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Fashion Week

February 2009

8 years
ago

Points for Showmanship

HAYDEN-HARNETT

Thursday night, I found myself in a room in the Hotel Chelsea with a bunch of models who were lounging around and indulging. Wait, it’s not what you think. The models were indulging in junk food—or at least pretending to—and showing off the latest collection by Hayden-Harnett. Probably not the same type of shenanigans that Bob Dylan and other rock stars practiced at this famed hotel…

8 years
ago

Come On, Get Happy

Head-to-toe bright color is a curious trend right now. It intrigues the introvert in me. I couldn’t wear it, but I might want to be friends with the person who did.

Young, party-loving Chris Benz referenced the late ’70s in his warehouse presentation this season—specifically the clubgoers of New York during this era. It made me think of ’70s Sonia Rykiel, with her superhero matching ensembles of red, blue, and yellow. Rykiel said she…

8 years
ago

Sex Sells: Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Doo.Ri

ALTUZARRA
There’s a new designer coming to Chicago, and his sexy ruched dresses have people heated up. Givenchy and Proenza Schouler alumnus Joseph Altuzarra has the kind of stuff to draw power buyers from Barneys, as well as Chicago boutique owner Ikram. First time out of the ring and he has an order from such an influential force in the retail world. Promising. His incredibly…

8 years
ago

On the Marc: Strange Beauty at Marc Jacobs

Swirling paisley eyeshadow, highlighter-bright coats, Thierry Mugler sleeves—it was the 1980s en totale at Marc Jacobs last night.

What I admire about Marc Jacobs:
1. He’s one of the few designers who can thrive in a corporate environment and send out a totally creative show within those confines.
2. He’s a total extremist whose shows…

8 years
ago

Vena Cava, Diane von Furstenberg, Erin Fetherston

VENA CAVA

While countless New York women were just beginning to glam up for their Valentine’s Day dinner dates, a block of fashion operatives lined up in the West 20s, hoping to get a little love as well. What awaited us at the Vena Cava presentation was not kisses from a loved one but skinny models (somehow they always make me want to eat more chocolate), and many, many gay men…

8 years
ago

Striding Forward

As the fashion citizens of the world unite this week at the tents of Bryant Park for the New York collections, there’s much curiosity this season about how budget cuts will affect designers’ creations. Fashion insiders say there will be a resetting of the dial—that the weaker talents will be sifted away. As for consumer consciousness, habits are not likely to change so quickly. People will still covet that Miu Miu shoe that will change their lives, making it perfect if even for a few moments…

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