Who Won the Battle for RTW Spring ’08?
Joanne Molina, Senior Editor for Second City Style Fashion Magazine
It started with NYC, continued in Milan and as I type I’m still
waiting for more Paris shows to start and end — the fashion week
whirlwind. And while trends usually work backwards (starting across the
pond and trickling their way back to the US) we tried to guess which
city will be bragging that their collections made racks and backs this
spring. We took three collections from each city to see whether we’ll
be saying arrivederci or avoir. Who won? My bet is on Paris.
Miuccia Prada. Neo-Art Nouveau. Sexy Swirls and Gothy Glam Girls.
There’s something about her eyes. Dark and lovely she appears to be a
moody creature… happy perhaps as the sun is just about to go down and
the evening events begin. She’s daring, thoughtful but still a bit shy,
perhaps one traditionally feminine trait. Whatever she may be Miuccia
Prada’s spring 08′ woman was certainly conceived in response to more of
the geometric Deco trends we saw this past fall and even a bit in the
spring shows. Per usual, Prada’s response to the trend du jour is to
ask about its feminine counterpart — this time the swirling and playful
circles and spheres of Art Nouveau — sans the Victorian timidity.
Jil Sander. Minimalist Magic Makes Jil Sanders the Best in Show
Simply stunning. Jil Sander’s spring ’08 collection is breathtaking.
Sincere, simple, and yet provocative in its execution and elaborate
examination of fabric, color and form it doesn’t shock so much as it
inspires. Light and carefree, dresses float down the runway and even
ensembles that are layered (many a straight black skinny pant) manage
to look lighter than many of his colleagues. Oh, and did I mention that
in addition to its amazing aesthetic it’s completely and utterly
retail-friendly — something I don’t necessary look for but nevertheless
find intriguing when paired with such a smart collection. Read more here…