Chevron vs. Zigzag

From left: Jill Stuart dress, Blumarine blazer, Sass & Bide trouser, House of Malakai (HOM) hat, Rue du Mail dress Graphic tessellated patterns zigzagged the Fall 2013 runways and activated the fashion masses, who are ever more hungry for the shot in the arm of high-impact mix & match patterning. Designers worked the houndstooth variations to an obsessive degree: they were colorblocked, deconstructed, multicolored, and blown up at Rag &... Read More

NYFW SS13: Rodarte’s Throne Game

The big story, of course, is that Rodarte brought out our inner fantasy/sci-fi fangirl this week for its Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Among those of us for whom Game of Thrones is always only a couple of conversation points away, it took just a few looks to get the wheels spinning. And then when Look 13 dropped with its pair of red wings, we gasped with recognition. “I knew it!” we exclaimed. “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?” Rodarte,... Read More

Palme d’Or

Tropical flora has long been a recurring motif in Spring/Summer and Resort apparel collections, though it’s certainly had its moments of being cracked down on by the fashion police. (The Hawaiian shirt, after all – especially when worn in concert with a big camera, big belly and big mouth – has become synonymous with the obnoxious American tourist abroad.) And yet tropical prints do suggest the heaven on earth that awaits us as we... Read More

Inkbramble’s Top Ten, NYFW: #6, Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart took to the forest for her F/W 2011 collection, and brought back a wardrobe chock-full of woodsy magic. The Black Forest in particular was her inspiration, the land of darkly wondrous fairy tales. The collection reflected something of that Brothers Grimm vibe, and seemed to enact the transformations and symbolism that oft occur in such tales. The show kicked off with a slew of irresistibly wild, literal prints in rich autumnal colors.... Read More