Collection, fall/winter 07/08, fashion week

Who is the designer?

Look of the week 44Philosophy FW0708

Philosophy goes with the name Alberta Ferretti. Who is an Italian fashion designer and dressmaker and she is based on Milan, Italy.
In October 1993 she presented clothes reminiscent of The Great Gatsby for the Milan ready-to-wear shows. One of her designs was a long and trim gingham dress, in pale blue. A flapper showed a beige crocheted dress styled just above the knee. Her renditions of the toga for the production were diverse. They were simple gowns, some of them short, others long and draped.
After extending the breadth of her company outside of Italy beginning with the acquisition of a building at 30 West 56Th Street in New York City. She started Aeffe U.S.A., which produced and distributed clothing by Moschino, Rifat Ozbek, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Narcisco Rodriguez.Aeffe is owned by Ferretti and her brother, Massimo. The locale also became the hub for marketing her own collections.Ferretti is known for her designs featuring twisting, tucking, and draping techniques.Her style employs a subtle layered look, sometimes showing a hint of hand-beaded gauze which extends slightly beneath the hem of a wool dress.

look of the week 45
Nina Ricci FW0708

Olivier Theyskens is born at January 4, 1977, Brussels, Belgium and is at the moment the artistic director of the Nina Ricci fashion house.
He dropped out from the École Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre ( which he had started at 1997) to start his own label. Without having sufficient financial support, he was forced to close his label.
His actual braketrhough was while creating stage costumes for the Théâtre de la Monnaie when Madonna worn one of his dresses at the Academy awards at 1998.
Olivier was chosen to Rochas new creative director and he managed to create compleatly new silhouette for the house. Rochas started to gain more and more attention among the celebs and the fashion industry but at July 2006 the discontinuation of Rocha’s fashion division was announced.
In 2006, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Theyskens the International Award. And at November 1 2006 he became the artistic director at Nina Ricci.

Look of the week 46
Cynthia Rowley FW0708

Cynthia Rowley born in 1959 is an American fashion designer. A native of Illinois, Rowley attended Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois, graduating in 1976, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Rowley with the New Fashion Talent Award and a nomination for the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Design Talent.
Rowley has appeared as a judge on the reality television programs Project Runway and Design Star .
She is married now to a writer Bill Powers. She has two children, Gigi Clementine (born 2005) and Kit Clementine (born 1999).
Look of the week 47
ThreeAsFour FW0708

The New York design collective was originally made up of four young designers— Adi, Ange, Kai, and Gabi. The team, which made its runway debut in 2001, was best known for its “circle bags” of Sex and the City fame and won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Grant in 2002.

In 2005, As Four went to three with the departure of Kai, but ThreeAsFourstill continues unconventional ways of exhibiting their collections

Look of the week 48
Proenza Schouler FW0708
The design team of Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough—self-proclaimed “dorks”—has only been in business since 2002, but they’ve already enjoyed numerous hit collections, and a rep as one of fashion’s most talked about labels.
The duo met in Parsons design school in 1999, worked with Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs respectively, then partnered on their graduation project; the rest is history. They partnered up for their thesis project, calling it by their mothers’ maiden names, Proenza Schouler, and a collection was born.
Hernandez, who hails from Cuban Miami, originally pondered becoming a doctor, while McCollough, from suburban New Jersey, was intent on blowing glass.
The design duo were presented with the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for new talent in 2003 and have shown to critical acclaim with each subsequent season.
Juliet xxx

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