Hello-Hello and welcome to a Tuesday!
Loads of news tidbits today, beginning with word that J. Crew is opening another standalone Mens store in the city, on Madison, right across from the Womens store.
Also J. Crew related, the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection was shown yesterday at Fashion Week.
Elizabeth Holmes/The Wall Street Journal
In her review of the collection Elizabeth Holmes at the Journal writes:
“… the fledgling brand’s buzz factor rose considerably Monday evening with the début of Madewell’s partnership with Alexa Chung , the model turned television personality who is a fixture on the social scene’s best dressed list.”
As the photos indicate, this was more of a presentation than the standard runway shows we frequently show. The pieces were very appealing, especially for those a little younger than TP.
More from Ms. Holmes’ review:
“The clothes were inspired by the 1960s, Ms. Chung said, which was evident in the short shorts and tea dresses. The colors were fairly soft, in tans and blues and grays, with the occasional pop of bright red or black velvet.”
The line holds lots of promise. There is no word on Ms. Chung designing any future collections beyond this initial group.
We were fascinated by a headline for a post on The Thread, a WNBC fashion blog: “Preppy Prohibition with lots of bling“.
The headline was for the review of next fall’s Lorick collection. More specifically, the review reads this way:
“The collection evoked a highly styled, Miss Havisham-in-prep-school glamour and a fun-loving elegance that seemed pulled out from a fantasy dress-up trunk. These are the sugar plum fairies about which J. Crew dreamed.”
This is so far over our head we aren’t attempting any explanation about the fairies or the preppy prohibition.
In a post last week we mentioned our interest in a new line, Callula Lillibelle. The line officially debuted this weekend.
In our post we originally showed the sketch on the left; now we believe the dress on the right syncs up with the sketch. (Yes? No?)
We very much like several styles shown by the new label.
Sweetheart necklines and three-quarter sleeves on a swing coat will snag our attention (and affection) almost every time.
We think these two also match up.
This is what WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) wrote about the fashions:
“Calling it a “desk to dinner” label, designer William Calvert and his partner, Melanie Fraser Hart, presented a début contemporary collection of just that — well-cut coats, stretch suiting and ladylike day and evening dresses, all of which will retail under $400.”
Earlier in the week WWD asked designers what inspired their vision for this fall’s collections; here is the response from Callula Lillibelle’s founders:
“It’s that buttoned-up decadence that speaks to us all. It’s a wardrobe for January Jones, our modern-day Tippi Hedren.” —
Courtesy AMC-TV via WWD
No wonder we found the collection so appealing!
We discovered another new label, Wendi Reed.
From WWD’s review:
“Known for knits, designer Wendi Reed made a strong first step into wovens with a quirky preppy collection of tweaked schoolgirl dresses and separates like a navy riding jacket decorated with a stack of men’s bow ties.”
There are delightful touches in many of the designs, we are eager to see how this label fares going forward.
For today’s Olympic Moment, we have a stellar Adventure in Argyle:
Robert F. Bukaty/AP
That is the Norwegian curling team at practice in Vancouver. According to this report the team had nary a clue they would be sporting such distinctive styles:
“Team Second Christoffer Svae ordered the argyle golf pants for his team over the Internet before they headed to Vancouver. The team had no idea they’d be wearing anything other than the standard black trousers until they opened the uniform box.. and beheld the gray, red, white, and blue pants that look somewhat… harlequin-like.
Here is the team in another, but similar, style.
Robert F. Bukaty/AP
The pants are definitely creating buzz, being referred to as “shagadelic” and “rockin” in many stories and blog posts. The headline for this Canadian Press story isn’t as lighthearted:
“Norwegian curling pants worthy of a fashion violation more than an Olympic medal”
Now that seems a bit harsh, there’s no need to get one’s whiskers in a wad.
Some readers may have already guessed what brand the curlers are wearing: Loudmouth Golf, sponsor of the always-colorful John Daly. We show the pants as seen on Loudmouth’s site, on the left the Dixie-Y model, and on the right the Red & Gray-Y.
Perhaps the writer should be grateful the teams isn’t wearing the Cherry Bombs (L) or the Pole Position pair from Loudmouth.
Mr. Svae shows his good nature in the CP story:
“Curling officials confirm there is nothing to prevent the Norwegians from wearing the eye-popping pants during Olympic competition as long as they are team colours.
“There’s actually no rules against (the) pants but it probably will be after this,” admitted Svae.
And one quick reminder…
… tonight the new champion will be crowned at Westminster!
- Giovanni Giannoni/WWD: Callula Lillibelle
- Kyle Ericksen/WWD: Wendi Reed