Monday, March 2, 2009

Forget the Oscars

Yup, I said I was going to blog about Oscar dresses, but I figured I could just sum up the highlights in one word: Boring. Not that there weren't highlights such as Natalie Portman so pretty in Rodarte's pink, Anne Hathaway like a shining moonbeam (well, she did look like a shining moonbeam) in Armani Prive, and Tilda Swinton workin', workin', workin' her androgynous avant garde style in Lanvin (my personal favorite).

Plus, do you really want to read another Oscars best-dressed list? Yawn. I'm bored again.

So, what do I want to talk about? Well, with Spring in the air (at least clothing-wise), I have had my eye on three of my favorite newer men's designers -- who we happened to carry in the boutique formerly owned by moi. Band of Outsiders, Nice Collective, and Hutson (formerly known as Obedient Sons) are all launching and/or expanding their women's offerings this Spring.

With the economy going to poo, I know my attitude about shopping this season is pared down. And, I'm not the only one. Fashion Week -- although still splashy to the average Joe who doesn't obsess over clothing season after season -- was a relatively somber event with typically extravagant shows scaled down (Marc Jacobs) and parties canceled. Same thing with my shopping. Typically extravagant outings have been replaced by well-thought-out purchases. Often accused of being mercurial (see, I can find a nice word for "flighty") in my shopping habits, this season I have my eye on those special, classic pieces with a modern appeal that will still be in my closet for seasons to come.



Let's start with Sternberg. A former agent in La-La Land, over the past five years he has cultivated a look that in turn was quickly adopted by the young, too-cool-for-school hipster crowd. His skinny ties, meticulously tailored men's suiting with a shrunken fit, and slim-fitting oxford shirts (think prep-school boy gone bad) garnered accolades left and right, including the much-coveted Vogue/CDFA award.

Quickly rising in the hot-new-designer ranks, it was no surprise that Sternberg would expand and venture into the world of women's ready-to-wear. Boy by Band of Outsiders hit the streets in the Fall of 2008 and initially looked and felt like the men's line, but cut smaller for women.

The guy in the little suit and bow-tie has really stepped up his game this Spring, though. There is nothing in his collection that I don't want in my closet -- including the overalls. Kirsten Dunst is the face (and body) for this collection and it's a fitting choice. The standouts include the suspender skirt -- a clever take on the bandage-dress trend; the chambray short/suit combo, both playful and sophisticated; and the reconstructed shirt dress, which comes in three looks -- one-shoulder, mini with a short dolman sleeve, and the traditional shirt dress made nontraditional with asymmetrical buttons (my personal favorite shown below).














Me likey.

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