Believe it or not it came and went very fast and with the last days of Paris Fashion Week slipping through our fingers like silk, I give you a flash report of New York Fashion Week.
To start allow me to say that I like presentations a lot. The reason being is because you can admire the beautiful garments up and close and at your own paste. There you can always find the young, the not so young but talented and the up and coming designers. This season the highlights on presentations were on the not so shockingly young, 20-year-old fashion designer Mathieu Mirano. He has been gathering buzz in the luxury fashion market since the debut of his Fall collection last year and just recently endorsed by celebrities like Nicole Richie at the Alma Awards. The New York native, Parsons-dropout Mirano’s collection was composed of dresses, coats, jackets, gowns, blouses, and pants with splashes of high glamour and theatricality blend textures of black leathers and dragon scale embroideries throughout the line, mixed with silk chiffons and organzas, plus heavy details like exposed zippers, claw studs, and metal dragon heads and talons. He had his own line of shoes to accessorize his beautiful 22 looks. Side by side or perhaps faster in the race was, long time established designer Angel Sanchez showing 20 looks of pure delicate craftsmanship with a loyal following by the glamorous ladies of society and Michael De Paulo’s richly beaded collection presented at the Empire Hotel rooftop.
The king of embellishment and evening wear Naeem Khan wao us all again with a runway of 43 looks of a glorious color mixture collection inspired by the Duchess of Windsor, His ever beautiful and perfect back cut offs, sleeveless bodices, remarkable caftans and a touch of RTW presented by rose printed fabrics evolved to compass day-wear and separates, keeping true to the high embellishment and timeless glamour’. The collection was accessorized by beaded head bands and his wife’s newly launched jewelry collection, Ranjana Khan. Almost giving him a run for his bead was Reem Acra who had practically every major stylist in attendance. Evening was evoked through the use of geometric cut materials, molded to the body and accented with Reem Acra‘s signature use of embellishment. Her Ivory to pink ombre brushed stroke beaded gown is rumored to have already been chosen for award season by Hollywood trendsetters but like on every red carpet we won’t know until it’s seen. Jenny Packman’s gowns were also in full embellishment made perfect for a princess. Zac Posen made a statement closing his show with models CoCo Rocha in a magnificent layered peplum ivory gown and Naomi Campbell side by side. Mr. Valentino made an appearance to the DVF show and Fashion Police was filming live from inside the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tents.
Outside the tents Jason Wu, took a walk on the dark side for spring, a similar trend of darkness was followed by Oliver Thaykens for Thaykens’ Theory and Prabal Gurung. Peter Som was brilliantly chic in pastels, Christian Siriano showed pretty and dreamy dresses encrusted in pearls. Victoria Beckham showed a collection of clothes for women who like simplicity, unadorned and although to critics it seems as if they were for very thin women I though they were chic and after all the glitzes of the week it was quite refreshing. Oscar De La Renta presented a parade of high – low cuts, true RTW and a superb declaration of his love for women in a open letter published in WWD, after he was harshly criticized by New York Time’s tough lady Ms. Kathy Horyn.
The weather was amazing, warm and sunny skies permitted the enjoyment of rooftop lounges presented by the DailyFrontRow, Victoria’s Secret, Allure. If your choice was to enjoy a little mystery and quietness; The folks at the Mercedes – Benz Star Lounge, now under new CEO, but still within the supervision of Adam Paige and Jeff Geof continued to provide the ultimate luxurious setting. I visited a few times with a friend and he exclaimed “ is like a totally different world in here ”, as we sipped on champagne and amazing adoveres.
Beading, pastels or deep darks were without a doubt the tone set by New York designers.
Parties were on full swing but I only attended a few. The opening of Brian Atwood store on Madison Avenue, Jason Wu + La Perla party and of course what fashionista would not attend the Carine Roitfield’s CR Fashion Book Launch. Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy was there with a new mustache supporting the editrix on the adventure of her own glossy along with a parade of super models; Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Upton and Lindsey Wixon. We closed the week by attending the official closing party for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hosted by Badgley Mischka at The Stone Rose lounge in Columbus Circle. It was a great fashion week, it flashed thru and we are ready for more.