New York Fashion Week
Buyers and press were greeted for the presentation of designer-with-child Monique Lhuillier’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection inside the famed Christie’s auction house with abundant champagne and decidedly upbeat music. The garments on display were a mix of long and short cocktail dresses, worn by tall models in charming panama hats. The looks were inspired, Lhuillier says, by “the intricate draping of the Masai Warriors.”Read more
Tropical prints, lots of colors mixed with solid black and short little dresses were the overall theme of the premier fashion show launching off New York’s 2010 fashion week debuting designs by Michael Angel.Read more
Inspired by a 1970’s perfume bottle by YSL, Prabal Gurung’s sophomore collection was nothing less than sophisticated. Exquisite tailoring, wrapping of contrasting fabrics and the use of excellently crafted bows gave these grown up girl looks a sweet touch. Every look was perfectly styled and every piece had an enormous amount of work and detail, yet the designs remained polished without being pretentious. Taking a simple silhouette and making it his own with design details and the craftsmanship of a pro will define a long lasting career in the fashion industry for this upcoming designer.Read more
The Spring/Summer 2010 Jen Kao presentation was certainly a departure for the designer. Known for her dark, tailored pieces from last season, the designer inserted a breath of romanticism into this season’s collection trading dusk grays and navy for dusty rose.Despite the draped blouses and loose fitting jumpsuits, the designer stayed true to her roots by also showing her nightlife-loving fan base club-worthy pieces like a chain mail and rubber mini-dress. Read more
In only a few seasons, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava have trademarked a type of smart femininity New York girls find hard to resist. Known for their art deco-inspired designs and artful prints, the dynamic downtown duo evolved those trademarks into a decidedly modern nativist direction for their Spring 2010 collection.Read more
Madness! That is the one word that comes to mind when describing my experience at Fashion’s Night Out. My evening started off quietly enough at the Cesare Paciotti store where they unveiled - along with Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design - the fruits of their collaborations with a Parson’s student, Kwame Brako. Guests quietly mingled and chatted while sipping on their wine and ogling the shoes, nice and relaxing.Read more
I’ve always been a fan of Ports 1961 - and not to be overly hyperbolic, but this season I was blown away. The show was presented in the tents, which is a sign that the house is looking to expand their presence and make more of a splash. Fittingly, Tia Cibani took some risk with her collection and went in wonderfully new, unexpected directions while staying true to her core customer.
This season, Hayden-Harnett’s collection was inspired by “lava fields, desert landscapes, and modern nomads” with each look meant to evoke the feeling of taking on an adventure in an urbanscape. Fittingly there were a number of dark, khaki, black, and white pieces accented with moments of brightly colored prints and pops of deep blues and reds.Read more
The Jillian Lewis Spring/Summer 2010 collection, presented at New York Fashion Week, introduced one to a garment story about an aggressive girl with edgy flair, but one who still holds on to her soft, sensitive femininity.
Straight from Babi Ahluwalia’s own lips, Sachin and Babi’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection is “effortless chic.” Although the husband and wife duo are fairly new to the fashion design world, their names are already known to designers such as Escada, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang - all attuned to the husband and wife team’s established work with beautiful embroideries and impressive fabric finishes.Read more
Liz Claiborne, Inc. hired veteran menswear designer John Bartlett to create a new menswear line for them, which is premiering this season in New York as Claiborne by John Bartlett. Bartlett was the creative director at Byblos in Italy for a while, and also had a very strong namesake line that showed as Spring and Fall 2009 collections. Read more
It was the first day of New York Fashion Week, and designer Mikhael Kale went all-out creating a stunningly sexy and uniquely playful line. The dresses were very short and necklines were low, projecting a gladiator-bustier image. Standing in the Audi center, with the Le Mans Audi R15 TDI 100 feet away, Mikhael told me, “when dealing with these hand embroidered details and construction, it is easy to be pretentious, but that is not what this is about. It is about having fun with design and challenging oneself - so if it is young, poppy, cool, and sexy, then we have succeeded.”Read more
Nonoo Lyons is a relatively new fashion line designed by Mischa Nonoo and Deborah Lyons (Lyons is also the designer behind the successful high end shoe line Mechante of London). The duo presented their first collection during the Fall/Winter 2009 season, and their wonderfully tailored pieces have quickly grown to attract a loyal following.Read more
Nightlife in NYC takes it up a notch, and Nicholas Routzen captures New York Fashion Week nightlife at the Trump Models + International Models party at the Gates + the Liam Alexander Exhibit....and meeting The Donald himself.
Just in time for the shows, a guide to visiting the greatest city in the world. So good afternoon and welcome to the greatest city in the world! We know you've been here before, and we hope you come back soon.
Here are a few things you should know.
1. We hope you like our cabs. They are the safest in the world and get replaced every three years. Please wear your seat belt. Many cab drivers are independent owner/operators and most car services split the fares with the driver, and that's how the driver gets paid, minus gas. For most short trips it is reasonable to round up and tip a dollar, sometimes two. All yellow cabs now accept credit cards - however, the driver is the one who has to pay the steep (9%) credit card fees. If you need this convenience, it is polite to leave a bigger tip.Read more
Every season brings new faces on the catwalk, as everyone tries to predict who will secure the opening and closing slots for the most covetable shows. Here's a list of who to look for on the runways for the Spring/Summer 2010 season...Read more
Gareth Pugh has been one of Paris Fashion Week’s hottest tickets for the last three seasons, so when word began circulating that the English designer might opt to show his Spring/Summer 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week instead, there was a palpable excitement in the air.
Unfortunately for New Yorkers, Pugh will not be showing his upcoming season's collection here, but he will have a presence here via a new fashion film directed by Ruth Hogben that will be screened at MAC and Milk Studios.
As some might recall, the designer showed a film last season - also created in collaboration with Ruth Hogben - in place of a traditional runway show during Paris Fashion Week. Read more
Fashion Week is fast approaching. We can tell by the insane influx of invites — not to shows, but to parties. If you thought the economy was lessening the amount of free Champagne and nights out, you'd be wrong.
Aside from the all-hands-on-deck fiesta that is Fashion's Night Out, and the usual suspects of Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, and the Erin Wasson fêtes, there's a whole calendar of parties awaiting the lucky few who are invited. And if you haven't scored a golden ticket, you can view the photos online here the next day. Check out the week's top events.Read more
Real Houswives daughter Christine Staub on the cover of an industry mag, just in time for Fashion Week? On its most basic level, Fashion Week means heels, ‘wichcraft and The Daily - the industry mag pumped full of juicy gossip and pretty pictures that occupies the hungry, waiting crowds.
It’s usually covered by a model, sometimes a designer, or last year even Glenn O’Brien as the face of Interview’s mess. But this year we hear an entirely different type of person might grace a cover - Danielle from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her recently signed to IMG daughter, Christine.Read more
As my favorite time of year approaches - September Fashion week - nostalgia washes over me for the trends that we have all enjoyed from the current season, along with anticipation of what new ideas are yet to come as the weather cools down and the designers unveil their latest creations. Which silhouettes will remain strong and continue, and what statements will designers make this time around? Will the future be a little brighter for Spring 2010, or willl we be dipping deeper into the pits of artistic despair?
All of this is said with enthusiasm and excitement, for not only are the collections amazing, but the reactions from the press and front row viewers are just as fun. We all clamor over the long list of weekly shows, debating our own predictions of current and future trends, and waiting to see if we are on the right track or if we are already outdated with our Fall 2009 wardrobe that hasn’t even been worn yet. Read more