Why should anyone care about fashion? I’ve heard that line many times in my life, probably more than I care to count! The answer to that question isn’t simple, but I’ll try to put it all into perspective. Twice a year I travel to New York City to take in the spectacle that is Fashion Week. During this week, clothing designers, both famous and not so famous, preview their ideas about style in order to receive feedback about what we, the public, will want to wear.
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Fashion shows are all about putting new ideas out there for people to see and possibly get behind. But, what do people who actually attend Fashion Week wear? What is it like behind the scenes? This week, just for fun, I randomly selected some shots that encompass many years, and various locations, to give you a glimpse into the circus and theatre that is Fashion Week. As always, you can note some cool trends, or some over-the-top looks, but one thing you won’t be is bored! See if you can spot the celebrities I’ve crossed paths with, as well as some of the denizens of the stylish set of NYC.
I asked my dear friend, and menswear-expert Kim Cihlar, about the latest looks for dudes, blokes and regular guys this week. Here’s her spin on what’s in …
KIM: The biggest trend seen during the New York Fashion Week men's shows was the warm-and-cozy “Revenant”-style wrap coat. Not necessarily done in fur, like the movie. This trend was interpreted by designers using thick, textural, nubby wrapped scarves like those seen at the CWST presentation, big sophisticated ponchos at Garciavelez, and even capes, like the super hero Hoodie at Greg Lauren. Brett Johnson also had some amazing options.
The design duo Mark and Estel are very unique in the fashion world. As I waited with the rest of the photographers for their show to begin at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, I didn’t know what to expect from the collection they were about to show that afternoon.
What does minimalist actually mean? To me it suggests a lack of bells and whistles, or it could also mean a lack of embellishment and flourishes. We have explored this idea in fashion over the last 100 years or so in different periods. The Art Deco period, Mid-Century Modern, 60s Modern, and then later in the 1990s a resurgence of many combinations of the above stated style periods. Simple chic designs never go out of style really.It is, therefore, a movement marrying form with function AND fashion. For example, for winter we have Korean Fashion Designer, Leyu, who showed her stripped- down styles last February at what would be the last Mercedes Benz sponsored Fashion Week in New York City. When you scroll through our slideshow of her garments below, some elements will become apparent to the viewer. Let’s go trend spotting!
Leave it to the designers at Nicholas K to bring all kinds of visual references to their Fall and Winter 2015 collection which bowed last February at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. Sometimes as viewers we may not see the ultimate wearability of some of these over-the-top ensembles. But, on closer inspection, you realize that designers want to give us ideas we can integrate into our own fashion choices. Not many people do literal takes on what they’ve seen on the runway. In other words, sometimes you just have to enjoy the view, and create your own take-away from what you’ve seen.
You never know what you’re going to see on the runways of New York Fashion Week. It’s often fun, fashionable and fresh, but other times you just scratch your head and wonder who in the world would ever wear that?! Still, the one thing that almost never changes is the way people attending the September shows (spring and summer fashion for 2016) and February shows (Fall and winter fashion for 2016) dress to impress! Throughout the city during those weeks, numerous venues from art galleries, ballrooms, and even a former post office, are transformed into beacons that lure the fashion followers in droves. I set up my camera outside the former post office, Moynihan Station, one sunny morning to capture what “those in the know” were wearing.
As I take a moment this week to collect my thoughts after returning from New York Fashion Week, I thought it would be fun to show you a few more inspirational looks for winter from my vast collection of photographs taken at the event over the years. Colorful fashions are always the way to go during these last weeks before we head toward spring! They help remind us of the change in season just around the corner and keep our spirits on the up and up! Start getting your color-fashion collection together at the Goodwill retail store near you!
Oh, how we all love winter in the Midwest! Snow showers, cold weather, and bundling up are the norm for us this time of year. While we love our layering and cozy sweaters a lot, now is when we start to think of the nicer weather to come; and with it the new fashion ideas for spring. While not all the ideas presented at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week are necessarily new, they are an accumulation of food for fashion thought nonetheless. I have chosen a few photographs that I took during the runway shows that illustrate some of the looks that we could all love for spring and summer in 2014.
Each time I return from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, I sift through all the thousands of photographs I took and look for the most interesting and wearable outfits that folks actually display at this twice-yearly fashion pow-wow, so that I can show you, dear reader, just what goes into creating a memorable and stylish ensemble. Let’s take a peek at the clothing choices some of the movers and shakers made and break down the elements into easy to swallow fashion terminology.
We all know that models look good when they’re posing in designer clothes for the camera, but what about those folks who just view the world as their runway? Whenever I’m in New York for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) as I am now, I love to take pictures of the people attending the shows as well as those hanging around Lincoln Center, where a vast majority of the shows are held.