Madewell, the J. Crew’s sister brand, and Shopbop have released a limited edition collaborative line featuring seven items - a pair of ex-boyfriend jeans, a pair of vintage flare jeans, a mini-skirt, shorts, a romper, a jacket and a vest. The line is being touted by some as a more affordable alternative to the boyfriend jean, however, with items ranging from $125 to $200, it’s still touting a designer price. And afterall, Current/Elliott sells its boyfriends for only about $25 more. Still, the collection is very cute…just don’t call it super-affordable!
“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.
Ideeen presents tapered skinny pants and jeans paired with gorgeous, elaborate jackets at this low key but high-impact presentation in Greenwich Village. Tie dyed denim, felted wool, fur and silks are wildly blended in this dark, urban collection of separates for the fashion brave. My favorite? The acid stained denim dress, strangely woven together and crafted into a perfect feminine form!
images via teenvogue.com & coutouture.com
Hot off the press from WWD is the news that Hilary Duff is about to collaborate on the design for a collection with DKNY Jeans. The line, which has been dubbed Femme for DKNY Jeans, is targeted to women in their 20′s, who, like Duff, aspire to that flirty yet laid back style.
In her recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Duff said that in her opinion, “One of the hardest things [was] to come up with [the collection's] name.“ She continued that, “Femme works really well and explains the line perfectly as feminine but tough all at the same time. It’s aggressive, but in a good way.“
We’ve all seen Hilary herself in that exact same light I think! There may have been a cat fight or two, but the girl has truly remained a class act…
“There is truly something in this line for every girl whose styles change every day, like mine does,” said Duff. “Sometimes I want to wear tight leather leggings with a big plaid shirt, or other days, I want to wear a floral-print dress but make it look edgy. Some days I like to be a bit more punk rock, but in a girly way. I love wearing layers and scarves, and I love that his line can be mixed and matched just the way you want it to. I think it’s the perfect line for young girls who can’t afford to buy a lot of clothes these days.“
Although we haven’t seen the lookbook yet, the sketches are looking nice. And, from her description, I have to admit, I’m pretty excited to shop the collection too. Check it out:
Photos & quotes via wwd.com