April 18, 2013 |
Ralph Rucci's New York Fashion Week show attracts the industry's elite: Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York; Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus' director of fashion; Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion reporter Robin Givhan; and the Rucci label's dear friend, Martha Stewart. This is a discriminating, austere, almost emotionless bunch. Still, when Rucci sends a dramatic piece down the runway, he manages to elicit a round of applause, sometimes a standing ovation. But after the clapping, the backstage handshakes, and the reviews that praise Rucci's artistic genius, the love all but disappears.
February 21, 2013 |
I giggled last week when Betsey Johnson led models through a mock workout routine wearing froufrou sportswear - carrying champagne bottles as weights. The next day, I dreamed of owning my own cap-sleeve sheaths that Badgley Mischka sent down the fall runway. And the day after that, I was surprised that the collection by the usually light and airy Nanette Lepore was edgy and black. During New York Fashion Week, I tweeted about clutch bags, blogged on hairstyles, and didn't have to guess whether any of the models were wearing red or pink lipstick.
February 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's been a bit hard to tell the difference between men's and women's runway presentations at the fall 2013 fashion shows. Nautica's Black Sail collection had its male models in banana-yellow skinny pants rolled at the ankles. Coats with oversize fur collars featured a slight A-line flare. Designer Patrik Ervell's presentation last Sunday included an iridescent, emerald-green cape with a wraparound, cowl-neck collar. Even Michael Kors - whose manly clothes are typically classic American with a dose of Old World sophistication - dressed a model Wednesday in a fuzzy, short-sleeve sweater and skinny slacks, while another wore a bright-orange, belted trench.
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.
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.
April 11, 2012 |
Prima-diva fashionista Cheryl Ann Wadlington decided it was high time she passed on some of her girly-girl knowledge. So she teamed up with veteran journalist Sonya Beard and wrote a new book, The DivaGirl's Guide to Style and Self-Respect (The Elevator Group, $15.95). It's a good fit: If there's anyone today's young stylistas will listen to, it's someone who is thoroughly convinced of her own grandeur. "I'm unapologetically fabulous," said Wadlington, CEO of Evoluer House, a local nonprofit that coaches young women on day-to-day life.
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.
February 8, 2012 |
New York Fashion Week starts Thursday, and it appears the runways will be popping with a fashion flair that's unmistakably all-American. Levi's is planning its first appearance on the runways next week. And J. Crew - a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama - will return to the Lincoln Center tents Tuesday for its second year in a row. American sportswear stars Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Max Azria, Lacoste, Tibi, and Anna Sui appear as if they will even be more heavily attended - invitation lists have closed already.
February 5, 2012 |
New York Fashion Week insiders may get invitations to runway shows for free, but folks who are willing to pay definitely have a more posh experience. When Mercedes-Benz's twice-a-year fashion-palooza begins Thursday, style reporters, newspaper and magazine editors, specialty store buyers, and models will elbow their way through crowds of celebrity bottlenecks to their seats. Paying invitation-holders will be escorted to primo vantage points, handed cocktails, and allowed to chat with designers.