To overcome the costs and complexities of fashion week shows, many designers have teamed up for dual autumn/winter ’09 presentations. While the concept is justly creative, the pairings are not always well suited, as seen in good friends Camilla Staerk and Victor Glemaud’s shared shows. The designers both emphasized utility, but their combined looks with unique perspectives ultimately illustrated the importance of runway autonomy.
Staerk’s collection encompassed most of the themes seen in the other womenswear shows: the looks were conservative, refined and, above all, wearable, with loose slacks and highly fitted skirts constructed from monochrome grey, black and beige fabrics. The simple designs revealed extravagant detailing such as intricate flower brooches and delicate lacing. This subtle extravagance proved a refreshing shift from the pared back designs of many other shows.
By contrast, Glemaud’s collection was distinctly more casual than his friend’s show. His line displayed a somewhat more colorful palette, but stuck to lightly made cashmeres and other knits. The pieces exhibited a practical punch, with quirky patterns and deliberate distressing, but would have ultimately benefitted from a solo presentation.