Something Must Be Wrong With Me…

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on March 9, 2009

… because I am loving the new Vivienne Westwood collection for Fall ’09. Generally I feel like a collection by Viv is out of pure necessity. It often feels as though they just threw together some random cuts and prints that look like her style merely to have a runway show… and then there are others, (very few others) where it looks as though some thought, emotion, and talent have exuded from her and her team.

The collection was classic Westwood, but I feel, at her best. The clash of prints was tame, and the long triangle cut coats and jackets were superbly thoughtful. Not to mention the dash of dreaming fantasy she threw in with her tulle concoctions. For these things, I must admit that yes, she definitely has earned the place she’s created for herself in the world of fashion.


❤ VS

Photo: Marcio Madeira


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

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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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

Photo: Marcio Madeira

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Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on February 8, 2009

For our next installment of 157, we’re going to be chillin’ with the lovely Dee Larsen in between our interpretive dance moments. One of the Bay Area’s very own, Ms. Larsen was handpicked by Madame Stevens fresh out of high-school to attend the ‘Cademy, and started her learning process in the Fine Arts Department.

“Originally I felt that saying I was a “Fashion Major” sounded a little pretentious, but the University doesn’t offer Fine Arts as a double major, and since I’ve always wanted to do this from the time I was making outfits for my Barbie’s, I just had to get over the fact that I might sound like a douche when someone asked what I do.”

When beginning her Senior Collection she thought that it should represent her tastes, personality and aesthetic. That it should be the epitome of her as a designer and the things she loved. She started with her all familiar post apocalyptic vibe and from there was drawn to movies that were similar from her past; specifically Mad Max and Waterworld.

“I have this dream of slaughtering all the lambs in California.”


This is why her collection, which is filled with zippers, thoughtful draping, and made almost entirely out of pigs and lambs skins is as amazing as it is. Her dark, muted color palette with a punch of a surprising color, (I’ll keep it a surprise,) achieves all of her goals.”

When asked about her road since the beginning of last semester she stares me down and says:

“It’s been intense. Intense but gratifying. With the long hours and hard work it’s difficult to keep focused after looking at your mock-ups being cut up and written all over and made out of these shitty fabrics. But in the end, after you see them made from the real fabrics that you’ve had to hunt for and spend hundreds, and on occasion thousands of dollars on, it’s worth every second and penny.”

She’ll continue this road over the upcoming weeks, in the hope of making it through that final cut. While we all know she’s going to make it, we shall send her back to work with our thoughts and prayers.

❤ VS

“Si se puede!”


Posted in News by Virgil Sparks on February 4, 2009


With less than 10 weeks to the much anticipated AAU Graduate Spring Fashion Show, I’ve decided that every few days or so I’ll profile one of our rising stars competing for a spot in the grand line-up. As well as shedding light on some of the new things that will be happening at this years show; (i.e. my own involvement, along with 5 other design students, to be the first undergraduates to ever participate in the Fashion/Jewelry Collaboration).

So stay tuned for all the news, haps and juicy gossip from the infamous room #157.

❤ VS