Andrew Jones and Abdoul Koroma were not present at the pop-up CFE showroom last night (they were off at their other gig, doing consulting work for MaxMara) but that didn't stop us from obsessively standing near their little rolling rack of Spring 09 items. The collection of 'modern heirlooms' was romantic and precious. A big hit (many were off at photo shoots) were the felt necklaces and hair pieces, lined with silk. Modernist continues to be one of our favorite up-and-coming brands that show at London Fashion Week. Check out our video of the Spring 09 show right here, and our photo gallery of the Spring 09 collection right here.
Modernist Spring 2009 collection. Pop-up showroom thanks to Centre for Fashion Enterprise.
Purple and orange were two colors hard to ignore on the Spring 09 catwalks--purple, we've seen for some time and orange appeared, no doubt because of Prada and a few brave designers who used it last season. Some designers, in fact, used both at the same time. In the spread above Basso & Brooke, Luella, and United Bamboo all employed this technique while designers like Christopher Kane and Modernist kept with one of the two colors, making them more interesting with texture and technique.
London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009.
Wrapping up the list of our favorite shows from Fall 08 is British brand Modernist. We've said from the start that this list has no real rhyme or reason save for the fact that the five shows each impacted our impression of Fall 08 as a season. Bringing you this list was as much about having the galleries back up on the front page as it was talking about them again. We think it's reason enough. So, after bringing up Prada, Preen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Miu Miu, we're going to finish up by talking about the Modernist Fall 08 show. British brand Modernist, headed by Abdul Koroma and Andrew Jones, showed their second collection as part of London Fashion Week this Fall 08. The collection, feminine and appropriately paired down with a strict palette of red, charcoal, and black was a stark and striking contrast to the opulence that overran New York Fashion Week the week prior. Everything from the cool grey backdrop, to the thick painted eyebrows and slicked hair, to the shapely garments that layered over one another quite beautifully, made this collection on of our favorites. To our surprise the brand is stocked sparingly in the United States and abroad, but we're confident that will change if they keep moving in this direction.
Perusing 1st Dibs recently, I came across something unusual. No, it wasn't giant ORGY letters or a gift box of bloody hands. It was a house. Apparently 1st Dibs lists homes, along with their antique and vintage design furnishings, or at least so long as they're as stunning as this Modernist Home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico ($675,000).
Nestled in a hill, the property was designed and built by Luis Camarena, a renowned Mexican architect who emulated the modernist tradition of Le Corbusier and Luis Barragan. The home itself is three stories tall, with three bedrooms and three and a half baths on a 3,500-square-foot lot, with unobstructed views of the town and the Sierra Madre mountains beyond. San Miguel de Allende is a historic town founded in 1542 by a Franciscan monk, and is known worldwide for its mild climate, thermal hot springs, and colonial architecture. The town has become an attractive tourist destination for wealthy Mexico City residents, as well as a retirement locale for a large quantity of American and Canadian ex-pats. Sounds pretty fab to me. I may not be able to add this purchase to my "cart," but I'm certainly enjoying gawking at it, and contemplating all of the furnishings I'd fill it with. It's just begging for an LC3 Chair, don't you think? Is anyone out there looking for a Mexican getaway spot?