I was in New York recently for the major spring market that follows Fashion Week. Fashion Week is a chaotic scene of runway shows attended by celebrities and socialites. The purpose of Fashion Week runway shows is to present the creative vibe and essence of a designer’s new line for a season and to whip the fashion press into a frenzy. Many of the looks are more extreme to make a point. After the runway shows, fashion executives get to work modifying looks for real women, pricing the collection, and making the line ready for fashion buyers to shop in New York showrooms.
New York was glorious – as it can be when just a hint of fall is in the air. Just being in the city when the air is crisp and people are in a cosmopolitan bustle is exhilarating.
Designers work to have their showroom in a “cool” part of town. Some are in the Meatpacking District, some Soho, some in tony uptown showrooms with expansive views of the park. Additionally the Coterie International Fashion Exhibition aka trade show was at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Our tongues were hanging out from dashing from one side of the city to the other.
Some new trend directions for next spring and on:
- Easiest Trend to Wear Trend: Back interest details such as envelope back openings, back cut-outs, and racer backs. It is a look that is business in the front and party in the back. Only a little cut-out or peek-a-boo is needed.
- Worst New Trend: overalls. It’s cute on a freckle-faced ten year-old, and a super model can pull it off. For the rest of us, forget it!
- Best Trend for tall, beautiful, fit fashionistas: Crop top with pencil skirt. Tummy baring days are making an effort at a comeback. And it really looks great on the right person.
- Trend that makes the most sense: Athletic details. The practicality of athletic wear is translated into beautiful silk sweatshirts, mesh and perforated detailing, crepe de chine running shorts, and playful skorts.
- Biggest Fashion Week Runway Hit: Narcisco Rodriguez, the Cuban-American designer. Buyers were drooling over his creations in the showroom. He is a master of draping. I love the quote from Narciso in the October issue of InStyle magazine. “When you wear something exceptional, it actually changes the way you feel about yourself. That’s the value of quality pieces.” Well said.