Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week – Day 7
February 19, 2011 1 Comment
February 15, NYFW Day 7 – My final day here at New York Fashion Week was a busy one. It’s All Style To Me invitations included Brazilian designer Herchcovitch;Alexandre and Adrienne Vittadini. I also covered the Dax Gabler Presentation at the Chelsea Arts Tower and Milan-based outerwear designer Allegri’s 40th Anniversary Retrospective and FW11 Presentation on behalf of French Magazine Luxsure.
My first and only ‘fashion show’ of the day was Herchcovitch;Alexandre’s departure from his traditional work by way of his FW11 collection. For FW11, the designer found influence in volcanic rocks, magma, and rock sediment. The designer juxtaposed neon yellow-green lace on black and grey wool, an attempt to evoke the sensation of magma moving through stone. Key in this monochromatic collection was the element of contrast between colours, shapes, and fabrics. Necklaces and bracelets made of black pearls with magnetic clasps and clutches resembling cut stone made of resin acted as accents in Herchcovitch;Alexandre’s geological foray. The effect is interesting, but the looks come off somewhat cold, masculine, and a couple of tattoos and black eye make-up short of gothic. Where’s the red? It would have been nice if the designer surprised us by taking the theme a step further introducing vivid reds and yellows (even as accents) in some of his pieces.
Adrienne Vittadini’s FW11 collection was inspired by Modern Muses. Their muses, not so modern, included famous models of the past the likes of a rather fetching 50-year-old Carol Alt and one super sexy and fit looking Niki Taylor. These are women who express their spirit through fashion, exuding ageless style and radiating confidence thereby personifying the Adrienne Vittadini woman. Carol, Irina, Niki, Pat, Roshumba, Frederique, and Carmen walked the runway with big smiles on their faces as fans clapped cheering their return. The label has built quite a fan base in its 30+ years of business. The outfits looked elegant without being too formal. They look comfortable, simple, wearable, and versatile. The models stole the show and were swarmed backstage afterwards. I had the chance to sneak in before the New York Post to ask Carol and Niki for some style tips for men. Click here for their responses.
A quick trek out to see the Dax Gabler Presentation in Chelsea (click here for photos), then a sprint back on the ‘A train’ to 59th. As I walked out of the subway and towards the Lincoln Center, I saw the most beautiful towering blond standing outside of a hotel. I walked by here holding eye contact with that, “I know her from somewhere,” look as she looked back at me and smiled. I continued walking before I stopped and did a double take. She had caught on, smiled and looked away. With the Lincoln Center across the street and my standing, waiting for the light to change, I decided to walk back and ask her how NYFW is going. “Are you working a lot of shows this year?” I asked. She smiled again and replied politely, “I have one, Calvin Klein.” It turns out this goddess is fashion’s it girl and Calvin Klein model, Lara Stone. She was gracious enough to let me take a photo or two and then I was off to catch the Allegri presentation.
Allegri celebrated their 40 years in the fashion industry by holding an Italian style outdoor party and presentation complete with hot models, media, wine, olive bread and risotto. No disrespect to the other shows, but Allegri managed to wrangle some of the best looking models that I had seen at New York Fashion Week this season. Proudly sharing their Vinci roots with the famed artist Leonardo, Allegri have emerged as pioneers in outerwear referring to themselves as architects of fabric. Allegri’s Black Label collection is making its debut in the US with pieces that are finely tailored, have decadent detailing, silky luxe linings, and a sophisticated silhouette for a refined fit. Allegri engineers fabrics to work with the elements. Some the highlights in menswear were the quilted Teflon Flannel jackets and bold coloured ski jackets. Great show, great retrospective display, great party…and great models!