Talk of the Tents
New York Fashion Week photos, live blogging, runway highlights and celebrities.
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The inspiration: The Depression-era song “Happy Days Are Here Again” may not have been inspiration per se, but it certainly was a strong influence — though it was not the traditional peppy version that Marc Jacobs played as the models strutted the runway. It wasn’t Barbara Streisand’s ironic, slower-paced version — not even the “Glee” duets take. Instead, an hypnotic voice recited the lyrics over...Read more »
The inspiration: The now-infamous polar vortex must’ve been on the brain of Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa. His parade of plush wool and mohair dresses and coats is clearly designed to warm, of course, but also to comfort and soothe.
The vibe: Serene. This is, after all, a Calvin Klein show.
The lust-o-meter: The palette was fairly standard for this brand — primarily black and...Read more »
The inspiration: It wasn’t so much inspiration as news that fueled Ralph Lauren’s runway show. Make that shows, plural, as in two back-to-back, one of his luxe line (Ralph Lauren Collection), and the other his first-ever Polo diffusion line for women.
The vibe: Exciting, given that there's a whole new Ralph line and vision to check out. Debuts like that don’t come around very often.
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Inspiration: Hotness and yeah more hotness. Yep, Johnson’s invitation featured a red hot water bottle with a message that blared, “It’s cold outside. Betsey’s hot.” Likewise, her runway program, edged in flame graphics, showed a red burner on a stove and touted the message once again: “Betsey’s Hot.” Her concept? Rihanna meets "American Hustle," and Johnson...Read more »
The inspiration: Given the old-timey jazz music, and the models’ plastered-down bobs, it seems clear that Anna Sui was preoccupied with the 1920s, whether in Hong Kong, Shanghai or even the Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles or San Francisco
The vibe: Eclectic, sassy, maybe even a little dangerous, with a mix of patterns that's busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy-busy.
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The inspiration: In a word—Ireland. Clover Canyon's program notes featured a poem by William Butler Yeats (“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world / For I would ride with you upon the wind…”) and praised the greenest of greens, the country spires and the stouthearted spirit of the Irish. No wonder the line is called Celtic Enchantment.
The vibe: Electric. This...Read more »
Inspiration: “Visions of billowing bonfires sweeping through the Scottish Highlands,” was the inspiration for Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s runway according to notes.
The vibe: The show was, as usual, held at the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. Even before the designers get their hands on it, it’s a gorgeous space, with domed ceilings...Read more »
Inspiration: “Big Sur, Big City,” said program notes — the notion being an easy, breezy Cali casual melded with the polish and sophistication that is Kors’ calling card. The vibe: Antennae were up for this big day show at Spring Studios set on Varick Street near the Holland Tunnel. Kors has been an anchor at the tents for many years and his defection to the downtown space...Read more »
Inspiration: The designer didn’t spell it out but there was a clear edge to the collection divided into two beautifully executed parts — swanky but slightly toughed up daywear and glam, frothy looks for evening. The former was new for de la Renta, modern and a breakout from a more conservative ladies-who-lunch looks…think a studded leather suit that clung to every curve.
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The inspiration: “Dark romance … a hint of mystery … easy allure.” These were the succinct phrases Vera Wang used in her program notes to describe her new collection. We might also add “girlish goth” to the mix.
The vibe: Dark and mysterious. Wang offered a collection for the gal who likes to speak her mind — we loved the scarab sweater with the message "U bug me" — yet still flaunt her feminine...Read more »