The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 1 of New York Fashion Week

If the first day of fashion week is like the first day of school, then Thursday's most buzzed about designers certainly gave a lesson in smart dressing. Creatures of the Wind put a saleable spin on their whimsical confections, Richard Chai said "hup! two, three, four," and Holmes & Yang suited up.
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If the first day of fashion week is like the first day of school, then Thursday's most buzzed about designers certainly gave a lesson in smart dressing. Creatures of the Wind put a saleable spin on their whimsical confections, Richard Chai said "hup! two, three, four," and Holmes & Yang suited up.
L-R: Creatures of the Wind, Holmes and Yang, Richard Chai LOVE

L-R: Creatures of the Wind, Holmes and Yang, Richard Chai LOVE

If the first day of fashion week is like the first day of school, then Thursday's most buzzed about designers certainly gave a lesson in smart dressing. Creatures of the Wind put a saleable spin on their whimsical confections, Richard Chai said "hup! two, three, four," and Holmes & Yang suited up.

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Creatures of the Wind Designers: Chris Peters and Shane Gabier

  • "Just last season, Chris Peters and Shane Gabier were focusing on intricate couture techniques. Their more masculine looks for fall also included a broad double-lapel jacket in black kidskin, ivory vinyl and olive wool worn over a black cotton and ivory vinyl shirt and a houndstooth plaid trouser in black and yellow." [AP]
  • "There were a lot of flavors to be sampled in the C.O.T.W. store, including several tailored chesterfield coats and cute tunic dresses with rugby collars all made of patchworks of different materials (leather, wool, cotton). It was their version of color blocking." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "If it lost some of the uniqueness that makes CotW special, it was also easily their most polished and sellable collection yet." [Style.com]
  • "The duo have a knack for marrying rich and disparate fabrics together in the space of one piece, which they did with a controlled hand." [Vogue.com]
  • "This proved a perfect marriage of Creatures of the Wind’s past--gleeful eccentricity--and the Darwinian path the designers find themselves on now: Evolve toward the commercial or face extinction." [WWD]

Style.com

Style.com

Holmes & Yang Designers: Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang

  • "Oh, I could go on about the history of the shirtdress and its role in domestic manufacturing, or I could tell you about the shirtdress as a symbol of female empowerment and of women’s roles in the post-World War II workforce. ... But I would rather be superficial and tell you about the clothes, for they are perfectly valid, and the nice thing about Holmes & Yang is that they do not, and should not, require a lot of thought." [On the Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "A long beaded mesh dress ... caught the eye. They actually designed it years ago, not long after they launched the brand, but didn't feel they had the collection to match it until now." [Style.com]
  • "The collection features understated classics, the type of clothes that are about fine quality and construction." [WWD]

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Richard Chai Love Designer: Richard Chai

  • "Chai put on a little edge, but he kept his collection neat and trim." [AP]
  • "'I wanted to make a new kind of suit, one that women can wear when they go out downtown.' And uptown, about town, and probably on various red carpets, too…" [Elle.com]
  • "Many of the clothes looked unusually office-appropriate, even a bit polished." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "The unifying principle here was discipline." [Style.com]
  • "The pared-down silhouettes, worked in a mostly dark palette, lacked Chai’s familiar energy." [WWD]