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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.
These days, Carine Roitfeld is busy juggling CR Book and Harper’s Bazaar, but the editrix wasn’t going to let that stop her from enjoying this afternoon’s Diesel Black Gold show. Of course, sitting alongside besties Stephen Gan and Nicola Formichetti definitely made it more fun.
Kaufmanfranco may be a common refrain heard on the red carpet, but yesterday marked the nine-year-old label’s first showing at New York Fashion Week. It was a strong, self-assured debut that begged to be worn by a strong, self-assured woman, and, sure enough, sitting just a few seats down from us in the front row was Jane Krakowski, one of our favorite small screen actresses, well, ever.
In late January, Betsey Johnson announced her return to the official New York Fashion Week schedule, and while we all knew that the designer would end her show with her signature cartwheel, we certainly didn’t expect a mini-exercise routine as well.
While some designers might choose to make their New York Fashion Week debut at some offsite venue such as Pier 59, designer Trina Turk went straight into the thick of it at Lincoln Center. But that’s not to say that this is Turk’s very first collection. In fact, she actually opened her first store in 2002, and just decided to debut her California-inspired fall collection at NYFW.
Get an actual taste of NYFW by way of this collaboration between Reed Krakoff and Laduree.
Who knew that an extra layer and a hip accessory would be all it took to transform a bandage dress into the pinnacle of downtown cool. Sleeves! Hats! A revelation! Not that the label’s signature style was the only thing to see on the runway at yesterday’s Hervé Léger by Max Azria show. No, it would be hard to miss the gigantic fur hoods worn by a number of the models, and even before everyone took their seats, the melee of photographers and journalists surrounding the front row celebs was, as per usual, a spectacle unto itself. We caught up with one such A-list showgoer, Coco Rocha, backstage after the show to hear her thoughts on the collection, how she’s weathering the blizzard, and where she’ll be watching the premiere of her new reality series “The Face”.
While yesterday’s Alexander Wang show was held in a space across from that quintessential icon of New York City, the Wall Street Bull, the chatter inside was, predictably, focused on Paris, where the designer will be showing his first collection as creative director of Balenciaga in a few weeks time. While the collection he showed yesterday evening for his eponymous label didn’t exactly answer any of these questions, that didn’t stop many (ourselves included) from drawing some conclusions from the looks we saw on the runway.
We may have had to trudge our way through snow banks and hop over puddles of slush to get there, but backstage at yesterday’s Hervé Léger by Max Azria show, the models looked as if they’d just stepped in from a day in the hot sun. Needless to say, we were rather jealous, so we had to find out exactly how to recreate the look for ourselves.
Whoops! In an attempt to make positive use of her audience’s social media addiction, the designer unwittingly fell prey to the machinations of a pervert.