New York Fashion Week—which spills across one week, over the weekend, and into the following week—rolls on. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, some of the biggest names in American fashion showed their collections, including the much-missed Tom Ford in a super-secret show Sunday night.
The Comeback Kid
On Sunday night, Tom Ford reentered the world of womenswear after a six-year hiatus—not spent idly, lest you forget his popular menswear and A Single Man, his critically acclaimed directorial debut. The show was so exclusive and top-secret that you probably won’t be seeing pictures until early next year—not unless one of his “models” (Julianne Moore, Lauren Hutton, and Beyonce Knowles, among some other names you’re familiar with) or one of the 100 invitees decides to break an ironclad confidentiality agreement. What we know: it’s quintessential Tom Ford, sexy, gorgeous, and luxe; there will be gowns and suits in leopard patterns, sanguine hues, and anything-but-basic black.
The Lovely Ladies
The grandes dames of fashion week both put on their shows in the past 24 hours: Diane von Furstenberg rocked her star-studded audience with bright colors, brilliant patterns, and lots of sophisticated pomp—in part thanks to new creative director Yvan Mispelaere, who has worked for Chloe and Gucci; and everything was coming up roses for Carolina Herrera on Monday morning, literally—her inspiration was botanical plates, which was evident in both the palette and structure of her clothes (one gown actually looked like a gorgeous bloom). And there was Lela Rose, the Texan whose spring looks bloomed on the runway in Peruvian-inspired prints and sparkly-sheer fabrics, on models wearing Blake Lively-braids and Payless shoes; her pretty popularity is indicative of a future powerhouse, like Herrera or DVF.
The Ceaseless Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs’ branding adventures continue. To add to his eponymous mens- and womenswear collections (showing tonight); his Marc by Marc Jacobs, the younger, more affordable offshoot of his brand (showing tomorrow); and his fragrance, eyewear and children’s lines, the designer opened BookMarc last week, a book shop on Bleecker Street, where his five other stores make him the area’s de facto retail king. Marc-labeled books, pencils, stationery, and other literary knicknacks are on sale.