It is the near beginning of fall and once again Fashion Weeks are descending upon the world. London, Paris, Milan will follow in their due but this past week New York Fashion Week 2014 began with true style on Wednesday. At those ubiquitous tents in Lincoln Center, as well as many other venues around the Big Apple, more than one hundred designers descend yearly showing their wares. There are ultra-hip V.I.P. only after-parties, lots of celebrity spotting and a fair amount of drummed-up controversy bloggers keep alive as long as they can.
Ah Fashion Week, there is nothing quite like it.
Wednesday saw the proceedings kick-off in a big way at the Athleta show featuring a female aerialist “air running” above a white stage. Below her ‘models’ break-danced, commenced complicated yoga moves and mini-trampoline-ists executed their athleticism in the brand’s varied and colorful active wear. Athleta was also showing their new “dry-down technology” in outer wear pieces .
That night a “Salute the Runway,” showing had military female veterans walking the runway in Donna Karan, Carmen Marc Valvo, Mara Hoffman and eight other designers. This Salute “initiative” as it is called, has put on fashion shows on military bases in Texas, Washington state and elsewhere. The classic little black dress has never been shown with such precision stepping and style.
Beyond the runway showings (day & night), The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology honored Carolina Herrera with her very own 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
As has been the case for just about ever, arguing whether NYC is the couture capitol of the world over Milan, Paris or London is a debate no one ever wins. But it is assured that Fashion Week NYC this year began with a star-studded, high-branded first day and night.
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