Front row celebrity spotting has been a bit boring this week but that all changed when Beyoncé did her rounds of shows today.
Considering the amazing looks that she's been sporting recently like the bright orange one-shouldered Lanvin dress that she wore the VMAS earlier this month, it was disappointing to see her go all Destiny's Child circa 2002 with this gold sequin dress. But I can't really begrudge her. She is the queen of all things sparkly after all.
Besides helping to officially kick of New York Fashion Week, today's Ruffian show was even more important to designers Brian Wold and Claude Morais. It marked the first time the designers have shown at the official Mercedes Benz venue and they just happened to be one of the first brands to show their collection at the new Lincoln centre venue.
The collection - which moved away from the eighties disco feel from last season - was fresh with a generally light and airy colour palette that you would expect for spring/summer but with flashes of olives, royal blues and animal print thrown in for good measure.
Focusing on their core feminine customers and ladies that lunch, the designers presented a collection of mainly dresses. For a lunch date they offered the perfect belted shirt dress, while also presenting strapless styles in royal blue with ruching along the bust and a simple (but timeless) silk strappy floor length option. But it wasn't all fluffy. My favourite look was a structured ivory jacket layered over a beautiful olive top teamed with strong wide leg trousers but unfortunately, these styles didn't appear enough.
Despite sticking with the same management since the beginning of career and following them from Ford to Supreme, Chanel Iman has decided to join IMG in a bid to take her career to the next level. Case in point: last November she signed a three year deal with Victoria's Secret with more big things allegedly planned for the near future. “I feel like, with the move to Lincoln Center and Fashion’s Night Out going global, this season is all about change and evolving," she said. "I have wanted that in my career as well, which is why I’m so excited to be with IMG now and working with such a great team. It’s the celebration of a new me."
Last night saw Anna Wintour host the much anticipated Fashion's Night Out fashion show. The show - which is New York's largest ever public show - was designed to get the public excited for Fashion's Night Out which takes place in America on Friday.
It seems that it's all change for New York Fashion Week this season, and we're not just talking about the change in venue. Lincoln Centre's new fashion director Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has certainly made her mark - at the beginning of this year she announced that fashion week gate-crashers would be a thing of the past, and she's stuck to her word.
According to IMG, roughly 80 per cent of the designers showing this season are jumping on board with Winston Wolkoff's plan to send out bar-coded invitations, meaning guests will be able to check themselves in and find their seats using kiosks at the venue. The implications of the coded system have been put in force to ensure a smoother, more efficient admittance for guests, however it will also wipe out any gate-crashers, as well as allowing publicists to detect no-shows, enabling them to fill any empty seats.
Alongside her plans for technologically advanced admittance, Winston Wolkoff has revealed that she aims to make Lincoln Centre's devotion to fashion a year round thought, rather than just season to season. "I want to see fashion on par with all of the other cultural activities here - the ballet, the opera," she told the Wall Street Journal. "I really do think that it's going to be very important that fashion at Lincoln Centre becomes a year-round initiative."
Back in May, Zac Posen managed to perhaps inadvertently upset his American fans (particularly those loyal New Yorkers) by declaring that he would like to show in Paris this following season, where he feels his clothes are better understood. So while this season will be the first for Posen to show in the French Capital - "I always thought this was the city I was meant to work in after graduating from Central St Martins," he tells British Vogue - the young designer will still be around at New York Fashion Week, with his lower-priced line, Z-Spoke.
The move makes sense, seeing as Z-Spoke is stocked in Saks Fifth Avenue, and so he will show on the Saturday evening at the Stage in Lincoln Centre. It doesn't seem like his show in New York is to soften the blow to his fans in the US, however, as he recently added, "Z Spoke is about creating a new American look which is effortlessly fun and playful. Collection is emotional - all about textures, construction and techniques which are true to the legacy of French fashion."
We coming baring sad news. William Tempest has decided to move his Spring/Summer 2011 show to New York in September for fashion week. The 24 year-old has been showing at London's Vauxhall Fashion Scout, after receiving their Fashion Merit award for his debut show, for the last three seasons but is ready for a change.
"Showing on-schedule in New York is a fantastic opportunity for me to present my collection to the press, buyers and stylists in the US. New York has such an amazing and positive energy and I can't wait to show my collection there," he told Vogue.com.
We can't say that the move was a surprise. After the critical acclaim of his recent collections, it was only a matter of time before the designer began thinking about potential opportunities. According to Vogue.com, the designer's show will take place on Monday September 13th at the new Mercedes Benz IMG venue at Lincoln Centre.
Anna Wintour and her Fashion's Night Out team are planning on outdoing themselves this September - by hosting the largest public fashion show in the history of New York, in a pledge to educate the masses on the trends of AW10. The runway show is set to host 1,500 random ticket-holding guests, and will star over 200 models showcasing pieces from different designers, (hand picked by editors at Vogue, of course).
CBS are expected to hold a one-hour documentary special for the event, which will take place on the 7th of September at NYFW's new home, the Lincoln Centre. The event will even have it's own clothing line - granted this will be tees and hoodies - however if they're good enough for Miss Wintour to wear, then the memorabilia will surely be worth the money. SPEC Entertainment, who have held events for Tom Ford, Vera Wang, DKNY and Stella McCartney to name a few will be producing the night alongside the Vogue team, and a portion of proceeds from ticket sales is set to go to the New York City AIDS Fund. So - a fashionable night out created by Anna Wintour herself, educational in trends and all in aid of charity? Let's hope for a golden ticket...
Damrosch Park, the new location for New York Fashion Week. Image courtesy of The Cut
Whilst many of us have barely recovered from the long days of the AW10 fashion weeks, the CFDA are planning ahead with their new standards for the coming SS11 shows. Come September, New York Fashion Week is set to coincide with Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah (the holiday that celebrates a new year in the Jewish calendar), and so the council has sent out a memo, promising to be sensitive to Jewish designers who may not want to show over the two-day event.
Alongside the pledge to take Rosh Hashana into account, the CFDA has also requested that all designers stick firmly to their time allocated, as the swapping and changing of one show affects a multitude of others. Should this work, it will save showgoers running all over town in the frantic fashion we are used to, and so along with the suggestion that designers should make use of off-site venues close to the Lincoln Centre, our tired and heel clad feet should have less aches and pains come when arriving for London Fashion Week.