Who needs pants? Heck, who needs opaque fabrics? Not Barlow’s Spring 2010 collection, that’s for sure.
When I opened the lookbook for designer Molly Girard Coonan’s first collection for Barlow, a self-described collection of sportswear turned upside down, I was sort of scared we’d be seeing much of the same – lace, bike shorts, moto-jackets and no pants.
But among the above listed, we were pleasantly surprised to see a collection of punked-up basics that embodied the spirit of funky femme fatales. Tons of great outerwear and better than basic pieces that would fit seamlessly into any wardrobe – well at least mine anyway! And I would happily add them!
Coonan, a protege of Cynthia Vincent and her design muse Alice Barlow set out to create a line of mixed aesthetics. Peppered with Coonan’s background in menswear, the line is a great take on androgyny and manages to still be feminine enough for people like me who have grown tired of looking like gothy creatures of the night. Maybe it’s because both Barlow and Coonan have named things like marshmallow peeps and Bayside High among their many inspirations.
Barlow is already a favorite among buyers, and arrives in some of my favorite stores, including Fred Segal, Intermix, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong and shopbop.com in January 2010!