For many editors, attending fashion shows is not so much a perk as it is a chore. Especially since most catwalk presentations find their way onto the internet (catwalking.com, style.com, etc), we can often do our jobs from home with the assistance of our friend ADSL. Still, nothing beats a live presentation, so for the upcoming New York shows (which don’t usually get directional coverage on these pages), here are a few highlights to look out for.
The scene at the Bryant Park tents – which becomes more low key each season, but involves as much posturing as ever — offers a reliable talent pool that includes Peter Som, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Narciso Rodriguez. Avant-garde darlings Imitation of Christ and AsFour return to the tents this season as does Carlos Miele — all three showed at private venues last season. Richard Chai, formerly of Tse, is also showing his collection in Bryant Park. Ghost is back in New York after a few seasons in London, and Heathette will have one of the most difficult tickets to find as they prepare for prime time. Autralians Sass & Bide and Brazilian Alexandre Herchcovitch are both highly buzzed.
Most heads turn off-site to Mao space, this season at the Altman Building, for independent designers and a glimpse of who might end up at Bryant Park soon. Mao promises 14 presentations including Morgan D’Alessandro, Cat Swanson, Keenan Dufty, Samantha Treacy, Guido, and Gary Graham. Gen Art always saves their best discoveries for Fresh Faces, this season at the Manhattan Center, featuring the runway debut of six womenswear (This Dress is Your House by Olivia Wildz, Sarah, Gam in Gale by Hye-jin, Katie Zorn, Eventide and Alice Ritter) and two menswear lines (Noah by Brendon Babenzien and Yuko Yoshitake). Seven New York, which last season brought Raf Simons to grateful New Yorkers, will remain on the sidelines while they relocate to a larger space. Literally showing underground this season is Yeohlee, in a celebration of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Brands including Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs are choosing to present at off-site locations to ensure a level of privacy, while emerging brands like Cloak stay off-site to preserve their outsider identity.
Benjamin Cho and VPL will be showing their catwalk presentation at an undisclosed midtown location in collaboration with Seventh House.
Positioned to overshadow all of these events is the highly anticipated Terminal Five exhibit that we predict will cause stampedes to Kennedy airport (where the event is taking place) during fashion week.
Photo : Yeohlee