For a Sunday morning it’s been pretty darn busy. I’ve had to make some tough decisions on what to attend, as there are too many overlapping shows. I’ve decided on a presentation at Philosophy, a Lela Rose show, and then I’ll be running over to VPL by Victoria Bartlett—a great under the radar label complete super accessories.
From the tents at Bryant Park to Chelsea and back again, NYFW has me running all over Manhattan. Today is definitely a day for flats. After a 12 hour marathon in 6 inch heels yesterday, my feet need a serious break.
At the DKNY show in the West Village right now, where they’re serving hot chocolate and the crowd is massive. Everyone comes out to support Donna Karan, even on a Sunday morning.
NY fashion icon Donna Karan showed a polished DKNY label with camel overcoats, boxy blazers, brown plaids, and cute pleated leather minis. Astrikan poorboy hats and floral and geometric prints added a whimsical touch. Of course there was fur—a fabulous long fur vest. And more gray wool flannel with distressed metallics which are running themes this week.
At Hervé Leger, Max and Lubove Azria manage to stay true to bandaged body con looks, while putting a fresh, new spin on the collection. Super thin banded elastic and lacing with bra-hook details. Feels scuba-inspired with a techno/sci-fi touch. Beyond the dresses there are fantastic tight-fitting suits. Every piece looks very labour intensive. Like much of NYFW, the palette focused on nudes, grays, and black.
Another NYFW heavyweight, Diane Von Furstenberg, also showed today. This is one of the largest shows in terms of attendance with a who’s who of the NY social circle, from Charlie Rose to Lee Radziwill to Patricia Field and celebs like Molly Sims. Natalia Vodianova makes another surprise appearance opening and closing the show.
This season, the clothes are dressier, less boho, with great special-occasion options.
I “heart” Thakoon, that’s my ode to Valentine’s Day. The show started with a pewter coloured flack jacket and pants with thigh-high knit, a great utilitarian look and more of the ever-popular fur-sleeved coat.
There were whimsical touches like ball fringe on dresses and classic Thakoon fashion with great black and white prints. Knit inserts in pants, ruffled skirts layered over pants, and winter shorts with fur-trimmed hoods worn on their own added to unexpected styling. Then tulip shaped skirt silhouettes and densely ruffled dresses added a sweet femininity to a show that started off utilitarian.
Like every other designer so far, fur was a major message—he even used it as trim on wedge suede booties. A beautiful exit of winter white looks left me oohing and aahhing. The only hit of colour was a single yellow dress!