Richard Chai Fall ’09

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on February 23, 2009

Richard Chai’s recent collection hits all the right marks for what we should expect the fashionable downtown women to be wearing come August. His mix of fluttery printed dresses and, hard edge leather and wool tailoring gives a shoppers closet a lot to be pining over.

The strong shoulders and tapered/wide leg pants are dead on from what we’ve been seeing in the tents, and his color palette is on the muted, more serious side, but never goes drab. The clothes are exactly what the hip, young, club goers should be throwing on as they run out the door.

Who needs to splurge on the money for confetti or fireworks at a party… when you can wear them there?

❤ Vs

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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Giant Fuzzy Hats Take Over NY! Tibi Catches Trend!

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on February 23, 2009


And I want to be the next one to be sent to quarantine! As more and more designers seem be be catching GFHS (Giant Fuzzy Hat Syndrome) I want it to be colder and colder! While Tibi designer Amy Smilovic claims to be pushing the envelope with her Fall ’09 Collection, I find that it still seems a little safe in comparison with what else is going on now.

Her colors were fresh, but the Russian Fairy-tale inspired prints were not as out there as they could have been. She continued with her strong shoulder shapes from last season, that also touched on a Fall ’09 trend.

Next time though, with a hopefully climbing economy, I hope that she doesn’t just push the envelope, but rips it open with a little knife, wads it up, and throws it in the trash….er, well…. recycling bin, on her way out the door.

❤ VS

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Duckie Brown Catches the DVF “Fuzzy Bug”

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on February 23, 2009


Since their 2007 CFDA nod the duo Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Menswear label, Duckie Brown haven’t let their guard down on keeping up with what men want.

Their collection for Fall ’09 consists of boxy silhouettes, slouchy knits and structured suits. A mostly grey tonal color palette with punches of orange (mostly in gloves and giant pom-pon knit caps) seems both Winter appropriate, as well as being fresh.

The giant scarves fit quite nicely into my ‘must-have’ list for men’s cold weather wardrobes, along with the Lanvin Fall ’09 Collection.

I know Spring is just about to start, but now I find myself yearning for it to be September.

❤ VS

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone

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Love or Hate: Fall ’09 NY Fashion

Posted in Fashion, Love or Hate by Virgil Sparks on February 19, 2009

In the world of fashion things change in the blink of an eye, and so opinions must be made quick, accurately, and with confidence. That is why for our first installment of “Love or Hate” we’ll be talking about NYC’s Fall ’09 Fashion Week. This is an obvious start since there really is no room for grey area in fashion, so make a choice kids; Love… or Hate.

Rodarte: Love

Badgley Mischka: Love

Donna Karan: Love

Rag & Bone: Hate

Preen: Love

William Rast: Hate

Alexander Wang: Hate

Mulberry: Love

TSE: Love

Marc Jacobs: Love

Lacoste: Love

…. more to come.

❤ VS

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