NEW YORK — Color always plays an integral role on Bryant Park runways, but the Office of Homeland Security’s elevated terrorist warning had the fashion flock picturing orange in another light.
What many don’t realize is that New York City had already been operating under code orange, which indicates a high risk of terrorist attacks. What has changed is the state and the federal government upgraded their terror threat level on Friday.
As for security at 7th on Sixth, NYPD Sgt. Michael Wysokowski said Sunday, "Detail for the event will be adequate."
This week generates $260 million in commercial revenue and $11 million in tax receipts for the city, noted 7th on Sixth executive director Fern Mallis, whois confident that security is on the case.
"We are reserving the right to inspect bags if they seem unusual, but that said, these are fashion shows and there are a lot of people transporting camera and television equipment, which makes that very difficult," Mallis said. "We always have police here, including some plain clothes officers. I woke up this morning and heard the news and of course, I thought, ‘oh, no.’ But we can’t be frozen and stop doing what we are here to do. It’s important that we do what we have to do."
Joan Kaner, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, said, "We’re all very anxious. I’d like to see more police outside and a lot more control over who’s getting in and out of the tents. But life goes on and we all have a job to do."
Honey magazine fashion director Michaela Angela Davis said, "It’s funny, but during fashion week you get into this whole frivolity. It’s kind of a reprieve. You forget your politics."
Paper magazine’s Patrick McDonald and The Village Voice’s Lynn Yaeger said they were concerned about the warning, but planned to still use the subway. Yaeger, who had a pair of orange gloves popping out of her handbag, said she still loves orange, but maybe designers should try more red.
Dressed in orange pants, In Style’s Daisy Lewellyn said, "I’m not doing anything differently. I feel safe all the time."
“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