FASHION DAY: After the Ralph Lauren show, Chirlane McCray spent a good hour meeting designers, checking out their collections and touring the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator with Steven Kolb. An advocate of local manufacturing, McCray said some of that interest was ingrained as a child. “My mother used to sew, and she made a lot of our clothes when we were younger. She was also into doll craft,” McCray said.

As might be expected, leading a more public life does not allow for much down time. “I have a lot of fabric and two sewing machines at home. I don’t have enough time to really sew as I would like to,” she admitted. “But it is a hobby of mine.”

Wearing a printed Tracy Reese dress, McCray said fashion is “absolutely art. It’s art, it’s theater…artistry is everywhere in our lives especially in fashion.”

That was in fact the case with the Tracey Emin-inspired Nonoo fall collection by Misha Nonoo that was on view at the incubator. Orley, which debuted its first women’s collection, also drew inspiration from the art world as indicated by the Vincent Van Gogh images included in a mood board. After Dezso’s Sara Beltran surprised McCray with a thank you gift, McCray said she was hard-pressed to name a favorite. “No, there are so many of them. How could I possibly choose?” she said.

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