Stars come out for Givenchy show

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A young Beckham, gorgeous looks in classic black and a Kardashian selfieNow that we are a couple of days into New York Fashion Week, the celebrities have had a chance to check into their hotels, get into their best outfits and take their ‘frow’ – that’s ‘front row’ to the rest of us – seats for the pick of the shows. Unlikely duo Kim Kardashian and Courtney Love struck a pose together while out at NYFW in an epic photo that Kanye West’s pregnant wife posted to Instagram on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The show took place at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park at sundown, creating an equally contemplative and mesmerizing setting (we’re talking models standing under drain pipes, wielding olive branches—and then there’s that finale number set to a live rendition of “Ave Maria”…). I think when you get that title of being creative director some people take it for granted, and people in the fashion world truly understand what that means and for me that’s a huge step, and something I’m trying to do in the long run,” Westbrook said in an interview at the True Religion store in the Soho district of Manhattan.

We also welcomed Jamie Brewer, American Horror Story actress, who not only looked beautiful attending NYFW, but has made headlines as the first Down’s Syndrome actress to feature on the catwalk herself. Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder player who launched a line at Barney’s last year, said at True Religion, “my job is to come in with some more street style, different things that I see on a day-to-day basis from my peers.” In comparison to his Westbrook-XO-Barneys New York collection, Westbrook says the True collection is “more me coming up and kind of doing my own thing.” Fans stood outside the New York store waiting for the celebrity — who has attended shows during Fashion Week — and cheered once he arrived. The expectant mom turned heads in a plunging, black gown with a sheer lace panel over her pregnant belly on Friday. “One of the best shows I’ve ever seen!” Kardashian captioned another Instagram shot of her and West, 38, arriving at the celeb-studded Givenchy event. It might be difficult to imagine her after her younger years as the morbid Wednesday Addams or the spunky 90s teen in Casper, but Christina Ricci was also looking beyond chic at Givenchy.

Oh, and of course it wouldn’t be Fashion Week anywhere without Rihanna doing the rounds – this time in a rather daring lippy that no one else would ever be able to pull off. Joseph Altuzarra decided to go back to his Basque roots for his new spring collection, conveying a casual, sun-kissed, beach-ready feel with lots of linen, lots of white, some shiny mother-of-pearl, and espadrilles for the feet. An insider told Us Weekly that the pair were “both smiling big and looked really happy” at the fashion week event, during which Kardashian’s half-sister Kendall Jenner walked the runway. “Kendall really worked the runway and looked amazing,” a source told Us. “Kim and Kanye were smiling and chatting with each other and they both looked very proud of her.” It’s been a busy week for North’s momma. Givenchy muses (and Topshop’s newest brand ambassador) Ciara—in a booty-baring leotard—and Amanda Seyfried were both spotted en route as well, with Amanda in a molten gold fluted skirt.

Altuzarra showed his wares late Saturday at a packed runway show in downtown Manhattan with actresses Anna Kendrick and Michelle Monaghan in attendance, as well as Vogue editor Anna Wintour. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Kardashian was spotted in the stands at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y., to watch sisters Serena and Venus Williams go head-to-head in the US Open. Vogue editrix (and NYFW’s most omnipotent presence) Anna Wintour, along with Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie and supermodel Doutzen Kroes were also sighted heading in at show time. Explaining that he was “inspired by the inherent beauty of the materials and crafts of the region, and the ease and humility it exuded,” Altuzarra clearly favored a lived-in look, with wrinkled linen dresses and tops. Naomi Campbell, Erykah Badu, Doutzen Kroes, Ciara, Steven and Liv Tyler, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Amanda Seyfried, Courtney Love, Jennifer Hudson, Margot Robbie, Karen Elson, and Carine Roitfeld rounded out other notable names.

Besides white, colors included a summery orange, a royal blue and a deep green, which worked beautifully on a hand-dyed crepe de chine asymmetrical dress. The 800 “non-industry, non-celebrity” people who were fortunate enough to snag a coveted spot inside the event co-curated by performance artist Marina Abramovic were pushed to the back. Kendall Jenner took to the catwalk (natch) in a simple white peplum top and loose-fitting black trousers, making her fourth appearance for Tisci since the fall-winter 2014 season. But considering this was easily Fashion Week’s biggest and most buzzed about show—it’s the first time Givenchy has presented in New York as opposed to Paris—no one could complain. It hasn’t been too long: Back in June, Kendall hit the runway for Givenchy’s presentation at Men’s Fashion Week (you read that right) alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell.

And for those times when something heavier is called for, his tobacco-colored alligator wrap vest and wrap coat were clear highlights of the show. “It was absolutely amazing,” said the “Pitch Perfect” star. “Some of his blazers were absolutely stunning. Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls appeared in one of the most stunning looks from the collection: A floor-sweeping black gown featuring a voluminous organza skirt. A monk sang tribal tunes while performers stood under water spouts, held large branches, or slowly climbed up and down ladders. “A tall blond in all black lost her balance as she attempted the maze in sky-high heels. But I am hoping to find an excuse to wear some of those from today, because they were absolutely gorgeous.” On a dystopian set with One World Trade Center beaming its blue light into the night sky this Sept. 11, Givenchy took Manhattan on a pier before a star-studded crowd, remembering tragedy and celebrating fashion at the same time. She did the only thing you can do: break character to smile and laugh it off.” Abramovic’s note inside the program, addressed to Tisci with her love, referred to the events of 9/11; the location of Pier 26 on Manhattan’s West Side had a clear view of the Freedom Tower.

The music, she wrote, was from six different cultures and religions; the set was constructed from recycled materials and debris, so it could be constructed and deconstructed without waste. From monochrome separates and trim menswear pieces to stop and stare-worthy gowns, the spring-summer 2016 presentation offered more than food for sartorial thought. The brothers, 27 and known as The Uwi Twins, unveiled “I Left My Heart In Africa!” at Gotham Hall and said they returned to the continent after 17 years to design their clean and simplistic ready-to-wear 2016 spring-summer collection. “It was a huge contrast from the last time we were there.

Flowing pants and cream colored silk robes floated in the wind as the female models walked by in intricately bedazzled face coverings, masterminded by Tisci’s right-hand make-up artist, Pat McGrath. Meanwhile, a troupe of male models appeared in sleek suits: some all white, some all black, some with hues of brown and accented with intricate patterns. The event, as celebrity and glamor-heavy as it was, was–Abramovic insisted in the program–about “forgiveness, inclusivity, new life, hope, and, above all, love.” The highlights: a soft pink blazer paired with pink shorts with large black lines on each side, and a black and white shirt with a splash on pink over the shoulders. “This brand is about inspiring the underdog and with this collection, yeah it is inspired by Africa, but it’s also for anyone who feels like they’re down,” Reuben said. “Look at us — we’ve been down multiple times.

You can get back up.” His usual space with a stark concrete floor was left alone to let his spring/summer collection stand under the lights as he rolled out crisp, elegant looks featuring sandy cream and khaki for day, with blush and sunset tones for evening. “I was drawn to the culture and lifestyle of Morocco, particularly the annual traditional of Feast of the Throne celebration in Marrakesh, for which notables dress head to toe in beautifully draped linens,” Siriano said in his notes. He also drew inspiration from natural elements of the country and such things as the colors in Moroccan wedding blankets, along with the lattice details of its architecture, particularly mosques. “I’ve never been, so I wanted it to be my dream and fantasy of what it would be like through my idea of this woman traveling to Morocco,” Siriano said Saturday in a backstage interview before the show. “So she’s dressed for packing and traveling and figuring out what to bring, and then she’s there in Fez or Marrakech.” Siriano included touches of royal gold with metallic lattice laser cuts and organza, and layers of cascading tulle.

While trying to appeal to the younger downtown crowd, Siriano can’t lose the older, elegant woman who dresses grandly for evening, “because she’s the one who pays the bills,” he said. “But we can do both, I think.”

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