NEW YORK — The center of New York fashion has morphed into your basic suburban mall.
While so-called chic parades on the runways inside, the tents at Bryant Park have become a literal bazaar — or perhaps that should be bizarre — of manicures, pedicures, pizza and even doughnuts.
Gone are the days when the show venue was simply the scene of fashion editors and buyers rushing to their seats — leaving behind nothing but a whiff of Chanel No. 5. Where luxury was once pursued like a fashion grail, the senses of fashionistas this season are being bombarded. Case in point: prior to Kenneth Cole’s Friday morning show, a sea of glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts supplied by the designer alarmed some of the glossier fashion editors (whose diets, no doubt, forbid such indulgences). Shortly after the presentation, two grungy fashionistas at the Evian Cafe quickly treated themselves to roasted garlic pies out of greasy cardboard boxes — not a welcome sight at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, Shu Uemura’s makeup artists scurried around a slew of nervous-looking guinea pigs, while Dr. Scholl’s offered pedicures in — gasp — full view of those waiting for the next show to start.
Such shenanigans don’t raise an eyebrow at the Yonkers Mall or, more precisely, Penn Station. But isn’t New York Fashion Week trying to proclaim itself as the center of style?
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)