Earlier this week we promised to share a couple of the Kate Spade Fall 2009 looks, and then were derelict in our duty! As we mentioned previously, this collection is vital for the designer, as it includes her first foray into the clothing market. NOTE: All photos by Kyle Ericksen & Women’s Wear Daily.
Many pieces display the classic lines and tailoring associated with Kate Spade designs.
The presentation used both models and mannequins to showcase the fashions. From what we were able to glean there are hits and misses, as one expects in a first effort.
In keeping with the Spade tradition, there are also outstanding accessories in this fall’s collection.
These appear to be pretty much in keeping with previous collections, in lush, rich colors, along with a touch of whimsy.
Clearly many items for serious consideration this fall!
Most fashionistas know today is an enormous date on the fashion calendar.
The nation’s first Topshop is now open in Soho.
The often over-the-top emporium is an awful lot of fun to browse though, and we cannot wait to pop into this one, hopefully in May. This story from WWD explains the retailer’s pricing strategy:
“In another break from retail tradition, Topshop will have none of the ubiquitous markdowns seen everywhere in retailing. The company stages only four sales a year and otherwise won’t price promote, though the store will be offering students a 10 percent discount.”
And for the men, there is Topman. The UK version of GQ recommends the nautical styles from Topman:
The trendy British store carries a very successful line from Kate Moss, who is in town for the opening. Below, Ms. Moss arriving at the store Tuesday.
Observant readers may have noted the skirt worn by Ms. Momsen is not being showcased in today’s Pretty in Pink. It seemed a trifle short for someone of TP’s advanced age and tedious taste.
As we appear to be awash in G2 news (and we’re not talking about London) today, has everyone heard that Chace Crawford is likely to take Zac Effron’s place in the remake of the film Footloose. It seems Mr. Crawford had a particularly solid audition for the role Mr. Effron decided was not right for him.
Of course we’re talking about Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick. The occasion was the annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show hosted by with Sir Sean Connery; the event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Scotland.
We thought you might get a kick out of the Daily Mail comments on a wedding gown adorned with tartan plaid bows that was worn in the fashion show:
“While many of the stars suited their kilts, Miss Scotland Stephanie Willemse, 20, made a fashion faux pas with her catwalk outfit.
Strolling down the aisle in a white dressed covered in tartan bows, the beauty queen looked like a toilet roll cover with her huge skirt.”
The photo caption referred to it as a “Meringue Moment”. That sounds a little harsh…no?
A few sales at “preppy retailers,” we wanted to share, including the Polo Ralph Lauren Friends and Family sale.
Offering 30% off, the sale runs through April 14. To receive the discount use promo code RLSP2009 at checkout. As we have been chatting about both Gossip Girl and Ralph Lauren, this seemed an appropriate item to highlight: the Cotton Cricket Sport Coat.
Another retailer whose classic lines many preps enjoy, Tory Burch, is offering up to 60% off original prices.
Today we close with an Adventure in Argyle, as worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Oops. Not a look we favor, but then, we are just stuck in our ways and cannot remember any daytime occasion where sequins might be deemed appropriate.
The press has been brutal in their comments on the asymmetrical argyle sweater by Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, TP is more than fond of many Watanabe creations, they are just fabulous. Let’s take a peek at what the Daily Mail has to say:
“… a garish golf-style cardigan… would have looked more at home on the golf course, like the jumper worn by Nick Faldo in 1993…
“Sadly, the First Lady’s first fashion messup wasn’t a random event. It now appears she’s on a losing streak. New photos of her in an argyle cardigan and hip-extending blue prom skirt on her second day in London indicate we have a nuch bigger problem on our hands.”
Ouch. All of this after two shocking events on Wednesday:
- The shocking etiquette breach when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen. (One doesn’t touch Her Majesty. Gasp!)
- Even more amazing than #1 is the fact the Queen then put her arm around Mrs. Obama! (Double gasp.)
And on that note dolls, we’re off!