Let’s get the worst out of the way first. I didn’t have such a great start to my first day covering New York Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2013 shows, but the day did end on a high note thanks to
(we’ll get to that, I promise!). First off, I ended up at the
show sans my Blackberry—which makes it pretty hard to live tweet. Oops. I’ve never been one of those people who can’t function without my phone, but this time, I felt the pain of tech withdrawal. Thankfully, I didn’t forget my trusty paper notebook and a pen. Unfortunately, the cobalt-blue ink pen (which just made a round trip to Australia without any problems!) chose this very moment to explode. Thankfully, I was wearing mostly black—but my hands did not look so pretty. The ink stains wouldn’t simmer down, even after a good scrub. (I consoled myself with the thought that, “Hey, at least the colour splattered all over my fingers is fall’s hottest shade.”) The experience put me so out of sorts that somehow I missed the fact that the techno soundrack at Lacoste was actually infused with the sounds of thwacked tennis balls and screeching sneakers—and I love this kind of show detail! A quick cab ride back to my hotel to recover my phone made me feel much better. As did finally tweeting a couple of slightly delayed thoughts on the Lacoste show. I love to tweet pics, but since I didn’t take any photos at the show—I am not one of those annoying people who blocks everyone’s view by taking pics with my iPad—I tweeted images of the tennis racket pattern included in the show notes as well as a snap of the invitation. You can view those images here: @ellecanada.com: Head-to-toe printed shirts, pants and fanny packs (yes, they were cool!) in this tennis racket print at Lacoste
@ellecanada: Leathers embossed with tiny Lacoste crocodiles (like the one on this invite) were pretty cool too.
Admittedly, in the grand scheme of things, these were pretty minor hiccups. But combined with the sweltering weather and a morning downpour, I was ready to melt in more ways than one. So now, on to the good stuff. Here are my top three highlights from the day:
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1. The fanny pack is back. Lacoste and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela are on track to making the fanny pack cool again. Lacoste’s version was done in at least three graphic prints: A tennis balls/clay courts/umpire chair pattern, an assortment of tennis rackets in various sizes, and a bold b&w folded polo shirt motif. All were worn whimsically with head-to-toe parkas, shirts and pants in the matching pattern. MM6 showed ‘Marsupial’ tote bags rolled up as “cylindrical fanny packs.” The cool twist with these? They were worn crossbody-style. 2. Herve Ledger by Max Azria’s bandage dresses inspired by the women of Gee’s Bend, a group of Alabama women who have been making vibrant quilts for the past 200 years. Post-show, I bonded with Lubov Azria over our mutual love for the quilts (which are often made out of old clothing and fabric scraps) and the book
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
, which we both own. “I looked through like 20 quilt books in the folklore section, and nothing compared to this one,” she told me amidst the backstage commotion. My fave looks from the show were made from bandages printed to look like strips of geometric quilts. Sewn together the colour-blocked patchwork “quilt block” effect was beautiful.
The finale at Altuzarra.
3. Altuzurra sparkles. What a great way to end the day! The button-down shirts and evening dresses embellished with Swarovski Elements, as well as the scarves and skirts with gold fringe were standouts, but so were the railroad-striped jackets with arm slits, which the models wore as capes. I sat near Maimie Grummer and Kate Bosworth who both looked mesmerized, and so was the rest of the audience (myself included). It was a real fashion moment—my favourite show of the season so far, right down the “Carry me to the sky” orchestral soundtrack. This will be a hard one to top.