New York Fashion Week Recap: Day One

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NY Fashion Week: Japanese gardens, California sun, and Kanye.

What he left behind was a collection of standout sandals in leather and adorned with beads and fur, and handbags made of materials sourced throughout Africa and created by artisans there, said Aurora James, the company’s founder and creative director.NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews opened Thursday. We’ll sift through runway looks all week to curate a NYFW novice-friendly round-up of the shows you need to know about—not to mention staying on the lookout for future red carpet gowns (2015 Emmys, anyone?) and recurrent style motifs from designers who set the tone for our spring shopping lists. That doesn’t mean that newcomers can’t wow us, of course: put forth her very first LC Lauren Conrad runway collection (also marking her NYFW debut) on Sept. 9, showcasing a line rife with fairytale details (we’re talking tulle skirts, airy fringe and all-over sequins). gave us a peek into his office and his design process, which came to fruition beautifully on his spring-summer 2016 runway.

James, for the first time, has partnered with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative, offering support for her effort to boost skills training and job creation in Africa. She seems to wear whatever she finds — tie-dyed knit shirts under ruffled floral dresses with sandals and legwarmers, or patchwork kimono tops with shibori print pants. While describing her shoes and bags this season as “post-hippy minimalism,” James found inspiration from the musical Lijadu sisters of Nigeria – and women in general. It was humid, sweaty AND rainy outside — typical crummy Fashion Week weather — but inside the Tadashi Shoji show, it was a cool, serene Japanese garden.

In both his decor and his designs, the designer paid homage to his birth country’s culture and tradition, presenting a show inspired by its gardens, its traditional robes, and its artwork. It applied this thought to its front row, too, seating Laverne Cox from “Orange Is the New Black” with fashion icon Iris Apfel as well as models Karolina Kurkova and Irina Shayk. Pretty floral embroideries and beading were added for accents in a collection that was presented in purplish hues, from deep violet to a hint of color created by layering white and lavender tulle.

Highlights included a filmy evening-blue wisteria motif tulle dress, both in a midi-length and in a full-length gown, and an ivory floor-length kimono coat, embroidered with a peony motif and worn over a matching sleeveless top and a floor-length tulle skirt. “The faint scent of a fresh rain still lingers in the air,” the designer wrote in his show notes. “Meandering down a moss worn pebbled path, the serenity of a Japanese garden beckons us with the fragrance of blooming nostalgia.” Heading back outside into the humid air of midtown Manhattan, one could still dream. Husband-wife design team Lubov and Max Azria brought the West Coast sun to a dreary New York day as they kicked off Fashion Week on Thursday with a beachy, casual collection. “California was our first impulse,” said Azria before the show in midtown Manhattan. “The beach and the sun and the weather, the good weather.” The bohemian line included flowing floral frocks layered with tie-dye tees and tribal print vests topped by hipster bucket hats. There were also cozy pullovers, embroidered ponchos and slouchy leg warmers — just in case the breeze picks up at the beach. “I think anybody who’s enters into an industry, and they’re the new kid on the block, you’ve got to prove yourself.

Conrad is best known for appearing on her MTV reality show and its spin-off “The Hills.” She’s since written books, designed clothing lines and runs a lifestyle brand. “I have been having babies for the past couple years, so it’s exciting to get back into the music industry, and I think that it will only make the fashion industry that I am working in even better,” she said. Target struck a fun pose Wednesday night when the retailer threw a party that brought to life Vogue’s iconic images it reimagined for the fashion bible’s September issue.

Guests could ride on a carousel or check out some of the fashions like belted plaid jackets, black-and-white checkered pumps and a fur head wrap that Target created and were inspired from looks in Vogue dating back to the 1920s. Fans can also use the Shazam app to explore the original image or buy the item featured in the 21-page insert in Vogue. “To do something like this at this moment of our transformation signals culturally that Target’s mojo is back,” says Target’s chief marketing officer Jeff Jones.

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