Designer Carrie Hammer began her “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign earlier this year to feature and design for professional women who are underserved in the fashion world. In February, Hammer included a woman in a wheelchair in a runway show, not realizing at the time that her show was the first in history to do so. Karen Crespo, a 30-year-old who lost her limbs to bacterial meningitis, saw the show and contacted Hammer to thank her for including women with disabilities in her work. Last Friday, Crespo modeled in a New York Fashion Week runway show in a dress named after her. Keep reading »
“I think the fashion world needs to come to grips with reality. The reality is you have the whole country electronically connected. They’re educating the insides of their heads, as they should, and not [dressing] the outside with a fancy hat or a dress. Simple clothes, that’s key, and I think that’s what the fashion world should really think about…Look at the lines waiting to get into that Apple store on 5th Avenue! Do you see a line waiting to get into Bergdorfs or Saks? The future belongs to this generation and the high-tech world is it!”
Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer for the New York Times, teared up Wednesday night at New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis’ “Fashion Icons” series. He sat down with Mallis at New York’s 92Y to talk all things style, and the normally very private Cunningham kept his heart on his sleeve the whole night. After describing in emotional detail the Battle of Versailles in 1973, which he considers the best fashion show he’s ever seen, he added:
“That’s what American fashion does best! Not imitate, but the simplicity, the honesty of clothes — that’s what we’ve got to get back! That’s what made America great, and what made the fashion world great.”
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Perhaps I’m just hungry, but is it me or do these Fashion Week dresses look like baked goods?
I instantly thought ‘wedding cake’ when the Marchesa model (left) walked down the runway wearing a dress that seemed to be made out of ruffled icing. And then there was this Betsey Johnson number (right) … I want to eat it.
Don’t get me wrong, both are pretty. Though they’re not exactly my taste, they look like they would satisfy my taste buds. Which one do you think looks more like something you’d hoover into your pie hole during a bad bout of PMS? Click “vote” below your choice to weigh in.
Gorgeous clothes, tons of festivities, star sightings city-wide — what’s not to love about Fashion Week? Well, the prices, for one thing. We might fall madly in love with a dress right off the runway, but we’d be mad to shell out $3,000 for it, no? That’s why we’ve taken to the Internet in search of our favorite catwalk trends on a waaaaaay more reasonable budget. Up next, we found three pieces inspired by the jacquard accents at Narciso Rodriguez… Keep reading »
While Frisky readers know me from my occasional “What Are We Wearing Today” posts when I was one of The Frisky’s marketing interns, I actually lived a double life this summer. Twice a week, I headed into The Frisky’s office for some Google Analytics and design shenanigans, while the other three days I spent trafficking samples and learning the ropes of the fashion world at up-and-coming fashion brand Nonoo. It was an incredibly exciting summer for Nonoo (their runway show is pictured above) — the brand was declared a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist in July, and I was lucky enough to be a part it.
I was even luckier to get to leave school in St. Louis in order to fly back to New York for a weekend (thanks Mom and Dad!) to attend Nonoo’s first-ever runway show for NYFW. So on September 6, I made an attempt to look runway-ready and headed into the city for the Nonoo show. But while I knew all along that it was going to be weird, I hadn’t realized quite how surreal it would be to experience the ultimate fashion scene as someone who really has no idea what they’re doing. Get the scoop on my New York Fashion Week craziness in GIF form…
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As if fashion week weren’t problematic enough, what with the parades of drastically thin models and shameful lack of racial diversity, now a plastic surgeon has set up a runway next to the tents at Lincoln Center to stage a show of his “designs,” AKA cosmetic surgery patients, AKA human beings. Yep, the show was called “Faces Of Beauty” and featured 50(!) of the doctor’s former patients strutting the catwalk while photos of their former noses, foreheads, and chins were displayed on monitors behind them. “There are lot of trends out there. One is the clothes you wear. Another is the face and body you wear,” says the surgeon, who I’m not going to name because I don’t want to add to his Google hits. “Just like Ralph Lauren introduces his new line, what I am introducing is aesthetically pleasing plastic surgery.” Just overlook the minor detail that Ralph Lauren’s fabrics of choice are cotton and silk, while this dude’s are cartilage and flesh. Keep reading »