As a proud lifelong brunette, I'd never discredit my tonsorial sisters by saying blondes have more fun. HOWEVER, when it comes to New York Fashion Week shows, The Blonds definitely have more fun than anyone else. The dynamic duo of David and Phillipe Blond always seems to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places, and in less-capable hands, off-the-wall ideas like theirs have the distinct potential to fall really really flat (spoiler alert: They never do, though, because these two are rhinestone-swaddled geniuses). Their collections—and accordingly, their shows—are always campy but never corny, forever nailing the exact frequency of BANANAS. For Fall 2014 they looked to Gotham City—more specifically, Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) circa Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
Hey, remember how the biggest conversation in the weeks leading up to this season of New York Fashion Week was about how the whole enterprise was starting to feel a bit like a circus? There was talk of designers pulling out of the traditional tents/Lincoln Center situation and turning toward smaller, more intimate (and more spread out) venues, and that Alexander Wang might even move his presentation all the way out to *GASP* Brooklyn! Well, it happened. All of it. And while we agree that NYFW, as it exists, begs to be disrupted, this week, we turned toward the eye of the storm and walked straight into the zoo. OK, a zoo. A gathering of animals, at the very least? We went to the New York Pet Fashion Show. And, BTW, (HAI, HATERZ) it was THE BEST.
A few looks from Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection.
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The Force is strong with this one. "This one" meaning Rodarte's Fall 2014 collection (obviously). Yesterday, the Sisters Mulleavy sent their latest line down the runway, which featured a few VERY familiar faces—and we're not talking about the models. With the blessing of director George Lucas, his wife Mellody Hobson, and Disney (who recently acquired the rights to Lucas' Lucasfilm Limited production company) Rodarte presented a series of Star Wars-themed looks that were both very literal (i.e. gowns emblazoned with Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO) and creatively interpretative.
Before the beloved character-print dresses closed out the show (sans noticeably absent leads like Princess Leia and Darth Vader), Rodarte duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy delivered a collection filled with what we believe were more-discreet references to the cult-classic trilogy—which, to the average ogler, might seem
totally a bit random, but have been several years in the making, as George Lucas took a highly coveted front row seat at Rodarte's Winter 2012 show. We consulted our resident Star Wars fangirl, Lauren Reid, for some much-needed insight on the collection's less-obvious nods to the films.
Looks from Peter Som's Fall 2014 show.
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Last season, sound stylist Javier Peral gave us all the juicy deets on the vibes behind the soundtracks at New York Fashion Week. From Jason Wu to Monique Lhuillier to Carolina Herrera, we got the lowdown on the curated beats that fueled the catwalks, and the people, places, and things that influenced designers' new collections. This season, Peral has been gracious enough to grant us access (again) to Peter Som's soundtrack, which has quickly become one of the most heralded shows of the Fall 2014 collections. Wanna know all the songs that accompanied Som's fresh, blurry florals and expertly tailored pieces? (Your answer should be something along the lines of "duh.") Well, good. Because you can check out the full playlist and the ideas behind the looks after the jump!
There are a few things you can always expect from a Christian Siriano show: drama that's well-balanced with wearability, meticulous attention to construction, and highbrow inspiration. The Fall 2014 collection he debuted at New York Fashion Week is absolutely no exception, hitting each note with even more masterful precision than in previous seasons. We were lucky enough to catch up with Siriano backstage just before his show, where he revealed his muse and gave us a peek at his thought process when developing a collection.
Models on the runway at Rag & Bone's Fall 2014 show during New York Fashion Week.
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Runway fashion borrowing from hip-hop culture is hardly a new phenomenon. The trend took off back in fall of 1991 when Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld divisively tried his hand at “the ‘nouveau’ rapper look,” piling gold chains on his models, while his peers Isaac Mizrahi and Charlotte Neuville took similar inspiration. Now it’s pretty much a commonplace for designers to look to the genre and even tap its key players to walk in their shows. Just this weekend, Angel Haze strutted down DKNY’s runway.
Last season at New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang—who’s merged the two worlds throughout his career—referenced ‘90s rap when he sent out "Parental Advisory" sweatshirts to the beat of Pharoahe Monch’s 1999 single “Simon Says.” A moment that perhaps also stuck with Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville when they were planning their Fall ‘14 collection.
New York Fashion Week's hottest show is VFiles Made Fashion. This show has everything: orange hunting motif, neoprene perfecto jackets, Furby stoles, the entirety of Been Trill, and a human subwoofer. What's a human subwoofer? It's that thing when the DJ (Mess Kid) plays the bass of his runway soundtrack (which included an ill "Survivor" remix, BTW) so loud that you feel it reverberating in your teeth and jowls and your face amplifies the sound for everyone around you.
In all seriousness, this year's VFiles NYFW show (the second VFiles Made Fashion show ever) showed a little something for every flavor of fashion-lover—sporty, minimalist, glam goth. That is, so long as your taste lies somewhere on the spectrum from club kid to inexplicably avant garde (what has two thumbs, AMIRITE???).
Looks from the ASSK Fall/Winter 2014 collection shown at the VFiles Made Fashion New York Fashion Week show.
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The first of the night's three collections was ASSK, a Parisian (by way of Australia) duo who the night's program describes as having met "by chance at a [New Year's Eve] party." Ooh, ~mysterious~. The ASSK aesthetic is meant to blend one designer's familiarity with luxury design with the other's fash-boner for #SPORTS. A pretty accurate assessment of what was shown; the end result really is the perfect marriage of both elements. This Fall/Winter 2014 collection takes the neon orange and forest prints of classic hunting gear and reimagines them on very rich-looking, coordinated streetwear separates. Also of significant note from the collection: metallic snapback capes and water-bottle holsters.
Erykah Badu and Riccardo Tisci for 'V' magazine.
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Erykah Badu’s relationship with Givenchy keeps getting better. Not only did the neo-soul songstress partly inspire the fashion house’s Afrocentric-meets-Japanese spring collection, she was also tapped to star in their campaign. And it’s one of the better ones of the season, with Badu flawlessly modeling some of the collection’s strongest looks, like the off-the-shoulder beaded mask tapestry and the deconstructed tux kimono with a top hat. In a batch of campaign photos Badu posted to her Facebook page, she also mixes pieces from Spring '14 with ones from past seasons and her signature turban.
Looks from KYE's Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week show
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The way KYE is stylized in all caps, you'd think it was an acronym: clever shorthand for some elusive phrase apropos of EVERYTHING that you'll never be inner-circle enough to know because these clothes are THAT cool. Well, it's not. I mean, the clothes actually are 100% that cool, but KYE takes its name from the line's brilliant designer, Kathleen Kye. There's a good chance you haven't heard of Kye or her namesake label, and that's totally understandable seeing as she's only been showing for a handful of seasons and has only recently branched into womenswear. BUT we have a feeling that's aaaaall about to change very soon. I mean, look at this collection! I want to wear everything right NOW.