Fashion Week: Frank Tell Fall Collection

There were frills. There were corsets. There were dresses that wavered between an haute couture runway and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. There was even “body mail” comprised of hand-polished bronze swords, but one thing not to be found at the Frank Tell show at New York Fashion Week was disappointment. Never one for subtlety, Tell amazed his bubbly following with a frock for every occasion, but especially those that aim to make a statement of major sartorial drama.

Tiered A-lines and cinched waists created ethereally beautiful silhouettes, all displayed on a carefully curated legion of models that curiously shared the same dashing yet mischievous countenance of the designer himself. The aforementioned body mail shone and glittered with brutal, tribal femininity, while shapely chiffons created the perfect party dress for the girl who knows what’s up. The bottom line is that those vying to claim the creation of Michelle Obama’s next power dress better sleep with one eye open because while they’re conserving things up, Frank Tell is bringing a new sexy back, and he can definitely tell us more about that.

Songs to Strut To: Fashion Week Runway Jams

New York Fashion Week topples over with model pouts, distended egos, and double-kisses. The whole circus is as fabulous as it is absurd. To usher in the Spring 2008 collections, we checked in with young, fun strut peddlers to find out what they’ll be listening to—on and off the runway.

Erin Fetherston ● New Young Pony Club, “Ice Cream” ● The Rolling Stones, “She’s a Rainbow” ● Santogold, “Lights Out” ● She & Him, ” I Was Made For You” “These are some of my favorite songs for the Spring 09 season — each one has a unique tone but they share a common theme of love and happiness.”

Jay Godfrey ● Marianne Faithful, “Sister Morphine” ● Feist, “I Feel It All” ● Hot Chip, “Boy From School” ● Junior Boys, “In The Morning” “The first one is an old rock classic, but we would remix it to speed it up and give it a modern edge. Then the last three are newer songs that are fun, youthful, and have a great beat — tunes that are sexy and modern that a woman would have on her playlist to host a fabulous cocktail party.”

Chris Benz ● JaConfetti, “Step Up” ● George Michael and Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” ● Róisín Murphy, “You Know Me Better” ● Anna Vissi, “Call Me” ● George Harrison, “Got My Mind Set On You”

Frank Tell ● “Like an Animal (Adam Crystal remix),” the Glove. “I love the lyrics to this song: ‘One mile in the air that’s where she lives / Her body looks so thin and pink and small / Dropping eggs from nervous shaking hands / And swallowing her fingers as they fall / … Fight her all you want; you’ll never win … ‘” ● “Being Boiled,” the Human League. ● “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Bauhaus. “I first discovered this song while watching The Hunger. Catherine Deneuve. I really don’t need to say any more.”

Rachel Comey “Anything by Hercules and the Love Affair rocks my runway!”

Charlotte Ronson ● Chester French, “She Loves Everybody” ● The Virgins, “Murder” ● Coldplay, “Death and All His Friends” “This season, my collection was inspired by The Virgin Suicides. Although Air created the music for the film, that choice would be too obvious for my collection. I want to use songs that are romantic with a more current, modern sound to them. These three songs emulate that to me.”

Alexander Wang “All I can do is hint at what we’ll play during Fashion Week … Foxy Brown and Kelis.”