1. New, subtle ways to show skin. BCBG layered tunics over skirts over boots, but the boots were a pump-gladiator thigh-high combo with the top of the foot cutaway, and the skirts had slits. So, what might have been a covered up outfit revealed the arch top and a small square of upper thigh when the model walked. Both seemed framed by the cloth so the skin was like art.
2. The full midi skirts at Edun, different fabric on the bottom half, rounded back hem and straight front hem—minimalist contemporary peasant skirts for everyday coolness.
3. Richard Chai‘s men’s tight cropped and cuffed khaki pants will be great for women.
4. The colourful patchwork and striped coat at Ivana Helsinki. Friendly, surprising, but also elegant. Feeling of early Marni.
5. Unpredicted nice vibe everywhere. I haven’t been to New York Fashion Week in several years. Has the ascendancy of social media made everyone friendlier? Are smartphones actually improving the sense of community in the fashion world because people are mellowed out by having a diversion and sense of purpose—even if that purpose is more like a snake eating its tail? I don’t know but I like it!
One fashion brain burnout moment: standing outside waiting for Ivana Helsinki with the frigid wind off the Hudson River numbing my toes I day dreamed of inventing toe mittens. Then I realized they already exist and they are called socks.
And one major disappointment: Dealing with flight logistics and childcare issues because of an upcoming snowstorm and so getting to the Canadian designer Heather Lawton’s show just as the models were filing out. But I’m sure we will meet in the pages of FLARE in the near future!
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