Dress: Cacharel. vest, Michael Kors. Boots, Alain Quilici
Starting the day off with this outfit was just the right way to lift up my spirits. I wore a short sleeve leather dress and bare legs in the middle of February… who would have thought! (As you can tell in this picture I was pretty psyched just to be around the tents so early in the morning). NYFW has gotten off to a great start and the Upper West Side has never seen so many posers. The ultimate is when I hear “All I’ve eaten is a Fiber One bar ” – it reminds me of the Sh*t Fashion people Say video maximized ten-fold. Here’s a quick round-up of Day One.
The primary inspiration behind BCBG Max Azria’s Fall collection was an artful proposition: to synthesize shape and color in new elongated proportions to create a geometric abstraction. It was in essence a tribute to 1970’s nostalgia. This was accomplished by the use of color blocking hues of beiges and neutrals, sprinkled over pops of burnt orange, pink, and oxblood in forms of dresses, outerwear, jumpsuits with full legs, and killer furs. In theory it worked and upon glancing at the runway, it looked like a semblance of bohemian and prairie that threw up on each other creating this cool patchwork effect. Pleating was everywhere which landed a loose unstructured silhouette.
Inspired by vintage lace from the 1920’s Kaelen turned out a collection of lace dresses, laser cut-out shorts and suits. Notice the Deco influences.
Giovanna Randall’s collection for Honor was give the ladylike seal of approval with incredible tailoring and craftsmanship. Lace-fitted dresses, wool tweeds, jumpsuits, and laser-cut dresses, tiny black lace shorts, and the violet mohair arm warmers were stand-outs on the runway. Check out the eye-popping color waves of violets, blush, and purples.
And lastly, Tadashi Shoji hearkened back to the Golden Age of Shanghai. Using opulent fabrics such as velvets, chiffons and silks paired with brilliant colors like flame, seagrass, this collection was a tribute to just that.
This being fashion week, I will be mainly on my iPhone tweeting from the runways and providing mini blog posts about the shows. You should follow me on Twitter right here and check out the looks the trends and all the fun. For now. And back to the tents!
All photos: Michael Crook