When Agentur V comes to town for their fall preview it always ends up being a bit of a fantasy shopping trip—we invariably end up prancing around the showroom in fall '09 samples, mentally adding up all the online euros we'll be burning through, or figuring out just how to sneak them out the door when no one is looking. The list of European designers the agency represents reads like our very own fantasy league of independent designers, with collections from Danes like Wood Wood and Henrik Vibsov, and Swedes like Minimarket and Carin Wester. For organization's sake, we'll start off with the new highly wearable classics like slouchy pants from Wood Wood much like the pair that Pauline, pictured right, is wearing. Few designers know how to cut a casual trouser better than Wood Wood, so it's unsurprising that pants are the brand's best sellers. Her Minimarket boots (which you might remember from a recent Staff Affections post) are a Scandinavian favorite too. They've been gently reinventing the wedge bootie for the past three seasons and the newest ones have a chelsea boot-style elasticated panel. It doesn't hurt that the boots come in seasonally appropriate russet, a shade the color of fallen leaves. The washed leather button-down by Wood Wood is the best hybrid jacket/shirt we've ever worn—and we admit, the piece we wanted to smuggle out the most. As for sartorial flights of fancy, there were plenty of those to go around too, like the red, white and blue Vibsov union suit and jailbird onesies for men. Arielle de Pinto's fully fledged facemask is probably a smidge too far past crazy for everyday wear and Bernhard Willhelm's spacey summer-of-love redux sunnies are perched on just the right side of wild.
Stylee Fridays: Agentur V Fall 09 Preview—Our Fantasy Shopping List
April 24, 2009