February 18, 2016 |
NEW YORK - American designers are fighting to keep Fashion Week relevant. Between releasing collections on Instagram and scrambling to produce runway looks in six weeks instead of six months, everyone is trying to find a good formula for the future. Yet, many of our favorite on-the-catwalk designers freshened their fall 2016 looks this week with a piece of old-school apparel: dresses boasting long and longer hemlines. Creative directors at established fashion houses from Jason Wu to Carolina Herrera dropped their A-line skirts well below the knees, but not quite all the way down to drag-on-the-floor maxi.
February 19, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If spring 2015's runway looks - shown last September - were all about pared down, futuristic silhouettes, expect this fall's fashions to take you on a journey to outer space. At this year's Fall Fashion Week, ending Thursday in New York, three-quarter length skirts and cocoon coats have been both cozy and commanding. Expect to see midriff top and matching skirt (or pant) ensembles - also among the week's top looks - trending from spring into fall. It seems the higher-waisted - and the skinnier - the pants, the better, but mini bell bottoms will likely replace those tapered at the ankles.
February 13, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief Ann Shoket scouts the New York Fashion Week shows interpreting the runway trends for her teen readers, she focuses more on styling than silhouettes. So it's no wonder that the editor, 41, born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, was impressed with Marissa Webb's eponymous fall 2014 collection, expertly accessorized with furry neck muffs, pointy-toe lace-up pumps, and must-have black leather arm warmers. "She had so many cute ideas," Shoket said of Webb's Thursday afternoon grouping, pointing out that making fashion age-appropriate is more than what you wear; it's about how you wear it. "It was nice and clean with a lot of great styling tricks.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - About 15 years ago, designer Thom Browne had his own ideas about how a suit should fit. So he shortened the arms and the pant legs, opted for a flat-front trouser, and shrank everything else. The rest of the fashion world jumped on Browne's exaggerated proportions, and by 2003, he opened a bespoke tailoring shop in New York's Meatpacking District. Browne was on his way to becoming the most influential menswear designer the world had seen in 20 years, his contributions to suiting as significant as Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.
January 24, 2013 |
I can't help but wish first lady Michelle Obama had chosen a ravishing, ruby-red gown four years ago when she made her first twirl on the inaugural dance floor with the president. But this is not about me. It's about FLOTUS, and it was clear that Obama and her chosen designer Jason Wu were playing it safe back then with the white, one-shoulder gown. After all, we really didn't know either of them yet. Well, now we do. And play time is over. Obama flexed her bronze, muscled back in a stunning halter gown at the Commander-in-Chief Ball Monday night, to much applause - including my own. Watching from my living room TV, I stood up and clapped when Obama walked out to dance to Jennifer Hudson's screeching rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.
September 7, 2012
OH, TO have been a fly on the wall at last weekend's Made in America Festival when Kim Kardashian crossed paths with Beyonce . They're feuding. A source told the New York Daily News , "Kim and Beyonce barely spoke to each other. " Complicating the matter is the fact that Kardashian's man of the moment, Kanye West , is a good friend of Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z . The paper's source also said, "They were on opposite sides of the stage. Beyonce didn't even acknowledge [Kardashian] was there until the concert was almost over.
February 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Live worldwide streaming, the ability to order collections right off the runway, and an American Express Skybox Lounge are making New York Fashion Week feel more like a sporting event at the Wells Fargo Center than the industry-only style fete it once was. And it seems that this corporate influence is translating to the Lincoln Center runway in a dark and serious way. "It's a very minimalistic, very austere vibe," said Jen...
February 16, 2011 |
Fall Fashion Week's second year at New York's Lincoln Center continues to be more exclusive than its Bryant Park years (its high-tech security actually keeps out gate-crashers), but the fashion - although simple and minimalist - is inviting, not to mention glittery. Still, that sparkle doesn't evoke a party-all-the-time vibe: Skirts are longer. Gauchos abound. Layering is important. And designers such as Tracy Reese, Diane von Furstenberg, and even Philadelphia's Ralph Rucci are offering sleeveless fur vests.
February 18, 2010 |
This has to be one of the darkest Fashion Weeks ever. Not only are the majority of clothes set in grim shades of black, gray and navy, but it looks as if the designers' moods are rather dreary. And can you blame them? Fashion houses are closing. Retail outlets are shuttering. Clothes aren't selling, and they still must produce. And then last Thursday at the start of the biannual festivities, their colleague, British designer Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his apartment, having committed suicide.
September 10, 2009 |
Fall is fashion's most exciting time of year. But it also raises the most questions: What's the in shoe? Will belts be important? Are we still in a dress season? So, to guide us, I asked some of New York's hottest designers: Isaac Mizrahi, the man who chic-ified Target and stars in the brand-new Bravo reality series The Fashion Show; Jason Wu, best known for his soon-to-inhabit-the-Smithsonian inaugural gown for first lady Michelle Obama; and Tracy Reese, the delicate hand behind Plenty and her girly self-named label.