It took me a little while to fall in love with the crop. It crept up on me slowly, starting with a few cutouts on the side at the waist, slowly transitioning into all-over cutouts, until all of a sudden outfits were ripped in half into two completely separate pieces. I was hesitant at first, but have recently come to re-embrace the midriff-bearing look I championed 10 years ago in college. And thus I was dreading the impending Spring Fashion Week because I was sure my late adoption of the trend would only lead to disappointment when I learned that fashion had changed its mind and had become too high brow for exposed tummies.
But alas, here I am—giggling with glee as I see crop after crop walk down the Spring runways. And while we are only half way through NYFW, below is a selection of my favorite cropped (or basically cropped) looks so far. Cheers to many more exposed belly buttons to come!
From left: Monique Lhuillier, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone
All white is totally a thing: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Lisa Perry, Alice and Olivia
Mara Hoffman, Ohne Titel, Richard Chai Love, Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vivienne Tam
Late last week, WWD snagged the exclusive announcement about Lisa Perry’s upcoming artist capsule collection with Robert Indiana, the pop artist most known for his LOVE and number motifs. Perry, as you may know from past posts (such as this and this), launches a limited edition artist collection each Spring. This year, however, the designer opted for a Fall launch to coincide with Indiana’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, entitled “Robert Indiana: Beyond Love,” opening September 26th.
For her fourth annual artist collection, Perry not only saw Indiana as a perfect fit for her notoriously pop-inspired design aesthetic, but she also admired the artist’s ability to “create something that becomes iconic and recognizable for the ages.” The limited edition line of apparel and accessories will not only feature the signature “Love” imagery, but will also incorporate other Indiana motifs including “Decade Autoportrait” and “Numbers.” Proceeds from sales will benefit The Whitney. The collection hits stores in early September, so mark your calendars, ladies.
A first look at a dress from the limited edition Robert Indiana collection. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!!
Flashback Friday – to 2011, when Lisa Perry launched her second artist inspired collection in collaboration with the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. A notable Pop Art enthusiast (she herself owns a few of the artist’s iconic Benday dot prints), Perry translated the inspiring artistic genre to a limited edition collection of dresses and tees. The collection featured familiar Lichtenstein motifs, including the “on” light switch, the hot dog, and comic strip iconography.
As alluded to above, this artist inspired collection marks just one chapter of an annual series of collaborations for the designer’s eponymous clothing and accessories line. I previously wrote (and raved) about her most recent collaboration with Jeff Koons in this post, and cannot wait to find out who she will be working with next.
What’s black and white and red all over? Fall 2013 fashion, of course. And nobody could be more delighted than me—to be told by the fashion authorities that wearing all black is on trend pretty much confirms everything I have thought for, well, my whole life. AND RED!?!? My favorite outfit fashion color ever?! I am elated to see various shades of red strutting down the runways for fall (though the bright, vibrant hue à la Valentino is my favorite, as some of you may remember from this post). That’s not to say that none of the designers toyed with color, but more that the “OYGBIV” remainder of the rainbow made a rather rare appearance as an unexpected pop within a neutral and mono-tone background.
So let’s take a look at some of a few looks that caught my eye during days 1-4 of fashion week, including a few of those unexpected pops.
From Left: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Jason Wu
From Left: Lisa Perry, Rag & Bone, Jenni Kayne
From Left: Yigal Azrouel, BCBG Max Azria, Altuzarra
So far it looks like next Spring we will be wearing a lot of black and white, colorful bold patterns, boxy silhouettes, and cutouts galore (it’s a little ironic that those trends seem to contradict one another, no?) And for your feet, expect a lot of pointy toe pumps with ankle straps. If you want to get really crazy, adopt the war paint look from Boy by Band of Outsiders.
It’s always hard to pick my favorite collections from each season. With New York Fashion Week about half way through, I thought it would be easier to take a look at some of my favorites so far: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag and Bone, Jenni Kayne, and Marissa Webb. And Lisa Perry. And Jill Stuart. Ok I give up. I love the Spring shows because during that last month of winter while I’m pushing against the wind and cold to walk through the slushy New York streets, I keep reminding myself of all the amazing clothes I will be able to wear only a few weeks later. From what I’ve seen so far, these designs will definitely do the trick.
Prabal Gurung (my must have: tiered and sheer grey)
Jenni Kayne (my must have: the hot pink)
Marissa Webb (my must have: halter dress)
Jill Stuart (my must have: white pants and sheer top)
Lisa Perry is most known for her 1960s-inspired clothing and accessories. Her minimalistic designs, composed of bright colors, clean lines and classic silhouettes, have gained quite a following since she launched in 2006 (Ann Curry is a huge fan – she even wore a custom Lisa Perry dress for the Today Show’s 60th Anniversary). Perry seeks inspiration not only from her vintage clothing collection from the late 60s, but also from art of the same period, and Pop Art in particular. Her love of art has led to multiple collaborations with artists or their estates on capsule collections (including Nat Finkelstein and Roy Litchenstein), and her most recent is the much buzzed-about Jeff Koons Collection. The limited edition clothing and accessories feature some of Koons’ most iconic images, including Loopy, Rabbit, Monkey Train and Pink Panther. You can find the collection exclusively at Lisa Perry’s store on Madison Avenue (a visit to which will immediately brighten your mood – as will serving dinner atop her hot pink placemats!) or on LisaPerryStyle.com. I have my eye on pink panther and monkey train….!
Monkey Train Dress
Monkey Train and Loopy bangles
Perry modeling the Pink Panther Dress, with Jeff Koons (left) and W Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi
The merchandise at the Lisa Perry Boutique – I told you it was a happy place!