NYC Spring 08 V

1. Ohne Titel:

With a write-up in Vogue, and a killer debut show, Ohne Titel is definitely the label to watch. The designers are Parsons graduates (of course), and worked with Karl Lagerfeld before starting out on their own. I thought it was a gorgeous, cohesive, show and one of my favorites so far, for sure. Their clothes are somehow both slightly avant-garde, yet classically modern. The white suit is perfect for all those women that used to go to Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme for perfectly fitted, sexy suits. The second look would seem perfectly at home at a runway in Paris; it's delicate and feminine but the unexpected splash of yellow makes it unusual and fun.

2. Rodarte:

Can you believe this is Rodarte? It's so rock n' roll! They have changed so much since they started, I really couldn't believe my eyes. I love everything about this look; the colors, the mix of materials, the androgynous silhouette. Perfect.

This reminded me of Hussein Chalayan's wooden table/skirt. It's definitely very experimental and futuristic yet still very, very feminine. The copper color just takes it to another level.

And just so we wouldn't forget it's Rodarte, out comes a beautiful gown that can only be made of clouds and wishes and gossamer. They can make me feel like a 5 year old obsessed with being a princess so easily!

3. Staerk:

I am seriously coveting these looks. Her clothes are just so cool. The shape and fabric of the first dress are great on their own and when you add the plaid fabric it just makes it so much better. The mismatching yellow shoes are icing on the cake. The mint/blue jacket is totally Miami Vice, but cooler than anyone could've ever imagined. My closet would be filled with her pieces (if I wasn't totally broke).

4. Threeasfour:

I loved this collection. It was futuristic but in the now, and never seemed costume-y. I loved the combination of the tattered, fantasy top with those gorgeous silver pants. It's such an easy look, and although it definitely has an eccentric vibe, it is inarguably chic.

They also hit a romantic note that I don't think was there in their previous collections. This dress is so beautiful and delicate it almost disappears at the hem. Any cool celeb (kirsten dunst perhaps?) would be wise to snatch this up for the red carpet, I know I would.

And speaking of red carpet dresses, is this beauty. Of course it would take someone super edgy to wear this (Mary Kate Olsen perhaps?) and it would for sure end in the fashion police pages of trashy magazines, but only because no one gets the brilliant-ness of it. I think the colors perfectly offset the intricateness and tone down the conceptual tone of it. I'm so glad they're nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, because with collections like this, they surely deserve to win.

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