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New York Fashion Week as we’ve come to know it over the past few years is over — and we’re not sorry about it.
This might be our favorite moment from Fashion Week so far.
If you’re not in New York City this week, or didn’t manage to snag an invite to all your favorite shows, it’s ok. We’ve got the second best thing.
What better time than New York Fashion Week to premiere a film about one of fashion’s most recognizable names?
As New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, there are many things to have your eyes on. There’s the runway itself, whether live-streamed or in front of your eyes. There’s your Instagram feed and its crappy #regrams speckled with awesome backstage ramen guzzling (don’t mention it) and there’s the VIP-studded front row.
Coco Rocha is the coolest.
Eating healthy while making sure all your garments are finished, all your runway looks are perfect, and all your models are ready is no easy feat.
In celebration of Francisco Costa’s 10th anniversary as creative director, Calvin Klein is switching up the location for its Spring 2013 show. Instead of presenting at the company’s headquarters in the Garment District as they usually do, they will show downtown at the new Tribeca Spring Studios.
We could be bitter that Ralph Lauren is pledging to restore a French institution instead of one here in his mother country, but when you look further into the history of the École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, one of Paris’ most famous art schools, it starts to make more sense. What we are wondering about is why one of the haute couture houses didn’t seize the opportunity to save the struggling institution. Leave it to the Americans, ay?
There is no shortage of misconceptions about how much models get paid to walk runway shows during New York Fashion Week. But now, thanks to organizations like The Model Alliance and increased online scrutiny, some of them are starting to get cleared up.
Trends come and go, but Ralph Lauren is forever. Yesterday’s runway show was everything we have come to know and love about the quintessential American designer. We stepped inside from the brisk morning air and were greeted with a lavish bouquet of magenta and lilac blooms, Valentine’s Day chocolates courtesy of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and a trio of jaw-dropping antler chandeliers draped and dripping with crystals. Once the show started, it was clear the designer had taken inspiration from the land of czarinas and “Anna Karenina”, though, as always, he kept to the house codes of luxurious, classic Americana.
A couple seasons ago at Calvin Klein, we sat in the second row right behind Anna Dello Russo and were an arm’s length away from Emma Stone and Rooney Mara. This season, we were demoted to the third row, but it’s totally cool because we ended up sitting kitty corner from Jessica Chastain and Olivia Wilde.
Anna Sui‘s runway is one that we look forward to each season because it’s genuinely a lot of fun. Happy models, pretty clothes, a chill atmosphere, and BS-free front row — now that’s our kind of show. Last night, Sui did what she does best with a great collection of clothes inspired by the ’60s in France, and a big group of top models.
We may still have nightmares to this day about the the creepy twins from The Shining, but to The Blonds, that doesn’t mean they aren’t perfect fodder for runway inspiration. In fact, the scarier the better seemed to be the mantra yesterday at their fall 2013 show, a scene far removed from the uptown elitism on other New York Fashion Week runways. At Milk Studios, Philippe and David Blond channeled classic horror movies like Psycho, The Birds, and, yes, The Shining to create a theatrical, over-the-top collection sure to blow away even the biggest Hitchcock buffs.
While his residency in Oscar de la Renta‘s studio began only a matter of weeks ago, John Galliano‘s signature drama was noticeably in the air yesterday evening as we settled in to watch what was surely one of the most hotly anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week. Sitting front row was Cathy Horyn, no doubt relieved that all of the Galliano gossip means that the media will be letting barbecue-related bygones be bygones this season. Since she has known both designers for many years, we couldn’t pass up the chance to pick the brain of the New York Times fashion critic about their partnership this season.
Starting our morning with Michael Kors‘s fall 2013 show is always a good thing, but getting whiplash in the process was perhaps less so. You see, at Kors’ show this morning, about eight models, male and female, were walking the runway at any given time. It was probably due to the fact that the designer was showing a total of 63 looks, and while we would’ve definitely appreciated seeing the looks one by one, Anna Dello Russo was totally fine with it.
Betsey Johnson is one tireless designer. Until two weeks ago, she wasn’t even scheduled to show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but on Monday night, the cartwheeling designer debuted her new activewear line complete with a mini exercise routine on the runway. The next night, she presented a Valentine’s Day-themed collection to celebrate her new reality show with her daughter, Betsey + Lulu, at Style Media‘s network preview. Whew! We caught up with the energetic designer backstage to get all the deets on BJ Kicks A, and her show.
Walking into the Nonoo presentation on Tuesday afternoon was like taking a trip to Russia with a British bestie. We were met at the entrance of the High Line Room at the Standard Hotel by a hot male model dressed in a military uniform, while female models in layered and furry ensembles stood in a row, and cater waiters passed around mini meat pies and tea. Every so often, the male model would escort two of the models to switch their positions, sort of a changing of the guards, if you will. We chatted with designer Misha Nonoo about her fall collection, and of course, Kate Middleton.
Instead of doing her usual presentation this New York Fashion Week, Rachel Roy is showing her fall 2013 collection digitally. We had the pleasure of chatting with Roy about taking the digital road while she was filming her collection last week, and now we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her opulent wares.
Anna Dello Russo has been noticeably missing at New York Fashion Week. Show goers and street style photographers haven’t caught sight of the over-the-top editor all week until she finally showed up at Marc by Marc Jacobs Monday night, and Diesel Black Gold and Rodarte on Tuesday.