it’s that time.
ah – spring/summer ready-to-wear (rtw) runway. i’ve only just begun reviewing the offerings this season, so this is, as the the title indicates, only a preview…review. i did look at more designers than i’ve posted, but i’m only mentioning the ones i liked, so please do check out those other designers to see if there’s something waiting for you to fall in love with. rtw should truly be ready to wear – many designers forget this, and end up with clothes that are too avant garde; too impractical for the average woman. designers are forced to walk the thin line between presenting something “too new and unwearable” and “too familiar/been-there-done-that“. the latter manifests in clothes that seem more like the product of a stylist, not a designer. in layman’s terms , a designer should do his/her best to maintain an even keel [for rtw] – an artist not completely disconnected from the rest of the world.
1. ADAM: designer adam lippes is a new name and face to me, although he’s apparently already shown for the past four seasons.
2. alexander wang: once again, he succeeds in re-creating something familiar. deconstruction + reconstruction seem to be his calling card. the line is very collegiate inspired; rugby met the new millennium, and your girlfriend borrowed your clothes.
3. derek lam: prim and proper, these are the new, younger ladies who lunch. great color, great combination – there’s something for everyone and every occasion.
4. boy by band of outsiders: sadly, i felt this line by scott sternberg felt very styled, as opposed to designed. however, it’s styled so very well… i must mention for the sake of those who have read my semi-famous rant against beaching one’s sperry‘s that band of outsiders actually collaborated with sperry a few seasons back on a capsule collection of [boat] shoes – thus, their nautical-prep lean comes as no surprise.
*photos courtesy of style.com.