All anyone could talk about was not the amazing collections they’ve seen walk the runway, but the tragic death of Joan Rivers, the comedienne who incidentally became one of the loudest voices in fashion with her E! show, Fashion Police. Inside the circus-like tents at Lincoln Center, the live studio that E had staged for the show seemed almost a somber reminder of the day’s news. But it wasn’t all sadness. BCBG showed an optimistic, dream-like collection of pastel, billowy dresses for fans including Hilary Rhoda and actress Kelly Rohrbach. Honor also kept its signature girly girl aesthetic in play, showcasing pearlescent rose jacquard dresses, ruffled separates in white organza and ladylike coats for a crowd that was high on star power.
Taking in Giovanna Randall’s collection was Uzo Aduba, who plays Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black and Zosia Mamet, otherwise known as Shoshanna from HBO show Girls. The fledgling label always seems to bring in an eclectic group, from bonafide editors sporting wide-leg pants and white Superga sneakers (a major trend of the week so far), to fashion bloggers in cutting edge ensembles, to the “who are those people?” in outfits so over-the-top, they’re practically begging to get their photo taken. It’s only day two, and eyes are rolling. Fortunately, there was shelter from the fashion storm at the Simon Miller presentation in the sky room of the New Museum. With sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, the airy and bright space featured not only a cool collection of denim for men and women, but an open bar. It was the perfect ending to another day of Fashion Week.