A little snow may have slowed down the hectic start of New York Fashion Week—but it didn’t stop the show. By Isabel Wilkinson and Misty White Sidell.
Just as fashion week rolled into New York, so too did Nemo—the white-out blizzard that brought howling winds, sheets of rain and ice, along with several inches of snow.
Late on Thursday came the news that Marc Jacobs—arguably the city’s biggest designer—had rescheduled his show from Monday to Thursday of next week, which caused everyone to fret about how the blizzard might affect the jam-packed fashion week schedule. (Turns out his samples were delayed.)
A model onstage at the Sally Lapointe Fall/ Winter 2013 show on Friday.
And Katie Holmes goes barefoot for Fashion Week.
Anne Hathaway’s Lanvin Fitting: Anne Hathaway was followed by a ‘swarm’ of paparazzi on Thursday, leading the photogs on to Lanvin’s flagship boutique. It’s there that Hathaway reportedly met with the house’s creative director Alber Elbaz for a fitting. Hathaway was in town for the premiere of her film Les Misérables, and will then head to London for the BAFTA awards, making Lanvin a possible choice for her red carpet look. [WWD]
Marc Jacobs Delays Show: Marc Jacobs’s collection show is often deemed the hottest ticket of New York Fashion Week. But it looks like some of the industry’s globetrotters will miss out on the event now that Jacobs’s announced that he’s moved his show from Monday to Thursday night, effectively overlapping with the travel iternaries of editors hopping the pond that evening to make it to London Fashion Week (which starts the next day). Jacobs sites sample production delays as the culprit for his unforeseen holdup. [WWD]
For Fashion Week, Band of Outsiders traded the runway for the road with a social-media scavenger hunt around NYC. Misty White Sidell reports.
To kick off New York’s Fashion Week on Thursday, Los Angeles–based brand Band of Outsiders took style out into the streets: for his fall 2013 menswear presentation, designer Scott Sternberg sent two models out on a 12-hour scavenger hunt around Manhattan. “For me, it feels so silly to do a runway show for menswear, so that opens the field for imagination,” Sternberg said. He followed models Matt Hitt and Miles Garber around the city on a translucent flatbed truck—a command center that held Band’s new collection and a portable photo studio--to capture the boys (and the collection) in the midst of competitive fury.
Starting bright and early, both models were greeted at their respective apartments, where they had to exchange their phones for a pair of clean white underwear. “I put them on my head,” said Garber, a 22-year-old model from Los Angeles. With that auspicious start, they proceeded to scramble around Manhattan, following a series of clues that led them from meeting up with famed Momofuku pastry chef Christina Tosi to grabbing Shake Shack burgers for comedian Aziz Ansari and culminating at the brand’s after-party at The Monkey Bar. “The worst clue was getting a Woody Allen clue and being 22,” Garber explained of the day’s troubles, “I know who [he] is, but I don’t know him that well.” Garber’s friends even played along remotely. “Lol'ing at the fact that band of outsiders is making my buddy miles run around nyc for fashunz,” one pal tweeted. Sadly, the social-media support wasn’t enough to save Garber from losing out to his competitor (and good friend), Hitt.
A new fashion week, a new social network: already, Vine—Twitter’s addictive video offshoot—has taken hold. See our suggestions of who to follow in fashion.
The new app Vine has already begun to take hold on New York Fashion Week. Designed as a Twitter for video content—it’s not surprising tech-savvy fashion brands and editors have already jumped aboard.
"Vine’s timing was perfect as far as fashion people are concerned. We’ll have had enough practice to get used to the platform, figure out the kinks and to build a small following before the shows begin,” explained fashion’s go-to social media expert John Jannuzzi, who mans his own Vine account in addition to that of Lucky Magazine. “A few seasons ago people were posting twitpics, then came Instagrams and I guess now we’ll be flooded with Vine clips as well.”
Spectators watch as models pass by during the Concept Korea show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Thursday.
A young jewelry designer, Ashley Riggitano, committed suicide on Wednesday, leaving behind a Louis Vuitton bag filled with vengeful notes.
A young jewelry designer named Ashley Riggitano plunged to her death on Wednesday, the day of her 22nd birthday, according to the New York Post, after jumping from an upper level of the George Washington Bridge.
Riggitano, a graduate of New York’s Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, left a Louis Vuitton bag on the bridge’s walkway, filled with suicide notes that detailed the five people she didn’t want to attend her funeral. It’s believed that the notes, whose messages reportedly allude to excessive bullying, are aimed at Riggitano’s fashion colleagues from both work and school.
Get as-it-happens updates from New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2013 collections as our team of reporters and photographers hit the streets. See our live social media coverage.
As Fashion Week debuts, one New York blogger has overcome tremendous odds to take her place in the front row.
On paper, Jillian Mercado sounds like your typical twentysomething fashion blogger: ambitious, an adventurous dresser, willing to do anything for the job. Mercado is far from typical, though. While most Fashion Week attendees will strut up to Lincoln Center this week in their Nicholas Kirkwood stilettos, Mercado is bound to a wheelchair—and has been since age 12.
Born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the 23-year-old Mercado was misdiagnosed as a young child with cerebral palsy—a condition later found to be spastic muscular dystrophy. An interest in fashion ran in the family—her mother was a dressmaker and her father once worked as a shoe salesman. Despite Mercado’s condition, she says, her Dominican parents didn’t treat her any differently than they do her two sisters. “I’m pretty blessed to have them because they have pushed me to be a better person and not let negativity slow me down.”
'Ladys & Gents,' the new kids’ Tumblr on the block, features adorable children in high-end fashion. Jean Trinh talks with the creators about the inspiration for the blog.
Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere made personal blogging an art form, connecting her readers with the ultimate guide to stylish outfits and pointing them in the right direction to purchase the same looks. Extra Petite is another style blog with a different angle—teaching ladies how to wear flattering outfits for petite figures. Fashion-forward friends, stylist and interior designer Estee Stanley, 43, and clothing designer Jenni Kayne, 30—the creators of the Ladys & Gents Tumblr and relatively new mothers— felt the blogosphere was missing an arena for children’s fashion in the same vein as the aforementioned blogs, and wanted to fill that void.
Call it Buttgate. The British soccer star showed the world his rather enviable rear in a racy ad—or did he? Tom Sykes on the tushy scandal rocking the pitch.
Doubtless you’ve all seen the H&M ad by now—David Beckham gets stuck outside his house with not many clothes on and goes chasing after an SUV, carrying them through the Hollywood Hills in his smalls—and no doubt you’ve all marveled at Mr. Beckham’s rather enviable rear.
Or have you? For a small army of online sleuths have spotted what might be called “continuity errors,” which appear to suggest that Goldenballs used a butt double.
And dead models are "never not hot."
Grammys Enforce Strict Dress Code: Musicians are known for their nearly-naked red carpet ambition (remember Lil' Kim’s lilac ensemble?). So in anticipation of some weird wardrobe decisions the Grammy Awards have issued a ‘Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory’ to all attendees, instructing them on the do’s and don’ts of a new Grammys dress code. It reads: “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered…thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare flesh under covers of the buttocks and buttock crack.” Side boobs, a recent red carpet phenomenon, are also banned: “Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples.” [Telegraph]
Benjamin Millepied’s Van Cleef Collab: Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied is collaborating with Van Cleef & Arpels to create a ballet inspired by the brand’s jewelry. “Reflections” will bow on May 23 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. [WWD]
According to a report late Wednesday, Lucky will join W in publishing fewer issues annually.
Last Thursday, Condé Nast announced that it planned to reduce W magazine’s publishing frequency from twelve to ten issues annually. The publishing magnate told WWD that the move was part of “a strategic brand expansion,” and that it would “allow the brand to bolster its focus on key issues.”
The 10-issue standard is not new amongst fashion-geared publications. The US’s oldest fashion title, Harper’s Bazaar (owned by Hearst publications) received the same reduction in September 2011. In W’s case, the move was not solely based on advertising (WWD reports that the title’s ad pages jumped 10 percent in 2012), however that isn’t the case for the Condé’s newest victim. Wednesday afternoon, WWD’s media reporter Erik Maza tweeted that the publishing house’s struggling title, Lucky, is also axing two of its issues. “Condé finally makes a decision on Lucky Magazine: Like W, it’s scaling back from 12 to ten issues a year,” Maza dispatched on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. (Update: see WWD's full story here.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.