Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Douglas Hannant F/W 2010~Visions of Basquiat
From various past post regarding Douglas Hannant we have always been big fans of this designer and have been following him for over ten years. The Fall 2010 season seems to have taken a different turn design wise regarding this house with inspiration coming from Jean-Michel Basquiat a famous artist from the 1980's and a part of the Warhol group. Mr. Hannant's backdrop for the show was graffiti billboards and 1980's music as a soundtrack. All of the past Hannant shows have been very upscale, refined and elegant but this was something different for the Park Fifth Avenue set that attends his fashion shows. Looking over his run of show there were forty one looks and a vast amount of color choices something we have never witnessed before. As for the collection it's self it seems this designer is tossing out a net hoping something will catch, his signature silhouette seems to be missing in this collection and forty one looks seems a little much to show in this still depressed economy. The Basquiat inspiration seems to be a tough sell for his customer but Douglas did manage to present a few pieces worthy of red carpet/society affairs. Our favorites were his Watermelon crepe back satin strapless gown and Emerald sequin/Tulle dress. As well the hand painted taffeta gown. In the separates department we loved his copper leather coat and black cigarette pants (very Hannant). Last season the 1980's were a very big inspiration for many designers but that was last year! It seems this collection broke slow from the gate and might have been better received if shown last season when the 80's trend was hot.