NEW YORK — Fashion editors and buyers will not be cowed by the weather. Like the postman, neither rain, sleet, hail or snow — or all four combined — would ever stop them from teetering into Bryant Park for a show. Yet the weather...
NEW YORK — Fashion editors and buyers will not be cowed by the weather. Like the postman, neither rain, sleet, hail or snow — or all four combined — would ever stop them from teetering into Bryant Park for a show. Yet the weather this time of the year isn’t exactly fashion-friendly, so despite the overwhelming desire to flaunt one’s spring wardrobe, it will be a challenging endeavor. To aid those in doubt, WWD has provided its own fashion advisory.
TODAY AM showers/Wind High: 44 Low: 21 Ease into fashion week with that vintage Burberry trench or Chanel’s oft-photographed version with tweed trim. While they are probably not the warmest outerwear choice, you just can’t be swayed into a wool bouclé coat, so at least layer up with Ce&Ce Ts, cashmere crewnecks and loads of pearls that will pack a punch. Footwear is always a conundrum in bad weather, but if you completely refuse to don galoshes, then at least save your Christian Dior satin heels for later in the week when the forecast calls for sun.
SUNDAY Mostly sunny/Wind High: 30 Low: 28 Luckily it’s a light day on Sunday and there’s no reason to break out your most fabulous pieces. But you do have to attend the Diane von Furstenberg show tonight, which always draws a celebrity-studded crowd. After a late lunch at Pastis replete with an aperitif or two, it’s off to DVF’s West Village lair. You’ll want to look downtown chic, but it’s going to be the coldest day of the week, so opt for a Fendi fur, worked jeans and python stilettoes.
MONDAY Mostly sunny High: 40 Low: 33 Clearly Monday is Ladies’ Day. So while flitting from Carolina to Oscar in the daytime, don full, knee-length skirts, shrunken cardigans and a Lambertson Truex shopper. It’s one of the sunniest days of the week, so brave the cold and opt for a chunky heel with colored sheers. But given the Marc Jacobs show is at night — and one of the biggest attractions of the week to be sure — bring an accessory along in your shopper to make your ladylike look morph into good-time grunge.TUESDAY Mostly cloudy High: 40 Low: 33 With Narciso Rodriguez and Roberto Menichetti headlining the day, it’s time to stick with the basics. Calling all pencil skirts, shrunken cardigans and stilettos. The look: sleek, structured, tailored and body-conscious. Given the dull weather, keep a pick-me-up in your bag, either Vosges chocolates or St. John’s Wort. But spice up the muted ensemble with a must-have “Theda” metallic drawstring Vuitton bag, which will bring you right into evening at the gala for the new Louis Vuitton store at 1 East 57th Street.
WEDNESDAY Mostly cloudy High: 37 Low: 29 Hump day is owned by one of the reigning princes and two heir apparents of American sportswear—Michael Kors and the Proenza Schouler boys. Just when fashion week is beginning to bug, transport to Kors’ spring vision of Capri with brights, stripes and well, capris. If the sun just happens to peak through, slip on smoky aviators. Modernize the look for fashion’s “It” boys with a slouchy V-neck and some long pearls, but for Matthew Williamson’s 8 p.m. show add a dash of color in the form of a metallic handbag and some ethnic jewelry.
THURSDAY Partly cloudy High: 33 Low: 22 Today it’s out with the old and in with the new. A band of young guns takes over the schedule: Francisco Costa’s second collection for Calvin Klein, Behnaz Sarafpour, Peter Som, Jeffrey Chow, Esteban Cortazar and Zac Posen. So think outside the box. Mix young independents with a major bag and a major shoe like the Fendi “Chef” bag and the YSL spectator pump. Keep the adrenaline going by sending your driver to Magnolia Bakery for cupcakes.
FRIDAY Partly cloudy High: 31 Low: 20 With the big hitters rounding out the week, it’s a chance to forage through your closet for your most classic pieces. Find an eclectic way to mix Edwardian looks and jersey. Cashmere is de rigueur at Ralph, while black opaques are perfect at Donna. Homebodies head back to your lairs for tea and a bath with salts. Party girls head to dinner at Soho House and finish it all off at Bungalow 8.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast