As you know by now, I am a huge fan of Haute Hippie!!! I love everything about this brand...is the design over-the-top innovative? Not necessarily, but what designer Trish Wescoat understands more than just about anyone in the contemporary world is what a girl wants... The feminine, playful, sensual designs are more than just Boho Chic, they truly represent today's modern dilettante, party-girl. I want to share some commentary from another fellow blogger as I really think it was right on. "I like their tres glam approach which feels more "Almost Famous" than "Dazed & Confused." Perfect...100% on the money. The line is so "Penny Lane", but set in the year 2009.
Haute Hippie did their FW '09 presentation right. Set in their amazing showroom, they threw a recession-chic, rock-n-roll bash on Friday night. The party was packed with a big-time, hipster crowd thanks to their style curator and owner of Q Models, Natalie Kates and a famed DJ spun the ultimate mix of old school, throw-down rock. They only served beer and tequila straight up. The presentation amounted to a bevy of model beauties, on stage, dancing to the tunes, further alluding to a rock concert atmosphere. The overall affect was a high-energy, high-impact celebration of women and of course of fashion.
The line is known for its highly embellished, easy, fluid pieces perfect for any night on the town, yet conceived for daywear as well. What I love about it most is its consistency. So many young brands feel the need to evolve too quickly, which results in a lack of clarity and brand vision...not Haute Hippie!!! The signature use of beading, fringe, feathers and hardware embellishment did not disappoint and new additions to the collection such as silk prints and some select leather pieces were welcome. The glitz and glamour was contagious...I wanted every single look. My favorites were still the allover sequined dresses, though a nude silk dress with placed beading was a stunner. They also did something really smart...I mean after all, these shows/presentations/parties are all about commerce at the end of the day... They displayed racks of clothes throughout the space so that revelers could see get a more complete view of the breadth of the line. My favorite rack was filled with styles from their Pure collection, which are the ultimate layering pieces...the perfect tanks, boy shorts and tees mixed in with some of the best gypsy inspired knitwear. I could just imagine wrapping myself the oh-so fab, wool boucle, ankle length vest on a Sunday afternoon. Like I said...absolutely what a girl wants!!!! The presentation hasn't hit Style.com and may not, but to see a little slideshow, click here.
As a reminder, you can get your hands on what I am sure is becoming the new It Girl line, at Saks, Nordstorm, ShopBop and others... This is one easy, breezy and beyond glam brand, so rock your inner "Penny Lane" and go Haute Hippie!!!!