Style Scribe – Style notes 2009

by Nikki Goteansi-Tan

PERHAPS one of the most fun things to do to cap another year is look back fondly at the trends that made us catch our breath and covet like crazy. Even if ‘recession’ became the byword that would bring us all back to stark reality, the fashion industry still gave us cause to dream. If anything, the signs of these lean times as far as the tastemakers are concerned all have to do with taking trends and spinning them into notions that are big enough to own the moment but still mean something in years to come. Here are six things that happened in fashion that I think helped define our 2009:
J’adore luxury.
If the rampancy of the words ‘layaway’ and ‘pre-order’ is anything to go by, it means that people are now solidly into luxury items. It is staggering how mainstream such hallowed names such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Goyard have become. Be it leather goods, shoes or dresses, people are now choosing the high road more than ever. Between quality and quantity, it seems the pull towards the former is now making more purchase sense. It might seem daunting at first but the feel of the finery can really change your mind. Aside from a handful of trustworthy online sellers, you can start exploring locally through upscale boutique, Rue Chephri. (Rue Chephri is located in Delgar Complex, Bajada, Davao City)
Style mavens got us domesticated.
Local style icons Daphne Oseña Paez and Tina Maristela Ocampo expand their sphere of influence by venturing into the realm of home accessories. The former has been enjoying a year of great success with her collection of bed linens in collaboration with Linens Direct (more on this in the coming week). Ocampo, on the other hand, just released her home complements line for her fast-growing international brand Celestina. Both women are known for their impeccable taste and it is largely part of the draw towards their respective lines. The products however, all immaculately done, do speak for themselves.
It’s all happening up there.
Our love for hair accessories has evolved from just mere sweet headbands to a full-blown affair involving jeweled bands, pillbox hats and intricate headpieces. This is a trend I adore since it is universally flattering and can add dimension to an already great outfit. There are also many ways you can take dressing up between your ears. You can take a cue from the bunny ears that Marc Jacobs sent down the runway for Louis Vuitton or play the ultimate lady with Jennifer Behr-like bands as seen on Natalie Portman and Leighton Meester. With all the win-win choices, it’s really a hint of drama that everyone can afford to consider.
The year of Tory.
If you have been seeing a double T stamp in gold or silver more and more on people’s footwear, your eyes are not deceiving you. Tory Burch is everywhere. The success of this NY socialite-turned-designer is so notable that even the US CFDA took notice and awarded her as Accessories Designer of the year for 2008. She recently opened shop in the Philippines, making her wildly popular Reva flats, functional totes and ethnic prints available to the local market. As her brand grows, it seems so does her knack for designing items that make our hearts go aflutter. And you know what they say, when a designer’s wares show up in the land of Class A fakes you know he or she has really arrived.
When fashion savvy can create overnight celebrities.
How many times did we glance through fashion magazines just to discover obscure names and starlets that are actually rulers in their own right in the style domain? Fashion blogs, MySpace pages, Twitter and other social networking sites are proving to be the new breeding ground and places to be seen for the young, stylish ingénue. So much so that even popular style site Who What Wear Daily devotes a regular section to their favorite gals on MySpace. So whether you’re seeing Alexa Chung, Zooey Deschanel, Chloe Sevigny or Tinsley Mortimer, it is clear that fashion has its eye out and is extremely varied in style preference. You’ll never know then when you might see your name up in lights.
Tastemakers had us heading to the cinema.
The runway and red carpet merged in a big way in 2009 by way of three fashion films that brought us to new levels of awe and admiration for a trio of icons whose work shaped and still continue to direct the landscape of fashion as we know it. These individuals are Anna Wintour (The September Issue), Coco Chanel (Coco avant Chanel), and Valentino Garavani (Valentino: The Last Emperor). From interest films chronicling the lives and passions of these three artists, they have become musts on every fashion fan’s to-do list.