Gabriela Hearst makes fantasy clothes for real women. Take the navy double breasted cashmere a-line coat that opened her first-ever runway show; it had a hint of belonging into a queen’s wardrobe, and yet paired with merino knit long johns and white boots with a sensible (albeit heavily embellished) heels, it was a coat you could see yourself wearing everyday. For the South American designer, the fantasy is not in becoming a “punk princess,” or a “french ingenue,” or whatever other thing designers love to turn women into. ...
If anyone ever doubted Oscar de la Renta’s mastery of design, they only need to look at just how difficult it has been to keep his label going just three years after his death. There are not many designers like de la Renta today. The socialites and swans who wore his clothes wore them for decades.
Last night the cool kids of New York gathered at the Ukrainian National Home for Vaquera’s first official fashion show on the New York Fashion Week schedule. Now on it’s 4th year, the Vaquera collective—helmed by Patrick DiCaprio, alongside David Moses, Bryn Taubensee, and Claire Sully—showed a highly conceptual collection that cleverly mixed humor with politics.
As fashion shows go, it was not the most glamorous location. The first model walked out, loose hair, bare face, in an oversized drape-y dusty pink short sleeve shirt worn over an equally drape-y asymmetric hemmed dusty pink satin skirt and brown platform loafers.
Fashion week comes like the seasons, every year, no matter what is happening in the world at large. In these times, many of us are probably trying to reconcile our love of fashion with the political climate. For some of us, fashion is an art, something more than just pomp and artifice, and can be an important reflection of an era.
Reshma Qureshi, 19, who lost an eye and whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack recently walked the New York catwalk. Reshma was attacked by her brother-in-law in 2004, pinned down by his friends and her face doused in acid, she later became the face of a campaign to end the open sale of acid in India. A friend forwarded me the pictures on Watsapp yesterday morning, and while I think Reshma was beautiful and brave and totally owned the moment when she sashayed down the runway to a thunderous audience, I can’t help wondering what purpose an acid attack victim being paraded on the fashion runway serves, except a sort of crude exhibitionism?
It doesn’t happen everyday that an acid victim survivor manages to bring their life back to normal. Even less so when the attack has left you scarred on major portions of your face. It takes a lot of courage to re-emerge from an incident like this, and we can’t not acknowledge and salute the tremendous strength in the life and experience of Reshma, a survivor who has done everything within her power to bring her life back to normal.
Amina Blue appeared in Tyga's 1 on 1 music video and made her New York Fashion Week debut during Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 collection.
The open casting call for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 4 asked for “multiracial women only,” and that women wear “no makeup please come as you are.” One of the models who snagged a spot on the exclusive roster? Sofia Richie, daughter of Lionel, Nicole’s younger sister, and Justin Bieber’s latest flame.
Lady Gaga walking behind Kendall Jenner on the Marc Jacobs runway. Photo: Instagram Is this short model that walked in the Marc Jacobs show the next Kate Moss? Probably not (Moss, at 5′ 7,″ is considered a shrimp in the fashion industry, therefore standing at 5′1″ would certainly never fly). But no matter, because the petite catwalker’s none other than Lady Gaga so she’s got a few other things working for her.
Historically, the fashion industry hasn’t done a fair job of representing models of all shapes and sizes. Despite the fact that it’s built on being aspirational, most couldn’t see themselves in the skinny, white, models slinking down runways in largely unwearable items. Black women working the catwalks didn’t even have proper makeup until recently. But the ivory tower has finally opened its gates just enough so that a few groundbreaking individuals could slip on through.
Eleven-year-old Trinity Faith Moran might’ve broken the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s age regulations for models — but she gets a pass. Khan was approached by fashion stylist Mary Alice Stephenson, who works with Glam4Good, an organization that seeks to make humanitarian and social change through style, to participate in making Moran’s wish become a reality. The Moran family flew in from Texas to spend the day with Khan at his New York atelier (her first trip to the city) and Khan whipped together an ensemble for her in less than 24 hours.
Model Lauren Wasser’s career took a turn when in 2012 she lost part of her lower right leg due to complications from Toxic Shock Syndrome. But just a few years later, the 27-year-old is back on track. During New York Fashion Week, she made her runway debut for Chromat, strutting her stuff with a gold prosthetic on, wearing a black dress with neon lights. But while Wasser’s inclusion in the show was prodigious (for the designer and model both). the entire presentation was a futuristic feat, breaking barriers many have yet to even consider.
Alyssa Milano brought along her daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari, Coco Rocha snapped selfies with Ioni James Conran from her coveted perch, North West cried her way through Yeezy, and the Beckham kids hammed it up with Anna Wintour. At Gypsy Sport, a model walked out in nude capri-length spandex with compression-looking socks, and white sneakers.
Yes, one of the Big Four fashion shows, New York Fashion Week is here, bringing with it the upcoming trends. The Fashion Week saw an influx of white. Victoria Beckham’s collection was all about stripes and checks.
Celebrity hairstylist Orlando Pita, who regularly works with A-list actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, worked with Phyto to concoct a simple off-center part ponytail with loop for the the Derek Lam Fall 2016 show, but he doesn’t want to talk about that. “That’s just for the long-haired girls that are boring and don’t want to cut their hair and are listening to their agents and they’re ruining their careers,” he told Yahoo Beauty backstage. “The girls who are new and are starting to look different are finally are getting noticed.
On Saturday night, she took in the Baja East show for the first time wearing a white silk dress that looked great even if it was two degrees outside. Of course we’d expect nothing less from King, a real fashion connoisseur: “You know, I haven’t modeled in so long! Now, I’m used to coming to fashion week to support my friends and emerging designers like Baja East because they’re really, really important to me,” King told Yahoo Style. While guests waited for the runway show — which featured sumptuous knit tops, sweaters, and pants as well as glittering floor-length dresses that were worn with Fila slides — King rattled off a few her latest projects.