Fashion Week Observed
Rules of Attraction
French women don’t get fat, and they draw fruit on their eyelids, don’t they? The thought crossed my mind over the weekend after the first salvo of Fashion Week. Not many people might know this, but the beauty looks coming out off these runway shows—a smoky eye, a bright lip, untamed brows—are decided on during so-called “makeup tests” that makeup artists have with designers.
Brands take advantage of that by sending their teams out with an arsenal of new products they’re developing, months before they hit the shelves. By the time they hit the stores, it would have been enough time to “make trend,” that is, for the look to be experimented on by celebrities and become desirable to consumers. It’s the reason why the last time orange lipstick became a thing, it was because prior to Spring 2013, MAC, the makeup brand, dispatched their artists with samples of tangerine pigments in their makeup cases, which were then picked up by Moschino, Missoni, Holly Fulton, Erdem and Paul Smith—all MAC-sponsored shows.
To see what newfangled makeup craze the next season might bring, The Observer scoped out a handful of shows (the coinage of terms, purely ours). Like an orange mouth, not everything here is for you—but you might not want to throw out that old jar of Vaseline just yet.
Fashion legend Diane von Fürstenberg has given her stamp of approval to Bill de Blasio.
“I loved him, loved him. He’s so attractive!” she gushed after meeting the new mayor for the first time at a press event kicking off the start of Fashion Week.
“I thought he was attractive, nice, funny, divine!” she said.
Fashion Week Observed
Though guests gathered at the Lowline’s Great Anti-Gala last Tuesday night to raise funds for the nascent lighting technology that would enable the world’s first subterranean park, the cavernous interior of the defunct Lower East Side synagogue that hosted the event was illuminated by one of the oldest: candles.
A good-natured but somewhat relentless homage to the early 20th-century Lower East Side, the evening celebrated the era when the Lowline’s would-be home—the derelict Williamsburg Trolley Terminal—was dedicated to transit rather than urban planning dreams.
Contortionists, acrobats and tap dancers with tin cups roamed through the cocktail-swilling crowd, causing some confusion: “Are we supposed to tip them, or are those cups just for show?” one man wondered aloud to his date, who confessed that she was equally perplexed.
Fashion Week Observed
If Sunday’s Diane von Furstenberg show is any indication, March should brace itself for a bolt of energy and an onslaught of gold lamé shorts. DVF’s spring offering featured plenty of crop tops, bright red jumpers and checkered prints, as well as variations of the designer’s classic wrap dress.
The CFDA president sprinkled her show with high profile models Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Five years ago, Vogue published an article in its July 2008 issue titled “Is Fashion Racist?” When the magazine sold out nearly overnight, it seemed there might be hope. Today, the answer to Vogue’s question has hardly changed.
The dialogue about race was revived again this Thursday when former model Bethann Hardison sent Read More
Coordinating religious observance and style coverage has never been as difficult as it is this fall. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts tonight. Fashion Week starts tomorrow. Which means that some style writers face the difficult choice: check out the Spring collections or celebrate the beginning of year 5774, Tablet reports.
“I can’t reschedule my faith,” beauty blogger Aly Walansky told Tablet. “I do feel guilty about being completely unavailable for a full two and a half days, but if I’m going to piss someone off, better the fashion gods than God, you know?”
Last week, the Transom took the elevator to one of the most fashionable floors in town–the ninth floor of Barneys New York–for a celebration of photographer Sharon Socol’s new book, Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey into the World of Fashion. And it was nothing so much as an insider’s affair.
There was a towering Read More
Fashion and Technology
As we sloshed, caked with snow flurries, into the Mandarin Oriental for the 2012 Phoenix House Fashion award dinner last Wednesday evening, we couldn’t determine whether it was the way-too-early winter outside, the Sandy-forced relocation or the early start after an endless election season, but at first glance, things looked a bit quiet. (In retrospect, we appreciated the venue upgrade, considering it was originally slated to take place at Pier 60.)
“Well there’s Linda Fargo, at least …” we uttered to a weary-eyed publicist as she sashayed passed us in a crisp black sheath dress, before we sauntered downstairs to cocktail hour.
Below, on the 35th floor, the considerably more lively and notable fashion crowd imbibed, heedless of the blizzard-like winds that howled without mercy on the commoners struggling to get around Columbus Circle.
With the exception of Glenda Bailey, this didn’t feel like a typical fashion event; nay, it was considerably more corporate—a bit cliquey, but not necessarily in a bad way. Dashing executives (well mostly dashing) in flamboyant tailored suits sipped scotch and red wine, while a more demure population of women squawked about recent highs and lows.
The Eight-Day Week
Opinion has been split over the new Google Glass glasses, which are surely some type of CIA/Jason Bourne/Total Recall prototype that someone accidentally leaked the schematics for over Gmail. Right? These things cannot be designed for regular citizens, especially since they make no sense.
But they’re not quite as ugly as people are making them out to be, and when Diane von Furstenburg decided to do a quick mini-doc about her Fashion Week show, putting these recording glasses on all her models was actually a genius idea. (Maybe?!) (We don’t know!) (You tell us.) (Video after the jump.)
And they said it’d never work! Those two crazy brands—chic Japanese line Yohji Yamamoto and utilitarian workout brand Adidas—bound themselves in diffusion-line matrimony with the 2002 launch of Y-3 sports gear; tonight’s late-night party celebrates the 10th anniversary of the clothes that you’d wear to work out in if you weren’t worried about sweating on Read More