With well over 100 runway shows and
presentations plus countless parties at venues around the city -
including from top names such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and
Ralph Lauren, which is marking its 50th anniversary on Friday
with a Central Park gala - buyers, media and fashion cognoscenti
will be hard-pressed to fit in smaller, lesser-known houses.
New York Fashion Week: The Shows returns to its full-week length
after last year's curtailed six-day schedule ahead of London,
Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks brought an even-more frenetic
The social media revolution has brought an immediacy and lighter
touch to fashion, experts say, with many designers harking back
this season to the free-wheeling 1980s for inspiration.
The "80s are a big trend," said Julee Wilson, Essence magazine's
fashion and beauty director. "Not only in the fall, but I think
it will continue into the spring."
Fashion Bible Vogue concurred, calling the 80s and 90s "the
most-referenced decades in fashion at the moment."
"We're getting nostalgic," Wilson said, "kind of crazy with the
fashion" and "going back to having a lot of fun," she reflected,
citing concepts like pairing socks with heels, sandals or
An 80s staple she sees coming back is the power suit -- not
"boring power suits ... but bold, in-your-face," Wilson said.
"You're going to stand out and make statement."
In keeping with the decade's flash, metallics will feature
heavily for spring.
But Fashion Week will have both poignant and pointed notes as
well, notably the first show by top handbag brand Kate Spade
since its founder and namesake committed suicide in June.
Similarly, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of
disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein who is facing criminal
rape and sexual assault charges, is returning after canceling
her February presentation. But the show is "by appointment
Pop superstar Rihanna will help close the week on a decidedly
lighter note with a glitzy party featuring her Savage x Fenty
lingerie line, much of it available online immediately after the
show, unlike in the old days when shoppers would have to wait
for the latest looks to hit store racks.
(Editing by Chris Michaud)
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