Sunday, February 15, 2009

New York Fashion Week: Day 2

The New Rock Chick on the Block: Elise Øverland

Watch out A. Wang devotees: Elise Øverland is about to take on the downtown rocker chick scene. Her collection has all the essential elements: shiny leather, exposed zippers, metallic hues, skinny pants, and the best accessories to go with: gold jewelry from Alexander Calder lent to the designer by her friend and Calder's grandson, Alexander Rower.

Biggest Transformation: Alexander Wang

The girls sporting Alexander Wang's clothing this season have all grown up -- along with the brand itself. More feminine silhouettes, richer and luxurious fabrics, stronger shapes, and dangerously skin-tight dresses - all exude effortless sexiness, which is precisely what Wang's fans love his clothes for. Heavy influences from 80's Mugler and Ferre run throughout the collection, lending it a touch of sophistication compared to his past seasons.

Best Investment Piece: United Bamboo

I usually love United Bamboo for its fun take on schoolgirl uniform shapes - whether it be ruffled blouses or appliqued wool dresses or newsboy pants - but this season, my eyes are drawn to their outerwear pieces. Architectural coat, double-breasted blazer with fur collar, military jacket with exposed lining -- these are all stand-out pieces from the collection that are equally classic and timeless that's worth investing your money in next fall.


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