The Osswald boutique’s back wall contains a vintage perfume bottle collection, on loan from longtime Zurich store manager and fragrance enthusiast Werner Abt.
Photo: Gunnar Larson
Eddie Borgo Pre-Fall 2011
Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo
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- Sarah Jessica Parker in the August Issue of Vogue
by Esther Adams
Photographed by Elizabeth Lippman
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It seems that, sartorially speaking, Ukrainian designer Lubov Azria has departed from her roots. After 25 years of living in Los Angeles, it’s only natural that her fall collection should channel her home in sunny California over the cold Eastern European winters she grew up with. “I like working with lighter fabrics,” she says earnestly, perusing a rack of color-blocked crepe de Chine dresses that could easily pass for spring attire. “That way a modern woman can change her look more easily.” All it takes to go from the work place to a cocktail party this season? A little light layering—or unlayering—by way of a simple white turtleneck.
“It’s effortless chic,” she continues of her lean, drop-waisted creations, loosely inspired by the twenties and thirties. “Everything is very relaxed.” And what could evoke a more easy-breezy SoCal attitude than that?
by Chioma Nnadi
Photographed by Evan Sung
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Pinned to the inspiration board of Vena Cava’s downtown studio is a picture of the perennially chic Linda Evangelista circa 1993, dressed in a deep plum velvet coatdress, so it comes as no surprise when a model reminiscent of a young Kristen McMenamy—another 1990s favorite—shows up for their photo shoot. “We dug out all our old fashion magazines from the early nineties,” says Lisa Mayock. The outfit that Linda Evangelista wore in that tearsheet happens to have been Ralph Lauren, but Mayock and co-designer Sophie Buhai cite Giorgio Armani’s languid aesthetic from that time as a more accurate starting point. “It’s about the elegance that was happening back then, and not the grunge,” says Buhai.
Mayock and Buhai were in still in high school at the dawn of that decade, so their memories are also colored by personal coming-of-age fashion moments; experimental prom outfits, and amateur adventures in beauty (“lots of glitter on my face and a half a tub of Vaseline in my hair!” says Buhai). “I think there is a real freedom to how you dress in high school—you’re paying attention to fashion magazines, but you can’t buy any of those clothes,” says Buhai. “You end up getting creative.” The designers are taking the opportunity to channel some of that playful nostalgia with long dévoré skirts cut with their signature triangular pattern and black lace dresses screen-printed with an explosion of tiny white dots. They’ve worked with New York milliners Yestadt to top each look with a structured mushroom shaped beret, a modern update to the ones they used to dream about from the pages of Vogue.