19 posts tagged "Erin Beatty"
In the lead-up to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Next up: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno.
“Suno has been working with stylist Brian Molloy for years. Here is a picture of Brian and I during one of our many fittings!” —Erin
“When we’re running around from fittings to meetings, you never get much time to sit and work—I pretty much live off my BlackBerry most of the time, but especially gearing up for the show.” —Max
“Our prints are such an important part of the collection—the two images above are some key prints that we’ve designed for Spring.”
Suno’s bold, mismatched prints—drawn from, and inspired by, African textiles—are so sunny, it’s always seemed like a shame not to bring them down to the beach. And while Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty have flirted with bandeau tops and swim-ish styles in the past, they’ve never been water-ready. But for Spring, the duo created their first true swimwear. The frilled bikinis (with both boy-short cut and fuller, French-cut bottoms) and halter-top maillots pick up the mix-and-match spirit of the label, combining tea roses, stripes, and splotches with aplomb. They’re enough to brighten up even the grayest of days (like, say, today in New York). The only bad news for Suno’s fans? They won’t be available in time for the mass exodus down to Miami’s Art Basel.
The explosion of prints over the past few months has infiltrated every area of the stylish woman’s wardrobe, from accessories to tops, shoes, and even—that last frontier—pants. Ask Suno‘s Erin Beatty, whose African-inspired collections pile print on print, and the explanation’s obvious: It’s an antidote to all the dull stuff out there.
“I think that every time the economy goes sour, what people try to do is go back to basics,” Beatty told Style.com. “It’s because that’s safe and they know it’s going to sell and yada yada yada. But I don’t think that’s necessarily what people want, or how people truly want to express themselves, regardless of the economy. So many people turned back to basics that prints started to feel new and fresh again. That’s what we saw—working with these African fabrics, everything felt so new and original. And that’s exactly how women want to portray themselves.”
It’s certainly how designers from Dries Van Noten to Isabel Marant have been portraying the women on their runways. They’ve styled bold, brilliant pants with sheer tops, slick moto jackets, eye-popping lamé blazers, and, yes, even more prints. Cuts range from cropped, peg-legged jeans to billowing, carrot-shaped harem pants, but whatever the shape, the style isn’t for the shrinking violet. “Printed pants, especially, are so confident,” Beatty continued. “I think the reason printed pants are scary is that women are always very protective of the way our legs look—it’s the ongoing lifetime search, finding the perfect pant. But the printed pant that actually fits well and flatters your figure can even enhance your figure.”
Do you agree? Click here for a slideshow of some of our favorite options from the runways (and a few stylish girls trying the trend), and let us know if you’ll be rocking the look this fall.