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Missoni January 19, 2010

Filed under: Women's Pre-Fall 2010 — Courtney Michelle @ 12:21 AM

Designer and knitwear connoisseur Missoni created something…special (again) for Pre-Fall 2010. There’s an alluring look that draws me to Missoni – the femininity, corkiness, and layering are just a few adjectives to describe my feelings.

The designer House based in Milan, Italy began as a manufacturer of textiles and knits, but has expanded into a complete conglomerate over the years- including a soon-to-open hotel chain: Hotel Missoni in 2012. In 1998 the brand launched M. Missoni, a less expensive line, which could not have come at a better time during this economic crisis. For Pre-Fall, Anglea Missoni stuck to the roots of the label, playing with geometric shapes and never shying away from color usage. Let’s face it, she’s the layering queen; something like Hobo-Chic. Raw material usage including wool, cotton, silk, and linen; Missoni will never change. On the contrary, they can only be more innovative and evolve. Just check out those leggings and shoulder-length gloves! ~C.M.

    

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Jason Wu December 22, 2009

Filed under: Women's Pre-Fall 2010 — Courtney Michelle @ 11:12 PM

The name may not ring a bell, but when you hear “Michelle Obama’s inaugural dress” it’s- “Oh Yeah!”

Once considered a “local” designer, Jason Wu has literally blossomed over night. But is it really blossoming if you have already been making fabulous clothes? I suppose that’s the point of a good designer (and any other profession in the fashion industry for that matter)- to be discovered. I’ve heard reports say he is a Chicago designer, but in-fact Wu was born in Taiwan and is based in Manhattan; being educated around the world, including Tokyo and Paris.

Wu got that chance during the Obama campaign days, designing for the First Lady and becoming one of her top favorite designers- being seen (taped and photographed) numerous times in his pieces. And he has earned the right to be. Going from designing outfits for dolls to producing dresses for real-life ones, Wu’s got real talent. What I really love? He still designs for dolls; including a collab with drag-queen phenom RuPaul.

Take a look at some pieces from his Pre-Fall collection. ~ C.M.

The material on this dress is bananas!

 

Donna Karen

Filed under: Women's Pre-Fall 2010,Women's Resort 2010 — Courtney Michelle @ 10:30 PM
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You know, Donna Karen may not be your favorite designer; but she’s been around long enough to be called the First Lady of fashion.  When it comes to her new Pre-Fall collection, I think you would agree with me.  Karen uses draping, folding, and twisting to tell her story; which leaked to her DKNY ready-to-wear collection as well.

But the real looks that have caught my eye are her leather jackets.   The following on the left from Karen’s Pre-Fall 2010 collection; and on the right, from Resort 2010.  The silhouettes are amazing and I love what she does with the fabric; reshaping with ruching and subtle folds.  I don’t know what she’s doing differently, but I like it. ~ C.M.