New York Fashion Week Spring 2016: The Best Shows From Day 1

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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. 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.

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. 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. Hollywood stars, buyers and fashion editors from across the planet descend on Gotham to admire the most coveted talent in US design dominated by the likes of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. 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. And to kick things off on a high note, we went straight to himself to get the inside scoop on his fall collection (showing today, people!), the trends you can expect to see on the runways and his whirlwind experience dressing Michelle Obama.

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. 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. I worked for him for about two and a half years which was one of the most memorable experiences but also helped me realize that being an artist wasn’t the path I wanted to take and started to doubt my talent, so I stopped. 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.

Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, known for pushing boundaries, is putting the event together with designer Riccardo Tisci, a favorite of power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. 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. 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. The theme will be “Celebration of Love” and it will also mark fashion director Tisci’s 10 years producing men’s and women’s collection for Givenchy, part of the LVMH luxury goods stable.

Givenchy is giving out nearly 1,000 tickets for ordinary people who sign up online in an attempt to broaden its appeal beyond the narrow corridors of fashionista power. 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.

Fashion Week has ditched Lincoln Center and its Mercedes-Benz sponsors to move downtown — to Moynihan Station on West 33rd Street and Clarkson Square in SoHo. During this time, I was lucky enough to get an assistant position for costume designer Bill Whitten and later on, found a job working for designer Richard Blackwell. When I am in L.A., I start my day off with a hot cup of green tea in the morning and a skype call with my N.Y.C. sales team before heading to the office.

Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old aspiring model from Australia with Down’s Syndrome is taking part in a show organized on Sunday by FTL MODA, which partners with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help models with disabilities. 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.

Tennis champion Serena Williams, on course to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988 at this weekend’s US Open finals, will show her Signature Statement collection on Tuesday. Our headquarters were designed back in 2003 by my good friends at (M)Arch, who also brought my vision to life through the renovation of my home in Pasadena, CA, our newly reopened boutique in Costa Mesa, CA and our soon to be flagship in Doha, Qatar. While the roots of the office remain the same, I regularly find myself updating the office with different pieces of furniture and artifacts that I collect from my travels. Karan has shut down the Donna Karan Collection, and Marc Jacobs has folded his spinoff line Marc into his Marc Jacobs Collection, which as per usual will be the last show of the week. The Row, run by the Olsen twins of “Full House” fame, The big names to watch are Wang, Jacobs, Hilfiger, Lauren, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Diane Von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang, Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham.

This year, it has also been exciting to dress Janelle Monáe, who accompanied me to my first CFDA Awards as well as the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. The day of the dinner, I was traveling in Shanghai and got the news that she ended up wearing one of my cocktail dresses during a school visit with Akie Abe. 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. I skyped over to my team in L.A. and heard the cheering in the background as it had been confirmed that she was wearing our finale gown from fall and couldn’t believe it.

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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