The dread set in with the snow on Wednesday morning. My first Fashion Week. Would it be cancelled? Would I have to wear wellies instead of my red suede booties? No and yes. In hindsight, that was the better sacrifice.
I sloshed my way to the Geren Ford presentation downtown and suffered a cab splash-by on the way. Geren was asked if she considered cancelling because of the weather: “I’d rather go up against a blizzard than a Marc Jacobs timeslot.”
She needn’t have worried. The room was crowded and buzzing around the models, with their Lauren Bacall-inspired look -- wine-stained lips and finger curls.
The palate of the clothes was primarily slate grey, black, and olive, and according to Geren, inspired by a Francis Bacon exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last year. Pants were either loose and cropped, or long and tight. A pair of jodhpur style patched leggings took the genre up a notch. A few long dresses were a bit dull, but she made up for them with an amazing short black leather dress (I will stalk the internet until it's mine). Geren collaborated with NYC-based jewelry line Flutter on the piles of brassy, but not shiny chain necklaces atop each outfit.
Geren talked about mixing soft fabrics mixed with stiffer ones, a common theme of hers, and I asked her about her collaboration with Urban Outfitters - she loves the outcome.
It was the perfect ease into Fashion Week, and the Ginger Geren (her signature cocktail) more than made up for the snow.