Fashion Week: Marc By Marc Jacobs Goes to the Skate Park, Anna Sui Hearts Anna May Wong

Angela Ashman
Marc by Marc Jacobs
If you weren't up on the latest changes in the house of Marc Jacobs, you might have been wondering why two blonde women took a bow at the end of the Marc by Marc Jacobs show. Was the designer taking a sick day? No, he was clapping in the front row right next to Sofia Coppola.

Though Jacobs is still involved with the line, most of the credit this time goes to the brand's new creative director, Katie Hillier, and design director, Luella Bartley, two savvy British fashion veterans with big ideas for shaking things up London-style.

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Fashion Week: rag & bone Forms a Girl Gang, Creatures of Comfort Shows a 'Killer' Collection

Angela Ashman
rag & bone
Bowling shirts, '50s-style high-waisted pants, skirts and denim splattered in what looked like motor oil -- have rag & bone's Marcus Wainwright and David Neville been watching Grease? That was our first thought as we headed out of Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street, where the designers have held their shows for several seasons.

Indeed, there was more than a hint of the Pink Ladies in the satin shirts and short jackets that had some models' first names -- Georgia May (as in Jagger), Joan (as in Smalls) -- embroidered on them.

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8 Reasons Why Fashion Week Didn't Suck

Angela Ashman
We miss these dudes already
Another Fashion Week has come and gone. Naturally, we used all of Sunday to nap and recover from 12 hectic days of runway shows, celebrity sightings, and chain-smoking free e-cigarettes. While in deep coma, we drifted back to all of the thrilling, weird moments that Fashion Week coughed up, without which the entire event would simply be a train of super-thin models wearing overpriced clothes.More »

Fashion Week: A Glittery Hurricane at Marc Jacobs

Angela Ashman
Marc Jacobs
Attendees at this season's Marc Jacobs show couldn't get a break: Outside the armory on Lexington Avenue it was pouring rain, inside it felt like it was a hundred degrees. In lieu of air conditioning, pitifully ineffective paper fans were handed out. Of course, given that this was Jacobs' spring collection, the heat would seem to be a natural fit for all the light, breezy clothes that would surely come down the runway. Right? No.

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Fashion Week: Alan Cumming Gets Lei'd at Cynthia Rowley; rag & bone's Tomboy Cleans Up

Angela Ashman
A luau at Cynthia Rowley.
Upon arriving at the Highline Hotel for Cynthia Rowley's presentation on Saturday evening, we were handed a program covered in images of her inspirations for spring. There were colorful leis, tulips, crashing waves, a dog wearing a pineapple on its head, and, the most curious of all, Luke Wilson as the washed-up tennis player Richie Tenenbaum. What it all added up to was a collection worthy of a tropical island getaway the way Rowley herself would do it.

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Christina Ricci and Sofia Coppola Soak Up Marc Jacobs' Rays

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Angela Ashman
Grin and bare it: Sofia Coppola and Christina Ricci at Marc Jacobs
As people filed into the Marc Jacobs show at the Lexington Avenue Armory last night, there were more than a few concerned faces and audible groans. The trouble was a fiery golden sun hanging from the ceiling, which cast an unflattering sepia tone on everyone in the room. "I forgot to wear sunblock," joked an audience member to his friend.

Getting a tan in their front-row seats were Sofia Coppola, Jessica Stam, and Christina Ricci. (Alas, poor Miley Cyrus, dressed in a midriff-baring Mickey Mouse sweater and long candy cane-striped skirt, missed some of the show because apparently no one told her that when Jacobs says eight o' clock, he actually means it.)

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New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Relaxing in Style With Steven Alan; Wes Gordon's Party-Girl Harem

Steven Alan
Steven Alan has always been the man to go to for an expertly made button-down (see our Best of New York issue for Best Shirts to Steal From Your Boyfriend) and an unexpected take on everyday basics. Over the last 10 years, he's launched numerous stores in the city and California and has a cult following of young fans who adore his line's perfectly imperfect rumpled look. For those who love him, his presentation at Lincoln Center did not disappoint.

Shirtdresses over pants have popped up at several shows this week. But Alan did something different with it by throwing a short leather skirt on top and letting the shirtdress hang down beneath the skirt's hemline. At first glance, you might think it's a mistake.

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NYFW: Drew Barrymore Hits Rag & Bone; Tess Giberson's Must-Have Leggings; Bono Spotted at EDUN; Creatures of the Wind Bring Candy; Blonde Redhead Play at Rachel Comey

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Angela Ashman
rag & bone
When we arrived for check-in at rag & bone on Friday night, the woman behind the table asked, "Are your hands cold?"

"How could you tell?" we said as we shook a layer of heavy snow from our hat.

And that was when she gave us a black squishy thing. Yes, it was a hand warmer.

Call us easy, but we were quickly being won over. And once we were inside the industrial space at Moynihan Station, things got even cozier. The room was exceptionally well-heated--tropical almost--with reggae tunes to tap your feet to, samovars filled with mulled wine, and a line forming for gourmet pretzels. Blizzard? What blizzard?

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New York Fashion Week 2013: Models More Scared of Hurricanes Than Blizzards at Tess Giberson

Models have bigger things to worry about than snow.
The schools closed early, flights are being cancelled, and Mayor Bloomberg has suggested that everyone "cook a meal, stay home, read a good book, watch a movie, take it easy." But for all those involved with Fashion Week, there remains a healthy spirit of optimism (or perhaps denial) that the shows will go on as expected. Among the models backstage at the Tess Giberson presentation at Pier 59 earlier this morning, it was all still smiling faces and some fearless attitudes about what forecasters are saying could be the largest blizzard in a century for some cities.

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New York Fashion Week Kicks Off With a Scavenger Hunt by Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders
Don't have an invitation to Fashion Week? No problem. Scott Sternberg, the designer behind Band of Outsiders, has never liked a traditional runway show. He's had models rappelling onto the catwalk like rock climbers and swinging in hammocks on a manmade sandy beach at Milk Studios. Last summer, he put a male model in the window of a gallery in Paris for 60 hours and let the world watch via live stream as he went about his day (periodically changing outfits, of course).

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