February 25, 2010

New York Fashion Week

This was an unusual fashion week for me, because I wasn't attending dozens of shows and arranging tickets for 8+ editors and assistants as usual. Instead, it was just me coordinating the schedule for one very reasonable stylist and going to shows that thought to send me an invite. (Normally, whether you are a buyer or blogger or member of the media you get invites by sending out ticket requests to designers' publicists and show production companies each season to request a ticket for each show of interest, using the official Fashion Calendar by Ruth Finley as a guide to show scheduling and happenings of note. This season, I didn't send out any requests for myself.)

It looks like for Fall 2010, we should all be stocking up on furs, shearling, velvet, amazing coats, and lots of wool cashmere! Luxury is the new luxury, and to be ladylike is no longer a faux pas! (After the first few shows, I went right away to Ebay to buy a Vince bomber jacket with a gorgeous fur collar!)

The other big technologically-driven trend this season, which has continued through London and Milan fashion weeks, is the livestreaming of fashion shows. I watched the Marc Jacobs show online live on their site, and to be honest I could see the clothes much better through the webcast than the one time I've been to his show in person many years ago (sitting in the last row!). A lot of editors were also insta-Tweeting and Twitpic-ing from their seats in the front row, some more successfully than others. Finally, several designers are experimenting with selling and sometimes shipping selected goods directly from the runway!! Only time will tell, I think, which of these fads will be dismissed as novelty and which will become a part of the new normal (like bloggers in the front row, which was news worthy last season and the status quo this season).

What was your favorite collection from the New York shows? Do you care about the shows?

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