Some of the stunning models stalking the runways at New York Fashion Week are getting a free ride – literally – thanks to Porsche Cars North America. The famed German marque provided a fleet of chic 2011 Porsche Panameras and Porsche Cayennes to whisk the beauties from the tents at Lincoln Center to and from the Smartwater Model Lounge at the new Gansevoort Park Avenue South hotel. The Model Lounge is an exclusive retreat for female models at from top agencies where the girls can hang out in between castings, shoots, fittings and fashion shows and enjoy a number of stylish perks, plus the hotel's luxe amenities like its rooftop swimming pool and gym. As we reported last month, Gansevoort Hotels now have their own Panamera fleet. Check out the video for more.
New York Fashion Week has officially begun here at the Lincoln Center, marking the first time in 17 years the main hub has been anywhere else but Bryant Park.
Yesterday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the week, declaring the city the capital of fashion and noting that the Lincoln Center location was appropriate given that fashion is art. He even renamed a subway stop nearby "The Fashion Line."
According to Bloomberg-the wire service, that is-this is the biggest Fashion Week ever with more than 325 designers showing around town through the end of next week. At Lincoln Center, 97 designers will show, up from 75 one year ago.
Show producers say the reason for the uptick is more space and better technology. Among the biggest techie changes are self-service kiosks to detect bar-codes on invitations that will do away with check-in lines and, along with them, probably more than a few catfights. It will also likely prevent show crashers.
Among the trends we should expect to see for Spring 2011? The color orange, maxi skirts, Yves Saint Laurent-esque pantsuits, hot pants and dressy shorts. If resort 2011 is any predictor, we'll also see looser silhouettes-roomy tops worn with roomy bottoms. (The old rule of slim on top, roomy on bottom and vice versa no longer applies). The season is expected to be very colorful, too, doing away with nudes, camel and beiges we've seen in the last few seasons. Finally, blazers sans shoulder pads will be there. Think Julia Roberts après makeover in Pretty Woman.
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The stiletto-shod, couture-clad masses are about to desend on New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week September 9-16 and local hotels are ready with a variety of hotel packages that promise cocktails, tote bags and other amenities in addition to a soft place to sleep after a day of waiting and watching at the shows.
The Royalton Hotel is offering a special iPad Amenity for Fashion Week (and beyond). During Fashion Week, guests of Royalton Hotel will receive custom iPads during their stay for one touch access to hotel amenities, concierge services and real time updates on events, shows and gossip during NY Fashion Week. The iPad amenity will still be available after Fashion Week is over.
St Giles - The Court Hotel's all new package, Suite, Fashion, Spirits is priced at $399 per night and includes two tickets to one of Style 360 Metropolitan Pavilion amazing designer runway shows such as Gudnitz Couture, Walter, Malan Breton, Rajvi Mohan, SACHIKA and bobi/Boy Meets Girl/Caravan. Style 360 runs September 11 - 14, 2010. Other extras include VIP access to the Gerber Group new hotspot, LexBar along with complimentary drinks. An added bonus is priority access to celebrity stylist, Sarah Perpich. Consultation with Perpich is additional. A minimum stay of two nights is required.
The Plaza Hotel offers a package that includes accommodations in a guestroom or suite, a $500 credit redeemable at The Palm Court, The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar, The Food Hall by Todd English, Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, Warren-Tricomi Salon, The Plaza Boutique and Eloise Shop. Fall Fashion Week Package guests staying at The Plaza on September 10 will receive VIP access to Grammy award nominee Corrine Bailey Rae's much anticipated performance at The Plaza. Rates start at $995 per night with a five night minimum stay.
Herrera has designed for many celebrities and high-profile clients including Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emily Blunt, Oprah Winfrey, and Camilla Belle. She joins a prestigious list of past Mercedes-Benz Presents designers including Monique Lhuillier, Badgley Mischka, Narciso Rodriguez, and CHADO Ralph Rucci.
"Carolina Herrera's understated grace, precision design and attention to detail uphold the Mercedes-Benz commitment to quality," said Lisa Holladay, manager of brand experience marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. "She is a symbol of great success within the fashion industry and especially in New York City, and choosing her as this season's Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer represents the strength of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and the event's bright future at Lincoln Center."
Born in Venezuela, Herrera began her fashion career in New York in 1980 and will celebrate 30 years of her eponymous collection in 2011.
An exhibition of photographs by Chanel kingpin Karl Lagerfeld is opening in Paris this September in time for the city's Fashion Week. The show at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in the historic heart of Paris will feature a mix of fashion photos, portraits, landscapes, architectural images and personal shots, including several of his longtime muse, Claudia Schiffer. Lagerfeld, who shoots all of Chanel's ad campaigns himself, has published several books of his photographs, and has his own art book publishing imprint and book shop in Paris called 7L.
"What I admire most is the photographers who have gone down to posterity with a single image," the designer tells La Parisienne. "An image - I prefer this word to the word picture - which went down in the collective memory of the civilized world [... ]. Today the picture is part of my life. It closes the circle of my artistic and professional lives. I look at the fashion world with the eye of the camera. This gives my work a basic critical detachment that helps more than I would have suspected." The exhibition runs from September 10 to October 15.
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Versace's readying the bright lights and big runways for its Fall Fashion Week collection, and it's teased a behind-the-scenes, black-and-white shoot by Mario Testino to get you ready. And if the fashions don't get your attention, Valerija Kelava (caught last week in Prada's campaign), Iselin Steiro and Anna Selezneva probably will.
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While this year marks the end of Bryant Park tents, and the backstage lounges that go along with them, alternative runway spaces around the city are getting more and more creative each year. Whether at the Metropolitan Pavilion or Milk Studios, the hottest designers of the season have already opted out of the traditional 7th on Sixth lineup to prepare for the upcoming seasons. With the move of Bryant Park backstage lounges, new innovative places for media, designers, and other fashion insiders to decompress are already popping up alongside the new runways.
Our favorite space this year by far was the Montauk Surf Lodge on the 8th Floor of Milk Studios. The lounge, designed by Rob McKinley, featured a view across the river, picnic tables, and a cool, relaxed vibe, exactly mirroring its Hamptons mothership. Sam Talbot, Executive Chef of the original Surf Lounge in Montauk, cooked up delicious fish tacos and Hawaiian macaroni salad all week for tired visitors. A welcoming bar served up Belvedere cocktails and Cafe Bustelo lattes for guests. Lounge staff wore original uniforms provided by Loomstate made from organic cotton and natural dyes, as well as Vans Shoes and Jill Platner jewelry. Gazing from the wealth of enamored guests filling up the gorgeous space, the Montauk Surf Lodge is a welcome reminder of what's to come for upcoming fashion weeks as the traditional players begin to spread their wings all over our broad city. Check out the gallery for more photos of the Surf Lodge.
Gallery: New York Fashion Week Surf Lodge
Last year marked more than any other a move of marketing and PR toward social media. With Fashion Week taking over the entire city, it's hard to turn a corner in New York now without bumping into a social media "expert," a blogger, Tweeter or YouTuber. As more and more fashion brands direct their ad money away from print spreads toward digital campaigns, many industry watchers are taking note of who floated to the top and who failed miserably.
Last year the New York Times dubbed Burberry the leader of the pack. Their microsite, The Art of the Trench, began when they roped in online influencer Scott Schuman, creator of the amazing Sartorialist Blog to photograph people wearing its iconic slicker. Then users submitted their own posts, and could comment and approve on others, resulting in millions of pictures views. It was a mini Satorialist site, a trusted underground name co-opted by social marketing, all geared toward the traditional British brand. The stakes had been set, now who would follow suit?
Style Coalition and ideeli, in partnership with Lucky Magazine announced the Fashion 2.0 Social Media awards this fashion season, to recognize some of the more clever campaigns in a special reception at the W Hotel, New York City. The nominees were chosen by a panel of industry influencers, and awards were, of course, chosen by the people, with over 10,000 online users ringing in their votes. Inside the packed room, executives from Donna Karen, Kate Spade, and Coach were on hand to receive awards. FourSquare was awared an Innovator award. When we were at the tents today, a mere thirteen users had checked into Bryant Park on FourSquare. Only time will tell what the landscape looks like come next Fashion week.
And the complete winners are:
· Best Online Video: Chanel, Coco In Motion
· Best Twitter – Donna Karan, @DKNY
· Best Facebook Page: Coach
· Best Blog: Free People
· Best Website: Kate Spade
· Next Big Thing: FourSquare
· Top Innovator: Burberry
Check out the winning campaigns and let us know what you think. This author is reachable on Twitter.
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Last night Milk Studios was packed to the brim with painfully stylish downtowners eager to get a glimpse at the Band of Outsiders 2010 presentation. Scott Sternberg's latest production did not disappoint.
An avalanche of dinner party chairs set the scene upon entering the room. Models leaned on the furniture, each other, alternately chatting and posing for photos amidst a Pink Floyd soundtrack. They played with Swarovski encrusted walkie talkies and typewriter props. From the Boy line, one model was the center of attention wearing a black and gold silk habotai v-neck outfit, complete with cordovan saddle oxfords lined with stark metal cleats. A man hanging from a ceiling swing wore tightly knitted black and white melange wool blend sweatpants, a comfortable look that was anything but casual. Anna Wintour and daughter, with no front row seat to occupy, settled for a private tour of the clothes.
Continuing on to the center of the room, the collection took to the outdoors showcasing looks for a day on the waters or on the slopes. A tree-lined office showcased more of Sternberg's impeccably dressed suits, another collection from the L.A. designer that is redefining the meaning of tailored for both men and women. Sleek vertical lines conquered the room, whether on a perfectly buttoned up Boy hunter green flannel shirt, or a slim-fitting Band gold and navy gingham check shirt covered with a navy pinstripe worsted wool suit.
A vintage Jaguar and piles of suitcases ended the presentation with a line of ready-to-wear ensembles perfect for travel. With fitted vests and effortless trenchcoats, Sternberg's collection gives us no excuse for dressing down on a trip. We bumped into Bored to Death star and the face of the Band of Outsiders fall campaign, Jason Schwartzman, who was eyeing a hooded toggle coat. "It was my honor," Schwartman told us of the collaboration. "I love what Scott does. Finally, something that fits me."
Gallery: Band of Outsiders Presentation
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New York-based clothing designer Susan Woo presented her 2010 Fall/Winter Collection at the Bryant Park Hotel yesterday.
The collection, which consisted of silk and wool pieces in such colors as scarlett, black, cream and olive, were accompanied by shoes designed by Michael Antonio.
Unlike many other collections one might expect to see strutting down a runway this week, every piece in the Susan Woo collection is extremely wearable. Innovative and sophisticated designs were flattering and consistent across the entire line.
Woo, 27, is a graduate of Cornell University who grew up in Roslyn, New York. She cut her teeth working for Derek Lam, Louis Vuitton and and Chanel before setting out on her own. Her first collection was introduced in the fall of 2009.
The environmentally-conscious designer selects natural products such as organic wool and silk crepe. She chooses to have her designs manufactured by only eco-friendly factories that employ fair labor practices
The 2010 Fall/Winter Collection was built around a beautiful cream and black silk crepe full-length gown with a boat neck. "I always start with one piece and it escalates from there," she explains. "It sets the tone for the silhouettes and the tone."
"I love that it is white, because most pieces people wear black in the fall and winter," adds Woo. "It stands out. I love the contrast and how graphic it is."
The Susan Woo line is carried by LouisBoston in Boston, Chalk in Evanston, Ill., Code C in Los Angeles, Debut in New York, and Kaight in New York.
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This stilettoed PR assistants clutching clip-board guest lists might not be too thrilled about it, but this season, they've lost control. Several fashion designers are opening up their guest lists. And now fashionistas can pop bon bons and watch some of the Fall 2010 collections debuting at New York Fashion Week from their own homes, thanks to live online streaming. Above, a model walks the runway at Oscar de la Renta's pre-fall show on Dec. 8.
Here's where and when to log on - pencil them in.
In the wake of a successful inaugural preview last year, the 2nd annual Aspen Fashion Week has been slated for March 14 – 19, showing that the ultra-chic Colorado resort is truly recession-proof. Designed to showcase and market winter resort, ski and technical outerwear in the home and playground of the country's most stylish mountain winter town, the occasion will feature slopeside runway events, daily après ski fashion shows, in-store presentations, on-mountain events and late night fashionable soirées. Expect world class designers, emerging fashionistas, brands with unique art programs, film screenings, music and models galore. W magazine will kick-off the festivities with an opening night party. Labels getting in on the action include Burberry, J. Crew, Helly Hansen, Victorinox, Calypso, Authier and more.
Renowned photographer Roxanne Lowit has been chronicling the fashion scene for the past 30 years; early on she staked out the backstage areas at fashion shows, where the really interesting action takes place, as her prime hunting ground for capturing the most beautiful people in their natural habitat. Now Lowit, whose work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and others, has an incredible new book just published by teNeues, focusing on brilliant, flamboyant Dior deigner John Galliano's couture concoctions which she chronicled for over a decade. Backstage Dior, with a foreword by Galliano, mixes black-and-white and color images, candids and close-ups, delving into the fascinating details behind the scenes. The book is a must for any devotée of fashion, spectacle, photography, or all three.