NYFW Fall 2011 Page 1
I try not to get too stressed out about fashion week. Let’s be real: it’s seven days of parties, pretty (and sometimes ugly) clothing, free drinks, good music, and attempting to interview celebrities. It’s not rocket science and it’s not a war zone. Getting dressed for it, however, is another matter entirely.
What to say about Calvin Klein that hasn’t already been said? Francisco Costa‘s minimalist-with-a-textured-twist take on fall clothing was signature CK, but with baggier proportions and unabashedly ’90s platform shoes.
Here’s the thing about Fashion Week: there are so many shows. The amount of stuff going on all day every day is completely overwhelming, and in the end, someone gets screwed. Yesterday, Alexandre Herchcovitch was that person.
We know we’ve spent a fair amount of this week complaining. We’ve complained about the lines, we’ve complained about the subway, and we’ve complained about the rude publicists who talk down to us and belittle our site. But at the end of the day, it’s a pretty darn cool week to complain about — and when it caps off with a show like Ralph Lauren‘s Fall 2011 collection, all of the walking, lugging, and begging all of a sudden seems worthwhile.
Not only did we go backstage before Anna Sui‘s fall 2011 show, we also got to stay and watch the runway spectacle. And it was fun. Thank you, Anna, for reminding us why we love going to fashion shows.
Per usual, Gwen Stefani closed out New York Fashion Week with her L.A.M.B. show. And while we were too busy eating spaghetti on our couch to go in person, we did watch the mayhem vicariously through our Twitter feed, which is where we learned of this week’s final model spill. Yes, there is a certain form of schadenfreude that comes with photos of models falling, but rest assured: this one got up with a smile and to the sound of 1500 people clapping. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Jeremy Scott is probably our favorite show of every season — it’s tied with Ralph Lauren for almost diametrically opposite reasons — because it’s just so darn fun. If the rest of fashion week is a glorified trade show, Scott’s runway presentations are like downtown art parties on ecstasy or, in the case of this season, ecstasy and LSD. We’ll explain.
Sometimes fashion shows can feel like a quick hit high, a cheap thrill. You wait about 30 minutes for a show to start, and then you watch models parade down the catwalk for 10, and then it’s over. That’s it. But getting to see all the action that goes on behind-the-scenes makes a show that much sweeter (and makes you appreciate it that much more).
Elie Tahari took his fall clothes and arranged them into a simple presentation at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night. First there were black clothes, then white. Then came frocks and coats in cream, then brown, and finally, a visually appealing shade of deep red.
Marc Jacobs hired 63 models to appear in 63 outfits for 45 seconds at a time for his fall presentation during New York Fashion Week. He had 1,100 yards of white vinyl shipped from California to New Jersey, where it was turned into several 20-foot tufted columns. The benches guests sat on were mirrored by hand, as was the runway. Five hundred guests attended the show, at which Jacobs’ art deco spectacle only lasted for a few brief minutes. And how much did it cost?
Darryl Nipps is probably one of the most important people working at New York Fashion Week. Not because he’s an up and coming designer you haven’t heard of, and not because he’s the independently wealthy backer behind a megastar brand. He’s important because he runs around backstage at fashion shows carrying bags full of nude thongs.
You see a lot of things you don’t expect to see during New York Fashion Week: Men with beards wearing sequined evening gowns, Anna Wintour smiling at people, and Salman Rushdie sitting front row at Phillip Lim.
Oscar de la Renta‘s fall presentation was an hour full of firsts for us. It was the first time we’d been in the same room as Anna Wintour (whose presence can be felt from 30 feet away). It was the first time we saw Karlie Kloss on the catwalk. And it was the first time someone made clothes that actually just stopped us dead in our tracks.
Because coffee has no effect on us whatsoever anymore, we were ecstatic to start our day off with Michael Kors, whose shows are always energetic, effervescent, full of supermodels, celebs, and enough looks to keep us totally sartorially sated for the rest of the day. And to top all that off, we chatted with Brad Goreski, walked into Anna Dello Russo, and witnessed Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones cause the most intense photographer frenzy we’ve ever seen.
How many bold-faced names can you fit into one runway presentation? If you’re Sophia Kokosalaki, lots. And we mean lots.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a blogger during Fashion Week? Tory Burch collaborated with model-turned-blogger Hanneli Mustaparta to give you a glimpse into a day in her fabulous life via a delightful little film directed by Michael Palmieri. (We only wish our experience was just as glamourous, all slow motion and beautiful lighting and lovely soundtrack.)
When we left the Rachel Roy presentation Thursday morning, we had long standing plans to jet back to the office, hunker down on our laptops and play some serious catch-up with fashion week posts. And then by a lucky miracle we found ourselves with a seat at Vera Wang‘s Fall 2011 show which, well, you’ll see.
New York Fashion Week is a bit past the midway point and while some blowouts are still too fresh to be covered — V Man, Post, BLK DNM, and Alexander Wang all hosted dueling bashes last night and we’re still waking up — some of the best have come and gone.