Entertainment behind the scenes
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By Allison Joyce
Held twice yearly in February and September, New York Fashion Week features designers from all over the world, displaying their creations on the runways. A small venue of tents pops up in Lincoln Center to house the crowd of celebrities, designers and models who descend upon the city. The event also draws its own share of notable and outrageous personalities, fashionistas, and those who come just to be seen on the scene.
I am now into my fourth year of covering the event and have started to recognize a group of colorful, sassy characters who come to Fashion Week each year. Some are former models, some are bloggers, and others seem to be famous just for their outlandish outfits or feline sidekicks. A few of them stand out because they are decked out in the same colorful suits, ostentatious hair styles and eye catching accessories year after year, appearing in the lobby or on the pavilion like clockwork. Most of them seem to be there for the same reasons, to network and be part of the scene.
Cameramen elbowed photographers out of the way, television presenters crashed into bloggers, PR assistants were drowned in a shouting mass of paparazzi as everyone fought for a glimpse of Lindsay Lohan at Paris fashion week.
As a marketing scoop, her new job as artistic adviser for fashion house Emanuel Ungaro has certainly been a success. She even out-papped R&B singer Rihanna and actor Bruce Willis, who were among the VIPs visiting the Paris shows. Ungaro’s president, Mounir Moufarrige, observed the backstage scrum with a satisfied smile on his face, maybe mentally recalculating his profit outlook.
Vivienne Westwood’s latest advice may sound like a DIY fashion campaign, but it’s actually her contribution towards fighting global warming.
Hollywood’s wild child recently signed up with fashion house Emanuel Ungaro as an artistic adviser to add pizzazz to the ageing fashion brand. Her first collection will be unveiled on October 4 and it’s one she says is very close to her heart.
“I think working with Ungaro it’s more personal for me,” she told Reuters in Singapore, where she’ll be hosting a three-day music concert that coincides with the country’s Formula One race.
Tom Ford has branded as “disgusting” the ban on gay marriage in parts of the United States and elsewhere in the world.
The designer, who is openly gay, used a Venice press conference for his feature film debut “A Single Man” starring Colin Firth to criticize decisions like that in California in November banning same-sex marriage. He did, however, add that his movie, which is in competition at the Venice film festival was not about being gay at all, but about the human condition in general.
It’s fashion week in Paris — time for TV audiences and online readers around the world to stare at their screens and shout out that most popular of fashion comments: “Who on earth would wear that?”
The answer is, of course, nobody. Proper catwalk fashion isn’t meant to be worn. It’s meant to be photographed, looked at, talked about, in the hope all that buzz will help the fashion label sell products that are actually profitable, such as perfumes and sunglasses.
Ayone who has been into Topshop’s Oxford Street store in London on a Saturday will know that there are normally so many shoppers inside that it is almost difficult to move.
So when the trendy British mass market fashion retailer — for which supermodel Kate Moss designs a clothing line — opened its first U.S. store in New York this month it was no surprise that people were lining up to get in the door.
Style guru Susan Tabak has been a regular in the front row of the Paris fashion shows for the past seven years. Tabak, author of the book “Chic in Paris” and the popular style blog chicinparis gives her take to Reuters on last week’s shows:
The Pret-a-Porter Fall 2009 collections in Paris heralded chic design all week, albeit with increasing edge. Dramatic shoulder emphasis and the classic black and white palette were shown time and again, revealing themselves as key elements to Fall fashion this year.
Style guru Susan Tabak has been a regular in the front row of the Paris fashion shows for the past seven years. Tabak, author of the book “Chic in Paris” and the popular style blog chicinparis gives her take to Reuters on this week’s shows:
The Pret-a-Porter Fall 2009 shows here in Paris have signaled a return to chic design for the modern woman, and, of course, I couldn’t be happier! Though the collections thus far have displayed a range of influences, nearly all have captured an elegance that is quintessentially Parisian.
Lanvin was perfection. Designer Alber Elbaz says he appreciates the strong woman and that sentiment was reflected in this chic collection with an edge. Held at the Halle Freyssinet in the 13 arrondissment, the runway looked like an asphalt street, implying these were not just precious clothes for models on the catwalk but for the contemporary woman with places to be. There were forties-inspired suits gathered into soft peplums in the front, gorgeous fur stoles, cascading ruffles tempered with tailored silhouettes. I hugged Alber backstage and told him I wanted one of everything!
Showcased in a giant tent in the Jardin des Tuileries, Dior was a correct collection of tailored suiting with a twist. Designer John Galliano infused the clothing with Orientalism and a Mongolian look. The array of beautiful coats was the highlight for me, and though I also admired the decorated airy chiffon evening wear, the collection as a whole lacked the signature Galliano flair that I look forward to.
Olivier Theyskens collection for Nina Ricci, on the other hand, took my breath away. His last show with the label due to internal strife, Theyskens will walk away triumphant. Some of the looks reminded me of work he had done at Rochas. Others were totally fresh and unlike anything I’ve seen before. It was sexy, modern, romantic and Victorian. I loved the transparent pants, the structured jackets with big shoulders, the dresses with broad billowing ruffles and those with short fronts and trains in the back. I’d be remiss not to mention the outlandish stilt-like embellished platform shoes at the show. They were fascinating but distracting, too.
Amid the shows, there have been many fabulous parties! Thierry Mugler hosted a presentation at their atelier to celebrate the revival of their form-fitting and futuristic fashion line. Prada held the last of their Fashion Week Iconoclasts events on Avenue Montaigne, where French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld decked their boutique in snakeskin, live pythons included. I had a wild night with Diane von Furstenberg and Giambattista Valli at the new nightclub Le Montana, and it was a lavish star-studded affair at the opening of Roberto Cavalli’s new five-story flagship store on Rue Saint Honore.
The energy here in Paris is crackling. I am not only inspired by the designers’ collections but by the city itself. Watching people while waiting for the shows to start is pure theater! The crowd is dressed to impress like no where else in the world. I love the fur, the hats and the coats (though I could do without the clunky shoes, which look to be here through Fall). Stay tuned for more runway reports and Chic in Paris stories by Susan Tabak.