Posts for September 9th 2011
>> In a dim warehouse space on the way West side of Manhattan, under a hovering black ceiling installed with 2,000 light bulbs, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright sent out an amalgamation of ”Burning Man and seventies surf culture, along with all the tailoring you might expect from us,” according to Wainwright. Neon orange bikinis peeked out from under light knits; fabrics ranged from parachute material to mesh to crochet to tweed; and the models were styled to the hilt — velcro chokers went around every neck, and sunglasses were perched atop many a head.
>> It's no secret that Fashion Week street style can rival what's actually going down the runway for attention — especially as more and more photographers clump show entrances while attendees are entering and exiting. Not ones to deprive anyone of anything worth seeing, we've gathered a few intriguing looks from the first two days of shows — including a rare glimpse at a dress Anna Dello Russo decided to wear twice in a row: to the Fashion's Night Out festivities last night and then again to the shows today (She did, however, switch up her shoes.).
>> We caught up with jewelry designer Anna Sheffield at last night's Creatures of Comfort Fashion's Night Out event, where she told us not only why she loves Fashion Week, but also all about her new project: a bridal and commitment line. Read on for more from our interview with the designer.
What's your favorite thing about Fashion Week?
"The best part about Fashion Week is that you get to see people from all around the world around this time every year and how awesome they look. It's really good inspiration for designers."
What are your FNO plans?
"I just launched a capsule collection called Bing Bang for WeSC. I just came from the party at the store on Lafayette. It's a small capsule collection of jewelry inspired by NYC and I also created these rose gold headphones for them — it's my favorite thing."
How do you stay sane during Fashion Week?
"Lots of green tea and cookies."
What are you currently working on?
I'm launching a new bridal and commitment jewelry collection next Tuesday. I have about 40 styles, so with all the variations, there are hundreds of pieces. It's based on the idea of bridal and commitment so you can mix and match. Promise rings, stacking rings, or anniversary pieces.
What shows do you plan on attending?
"I'm definitely going to see Jeremy Scott. It's the most inspiring part of the week for me every season. I'm also going to see Mara Hoffman. Those are two people I love. I'll see what else I fit in this week."
Photo courtesy of marQue dimesa
>> Earlier this afternoon, in a private room at the Four Seasons Restaurant in midtown Manhattan, Fenton designer Dana Lorenz presented her Spring 2012 collection on seven stoic models dressed head-to-toe in ivory. "Chloe and Valentino," Lorenz said of the models' monochrome ensembles, while guests such as Mark Holgate and Meredith Melling Burke snapped pictures and chatted jovially. It was a relaxed yet refined atmosphere, one that was perfectly in-step with the pastel-dotted collection. Inspired by Miami's Art Deco architecture, this was the softer side of Fenton — fringed duster necklaces were accented with crystals and pearls, and silk chokers were strung with dyed turquoise and moonstone. "It’s very playful,” the designer explained. “I usually go for a dark strength in my work, but Spring is about color and to me, these pastels still feel powerful.”
Click through to see our snaps from the presentation.
>> Jason Wu's Spring 2012 runway could have been treacherous — it was slick, white, and texturized like shingles — but the models made it through like pros, minus a slight slip-up or two. Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, and Liu Wen trailed out in a collection rife with peplums and mullet hemlines — the latter on jackets, skirts, and even evening gowns.
The theme for the season, Wu said, was “clean and couture — but with some very quirky elements.” Hence the Pop Art colors — chartreuse, "shocking pink," and electric blue; a collaboration with New York graffiti artist Kaws that produced the floating petal print used throughout; and the appearance of sporty "chiffon" windbreakers. Wu also worked with Tom Binns — the jewelry designer's first collaboration in a decade — on swingy long earrings with clusters of safety pins.