September 6, 2012
Inquirer fashion writer Elizabeth Wellington will report from New York Fashion Week on her blog, "Mirror Image," at and on Twitter, @ewellingtonphl.
September 13, 2005 |
Being here at Fashion Week feels very weird while so many people are still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. The designers showcased at this twice-yearly clothing extravaganza at the Bryant Park tents are the highest of the high end. Buyers from posh stores sit up front and take copious notes on what to order. Stylists get a first glimpse of what to dress their celebrity clients in. Goodie bags are full of perfume and makeup. Loud, thumping music puts the audience in a dance trance.
February 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK - This year's New York Fashion Week ended on a decidedly flapperish note. Designers dotted their collections with cloches, menswear styling, plush furs, and velvet gowns with a chicness that hasn't been appreciated since the Roaring Twenties. Maybe it's the subliminal influence of HBO's hit Boardwalk Empire . Coincidentally, I ran into the show's Michael Kenneth Williams in front of Lincoln Center this week. Or it could be fashion's constant preoccupation with everything Coco Chanel - right now we are in an early-Chanel phase, focusing on the corset-free, pared-down looks Chanel introduced to women in the mid-teens, forever changing our style of dress.
February 24, 2012
THIS PAST week my Street Gazing eye has taken me out of town, to New York for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. I checked out the runway shows, attended lots of parties and most importantly, checked out the street styles of New Yorkers. I spied celebrities, fashion magazine editors, bloggers and many fashionistas rocking their sky-high, red-soled Christian Louboutin heels, Hermes Birkin bags and statement shades. The best-dressed gentlemen wore patterned overcoats that were easily complemented by scarves, hats and wing tip shoes.
September 27, 2012 |
After six years of toiling, not to mention the fierce fight they won to brand a single fashion week in the City of Brotherly Love, Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott seem to have finally perfected their formula. The duo - who run FBH-The Agency, a modeling and fashion-show production company - presented five days worth of sleek events last week that featured an accessories party, a networking cocktail hour, a black-tie gala, and two runway shows, all under the well-earned label FBH-The Agency Philadelphia Fashion Week.
October 24, 2006 |
Fashion and celebrity have been walking the same runway for some time now - stars hog fashion magazine covers and launch self-named lines, designers covet the stars for photo ops and red-carpet twirls from here to Cannes. So it should come as no surprise that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios (whew!), which wrapped here Thursday after 30-plus shows, seemed less about buyers, editors and fashion industry folk and more about the known and wanna-be-known who were ushered into front rows.
September 15, 2005 |
It just makes sense that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, would want to be a part of the Fashion Week hoopla. So Monday night, 12 models from UPN's America's Next Top Model waltzed, skulked and sashayed down an elevated runway at Times Square Studios showing a collection of fall fashions pieced together from Wal-Mart's house brands: George, Faded Glory, and No Boundaries. The result was eclectically cool and, of course, affordable. "We thought this would be a good way to spotlight our fall collection and show customers that we are fashionably relevant," said Celia Clancy, Wal-Mart's vice president of product development.
September 15, 2006 |
Some industry purists are loath to admit it, but the filming this morning of Project Runway's season finale under the Bryant Park tents is the hottest ticket in town. It's such a big deal that Bravo network reps waited until Wednesday to send out invitations. And just having the precious cobalt-blue card trimmed with yellow stitching doesn't guarantee you'll get in. The clipboard-wielding women in black who greet audience members with stern faces and "the lists" will have the final say on who, as Runway host Heidi Klum might put it, will be "in" and who will be "out.
February 15, 2005 |
To say Philadelphia is becoming the next style center may be a little premature. That would mean giving up our Eagles jerseys and too-snug low-rider jeans. But at Fall 2005 Fashion Week, it's fair to say, locally connected designers put Philadelphia on the nation's radar. The big names, Behnaz Sarafpour and Ralph Rucci, showed their sparkling collections in spaces packed with note-taking fashionistas, department-store buyers, and high-society ladies, Chihuahuas in tow. Main Liner Tory Burch opened to the press her 33d Avenue studio, lined with shoes and outfits showing Moroccan and Native American influences.