Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Clap if you believe in fairies

Aptly title, “Fairy A Place…,” designer Kristopher Enuke’s fairytale Spring 2008 Collection came straight out of his imagination as he paired his ever-famous jeans (in various colors like white, lilac and light blue wash) with brightly colored floral and graphic tees and tanks.

Staged at the Lighthouse stage at Smashbox Studios on Thursday, Oct 18, 2007 (the last day of L.A. Fashion Week), Enuke created L.A.-inspired pixes, taking inspiration enchanted forests of storybook lands.

Continuing his knits from his Fall 2007 Collection, Enuke featured knits in an array of colors that spanned from pale pink to bright orange. They came in the form of knee length dresses, square neck blouses or long cardigans. Each had puffy sleeves (both short and long) and was either worn with chunky boots or ankle-tie sandals.

Then came his long-sleeve, floral-printed jersey dresses, also with his signature hoodie-style element on back. Colors ranged from pale yellow to a midnight blue, but all flowed weightlessly on the models, whether they were ankle or knee length. These would be perfect for a sunny spring day at the beach or a nice stroll in the park.

For those that like a more grown up take on his storybook approach would enjoy his metallic denim pantsuits in black and indigo, which gave the ordinary denim jean the look of a motorcycle pant without the leather shine. Whether in wide-leg style or a straight leg cut, the blazers made the outfit, which came in the traditional single breasted style or an asymmetrical zip-up front with a pastel-printed tee underneath.

There were a few pencil skirts paired with graphic tees and long scarves with knee high boots, and two pieces featured short shorts with a knit cardigan and a printed tee or a blazer on top. The show ended with a purple velvet, ankle length dress with billowing sleeves and a scoop neck that resembled something you would envision a princess in a bedtime story wearing. This was definitely the highlight of the show and the piece that most followed with his whimsical theme.

What finished off the collection were all the accessories. Long scarves dressed the models’ necks, teardrop earrings in coordinating colors graced their ears, chunky chokers and brightly colored bangles complemented several pieces. Dutch boy hats in matching jean colors were also used to compliment various styles.

At the end, Enuke walked the curtain call with his wife, Amy Enuke and their daughter. The Oligo Tissew label grew from his Oliver Twist line and is a made up-up word that means “refined cloth.” Enuke’s last collection (Fall 2007) featured a strong Japanese motif, which I thought was a bit stronger than this one.

The Fall 2007 collection was a bit more flirtatious with the Japanese theme not only seen within the clothes, but also the models’ hair and makeup. For this collection, the models’ makeup and hair were subtler, while the clothes commanded most of the attention.