I may not be doing too much of it this season, but one of the best things about fashion week can be the parties. On Friday night, Pernod Absinthe and Maison Kitsuné celebrated a fashion and cocktails collaboration. Pernod has released 1,805 limited edition bottles of Absinthe marking 1805, the year the company created the first commercially sold absinthe spirit—fashion and recording house Kitsuné’s founders Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki designed the bottles’ label and then worked the motif into a print used in limited edition apparel, shoes and accessories. Absinthe may be a bit too “licorice-ey” for my taste, but the print is adorable and right on trend for the season.
Speaking of prints, the Lacoste show was outstanding this season. I was a little worried when the first few outfits sent down the runway were white-on-white-on-white. Nice for tennis. Clean and modern. But then suddenly bursts of color appeared in head-to-toe solids, clean graphic prints and embossed leather pieces, invigorating the show. Gray translucent raingear added a super-modern, sci-fi edge.
Son Jung Wan is a South Korean designer who interspersed some menswear looks into her mostly women’s collection. Sleek, yet textured and very modern…a perfect body is required. Hollywood stylists, pay attention.
Rhett Bonnett’s second season places him firmly on the “up-and-coming-designer-to-watch” list. His deft use of color and texture and great silhouettes and fit are impressive. His focus on seafoam for the season was particularly refreshing.