Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fashion Week: Herve Leger (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Herve Leger by Max Azria's Fall 2009 presentation, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Carolina Herrera (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Carolina Herrera's Fall 2009 presentation, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Max Azria (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Max Azria's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Tracy Reese (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Tracy Reese's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Miss Sixty (Video)

Here's an excerpt of Miss Sixty's Fall 2009 presentation at Byrant Park, courtesy of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fashion Week: Halston (Video)

For Fall 2009, Halston decided to forego a full-on fashion show and present its collection via video format. Here's the design house's Fall 2009 presentation.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Front Row Etiquette?

A little Fashion Week babble from Barney's New York's Simon Doonan (courtesy of NY Mag the Cut blog):

How do you feel about public displays of affection in the front row?
I don’t care if people have sexual intercourse in the front row! I wish people were more uninhibited at fashion shows. I would love to see people eating Subway sandwiches and drinking Big Gulps. —Simon Doonan

Photo: Simon Doonan

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria (Video)

Here's an excerpt from the latest BCBG Max Azria Fall 2009 presentation, held at Byrant Park Feb. 13.

Video source: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fashion Week: Thuy

Designer Thuy Diep is a person who embraces the subtle elegance. For fall 2009, Diep stuck to her basics of easy seperates such as tailored jackets and sheath dresses that clung to the body. Her strength though, seems to be the few coats she presented in her closely edited collection, which came in a delightful range of colors and shapes.

The Thuy collection exudes a sense of ease and feminine mystic while not compromising on certain playful details such as a balloon sleeve or beadings on a cream cocktail dress. It will be interesting to see how Diep's quiet elegance will translate in future seasons. -- Edith Moy.

Photos from top: Thuy Fall 2009 Collection.

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Fashion Week: DVF (Video)

A detailed commentary about Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2009 Nomad collection will be here soon. In the meantime, please check out a video from her latest collection.

Video source: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fashion Week: Malan Breton

Being voted off season three's Project Runway hasn't dampened Malan Breton's dreams to become a fashion designer. In fact, season after season, Breton's unwavering determination to present American couture in his point-of-view only made his craft better. His Fall 2009 collection is one of the best we've seen so far, using exquisite fabrics such as tulle and organza but executed in day-to-day wear. This is a collection that is truly day-to-night, a refreshing detour from Breton's usual night-time only pret-a-porter.

Breton chose to present a smaller collection in a lofty gallery space in Soho - a befitting environment given today's economy. (Remember, he showed his Spring collection at the Tents.) Attendees and photographers alike were able to mingle with models - who served as live mannequins wearing his majestic outfits.

There were a few cocktail shifts cut close to the body but accented with intricate beadings or Chinese coins. Silk taffeta long-sleeve french cuff shirts were paired with wide-legged wool pants for the day and a dramatic tulle and lace-ball skirt for night.

The winning outfit of the night? A Mica feather-covered winged dolman jacket paired with a simple but sophisticated strapless dress. These are wearable couture for the very elegant, sexy and sophisticated woman. It will be interesting to see what Breton will come up next for his Spring season. -- Edith Moy.

Photos from top: Malan Breton Fall 2009 Collection.

Photo source: Getty Images.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fashion Week: Graey

Janet Kim of Graey has romance in mind for her Fall 2009 collection. It's very fitting especially when she debuted her show one day before Valentine's Day. Her presentation, even though small and intimate with about 13 outfits, it's a well edited collection catered for a sexy, sophisticated woman who likes a bit of fun.

For Fall, Kim used a variety of silk and chiffon that juxtaposes in wearable silhouettes and colors. Her collection of cocktail dresses range from waist-defining one-shoulder numbers to plain shifts that have slight trapeze shapes that drape beautifully. Her wide use of colors - from pale green to a mix of bright magenta and orange - shows her range of feminine sensibility. This is a designer who loves the demure but she's not afraid to be vivacious at the same time.

In an economy where unemployment and recession are unfortunately the tour-de-force, it's very fitting and refreshing to see a young designer understanding the tough times. Kim chose to do a sensible show in an intimate setting. It also helps to have a little brother who's a World Poker Champion (according to the press kit, used some of his $2.5 million winnings to finance the collection) to help bank-roll the line. Aimed for the young, affluent, contemporary crowd, it will be interesting to see what Kim will come up next. -- Edith Moy.

Photos: Graey Fall 2009 Collection.

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Maybelline & Marie Claire Give Free Cab Rides

In order to tout its new show Running In Heels on Style Network, Marie Claire, alongside with cosmetic giant Maybelline, will offer Fashion Week attendees free taxi rides from the Bryant Park tents on February 19.

Cab riders will also receive Lash Stiletto Mascara shoe bag and a deluxe full size Lash Stiletto Mascara sample, according to the Fashion Week Daily.

MAC to Provide Make-up for 75 Shows

M.A.C. Cosmetics will be a dominant beauty source this season with services provided for 75 shows during New York Fashion Week, according to the Fashion Week Daily.

M.A.C. will be making up models at Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, Costello Tagliapietra, Rodarte, Doo.Ri, and Zac Posen shows, among others, the Fashion Week Daily said. The cosmetic giant will also provide back-stage makeup at shows in London, Milan and Paris.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New York Fashion Week Fall 2009 Schedule

For all your fashionista out there, here's a low-down of this season's fashion week.

Click here for the Fall 2009 schedule at Byrant Park.

Click here for off-site events, courtesy of Modem Online.

Picture credit: Sketch courtesy of Terexov for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fashion Week Moves to Lincoln Center

It's official! Fashion Week will move out of its current Byrant Park location to the Upper West Side - to Lincoln Center, to be exact.

After years of chatter about disrupting precious community park space, New York City, along with IMG Seventh on Sixth and the Council of Fashion Designers America announced that starting Fall 2010, the new home of New York Fashion Week will be at Lincoln Center's Damosch Park - also home of the Big Apple Circus in the winter.

We must say, the choice is a much better location than a previous favorite - the roof top of Port Authority. It is said that Damosch Park is 25 percent bigger in terms of square footage than Byrant Park.

So enjoy your last two seasons in Midtown and your Koi lunches. Starting next year, the city's fashionistas have to find new places for lunch in between fashion shows.

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Marc Jacobs to Cut Fashion Show Guest List

According to New York Magazine's The Cut blog, Marc Jacobs would cut its upcoming fashion show's guest list by 1,300. Citing the economy and the ballooning costs to maintain the show, Marc Jacobs is cutting the number of invitees to 700 from 2,000.

Here's what Jacobs' business partner, Robert Duffy has to say about the subject:

"This isn't the time to spend the money to entertain the entire world…. Everybody thinks it costs the same money to entertain 500 people as opposed to 2,000 [when you've got the space]," Duffy continued. "It doesn't. All those 2,000 people still need to be seated, they still need to check in, this one needs this, that one needs that, and you know what? It's very costly."

The show will be showing at its usual spot, the 69th Regiment Armory, despite earlier issues with a bribery indictment and fines with one of the site's managers. According to NY Mag, typically 1,100 sit while 900 stand, but this season only 500 to 700 will sit while 200 will stand, with virtually all of the standing spots this season going to employees.

See the original article here.

Photo source: New York Magazine.

Olivier Theyskens Leaving Nina Ricci?

Fashion Week Daily confirmed late last week that fashion-designer extrordinare Olivier Theysken would be leaving Nina Ricci. The blogsphere has been circulating this rumor since mid-December, following Theysken's much talked-about Spring 2009 presentation.

Here's what Fashion Week Daily has to say about the subject:

"Theyskens then replaced Lars Nilsson as artistic director at Nina Ricci in late 2006. Spring 2009 was his fourth and most controversial collection. Industry sources say that Ricci brass sat down with Theyskens in November to discuss adjusting future collections to the needs of the commercial market. Despite these efforts, it appears that Theyskens' tenure at Ricci is now in jeopardy.

Nina Ricci is owned by Spanish conglomerate Puig. The president of its fashion division, Mario Grauso, is widely believed to be one of the most astute businessmen in the fashion industry, known for his creativity and vision. He did not respond to repeated requests for comment."

Photos from top: Nina Ricci Spring 2009 Collection.

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