The 4 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 1 of New York Fashion Week

The curtain rose on New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center's Theatre and Stage Thursday, but Report Card knows there was an awful lot of good style action happening among emerging designers presenting Wednesday--or Day 0. Critics were especially jazzed about Billy Reid alum Charles Harbison's Aaliyah-African diaspora-Yves Klein-prepster mashup and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Veronica Beard's decision to blow out their blazer-and-dickeys into an eightiesrific full collection. On the official first day of fashion week, fashion's Midwestern eccentrics Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters blew into town with an infectiously ebullient ode to Hyperborea, a utopia where the sun always shines, and Richard Chai got some love from critics for his lightest collection in a number of seasons.
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The curtain rose on New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center's Theatre and Stage Thursday, but Report Card knows there was an awful lot of good style action happening among emerging designers presenting Wednesday--or Day 0. Critics were especially jazzed about Billy Reid alum Charles Harbison's Aaliyah-African diaspora-Yves Klein-prepster mashup and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Veronica Beard's decision to blow out their blazer-and-dickeys into an eightiesrific full collection. On the official first day of fashion week, fashion's Midwestern eccentrics Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters blew into town with an infectiously ebullient ode to Hyperborea, a utopia where the sun always shines, and Richard Chai got some love from critics for his lightest collection in a number of seasons.

L-R: Veronica Beard, Creatures of the Wind, Harbison, Richard Chai Love

L-R: Veronica Beard, Creatures of the Wind, Harbison, Richard Chai Love

The curtain rose on New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center's Theatre and Stage Thursday, but Report Card knows there was an awful lot of good style action happening among emerging designers presenting Wednesday--or Day 0. Critics were especially jazzed about Billy Reid alum Charles Harbison's Aaliyah-African diaspora-Yves Klein-prepster mashup and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee Veronica Beard's decision to blow out their blazer-and-dickeys into an eightiesrific full collection.

On the official first day of fashion week, fashion's Midwestern eccentrics Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters blew into town with an infectiously ebullient ode to Hyperborea, a utopia where the sun always shines, and Richard Chai got some love from critics for his lightest collection in a number of seasons.

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Harbison Designer: Charles Harbison

  • "Charles Harbison definitely counts as a designer to watch this NYFW." [Daily Front Row]
  • "'I believe in a four-pronged approach,' Mr. Harbison said. That is, there were four main inspirations for the collection, which he listed as prep, an African diaspora, Yves Klein (for pops of blue) and Aaliyah. ... Well, if you put all of that in a blender, as Mr. Harbison did, you’ll still wind up with a collection for spring that looks terrific." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "What sounds like a bit much actually worked to lovely effect." [WWD]

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Veronica Beard Designers: Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard

  • "One story above Bleecker Street, a crowd of heeled and coifed fashion folk time-traveled back to the Eighties with Veronica Beard. Luckily for all, not a shoulder pad was in sight." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Overall, the vibrant lineup signified a brave departure for the brand that successfully demonstrated the designers' range." [Style.com]
  • "The opulence of the Upper East Side and the punk scene of the ‘80s come together in Veronica Beard’s colorful spring 2014 collection." [Wmagazine.com]
  • "Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, the sisters-in-law who ended up with the same name and also happen to be young, attractive working mothers, are a marketing dream come true. Now how to tap into that potential? They’re evolving not only the blazer-and-dickey concept they started with, but also their prices with a recent shift to advanced contemporary, while delivering their most youthful, fashion-driven collection for spring." [WWD]

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Creatures of the Wind Designers: Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters

  • "The show wasn't, well, showy. It had solid styles that one could imagine in the closet of a confident tastemaker, not trendy cool girl." [AP]
  • "The designers delivered on their quirky, offbeat reputation." [Style.com]
  • "Shane Gabier and Chris Peters have nicely evolved as designers, improving their Creatures of the Wind label even as they have resisted entreaties to knock it off with the obscure references to mythical peoples (just google Hyperborea)." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "The shapes, like boxy jackets and ankle-length skirts, evoked the styling of the '40s, but the materials, like silk lamé, mesh, and nylon, made this offering entirely modern. Hyperborean, even." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Overall, this was a grown-up showing of what these wonderfully left-of-center designers can do." [Vogue.com]
  • "The results were plenty charming if imperfect as the designers negotiated the delicate dance of viable eccentricity." [WWD]

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Richard Chai Love Designers: Richard Chai

  • "The geometric shapes that Chai is known to play with had softened edges, thanks largely to his choices in fabric and color." [AP]
  • "On the runway were more options to wear every day, including some seriously lust-worthy white quilted bomber jackets, and a few simple red sheaths to remedy those "I hate my closet" days." [ELLE.com]
  • "After last season’s disciplinarian approach, it seems that Chai has mellowed out for the new season. After all, even the sharpest army gets some furlough." [NOWFASHION]
  • "A master class in modern femininity." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Chai's bias-cut slipdresses looked fresh, and for that matter so did his super-wide-leg pants, which he showed with sporty fitted crop tops." [Style.com]
  • "For now, the clothes on the runway are about the last thing people are looking at. Mr. Chai’s included clean and sporty separates, a sleeveless white seersucker jacket over red-striped pants, red cotton dresses and white leather motorcycle jackets, and more stripes and patterns combined in ways that would interest people, if they had the time to stop and look." [On The Runway/

    The New York Times]

  • "The highlight was undoubtedly the Andrew Marc leathers, which provided a lift to the entire presentation." [WWD]