Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Word, Please

Fashion has a message, darlings. And sometimes it ain’t so subtle! At Viktor & Rolf (right), it was in three dimensions. At PPQ (left), it was cheekily art-y. From the sublime to the ridiculous, from block letters to barely visible script, words were the word on the runways for both Fall 2008 and Spring 2009!
Top left photo via nymag.com.All other runway pictures via style.com except where noted.
Right: Maison Martin Margiela's surreal printed projection
Left: Designer Henry Holland and model Agyness Deyn, pictured via trashionista.net
Different seasons, same idea: two Jean-Charles de Castelbajac tee dresses.

Pictures via Paris Vogue and nymag.com.
Chris Benz
Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Travel-themed writing at
Antoni & Alison, via nymag.com
Topshop Unique
Iceberg’s comic strip live
Emanuel Ungaro’s subtle script
Left: Vena Cava’s newsworthy frock
Right: an Obedient Sons and Daughters suit with cursive embroidery; photo via nytimes.com.
Roberto Piqueras’ punctuated prettiness.
This photo courtesy Fellow Fashionista My Own Yellow Cat .

Christian Francis Roth's "tag" tee, via nymag.com
Braccialini handbag. Visit braccialini.it
Bulgari tote, at bulgari.com
John Galliano loves his newsprint! Radical runway hair at left; tote at right, via style.it.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Big Tote, available at Harvey Nichols.
Juicy Couture Day Dreamer tote with fairy tale embroidery, available at Bergdorf Goodman
DSquared white nylon logo appliqué tote. For this and next, go to bluefly.com.
Christian Louboutin red calf Madison Tag boots. Graffiti goes glam!
Juicy Couture Sabrina Logo rubber boot, at shopbop.com.
Replay ballerina flat, pictured courtesy Vogue Italia
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel sweater dress, at net-a-porter.com
American Apparel city print baby rib top
Miss Sixty back seam neon logo tights, at asos.com.

Talk about making a fashion statement!

56 comments:

La Belette Rouge said...

Can I buy a vowel please? Or, for the woman who wants her clothes to speak for her.

I love words. I am not sure if I would wear clothing with words on them. I am not even a fan of labels on clothing. But, I do like the extreme language of the Viktor& Rolf. It is fun for runway.

Thanks for sharing with us some fashion that encourages reading!xo

Emily said...

so funny! i think the only thing i would sport right about now would be a Hope shirt supporting Obama.

WendyB said...

Christian Francis Roth did some great graffiti pieces -- I'm getting one! :-)

the Yellow Elephant said...

Wonderful! I love reading on other's t-shirts. A lot of the t-shirt with words printed on are kind of stupid, but these pics where not!

yiqin; said...

The last pair of leggings are amazing! I have always liked slogan tees! Okay, HOH made me like them!

issa said...

that dream coat is hilarious... seriously.

Katja said...

your blog is corgeous :) I could just spend forever here...excellent pics, very pretty =)

http://lady_K.vuodatus.net

fashion herald said...

still adore the Viktor & Rolf - and my favorite tank is an old Demeulemeester that says "holy." love that!

...love Maegan said...

I almost bought that marc BIG TOTE...then thought twice. . ..all this reminds me of WHAM circa 1982

CHOOSE LIFE

Savvy Mode SG said...

they are all interesting but i don't think i would wear them unless words are quite subtle.

Kira Fashion said...

very 80s! love it!

a kiss!!!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I love Viv Westwoods and Sonia Rykiels take on this, lovely!!

Isa said...

I love Juicy boots! They're sooooo gorgeous and very useful for the british rainy days! Excellent choice!

XOXO

Isa

~alison said...

The "DREAM" dress is HILARIOUS! I LOVE the tan flowy skirt.

Cara Mia said...

that's it! i'm breaking out my "frankie says relax" t-shirt...woohoo!

i love your posts cc, always interesting, and packed with stuff you just don't see everyday!
cara mia

Jaimie said...

I love that dream coat, carrie!

Juliet said...

In a coctail dress this could rock.

juliet xxx

Carolina Lange said...

Love this! Especially the Emanuel Ungaro’s look!

Lisa said...

V & R loves.

i do like prited tees. but more vintage/rock band style! i <3 a good worn in T. ah. bliss.


x.

thanks for your comment carrie. it means so much to me...

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i'm definitely for style/clothing making a statement, but not literally! definitely runway looks only. ;-)
xo

LENORENEVERMORE said...

that signature newsprint by Galliano is a dream! D R E A M !!!
Glad I can still spell!
;)

~Charmed as always dear*

rachel said...

cool post! for some reason, im really drawn to graffiti on tops and (some) bags!

♥ R

enc said...

I'd throw it all away for that long skirt with the type all over it.

Tiffany said...

i'm always tempted to get shirts with words printed on them but then I don't. I guess it seems like such a statement to have words all over you!

The Stiletto Effect said...

I love Henry Holland's tee. Those bags you chose are very cool

Lains said...

The Viktor & Rolf outfit is pretty sweet. I wonder if you could really buy it like that...

jess gonacha said...

wow, what crazy photos! i love the photo with of the blue haired model. i'd love to be a model just so i could take photos like that. :)

Miranda said...

reading peoples shirts is always fun
i love witty messages

clareassiral said...

oh that miss sixty tights are adorable! that dream dress is hilarious!

Emily Wong said...

hmm, I don't love the red Louboutin's, but V&R is definitely awesome. They have the makeup that says "NO" too! it's really cool

AsianCajuns said...

I really do like this look, but I'm not sure if I like this on me as much as a wall, or a taller person, perhaps?

kokostiletto said...

i love that 'don't be a square" frame. I wish there was a way for me to wear that out in public!

Diana Coronado said...

I love that colour collection.

Happiness !!

chuckles said...

It's a great to start a conversation.

TRISH said...

OMG. This is the best post of yours ever. I love it!!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

I love it... especially love message tees, they're always fun :)

I tagged you in " I love your blog" tag .... :)

Mel said...

this is so cool! Totally awesome post, I've seen the DREAM one in so many editorials! excellent post, loving your blog xxx

Songy said...

Ungaro's dress isn't saying anything that loudly but that's good enough for me. Anything that gives texture to an elegant dress is welcome.

Today's craving was worse after not having anything naughty for a day! 14 days of bliss that's what I'm hoping for. are you with me? or are you heading out to get some brownies for me? :)

Sunniva said...

I've always had such a big thing for the Henry Holland t-shirts. I find them so excellent! And I love the Venus top by Vivienne Westwood Red Label. Great post xox

stellawantstodie said...

thanks for your comment! I´ll visit u often

I love tees with message, but I prefer to make my owns t-shirts, with the message that I want

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

The title of this post Carrie could not be more on point! ;o)
I think all these statements,writing etc on garments is so interesting.I love particular the 3D words on garments in V&R's collection. I's love that on a bag,easier to wear.
Henry Hollands line is so cheeky,gotta love it!
x
Marian

Sara Li said...

Ha , ha!! That's very funny wear a comment!!
Nice post
Thanks for you visit.

XAVS said...

So, shall we state something else in our clothes? Something like feelings, or ideas? That would be great, wouldn't it?
Meanwhile, I'll re-take all my t-shirts with messages!
Great post and blog, love it! I'll come by more times!

Susanna-Cole said...

Oh my gosh that Viktor & Rolf coat is beautiful... though not too wearable sadly. Unless you're really brave! ;) I think Henry Holland does words the best, loved the formatting he uses and the clever rhymes. :)

xoxo,
S-C

J'Adore Fashion said...

i like written stuff but not over the top graphics.

the dream coat is funny but love the word dream. :)

xoxo

Stella :)

jess said...

I adore that Viktor and Rolf coat

Fifi Flowers said...

Not wild about the words. BUT I LOVE the Dolce and Gabbana gown in your sidebar! OMG... it is GORGEOUS!

lacouturiernyc said...

once again, lovely post! i do like the john galliano newsprint. =)

Absolutely Unique said...

I love that Emanuel Ungaro's dress!

MakeupByRenRen said...

wow that's bold fashion!

Dapper Kid said...

I am always in two minds around slogan clothing, sometimes it looks fantastic, and other times somewhat trashy. That being said I love all of these choices, and I personally have a House of Holland slogan t-shirt that is borderline trashy, but in a good way :)

Jillian said...

what an amazing blog!
want to trade links?

myriam said...

I wonder how it would look like if you had the "Dream" coat and went on the bus, haha.

Fashion_Girl22 said...

Worded things hae to be one of fashion's greatest things. It says EVERYTHING without actually saying anything. Viktor & Rolf's collection was just out of this world amazing!

Sasi said...

I'm 50/50 about this trend..I guess ir depends on what is wrote. Great pics, anyway.

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