The rate at which the fashion complex switches gears and surges ahead to create cohesive collections for the next season on deck is dizzying. Spring/summer and fall/winter have been joined by resort/cruise and pre-fall. Combine this with shows in four fashion capitals - Paris, London, New York, and Milan plus the requisite concepting, manufacturing, creative elements, marketing, and merchandising...you get the picture. It's a little busy. We applaud fashion designers who can keep up with these high intensity cycles and manage to produce self-possessed collections. New York Fashion Week is halfway through and these are a few of the highlight moments happening now and looking ahead.
Alexander Wang broke ranks and moved his show to the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. A collection showcasing leather collar dickeys and suited pullovers, his finale featured models on a conveyer belt donning heat activated ensembles. Positioned in front of metal vents, the clothing did like a mood body suit and shifted from black, blue, yellow and purple. In keeping with the rule of three's, it looks like fuschia and shearling will be recurring elements come autumn. However, fuschia is a great way to segway into spring so I recommend getting ahead of the curve and adding a pop of lip or a mani. Diane Von Furstenberg established her fashion house in the 70's with the iconic wrap dress. Millions of purchases and 40 years later, the house of DVF celebrated a confetti-filled runway and also has an exhibit at the LACMA. Finally, runway meets the streets with Shayne Oliver's Hood by Air presentation, kicking off with voguing. Not Conde Nast per se, but with HBA's presence, fashion week may be making room again for the street wear that once was the ear to the ground that so inspired designers.