Month: September 2013

J. Mendel Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers Gilles Mendel’s collections have always been artful gifts of observation, expectably sophisticated and savvy. For Spring, Mendel citied the song “Cargo Culte” by Serge Gainsbourg, the provocative French singer and songwriter, as inspiration. If you’re unfamiliar with the record, it details Gainsbourg’s dripping fantasy towards a very young Melody Nelson in …

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2014 collection had a few surprises and no major disappointments. Inspired by the pounding pulse of a busy metropolis, she made sure her collection packed punches. To put it in Tam’s lingo, the line was “an ode to modern Shanghai, celebrating its new golden age as the epicenter …

Lacoste Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers It was generally a treat for the people in the audience to see Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s Spring 2014 collection for Lacoste. Left on each seat was a booklet full of images and explanations. Inside were photos from the Lacoste archives: ready-to-wear shots from 1969 and 1970—set in or around abandoned tennis …

Ruffian Spring 2014

by Alex R. Travers Allow me to offer some insights into the wonderful world of Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, the designer duo behind New York-based label Ruffian. For starters, their last few collections have been markedly different from their earlier ones. If you’ve read Françoise Sagan’s 1955 novel, Bonjour Tristesse, which their Spring 2014 collection …