You can pretty much guarantee that anything styled by Kate Lanphear will be amazing. So in preperation for Julie Haus' show last night at her pop up store in Soho, I already knew I would love it. Julie brought on the Elle Style Director (and style icon) to style her Spring '10 show. Julie's pieces were already on my love list, but with an edgy twist from Kate, it gave them a new perspective. I had the privilege to go backstage to watch Kate work her styling magic before the show. Here's a peek of the styling notes for some of the looks.
Inspired by the troubled life of Charlie Chaplin, the creativity and spirit in overcoming hardships (how recession appropriate) was the fuel that drove the core of the collection. Models had chipped dark nail polish (purposely chipped by manicurists) and slept in hair while they bounced down the runway. But there was an element of happiness in the edged out looks. My favorite was a cute printed skirt with bloomers peeking out of the bottom and a really cool textured graffiti print. I also chatted with Julie after the show about her collection and future plans:
How did you and Kate decide to work together on the show this season?
I met Kate a few years ago on a quick editor appointment and we hit it off. She has such strong work ethic and a great sense of style herself. Her own style is very much her. Very edgy and punk feel but she is able to look at something and make if fresh and edgy and quirky in a way that reads feminine and cool.
Did she influence this collection at all?
She always does! Just hanging out with her is influential. She can just wake up with no make up, brush her hair over, and look great.
Any exciting expansion news?
The pop up store was our first step into retail. We plan to do it again next season before we find a permanent home in the fall. We are ready to venture back into accessories as well.
What is your favorite thing about fashion week?
Well tonight i have about 20 friends that flew over from Texas and for me, they come in and we get to go out after and its amazing. Also the energy.. I mean you feel it starting today in the garment center. I love the energy. Last season was more somber and now everyone is ready to get back into it.
Well said Julie. After last night's Fashion's Night Out and a kick ass show, no one would disagree with that!