On Friday the 13th, Bryant Park (amongst other smaller venues) has opened its tents for the fashion frenzy that is Fashion Week. Some designers, sensitive to the economic times, have decided to hold their fashion shows in private viewing, cut down the number of attendees (Marc Jacobs cut down the number of attendees from 2,000 to 700), or banish (at least for the F/W 09 season) all shows. However, lowering the prices of their exquisite duds hasn’t been one of the ways to “embrace” the economic situation, except perhaps for Vera Wang who showed her Lavender Label (a line to be priced far less than her Ready To Wear Vera Wang label) to an exclusive crowd two weeks before the official Fashion Week start.
So far, emerging and on the rise designers such as Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, Thakoon and Jason Wu (yes he designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown) have shown their collections to an eager crowd of buyers, celebs, press, amongst others who have good enough connections to get them a seat inside the tent.
The models of the moment (Toni Garn, Karlie Kloss) are making their way down the runway looking fresh, skinny, and every bit the teenager they are—but they do the job and they do it well. Seems that the controversy of the uber lanky girl from Eastern Europe has dwindled, and we can now all focus once again on the magnificent clothes that the designers put their life and soul into.
New York still has many more fantastic collections to show but the next stop for the designers, models and celebs : London (February 20 – 25) and with this once quiet fashion week city gaining a lot more attention, this season promises to be another quirky and energetic set as only London can produce.