Summary: Grass roots design online magazine that features DIY, established fashion lines, and everything in between. Editorial reviews written for various lines chosen by editor. Editorial copy is copy/pasted below the image for easier viewing. Website: N.E.E.T. Magazine
Timeline: Issue #20 ( September 2010)
Copy: “Updated classics” is a term that never expires, and one brand making waves in that category this fall is Fischer Clothing. The brainchild of Parsons menswear graduate Kristina Angelozzi, this clean, modern lineup is a breath of fresh air (with roots in tried and true aesthetics). For the Fall 2010 line, overtly classic cuts, over-sized buttons, and refined color schemes outfit the female customer, while smart looking trousers, collared shirts, and casual-cool flannels appeal to the boys. Menswear influence radiates from fabrication to cuts and style-lines, but well placed details and quirky approaches give the women’s line a life of its own.
The look book was shot in what could be an abandoned building brought to life by geometric picture frame displays, clean bead sheets, rows of jarred lentils, and of course, the Fischer Clothing Fall 2010 line—but is actually the home of an interior designer in Brooklyn. The men’s and women’s lines go head to head on backdrops of cracked cement, vintage cooking appliances, and full-wall windows. The designer cites modernist painter Jules Pascin’s atmospheric work as inspiration for the photo shoot. Indeed, the best look of the present is inspired by the past.
Copy: Fall is a season for daydreaming if there ever was one, and designer Dace Moore captures the daydreamer’s heart by the strings with her ethereal Fall 2010 look book. Art director and photographer Andre Pinces collaborated with the brand to create the image of being inside a dream, along hazy lake shores and behind glass walls. The video adjacent to the collection, from which the look book photos originate, summarizes this essence. Off-shoulder tops and thigh highs emit a sexy-but-comfortable aura, while tailored jackets with accented shoulders add a touch of debonair. Fresh prints in cobalt blue and black cover sheer and opaque blended wovens, and there’s no shortage of sweet white dresses for layering. The oversized sweater dresses and cuffed mid-calf trousers are both luxurious and sensible, resulting in the ultimate casual-chic fall uniform.
Dace Moore is a force to be reckoned with—her creation story is as inspiring as the designs themselves. A style-savvy single mother who drew upon her childhood love of fine clothing to inspire original creations, she sold to consignment shops and used that success as motivation to acquire fashion design training. After diving into the industry, she now outfits women in Canada and the US—and she shows no sign of slowing down. Her advice to aspiring designers? “Do what you love.” She adds, “patience is key and nothing is ever going to be perfect.”
Copy: Whoever said mixing business with pleasure isn’t a good idea might have been right—but mixing business with true love is another thing altogether! Designers Kevin Circosta and Rachel Pally can vouch for this… and you’ll notice their button-up shirts match. BOYFRIEND / GIRLFRIEND is a sportswear line that accommodates the stylish needs of both lady and gent with thoughtful, versatile separates to compliment (and sometimes downright imitate) the opposite gender’s counterpart.
The fall 2010 look book is a playful portrait of everyday bf/gf frivolity, starring soft crew necks, autumnal plaids and checks, and v-neck sweaters in a spectrum of sentimental hues. Their trademark pyramid motif spans the surface of fall evening necessities like the large faded-black scarf wrap—just big enough for two. And it’s no surprise the look book models are the designers themselves. When their scheduled mock-couple models canceled at the last second, they took over the show without blinking an eye. They shot the clothes in their own favorite neighborhood locations (even their own backyard), bringing the original muse to life all over again.
And just like the best of relationships, this line isn’t taking itself too seriously. Rachel admits they were aiming to be a bit cheeky in the face of an industry low with something as cutesy as matching plaid shirts—well, their customers are definitely smirking. Just don’t forget to hold hands.
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