As NYFW hedged off its last full day, only the discreetly buffed security and a few visibly twitchy out-of-towners suggested that it was the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Yes, as if to issue forth a collective "suck it, terrorists," the tents were more energetic than we've seen them all week, with big names like Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, and Anna Sui drawing crowds.
Yesterday's Alice + Olivia presentation launched the Spring 2014 line of this native New York label, replete with sophisticated, whimsy-chocked apparel.
Let's just preface this with: the clothes were magnificent. And that's less of a complement than something designer Stacey Bendet just seems to understand--magnificence is protocol, decadence is standard operating procedure. It's definitely the case in this collection that she described as "the crossroads of preppy-meets-pretty."More »
|Kanye knows good fashion|
Sunday morning, while most of New York was deep in slumber, we headed off to Milk Studios for Hood by Air, the menswear collection led by creative director Shayne Oliver, which always puts a gender spin to the line that is beloved by rappers.
One artist in the front row who induced mass hysteria in photographers and fashion spectators alike was none other than Mr. Kanye West.
|A luau at Cynthia Rowley.|
Last week we learned that Tunisian designer Max Azria, who got his start in Paris at a just barely pubescent fifteen, might be losing control of his empire--which is reportedly hundreds of millions in debt. You'd never know it from this show.
BCBG Max Azria kicked off Fashion Week yesterday with a massive turnout for its 2014 Spring Collection, the Theater's mobbish security on its last precarious nerve, herding people through what can only be described as the "bum rush" for standing room. If the enthusiastic crowd--all-business type bloggers who displayed a baffling lack of interest in free stuff--didn't give it that traditional NYFW feel, then Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia in the front row did.More »
|Can someone turn on the AC?|
New York-based Mexican designer Paola Hernandez doesn't usually present her clothes in a standard runway setting, and her show on Wednesday night was no exception. Her "Singularity" Spring 2014 presentation was held at Churner and Churner, a tiny gallery in Chelsea. This was also one of the first collections in which Hernandez used bright bold colors.
We're not sure if we were sweating profusely because we're not accustomed to such remarkable use of color at a Hernandez show, or whether it was seeing all those custom-made navy blue heels with red laces. Then again, our heart palpitations could be blamed on the male models. Or, OK, the minimal air conditioning.More »
|Designer Erin Fetherston & friend|
Last week, fashion designer and fourth season Project Runway winner Christian Siriano debuted his first resort collection, but the best aspect far surpassed the beautiful posh dresses. Siriano hosted the ultra feminine line entirely in his amazing Fashion District apartment! And if you were lucky enough to step foot into his place, you'd understand why we're using so many exclamation points.