YY x NYFW Wrap Up
New York fashion week is officially wrapped. It’s be a crazy ride; sleepless nights and some incredible shows. This is a super quick run through of shows from the week, highlights and everything in between.
First show of the week is always crazy, have to get accreditation, find your feet and try to figure out what it is you’re exactly doing. Was great to see young Krystal in her first show outside of Australia (if I’m not mistaken). I personally love Richard Chai, his style and ranges are always solid.
Funny story this one; assuming it was a show, I turned up an hour early… it sure wasn’t. But luck was on my side as I was fortunate enough to meet the whole 3.1 team. Lovely group of boys and girls, made me feel welcome and less of an idiot for not having read my schedule properly.
I wasn’t at this party for long, but OC seemed to nail what they do best; collaborations. Miss Piggy showed up, Spike Jonez was there and a 7ft cross-dresser who performed a near perfect rendition of ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’. Highlight was the pulled pork sandwich from No.7 subs around the corner.
I heard a rumour R&B wasn’t presenting a mens range, I was heartbroken. I’ve been a big fan for a while, maybe more so of their older cuts and patterning, what was shown definitely seems to have taken a new direction. Good, but not for me. Love that 330 West St venue.
I don’t know if it’s a Japanese thing, but the backroom for this show was dead quiet. I kid you not the vibe was SO dense, I literally had to leave for fear of imposing. The show’s production may have been the best of the entire week, looping Hitchcock credits over a huge screen behing the models, unfortunately the range didn’t hold up too well. Suiting section was the strongest, but I never take the jacket x tiny short combo too seriously.
Held at Saturdays on Crosby St, Wooooo launched their second issue. Got to see some familiar faces, have a few drinks and relax for a minute.
Nicki Minaj looks photoshopped in real life.
I got to this show late, but was a really cool venue under the high-line. I was surprised at the heads sitting in the front row, I didn’t now Band was so big. I’m terrible with models names, but whoever this girl is had the best style (note: not just clothes) all week.
Jumped a fence to get into this spot. Last year KCD productions turned away Kanye, I literally had no chance of getting in other than calling on talents learnt as a kid; lie, diversion tactics and sneakiness… the last may be the hardest for a kid who’s 6 foot 3.
The week had started to take a toll on me at this point. There really is only a few ways you can shoot the same backstage area with the same models and the same venue with the same front row. This was also the point where my distaste for english and european paparazzi on the riser/platform began to manifest.
NZ girl Karen Walker did what she did best, period. Had some friends backstage and knew a model or two. Was exactly what you’d expect from KW, I don’t think anyone was disappointed.
Hanging out with Cara Stricker backstage for most of the shows was a blast, no idea the girl would be here this week, but we had fun. She worked her magic on me for this show, I wasn’t initially into what was happening, but she definitely helped me appreciate what was going on.
Good lord there were some beautiful models in this show. I love this shot (being a twin I have to by default).
Well known designer Jean Prouvé worked on a few pieces with Vita for G-Star Raw, surprisingly not taking and denim to the furniture, the falconry hood (Prouvé?) made from their raw denim was absolutely amazing.
This show was incredibly over the top. It may just be me, but it felt like more of a theme show rather than a legitimate attempt at creating a seasonal range. Any excuse to get male models into latex g-strings and ass-less chaps right? Right.
I can’t lie, treatment earlier in the week left me completely biased for this show. I loved it, music was great, clothes were perfect, if that one guy from KCD had been a little nicer, it would have been a flawless presentation.
How can this guy go wrong. Most probably with the strongest design team underneath him, CK stuck to the classics, but with subtle elaborations. Loved it. Hatred for Euro pap’s reached a high point.
Aussie girl Danielle Top launched her 3rd issue of Top Magazine. Party at Printed Matter, cover shot by Terry Richardson and an abundance of nipples inside; how could you go wrong?
I enjoy meeting new people, although it doesn’t always go to plan. ‘Never touch your idols; the gilding will stick to your fingers’ (Gustav Flaubert), this has stood true as long as I can remember. It may very well be the case that I’ve expected so little from idols lately I could be nothing but impressed. I met some well known names in the last week that absolutely blew me away with kindess. Real talk, I’m just a kid from Sydney, no one needs to give me the time of day, but was so warmly treated by the following;
- Bill Cunningham
- Nick Wooster
- Morgan Collett
- Rose Byrne
- Garance Doré
to name a few. Gives me hope for meeting people I look up to in the future.
I eat. It may just be what I do best. I couldn’t wrap the week without giving a shout to a few of my favourite spots;
- Cafe Select
- No.7 Sub on Bowery
- Barnyard, LES
- Cafe Habana
- Walter Foods
- Ninth St Espresso
- La Esquina
- Corner Bistro
- Crown Fried Chicken (Yep, some of the Ave D dirty birdy drenched in hot sauce)
Huge love has to go out to Oyster Magazine for flying me out for the week and looking after me. The girls are amazing, and I couldn’t have been in kinder hands. Keep and eye out for the next few issues, got some great things lined up.
Also a huge thank you to The Front for supplying me with gear for the week, could not have done it without their support.
Last but definitely not least, thank you Waka Flocka for Flockaveli; official soundtrack to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week 2011.