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September 2008 Fashion Week

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

Opposite Photo:
Carolina Herrera Fashion Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Fashion Week madness has taken over New York. The tents are rising in Bryant Park for the invitation-only IMG Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. And 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 San Francisco and Miami.


Isabel and Ruben Toledo

Fashion Week will be rung in by the Couture Council's Awards Luncheon at the Rainbow Room on September 3, 2008. This year's award recipient is Isabel Toledo. Here is a quote from their press release: "Presenting this award will be André Leon Tally, American editor-at-large for Vogue, and Simon Doonan, creative director for Barneys New York, will emcee the event. Once again, FIT’s glamorous annual gala luncheon, hosted by its founding Couture Council chairs Liz Peek, Yaz Hernandez, and Sarah Wolfe, will kick off fashion week in New York. Attending the award luncheon will be members of [FIT1]the artistic committee including Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Patricia Field, and Ralph Rucci, as well. The Couture Council is a [FIT4]membership group of fashion enthusiasts that helps support the exhibitions and programs of The Museum at FIT. For information on the Couture Council, call 212-217-4532 or e-mail Couturecouncil@fitnyc.edu."

Also, on Friday night at 9PM, Fashion Rocks will rock CBS TV. Here is a quote from their press release: "This star-studded concert, honoring the extraordinary relationship between fashion and music, will kick off New York's Fall Fashion Week at Radio City Music Hall. Look for some of music's most glamorous trendsetters to perform, including Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood, Fall Out Boy, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Martina McBride, Santana and Usher. OBO, an international fashion production company, will produce the fashion segments that appear throughout the concert. OBO most recently produced the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, as well as shows for Zegna, Marchesa, Tommy Hilfiger, Chloé and Behnaz Sarafpour."


 

Last February we covered sixty-two 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 September, we see the clothes for Spring 2008), here are some highlights/recap of the Fall 2008 collections we covered saw last February (the clothes you will be wearing this fall) 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 Carolina Herrera, Carmen Marc Valvo and Zang Toi.

 

Carolina Herrera Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Carolina Herrera Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Carmen Marc Valvo
February 2008
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Carmen Marc Valvo
February 2008
Photo Credit Mary Blanco


Zang Toi Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

 


The there are the amazing "jeans" designers strutting their stuff. See these photos from the Diesel, Custo Barcelona and Miss Sixty Shows.


Diesel Fashion Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Custo Barcelona Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Miss Sixty Fashion Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


Miss Sixty Fashion Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


 

Also catching the eye of descerning fashionistas were the modern and deconstructed looks of designers like Abaete, Carlos Miele and Akiko Ogawa.

 

Abaete
February 2008
Photo Mary Blanco

Abaete
February 2008
Photo Mary Blanco

Carlos Miele
Fall 2008
Photographed by Katherin Wermke
Carlos Miele
Fall 2008
Photographed by Katherin Wermke
Akiko Ogawa
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke
Akiko Ogawa
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

 

Then there was the whacked-out exuberance of the Alice + Olivia Show, the Indian print joy of Anna Sui and the other-worldly talent of the graduate students of San Francisco's Academy of Art.


Alice + Olivia
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Anna Sui
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Anna Sui
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Designer Marie Potesta
Academy of Art Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco

Designer Young Jun Ryu
Academy of Art Show
September 2007
Photo Credit Mary Blanco



 

February 2008 Fashion Week was also treated to draggy fun of David and Phillippe Blonde and the always-hot-and-forever-young Betsey Johnson Show.

Phillipe & David Blond
February 2008
Photo Credit Belkis Carrasco

Phillipe & David Blond
February 2008
Photo Credit Belkis Carrasco


Betsey Johnson Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Betsey Johnson Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke



And established designers like Bill Blass, Rebecca Taylor, Reem Acra and Tracy Reese continued to demonstrate the talent that established their "establishments."

Bill Blass Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Bill Blass Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Rebecca Taylor Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Rebecca Taylor Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Reem Acra Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Reem Acra Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Cindy Ord

Tracy Reese Show
February 2008
Photo Al McCotter

Tracy Reese Show
February 2008
Photo Al McCotter



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 showed in the tents for the first time and we can wait to see his second tent foray in September 2008.


Malan Breton Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke


And last but not least are the hot men's wear designers like Duckie Brown, Gilded Age and Perry Ellis. 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
February 2008
Photo Credit Al McCotter


Gilded Age Presentation
February 2008
Photo Credit Katherin Wermke

Perry Ellis Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos

Perry Ellis Show
February 2008
Photo Credit Eli Ceballos


See you in the tents!

Wendy


   

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