Monday, February 22, 2010

And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love's kiss, the spell shall break

How long it takes to realize one’s inner style: whether to be minimal or a maximist; to be androgynous or feminine and whimsical. When one is an enthusiast for fashion, and the diversity and expression of its realm, it can be a quandary to be confident in a personal aesthetic. What would it be if distilled and bottled as a fragrance? So many options, so many places to go…so little closet space.

How fortunate then, that a characteristic of the industry is the arrival of up-and-coming designers who put forth work that is, quite simply, awesome (to borrow a phrase from the Olympic atmosphere this week). We’ve found this in Eun Jeong’s collection of off-kilter rock snow queen confections. Mini dresses and tops of linen, lace and silk have silver crystal details, and sculpted shoulders. These are wisps of clothing at first glance – and a sensory delight at that – yet strong.

A white on white palette provides the canvas to highlight the synthesis of material and detail, and lends airiness and delicacy. Jeong clearly knows the power of a classical ballet dancer’s costume (by which she was in part inspired): the strongest pieces are the least forced. Her collection simply floats, gem-like into your conscious. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Once is Not Enough

Debut isn’t exactly the destination that comes to mind for a seasonal little black dress. It is, however, a veritable one-stop shop for the newest pieces to add to one’s collection. And if there is one thing we think trumps the LBD it’s a signature look as rendered by new designers.

Versace made his own; Chanel perhaps defined the concept of a signature look and Karl hammered it home; and now a couple of times each season new designers will do the same. We value this occurrence, since it gives us cause and joy to continue working with those who first struck us as golden from the upstart. Felder Felder would fall in this category.

We first wrote about the brand’s Fall 2010 collection here, and we waxed on and on about the rock and roll, studded glove-fit-like of the pieces. The sister design duo explored this aesthetic further for Spring, and rendered supple leather and knits into structured, interestingly cropped jackets, taught mini dresses and lean trousers.

Glittery armor-like elements and eye-catching cutouts add a lighter element of “tough”, yet these are offset by the color palette wherein gold is treated as a neutral, with the addition of slate, pale olive and peachy nude throughout.

It felt new, and it felt signature and true to the Felder Felder look – should that particular piece you fall for so happen to be a little black dress, rejoice in its newness and its ability to endure as these undoubtedly will.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

French designer Aurore Thibout’s work possesses an initial fragile quality; a misty, sun-dappled aura, invoking a lithe girl bounding through a field montage. The delicate pieces arrived at Debut, and visions of The Princess Bride leapt forth. Airy tulle skirts and subtle trompe l’oleil embossed camisoles are fit for the most innocent of characters.

We digress with our fairytale raptures, though. It is important to note that Thibout studiously investigates performance art and costume design, summoning the intrinsic emotional aspects of these arenas in her own handwork. The longing to capture the beauty in ephemeral moments bursts forth in Thibout’s collection, and is evident both at first glance, and upon further inspection.

The spare, deceptive simplicity of the designs is undeniably graceful, and yet surprisingly confident and sensual – the pieces beg for a closer look, and demand appreciation. They’ll become staples – a pleated skirt will work well with bare legs come spring, and add a bit of lightness paired later with tights and cashmere. Most importantly, Aurore Thibout allows for us to play dress-up in our everyday lives.

* an ivory "memory relief" trompe l'oleil sleeveless dress

* tulle camisole with memory relief applique (a trompe l'oliel tuxedo detail)
* tulle pleat waist skirt
please note that these also come in black - we suggest owning both items to wear together on formal occassions, and seperately for work and play (hint: the tulle camisole with a men's tux)