If there were a spaceship with all of the world’s fashionistas and movers and shakers on board—would you go?
I sure wouldn’t. I love fashion but can’t stand most people behind it (those who live, breathe, and talk about it all the time). I’m at that age where I can live in a uniform and Birkenstocks, and only once in a while do I still get a fashion heart attack, which usually happens at 5-2-1 Minami-Aoyama.
It’s been a while since I’ve written about fashion I like and for some reason, this Fall 2014 has lots of great things to be excited about:
1) Louis Vuitton’s Celebrating the Monogram Collection
Featuring collaborations with six iconoclasts: Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo. Guess which one I’m getting? Eye can’t wait.
2) Jeremy Scott does Barbie x Moschino
It seemed like Moschino the label died a little when Franco Moschino, the designer, died in 1984.
Well, Moschino is back and better than ever since Jeremy Scott took over as creative director in October 2013.
While Jeremy Scott’s McDonald’s-inspired collection for Moschino was a bit too goofy for me, I think his current Barbie-inspired collection is pure genius.
Some of my favourite pieces include the sweater dress and the pullover
The shoulder bag
View the rest of the collection HERE.
3) YULIA YEFIMTCHUK+
Super love this Ukrainian designer whose Fall ’14 collection was a standout at this year’s Hyères festival.
Her oversized utilitarian, black, white and red collection was inspired by her country’s history, focusing on propaganda posters that highlight a certain image of women.
See more of her work HERE. (Photos: Opening Ceremony)
4) Nina Donis
Composed of Nina Neretina and Donis Pouppis, the Russian/Cypriot design team studied at the Moscow Textile Academy before founding the Nina Donis label in 2000. Several collections later, their pieces are now available through the fashion forward (sometimes backward) multinational retail store, Opening Ceremony.
Created by Simon Porte Jacquemus, a 24-year-old self-taught designer who started his own label at age 19 in his native France. Recently, Jacquemus was one of 12 finalists at the prestigious LVMH Prize.
His current collections feature crop tops, oversize T-shirts, and cartoony pieces with slouchy proportions, some of which are available at the uber-stylish La Garconne.
6) Sacai Luck
Sacai (pronounced “sa-kai”) was established by Chitose Abe in 1999 after eight years of working with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons. In 2006 she introduced Sacai Luck, a collection characterized by unexpected combinations of materials, while balancing light and delicate fabrics such as tulle, silk and cotton.
While Sacai maintains its flagship store in Minami Aoyama, the award-winning designer keeps her ties with CDG by producing the Sacai Gem line exclusively available at Comme des Garçons stores, 10 Corso Como in Tokyo, and Dover Street Market in London.
There are backpacks, and there is Côte&Ciel—a conceptual accessory brand that looks like art while it protects your laptop and other mobile devices.
Established in Paris in 2008, Côte&Ciel stands for ‘coast and sky’—two natural imageries that inspire the brand while suggesting its French roots.
Designed for the writer, artist, or graphic designer, its goal is to protect your personal technology via high quality, beautifully designed storage solutions at affordable prices.
8) Mark Cross bags
An American luxury leather goods brand for a change, established in 1846 in Boston MA.
We’re loving the little boxy bags inspired by Grace Kelly’s bag in Rear Window (1954), and seen on celebrities like Alexa Chung and Jessica Biel. What’s stopping us, aside from the large price tag, is the small size that can barely carry our long wallet, two phones, charger, and wet tissues. Then again, you never know…
9) John Galliano joins Maison Martin Margiela
Finally a Margiela designer we are allowed to photograph. The original Belgian designer—Martin Margiela—was so elusive, he avoided photographs and personal interviews, and the only way to communicate with him was through fax. Until he sold his name to Only The Brave, also known as the Diesel group.
In 2008, the New York Times reported that the creative director position had been offered to Raf Simons and Haider Ackermann (not a Filipino) who both turned it down.
As a fan of Galliano in the ’80s and Margiela in the ’90s, I’m interested to see how this “marriage” pans out.
10) Paris Hilton wears Mich Dulce
After Adam Ant, Leighton Meester, and Lady Gaga, Paris Hilton is the latest celebrity to wear Mich Dulce millinery.
More good things continue to happen to the Filipino designer who now lives and works in Paris for a famous French luxury house.