As Fashion Week in New York prepares to be held at Bryant Park for the last time in February, Ruth Thinlay - who creates the fashion calendar - has ensured us that it's last time at the beloved Bryant Park will definitely be a big one. Aiming to match, if not beat last season's record of 299 shows and presentations, the New York fashion community will be able to take advantage of a full calendar of events held at the tents here for the last time. And why not wear the place out, if after all it will be the last time fashion week will be held there before it relocates to Damrosch.
"It is bound to be quite a trek to 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, but Lincoln Center has already made strategic moves to make the fashion crowd feel right at home. Next month, Vogue alum Stephanie Winston Wolkoff will start in her new role as Lincoln Center’s director, fashion week. She will be the liaison between Lincoln Center and the fashion industry, including designers, retailers, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and IMG Fashion, which organizes Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week." The Cut revealed. So we'd better get practicing running in heels, ladies... but for the meantime, enjoy the time we have left at Bryant Park.
See, the job market isn't so bad! At least not for Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, who served as Vogue's special events director until June and formerly planned fashion's biggest party, the Met Costume Institute Gala. Winston-Wolkoff has just been named Lincoln Centre's fashion week director. Not a bad transition, right?
The job duties include internal and external consulting for Lincoln Centre (which will host its first fashion week in September 2010) and fashion-industry players, including the CFDA, IMG Fashion and top designers. Winston-Wolkoff's new boss will be Reynold Levy, president of Lincoln Centre.
"Welcoming Fashion Week to Lincoln Center is an important part of our commitment to making the campus more open and accessible, particularly since design has played an integral role in the artistic life of our 12 resident organizations for many decades," said Levy. "Stephanie's understanding of the specific needs of the fashion industry in tandem with her experience in organizing high profile, logistically complex events, will be invaluable as a resource in ensuring that Fashion Week's presence at Lincoln Centre will be very special - exciting, convenient and efficient."
Chloe S/S10 brought us back to basics. Although, some die hard Chloe fans were left wanting more when only a few floaty numbers filed out at the end, after all this is what the brand is loved for. With the last collection oozing glamour and dripping with diamontes, this season was all about the cut and the signature Hannah MacGibbon masculine tailoring. Teaming oversized blazers with high-waisted pants, the show was easy chic at its best bringing an easy sensibility straight to your summer wardrobe.
Spotted at Fashion Week, this trend-setter showed everyone how to do the Chloe look perfectly, nipping the pants in at the waist with a super skinny belt and rolling the hems up for the ultimate Parisian vibe. For a fresh contrast against the slouchy tailoring, team with ultra flat gladiators this spring, we know your feet will thank you.
Marco Zanini's first collection for Rochas didn't come out with a bang. Instead, the designer gave us a taste of the '30s, with dignified shirt dresses, simple trousers, mid-calf skirts and sweet little day shorts. The prints were a bit Dries van Noten, with rich solids of mulberry, lemongrass, teal and caramel.
Zanini wanted to bring out the French colonial spirit, he told the New York Times. "What is French apart from the Eiffel Tower?" he said. "I didn’t want a cliché, so I looked East, to the colonies, to Indochine."
Our favourites were the nuanced touches - a flower on a belt, a muted ribbon on a hat - that took the collection to the next level. Mr Zanini's going places, we say.
We don't know about you, but we've been playing a game of fashion Where's Waldo. Top models Sigrid Agren, Toni Garrn and Georgina Stojiljkovic haven't been making their usual zillion fashion-week appearances, and we've been wondering why.
It seems, according to Fashionologie, that the three might be taking a season off to focus on studying. Myf Shepherd, the face of Gucci, has also sat out of London Fashion Week so far, and only walked a few shows in New York. (Granted, she did make 3.1 Phillip Lim.) It looks like she's thinking of taking a break, too.
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Holy Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ralph Lauren has looked to America's heartland for a note of optimism in hard financial times. And ladies and gents, his Midwestern perseverance led him to denim on denim. On denim.
Lauren, who turns 70 next month and has a four-decade-strong business to his name, received a standing ovation for his farmland-oasis collection. His idyllic picture of prairie living translated to 'Blossom'-style pink floral dresses, shredded and cuffed boyfriend jeans, and a cowgirl belt or two.
"I believe in the resilient spirit of America," Lauren's programme notes read. "Hard times seem to sharpen our capacity for idealism and our optimism that tomorrow will be a better day.
"I am inspired by the character of the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies living authentically through challenging times."
The 3.1 Phillip Lim customer will always be youthful, probably, which makes flirty, abstract dresses like the above style, worn by Karlie Kloss, ideal. But there's something to be said for maturing, which Lim definitely did this season. Sure, maybe his woman wears her power suit with shorts, or trousers rolled to the ankle, but she has places to go either way.
And so it was grown-up clothing on the Lim runway, but not without the designer's signature whimsical touches. A floaty blouse was drenched with polka dots. A tuxedo jacket worn as a dress glittered with silver sequins. And as for this season's increasingly popular crocodile print, Lim chose to splash that with sequins, too.
With a selection of it girls (Leighton Meester, Alexa Chung, Olivia Thirlby) sitting front-row, Lim seems to have popularity under control. And we don't think a standout collection for spring can hurt, either.