Creating sophisticated versions of the clothes he remembered from his ’90s California childhood was Bell’s focus this season, drawing from “a journey of memories of [his] youth, from surfing with [his] father.”
We kicked our day off bright and early with the debut of the first ever plus size fashion line to show at fashion week, and never slowed down. From checking out the best beauty backstage at Rag & Bone and Helmut Lang, to scoping models-off-duty, we saw a lot.
Check out all the awesome stuff we saw on day two of New York Fashion Week:
Nostalgia meets modern. 1967 California Music Festival meets ’60s folk. East meets West. Unstructured meets structured. Slouchy meets sophistication. These are just a few of the contrasts Chadwick Bell told me he was looking to explore this season, using a rich soundtrack as design inspiration. “I started with Simon and Garfunkel [and then] Carole King. Read more →
We’ve got more show notes up and running for you! The design duo at Nicholas K put layers on top of layers, Chadwick Bell designed for a girl in self-discovery mode, and Kimberly Ovitz had models barefoot in clay.
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The Clothes: For Chadwick Bell’s girl this season, one is the loneliest number. She’s in the Southwest and “the journey for her this season is very lonely. She needs that space to find herself,” the designer told me backstage. And in the process of finding herself or nirvana (as described in the program notes), she’s Read more →
New York Fashion Week has officially begun and as we’ve learned, more designers are showing than ever before. New York seems to breed new talent at an alarming rate compared to other cities. And while that may irritate established designers and make our schedules that much more insane, we love nothing more than being surprised and blown away by a name we’d never heard before.
Still, it can be tough to filter out the real talent from the ones who will fade into the background. All it takes to show a collection is time and money, but to show one that makes us want to see more–that takes something special. So, for the second year in a row, we’ve handpicked 15 relatively under-the-radar designers showing this week who we think are worth paying attention to. Click through to learn about each one and why we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of them for seasons to come.