A Look at Day Two of NYFW

By Eden Herbstman

Winter 2012-2013

Clearly Nemo didn’t get the memo, but fashion week doesn’t stop for a couple inches of snow. Despite the slushy conditions another day of fashion is under our belts. First up was Sally Lapointe, a show I was super stoked for after getting a sneak peak at some of her sketches. The collection was dark, sexy, and chic, all to be expected from Lapointe. Inspired by Depeche Mode’s “In Your Room,” the cold warehouse feel of Pier 57 was the perfect backdrop to set the tone. “I wanted to choose a song that everyone could identify with and have a connection to. I think the lyrics are relatable.” Black crocodile accents on oversized coats, skirts, and tops were the perfect balance to white leather pants and pumps. High slits on silk skirts, and the designer’s signature cut out dresses, were all prevalent components of the collection. Forget shades of gray, it’s all about reds moving forward. Red leather tops, dresses, and jackets were highlighted by red lights emulating throughout the space to set the mood. “It’s powerful, dense, and sexy,” said the designer post show on her attraction to the color red.

Using today’s copy of The Daily as a shield from the rain/snow/wind combo the next stop was Rebecca Minkoff. The show brought out a huge crowd of fashion heavyweights, such as the blogger trifecta of Leandra Medine, Bryan Boy, and Rumi Neely. Coco Rocha, Jaimie King, DJ Cassidy, and Theophilus London were also in attendance. Before the show  I chatted with Cory Kennedy on what makes for an exciting fashion show. “Not knowing what to expect. That’s when it is the most fun.” A live musical performance from Wild Cub kept the energy up, and was a perfect accompaniment for Minkoff’s young and vibrant collection. Geometric block patterns and plaids developed as the show progressed. It took much restraint not to barge on the runway and snag the tweed winter coat with leather accenting, pops of yellow, and fur trim collar right off the model.

To finish the day was Nicole Miller. Before the show Nigel Barker imparted some February fashion week wisdom on staying warm and comfortable “I don’t wear a coat. I wear long johns, or thermal underwear, top to bottom. I have them on right now! It’s a brilliant idea, because you don’t have a gigantic coat to be stored on a tiny chair.” (Let the mental images begin.) Nicole’s collection was a perfect modern take on menswear, showcasing tuxedo style blazers and vest. Plaid sash’s were donned from the neck to the waist over mid length dresses. (Side note, plaids seem to be the theme of Day Two.) Colorful paisley like designs were printed over black mini dresses and pants. Long chain necklaces with cross pendants were paired with sheer blouses adding a gothic flair. Pre show I asked Nicole backstage how she stays calm during all the fashion week craziness. “I’m usually a calm person in general, but  once the music starts I get a little nervous. I can’t wait till I can open the champagne at the end.”

For all NYFW coverage go to Patrick McMullan.com, and stay tuned for a recap of Day Three!

Written and Edited by Eden Herbstman

Photography by Jimi Celeste for Patrick McMullan.com

Design by Eden Herbstman


Cover:First Looks, REBECCA MINKOFF F/W 2013 Fashion Show, The Theatre, Lincoln Center, NYC, February 8, 2013, Photography by JIMI CELESTE for PatrickMcMullan.com

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