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February 2008 Fashion Week

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by the New York Cool Photographers

Opposite Photo:
L.A.M.B. Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Fashion Week madness has taken over New York. The tents have risen in Bryant Park for the invitation-only IMG Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. All over the city, non-tent-showing designers (either too big or too small for the tents) are preparing their shows. And all around the world, magazine editors and store buyers have packed their bags and left for New York, where they will be dazzled once again by the exuberance and talent of the New York fashion world.

New York Cool will be there for it all. We have a team of five writers and photographers covering Fashion Week this February with photographers flying in from Barcelona, San Francisco and Miami.

Last September we covered sixty-four shows and are planning on covering that many yet again. And since the clothes shown at Fashion Week are always at least six months "early" (in February, we see the clothes for Fall 2008), here are some highlights/recap of the Spring/Summer 2008 collections we covered saw last September (the clothes you will be wearing as soon as we all defrost) with links to our coverage of the show under each photograph. .


 

One of the joys of Fashion Week is seeing the evening gowns in collections like those shown by designers Jason Wu, Katie Stern, Marc Bouwer and Farah Angsana.

 

Jason Wu Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Evans Lamour

Jason Wu Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Evans Lamour

Venexiana
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Venexiana
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos


Marc Bouwer Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Farah Angsana Show
September 2007

Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

And then there was non-tent designer Rabia Yelcin who showed at the St. Regis Hotel. Ms. Yelcin is from Turkey; she is an observant Muslim who wears a head scarf. Ms. Yelcin also designed a stunning and sensual collection.


Rabia Yalcin Couture Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit James Bluck


 

One of the most fun parts of Fashion Week is seeing the "jeans" designers strut their stuff. See these photos from the Custo Barcelona and Miss Sixty Shows.


Custo Barcelona Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Miss Sixty Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Miss Sixty Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


 

Then there was the whacked-out exuberance of the Alice + Olivia Show, the deconstructed tee-shirted-party-dresses of English designers Poltock & Walsh, the look-at-me sexiness of Angel Devil and the other-worldly talent of the graduate students of San Francisco's Academy of Art.

Alice + Olivia
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Alice + Olivia
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Poltock & Walsh Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Yosra El-Essawy

Poltock & Walsh Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Yosra El-Essawy

Angel Devil
September 2007
Photo Credit Yosra El-Essawy

Angel Devil
September 2007
Photo Credit Yosra El-Essawy

Designer MinSun Lee
Academy of Art Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Designer Yi-Ting "Maxim" Lee
Academy of Art Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco



 

September 2007 Fashion Week was also treated to multi-talented Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B line and to the incredible fun of the always-hot-and-forever-young Betsey Johnson Show.

L.A.M.B. Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

L.A.M.B. Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Betsey Johnson Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Betsey Johnson Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke



 

And last September, established designers like Nicole Miller, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra and Tracy Reese continued to demonstrate the talent that established their "establishments."

Nicole Miller Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Nicole Miller Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Michael Kors Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Michael Kors Show
September 2007

Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Carolina Herrera Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Carolina Herrera Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Reem Acra Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Reem Acra Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Tracy Reese Fashion Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco


And no Fashion Week would be complete without the Malan Breton Show. Malan has now been showing at Fashion Week for two years (ever since his run on Project Runway) and in February 2008, he will show in the tents for the very first time. Bravo and kisses to Malan!

Malan Breton Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Rod Nunez

Malan Breton Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Rod Nunez

 


Another New York Cool favorite designer, Zang Toi, held a fashion-show-at-a-party last September. Zang will be back showing in the tents in February.


Zang Toi Puckers Up
September 2007
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Here is Zang kissing one of his models at the party.


 

And last but not least are the hot men's wear designers like Duckie Brown, John Varvatos, Carlos Campos and newcomer Unruly Heir. Men may feel rightfully left out of fashion week, but we at New York Cool try to remember that you are half the population and cover the shows accordingly.


Duckie Brown Show
Septembember 2007
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

John Varvatos Show
September 2007
Photo Credit

John Varvatos Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco


Carlos Campos Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Belkis Carrasco


Unruly Heir Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

See you in the tents!

Wendy


   

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