Same Old, Same Old…

Well- we’re not even into the third day of Fashion Week, and two annoying trends that have usually come to mark Fashion Weeks of the past have already emerged: the annoying musical soundtracks that seem to accompany even worse fashion shows….and Judy Licht personalizing all her compliments by telling the designers she’s interviewing how much she can see herself/her husband/her friends wearing their FABULOUS designs. Well, I suppose it’s good to be able to rely on certain things in life. What else? everyone’s obsession with Anna Wintour….not only will she most probably be on the cover (as well as inside) every fashion week glossy distributed during the shows, but when I tuned into WE Channel’s Full Frontal Fashion, they were replaying a documentary made about her several years ago, which originally aired in London.

Nice surprises…William Barrett’s Blue Khaki launch: real clothes for real men- chic, elegant, and luxurious..held at the new venue in the Tents- The Atelier- which is open, light, and spacious… Keanan Duffty’s unexpected use of vintage dolls to show his men’s and women’s collection at in Soho…. Pierrot’s always innovative and whimsical knitwear…. Kenneth Cole’s new graphic, clean lines… Rebecca Taylor’s short and sweet homage to Chrissie Hynde replete with ‘charming’ touches (literally), and Tracy Reese’s vintage inspired (and Chanel inspired) frothy, feminine confections. It’s obvious that black and white is staging a comeback, Mod is hot again, as is corduroy and velvet…and Courrege’s space age designs will be serving as inspiration for many a collection. Oh yes, and jumpers and white boots are back with a vengeance.

Also back in force is Bill Cunningham, who told me on Friday that it was his first ‘official’ day back at his job at The New York Times. His eyes literally lit up as he enraptured about the Christian Dior hosted Frick party held the night before, which drew all the city’s socialites (who were decked out in amazing couture- ah…luxury lives!!!), and he looks as good as ever. It’s hard to believe that only recently, he went through some rather serious medical procedures…Seeing him in front of the Tents, always signifies that Fashion Week is really under way! But talking about clothes and fashion, I must say it’s kind of hard to think about what to wear, and where one’s seat is, in light of all the scary news these days. Hopefully, there will be enough high moments, with wonderful and wearable clothes, to cheer us all up and give us all something to dream about!

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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