I think the WWD Staff said it best when they called Dan and Dean Caten’s runway walk for Fall 2009 “a kiss-off to the recession”. With huge Jackie-O glasses, freshly done dye jobs and Venti Americano cups in hands, the models at Dsquared2 were looking more Denise Richards than Bryant Park.
The design duo that is Dsquared rocked out their show with huge heels, newsboy caps, plaid shirts and even pvc leggings. Yes, you better believe it, they didn’t miss the opportunity to pretty much pour in every trend that is around today, butI will say that it was all done with an easy LA-flair, that only the Caten’s (and Rachel Zoe…ok, and every stylist on the west coast…) can turn out.
When looking at this season as compared to their Spring 2009 RTW show, I do see a beautiful continuity beginning to glow for the Catens, however. Last season, with glossy long haired models strutting down the catwalk (same glasses) and luxe (read: rich) air, we felt Hollywood too. Yet, it was as if at that point we were watching the film of Charlie’s Angels. The girls might as well have been holstering rifles! This season though, not the case. This season, it’s like we are seeing Demi, Cam, Drew and Lucy Liu stepping off the set and out and about the town. Do you see it? Is it just me? Or maybe it’s the Starbucks cups…
Regardless, I love the looks. Even if it is everything that we are already seeing on everyone…
I’d wear it! (Oh…wait a minute…oops! I already do!)
Welcome to PART II of the my ferocious little series on travel: DESTINATION DENIM.
Over the past couple of weeks, the number one most requested shopping city on your very list?
Los Angeles! Yeah baby! Are you shocked? Yeah. Didn’t think so.
So, here we go kids…let’s shop.
Oh, but before we begin… One request: I know that each of you are fabulous and stylish (and everyone else’s personal shopper in your own right–oh jeeeez I certainly am!). However, keep in mind that there are literally thousands of you and only one tiny lone Minnyb over here. So, if there is a store that I have inadvertently left out on my list, I apologize in advance and ask that you please simply add it to the comments section at the end, know that I can not shop everywhere (although I try) and that, furthermore, if you send me one round trip tic to LA (passenger name, one, “MinnyB”) I will be more than happy to check-it-OUT! Mwah!
So, back to the list:
1. American Rag Cie
150 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
So Los Angeles is absolutely filled with places to shop for denim. It is hard to name a number one spot. I am just listing what are, in my opinion, 10 great spots instead of ranking them in top ten order (oh yeah, giant cop out!). Yet, there has to be one that gets slotted at numero uno, and American Rag Cie on La Brea takes the cake. So, why does this “World Denim Bar” rank? Well, “Amrag” as its fans endearingly term it, not only has two huge locations in Southern Cali, but a pretty sweet locale in San Fran too. You can find all of the quality bests here (from Helmut Lang to Earnest Sewn) and you are likely to score a killer pair of DSquared2’s or even some Cheap Monday’s. Cheap Monday you say? Yep, you read me right! You can pick up a $65 pair right along side that aforementioned $300+ pair! And, if it’s vintage or custom that you crave, just shuffle on past their home décor, music and café sections, and you’ll run right into those racks too!
1302 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Jeany is one of the hottest spots in LA to head when you’re looking for that perfect fit denim. With an in-house tailor and the best up and coming brands always in stock, they definitely have a huge cult following. Located in the heart of Santa Monica, Jeany is not the largest space in terms of square footage, but then again, I’ve always prefered a boutique experience anyhow, what about you? Some people I know have dogged the service at Jeany calling it “slow” at best, but other reviews I’ve read praised the staff as being “patient” and “helpful”. In my own experience, the store ran smoothly and my jeans were hemmed in a timely manner. With a selection of over 200 styles, and a bright airy atmosphere…I think we might let a day or two of bad moods…slide.
3. Planet Blue
3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
Planet Blue might not be everyone’s top pick, and it certainly is not retailing exclusively denim. However, the disclaimer out of the way, I have to say j’adore PB. With 5 stores around the town–and one devoted to only men’s–Planet Blue is an absolute mecca for not only your jeans, but for everything you want to pair them up with too. Current Elliot, Joie, Rich & Skinny, and Genetic Denim all line the racks of their online boutique, and, in the actual stores, you’ll find much MUCH more (including Antik, Chip & Pepper, Frankie B., J Brand and True Religion). Yet, if you are searching for a sale rack, steer clear of this bad boy! You will be paying full price at PB. And, with a scene that absolutely screams “LA!”, don’t expect the staff to be fawning all over you either. The gorgeous model-esque guys and gals that work at PB are used to people dropping plenty of cash at the register with little to no help at all. In fact, if you hang around inside for long enough, you may even see a Vanessa or a Courtney heading out with a bag full of goodies. P.S., if you can’t make it to LA, do check out their website…and next month click on “style me” for some awesome shopping tips and wardrobe fixes! Can’t wait!
4. Ron Herman at Fred Segal
8100 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (866) 654-4577
The Fred Segal story starts out that “for Fred Segal the emphasis was always on service, quality and selection…” After many a trip there myself, I can say that I agree with the sentiment. I like the people. I like the stuff. I can actually remember my first trip to the Melrose store as if it were yesterday. I was with my mother and I purchased a pair of Frankie B. jeans and bottle of Child perfume. I was 19 years old. We ate salads and sipped beet juice in the café. I was a student at USC and I truly felt like I belonged inside an Aaron Spelling episode. Come to think…I may even have seen Tori. When you head into Ron Herman on Melrose, and meander through the different departments there, you will just have to admit, especially if you are a tourist (as I will so classify myself on that very day in the beginning of my life in LA), that there is just something about the experience that makes you feel a little bit magical—a little bit extravagant. To me, it is everything that shopping in Los Angeles should be: a little bit of jewelry, a little bit of lunch, and a lot of denim! The jean bar at Ron Herman is amazing. Period. I’m actually dying to return to LA strictly to head right there. With ACNE, Ksubi and Loomstate lining the shelves now (brands they never had back in my college days) I’m pretty much worked up just thinking of it! In the meantime, online shopping it is!
5. Kitson LA
115 S. Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
You MUST have heard of Kitson LA by this point, right? Although the store is less than 10 years old, it has swiftly grown to be one of the most well known spots for picking up not only your denim in LA, but your candles, tee’s and panties too. I personally have shopped at the original Robertson Blvd. location many a time and am a fan of kitschy books, and gag gifts that lie side by side the Kasil’s and PRPS’s. Robertson Blvd. is one of the best streets in LA, imo, for shopping, chow and sunshine in general actually. Stop into the Newsroom Cafe or Ivy if you want something a little more fancy and then head out for a day of shopping. When you’re done with the Genetics and such in Kitson (which, btw, has quite a few other locations other than Robertson—so don’t forget to check the website), head on down the road to these other stores too…
Yes, that’s right! More Denim on ROBERTSON BLVD STRAIGHT AHEAD!
“Over-dyed purple denims”
“The Ghost of Grunge”
“The spirit of Kurt Cobain”
Enter the world of Charles Anastase Fall 2009 RTW!
It was all very serious…the build up was intense; can’t you tell from the collection notes alone? PR teams deemed Anastase’s latest and greatest as something of a psychological look into the current political occasion…Anastase himself commented that his collection, including a debut of menswear, was to express, “his positive feelings about America’s new president.”
However, after a slew of mixed reviews, it is clear that Anastase did not exactly make his mark as intended. WWD termed the oddly tiered tutus as “sweet”. Hillary Alexander begged for a dumbing down next season, calling out the chaos of his charade as “drowned in the wordy, surreal, psycho-babble”. Sorry President Obama! Apparently Mr. Anastase was very dismayed that anyone read his work as “sweet-psycho-babble”…
To me, some of the skirts did pop. I liked them. A denim ruffled skirt a la this vintage Fendi suede piece that has been hanging in my closet for years certainly caught my eye. And, since I already believe in Anastase, I was partial to his palette as well. I actually loved the purple against the poppy bright.
I know that Anastase was reaching here (actually I would call it overreaching), yet I did not necessarily mind the quixotic effort. After all, I always appreciate a parade (note: not a charade) that makes me think, don’t you?
Here are some of the denim selections from Charles Anastase’s runway. However, the entire collection is much, much more than denim, and I encourage you view it in its entirety here, courtesy of the folks over at style.com.
So let’s talk about Twenty8Twelve, shall we? Were you happy enough to just finally have a runway collection out of the Miller girls after 5 long years? Or, did you indeed adore what they did? I know I did. There were sentiments, however, hailing from pretty much every camp possible as Savannah and Sienna marched the most notable fresh faces in the industry down the tent floor last week: Jordan Dunn, Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski and Ali Stephens…all “oozing with hip”. Some felt that it lacked any individuality…just another line of lovely off the rack rags…yet, others saw it as original and enigmatic.
Twenty8Twelve, which I place in that big ol’ box of fav femme duos (ahem, yes, you know it–Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, oh, and have I ever mentioned Vena Cava here before…no…really?), is backed by Pepe Jeans manufacturer and retails in two stand alone stores in London, as well as TopShop of course. The collections are most recognizable for there striking balance of bohemian wearability, cool luxury, and an ever present dip of rock and roll too. Savannah called her 2009 showing, ” Pirates of the road meet Grace Jones,” and Sienna agreed that, “It started off as a grunge collection in one direction, then as a glam collection in the other, and then it all met somewhere in the middle.”
If I had to sum up the collection in just one word, I would call it satisfying. Oh so satisfying. I’m not going to sit here and do something crazy like lump it with Lanvin or enlist it to Alexander (Wang that is), but I will tell you ladies, that, there is nothing here that you can not use. And, there is nothing that you can not find here either. Skinny Jean? Check. Hot Pant? Check. Bootie? Check. Jumper? Check. LBD? T-Shirt? Basic blouse, scarf, trench? Check. Check. AND check! And the list goes on…!
As I have previously commented in other discussions, and on other designers, oh, how I do love a collection that makes me *think*!
However, a girl can not deny that she also just flips for a collection that (and at a pretty good price point too) makes her shop.
Enjoy Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller. I’m looking forward to more now that it an official member of the runway tribe in London!