Today I had the pleasure of attending NYFW’s opening day at Lincoln Center. The fanfare was out, the welcome wagon was in place, smiling, happy faces were glowing with anticipation. Okay, I jest, slightly. There were some smiling faces, but mostly the ladies were concentrating hard on their teetering heels and trying not to look in agony as they strutted both inside and out, doing their best imitation of whatever a fashionista is supposed to look like.
I attended three shows (veterans get to be choosy): David Tlale, The Supima Design Competition, and Desigual.
Tlale’s show was in a designated area NYFW calls “The Box.” No, it’s not a form of solitary confinement in a state prison, much like it sounds. It’s a staging area that literally displays clothing and their models on pedestals. You walk around in a sort of misshapen line, trying not to get in the way of the guys with the big lenses, and peruse. What’s my take? Tlale has potential. I give him an A for effort. Some of the pieces showed high fashion promise, and I think we’re going to see better things in the future. Points for cut back details, a well made lace and black number, as well as sheer tops that look cool and “fashiony” over a bare chest. While Tlale used a zig zag print in a few garments, overall the collection lacked cohesion, and felt slightly student graduation show.
I was taking a nice little smoking break (don’t judge) between shows on the steps of Lincoln Center when I met a nice young freelance stylist who mused about the bi-coastal lifestyle of adults today. Not yet having reached our pinnacle of success (with multiple homes) we find ourselves couch surfing with friends for months at time. According to him the most fashionable thing today is that “no one really lives anywhere anymore.” Here. Here. Onward…
Next up, Supima. What’s that? It’s essentially a design competition between the top students and the top design schools across the country, every garment was made from untreated American Supima cotton. Little piece of trivia: Lagerfeld and St. Laurent were teenage contestants back in the day. Today was a delightful showing that provided a variety of looks from several young designers who truly are talented and who’s futures do look bright indeed. I particularly enjoyed the hand knit dress of designer Sylvia Bukowski from Kent State University and Michelle Leal’s (from Savannah College of Art and Design) white and blue confections with and sewn ruffles. I was surprised with the winner of the competition, Morgan Selin (from RISD). The dark blue denim colors and foil lining treatment felt hm, kind of obvious. Good fit, good construction, though.
No anecdotes from passers by to share before Desigual, and no photos. The lights (and the base) were blinding! Well, for my iPhone lens. I can tell you this, in spite of my reservations, this collection was fun. Not meant to be avant garde high fashion, they understand their demographic, designing and styling for it. High notes were 60s sleeveless shifts in ethnic-inspired prints. Low lights include large floppy sun hats (by the dozen) with upturned brims. Sort of like a pirate on vacation.