather jackets, leather leggings, silk-screened tees, and jersey dresses. Wholesale prices will range from $80 for a top to $475 for a leather jacket.
Oscar de la Renta showed his Pre-Fall 2009 collection yesterday and his classic, beautifully-made clothes temporarily set the fashion industry's hearts at ease. To see the entire collection, click here.
Urban Outfitters pulled a t-shirt that read "I Support Same Sex Marriage" from shelves just eight days after it landed in stores and online. It was claimed that the shirt spawned too much "bad press" but there's more to this story...
Retailers report that stores are swamped but that most consumers are going for the heavily discounted items rather than slightly discounted gift-able offerings. This, unfortunately, will not help matters.
Doo. Ri has announced the launch of a diffusion line to act in compliment to her ready to wear offerings as seen during New York Fashion Week. The line has yet to be named but is slated to hit stores in 2009.
>> The CFDA has been busy lately, discussing the possibility of sponsoring sample sales for designers who don't have enough resources to do it on their own, commissioning books — including a fashion-related cookbook, and announcing an upcoming three-year partnership with Mattel. But Monday night, we'll learn which of the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees will take home top honors, $200,000, and business advice, who will score one of the two runners-up titles and the $50,000 that comes with them, and who will try again next year.
The first award was given in 2004, with top honors going to Proenza Schouler; since then, Trovata (2005), Doo.Ri (2006), and Rogan (2007) have taken the top prize, and the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Philip Crangi, Rodarte, Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Thom Browne have all been runners-up. Without doubt, the winner generally has name recognition — and is in favor at Vogue — but tends to not be the biggest name in the group (i.e. Rogan over Phillip Lim last year).
Forgive us the awkward turn of phrase but stripes of all stripes were out in force on the catwalk for Spring 2009. Horizontal, vertical, or criss cross the pattern made its way onto dresses, shirts, skirts, and even slacks. Sabysachi, Mara Hoffman, Tommy Hilfiger, Aurelio Costarella, Leifsdotter, Doo Ri, Derek Lam, Iodice, Ports 1961, Carmen Marc Valvo, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc, Tibi, Y3, Catherine Holstein, Alice McCall, Rag and Bone, Michael Angel, and Thakoon all showed a variation on the theme.
Calling all fashion addicts: PresseBoutique.com has recently made their cyber debut. More than just a shopping site, Press Boutique offers a world of behind the scenes action where you can check out videos and backstage footage on your favorite designer. Like its name, the site offers a boutique-like shopping experience with a module of popular and up and coming designers such as Nina Ricci, Rodarte, and Doo Ri. For those all about the shopping, select items are also on sale!
Silk has a new look; it's more relaxed but hardened with tough details. This new silk utilitarian twist is more wearable and comfortable. Silk tops, jumpers, pants, and accessories have been updated with drawstrings, zippers and cargo pockets to lend a simultaneously chic and casual look. Gianfranco Ferre (left) went casual-lux with this zippered grape silk mechanic pantsuit. Now, buying silk can be an investment so I provided a couple silk-like items for you to wear this slick trend without stretching your wallet. As always, have fun . . .
Along with Kate Moss, Target has just announced Dean Harris to design their third limited-edition jewelry collection.
Making a huge impact right from the start, Dean was accoladed with the best new accessory designer award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1999 — just one year after he started designing jewelry. Now, nine years later, Dean Harris has more than made his mark in the world with his uncomplicated, nature-inspired pieces. His jewelry has been used in numerous designer runways including Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Peter Som and Doo Ri. This is your chance to get Dean's high-end creations at a fraction of the price. The Dean Harris for Target collection will be available at select Target stores nationwide and at Target.com August 17 through December 26, 2008.
Designer Doori Chung has teamed up with jewelry line BYLU to create some unique pieces and they are currently sold at Fragments. One such piece is this 24 karat gold vermeil ring with amethyst stones, $120. How gorgeous would it be on the pointer finger?
Actually, their collaboration dates back to 2004, when Doori, Ken and Dana made a collection for Doori's Spring '05 runway show. Their partnership provided the platform for Ken and Dana to launch their first fine jewelry collection, the Isis collection, in 2006.
To see more of Doo.Ri for BYLU, read more
Fashion fans gathered at the Bowery Hotel in New York City last night for an exclusive event honoring 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winning designers Doo-Ri, Thakoon and Rodarte for their collaboration with Gap Inc..
It has been reported that the soiree was hosted by Vogue editors Virginia Smith and Meredith Melling Burke. Stylish attendees included Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, Caroline Trentini, Hillary Rhoda, Ivanka Trump and lots more.
To see photos of Thakoon, Hillary Rhoda, Coco Rocha, Ivanka Trump, the Rodarte designers and Caroline Trentini, read more