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Trends for Fall '09: Graphic

Darlings, are you bored with the same old one-color or starkly color-blocked looks? Not to worry; bold prints, patterns and overlays are back in a big, big way.

We're being a little snippy, of course. Like most trends, they never really went away. It's just that lately, everyone's been doing the graphic look and once everyone starts doing it, the stakes get higher and the prints get bolder. Let's fail to do them justice by offering short, snappy, bloggy assessments, shall we?

3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, interesting.

BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Burberry Prorsum, Calvin Klein

Enh, sort of enh, gorgeous, pretty.

Chanel, Christian Dior, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg

Ugly, pretty, pretty, sassy.


DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro

Enh, FABULOUS, kinda ugly, FABULOUS.

Gucci, Isaac Mizrahi, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs

No, no, no, no.

Marni, Matthew Williamson, Missoni, Moschino

Almost-but-not-quite, fabulous, ugly, fabulous.

Narciso Rodriguez, Peter Som, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen

Colorforms, interesting, bland, bath mat.


[Photos: Style.com]



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53 comments:

Here is my take on all the prints: You must have a near runway perfect body them to wear 99% of them as shown in the pictures

If you do not wear the "whole nine yards as shown in the pistures" you are not making a fashion statement and will look as if you are trying to make a fasion statement but missed the mark.

TampaBay


How can you possibly go wrong with Norma Jean's face on your lap?

FAB!


That's it! This season I am most definitely going to make something out of that mesh Buddha fabric that I bought at Wal-Mart for $1 a yard.


This reminds me, where's our Uli, the little Miami via East Berlin queen of happy print?


One thing that puzzles me:

Why do the celebs suck up to Stella McCartney so much?

I haven't seen anything remotely stylish or original come from her.

Talk about using Daddy's name as an advantage!


"bathmat" definitely cracked me up. A whole lot of these are seizure inducing.


Clear cut, I prefer the prints on structured garments:

Lim-Love the dress (without the trailing distraction underneath the coat dress); Ferretti, McQueen, without the houndstooth leggings, Diane von Furstenberg and LOVE the Moschino, even if someone apparently slaughtered my mother's late mid-century rocking chair for its hide. (Oh all right. Her rocker's upholstery pattern is on a smaller scale. I think.)

The D&G gown is dramatic but I dread the appearance on knockoffs of graphic prints that do not balance the color as well as D&G (the balance between that belt and the bands of black on Miss M.M.'s dress are something that awe me because I can see it but could never have created it.)

I love the Lam coat, but the dress underneath isn't nearly as striking.

The Anna Sui is my wild card like which doesn't fit the pattern - and I don't know why it struck me so much more forcibly than, say the Williamson, which was truly beautiful.

Overall, it's a trend which is going to look terribly once it is knocked off and sold as separates to those of us without much of an eye.


It will "look terrible"

sigh


And I left out the Dior, one of my favorites here, from my list. (yes, the world *might* stop turning if I didn't correct that omission)

Perhaps since I'm not at my sharpest I should turn back to work, and give it its due.


Anonymous 12:56:

THANK YOU! I've never understood the Stella McCartney love either. Her stuff is just horrid. One of her worst fashion crimes was that Oscar dress she made for her "friend" Kate Hudson. Eeek!

Maybe it's because she does vegan fashion?


I seriously adore some of these looks - the best row being at the top. (Some weird styling in some other rows though, and I can do without the Dumb Donald hat in the last row).

One question though: Who is pictured on the D&G skirt? It looks like maybe Marilyn on the left, but who's on the right?

--GothamTomato


>Colorforms, interesting, bland, bath mat.<

LOLOLOLOL! Inspired.


The Burberry Prorsum is TO. DIE. FOR.


You guys are kicking ass! Love the posts!

By the way, I was in a meeting this morning and someone started talking about your blog (the Agatha post). I was like "SHUT-UP, you read Tlo?"


LOL. It was so funny.


J'adore:
the Lim coat (though I'm not sure about what's peeking out underneath
Ferretti - very '20s!
McQueen & Moschino: nice - but I think someone spied on someone else?
Burberry Prorsum is great, except for that knit collar thing (can't tell if it's a separate piece or part of the dress)
Dior - fantastic! The verticality of the ikat pattern will flatter anyone and it's a very subtle use of an "ethnic" flavor.
D&G is fabulous - I just could never wear it, since I'll never be 6' & 100 lbs.

GothamTomato - those are both images of MM. In fact, I think it's the same image, it's just the angle that makes it look different. D&G has a whole Marilyn Monroe Collection.


wannabe said...
This reminds me, where's our Uli, the little Miami via East Berlin queen of happy print?

4/29/09 12:51 PM


Her birthday wasn't too long ago. I wonder about Fraulein myself!


"bath mat."

Ha.

It's so sad you Boys are afraid to make up your minds and express your opinions. You need some assertiveness training or something.


Lilithcat said...
GothamTomato - those are both images of MM. In fact, I think it's the same image, it's just the angle that makes it look different. D&G has a whole Marilyn Monroe Collection.

4/29/09 1:57 PM

Looks 1,2 and 5: FAB!

The rest...not so much.


I must disagree with TLo.

I like the Dries Van Noten. also the Dries Van Noten is one of the few looks that could be broken apart and worn as separates for a second life.

TampaBay


You went "Ehh" to the only look I could see myself wearing. It's not my favorite look, mind you, it was the only one fall trend I can see myself wearing.

I couldn't warm up the the shoulder pads, neon brights or sequins. So maybe to go with my belt and cardigan, I'll get a nice shift with a bold, graphic print.


The orange plaid or squared or whatever Mizrahi skirt...I'd love it as a tablecloth or maybe even as a bedspread. The colors are so wonderful. Just not as a skirt.


another laura

I only really disagree with you guys on 2 of them: I hate the Ungaro and I like the Zac Posen. Go figure. Fan of bath mats? I also don't find the Dolce & Gabbana fabulous, but it's not making my gorge rise.

My eye most adoring the simpler prints - for example, that McQueen houndstooth coat is to die for and the Moschino dress is also dreamy.

thanks for so many posts!


another laura

Gotham Tomato wrote:

"One question though: Who is pictured on the D&G skirt? It looks like maybe Marilyn on the left, but who's on the right?"

I wondered, too, but I believe it's the folds up toward the waist making it look like a different photo. Check the cleavage, the cleavage tells....


"How can you possibly go wrong with Norma Jean's face on your lap?"

LOVE. IT!

For me it's an editing issue. I can see myself parts and pieces of a bunch of these looks. Not all of them, and not all of one look.


You boys have been on fire!

I heart you.


Dior and Moschino. Absolutely!

AND, I have to add my "WTH does anyone see in Stella McCartney??" to some of the others. I have yet to see one piece of hers that I would own even if I could afford it.


Stella McCartney only does what she does because of her father. Her designs are not that interesting.


The Dolce & Gabbana dress is fabulous! I can totally see someone rocking that dress at a fabulous party.


I love prints, I think they add a little bit of personality to the garment.

I love the first row, very strong designs.


I've taken a couple classes on printmaking and can truly appreciate the effort that goes into every single one. Great collections!


"TampaBay said...

Here is my take on all the prints: You must have a near runway perfect body them to wear 99% of them as shown in the pictures"

Not necessarily, you just have to pick the right prints.


Is the Narcisco Rodriguez SUPPOSED to be some sort of abstract-milk-cow thing? Because that's the only thing I can see with the black and white splotches with pink in the middle.


Anonymous
4/29/09 4:32 PM Stella McCartney only does what she does because of her father. Her designs are not that interesting.


Correction. Her designs are butt-assed ugly.


Well, love the visual interest in these fabrics, both in terms of pattern and bright pops of color.

I hate mixing two dissonant patterns, though; makes me go cross-eyed. Also, excessive draping, ruffles, flourishes, etc. just cut into the pattern and ruin it. At that point, it's just too much noise.

Particularly if you're NOT petite and stick thin, the only way to wear this stuff is with a simple style that exhibits huge, uninterrupted swaths of the fabric, to let the fabric's color and pattern speak for itself.


Gorgeous Things, will your Gorgeous Fabrics web site have some of these graphic looks?


Oh how I love that McQueen coat...


Truly tickled by the (so appropriate) Colorforms comment. I haven't thought about Colorforms in years, even though I spent hours playing with them when I was a kid.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Love the Moschino and the Dolce & Gabbana, I'd totally wear them.


" Jena said...

Truly tickled by the (so appropriate) Colorforms comment. I haven't thought about Colorforms in years, even though I spent hours playing with them when I was a kid."


HA! Remember them? SO MUCH fun : )


Print has been the fashion focal point for a few seasons and it just went wild for fall. In my opinion, you have to have the right attitude to wear a print.


LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Like many trends the possibilities of what one can do with prints are endless. You can have so much fun, just look at that D&G dress.


" Jena said...

Truly tickled by the (so appropriate) Colorforms comment."


I had no idea what they were (European here). I had to look that up.


ZeldaS said...

" Jena said...

Truly tickled by the (so appropriate) Colorforms comment. [stuff omitted]"


HA! Remember them? SO MUCH fun : )
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But the best part for me was how they smelled when they were new. (Before they sold them scented.) I loved their plastic odor.


if that is your bath matt i wanna light some candles and calgon away .....


colorforms! hahahahaha!

My favorite analysis yet


Loving the houndsteeth.


" TampaBay said...

Here is my take on all the prints: You must have a near runway perfect body them to wear 99% of them as shown in the pictures"


I disagree. Look what Uli did for Kayne's mother. She looked awesome!


" wannabe said...

This reminds me, where's our Uli, the little Miami via East Berlin queen of happy print?"


I know. What's she been doing? Boys, find out : )


I love prints and patterns but I am very fussy about them. Some of these are hideous and very unflattering.


I like prints in black and white only and would really love to wear that one by Moschino. What a beautiful dress! I think the Italian designers are much more comfortable making use of bright and bold patterns in their designs.


"coloforms" "bathmat"


ROFLMAO.


formerlyAnon said...
ZeldaS said...

" Jena said...

Truly tickled by the (so appropriate) Colorforms comment. [stuff omitted]"


HA! Remember them? SO MUCH fun : )
************************

But the best part for me was how they smelled when they were new. (Before they sold them scented.) I loved their plastic odor.

4/30/09 12:49 AM



Dahlings, you're showing your ages!

:0)


I'm swooning over that Moschino houndstooth dress. To DIE for darlings!


I'm currently living in Beijing, and I have to say that the pattern bug hit here long ago. As formerlyAnon hypothesized, the pieces may look good separate, but once they get put together.... problems. Some Beijing girls may be as skinny as these models, but when they combine three or four different prints ( including a blue-green and a yellow-green print) it just doesn't work.

That being said, of the work here I think Matthew Williamson's is absolutely gorgeous. It may drag your eyes to the hips (on no!) but the actual choice of pattern makes it gorgeous.





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