>> In a similar vein to his Fall collection, Prabal Gurung played with subverting the ladylike credo. This time, he looked to the fetishistic work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki for his digitized floral prints and tapped Zana Bayne to incorporate leather harnesses into his intricately-pieced mesh panel dresses. “I wanted to take the old fetish, like nylon and PVC and everything, and treat it in a more precious way,” Gurung explained.
The effort was duly noted: Elle's Robbie Myers said on the way out that it set the bar for the week, and Emanuel Ungaro's chief Jeffry Aronsson was also in attendance, checking Gurung's talent out for his consulting business, apparently.
>> Last night — with the help of a 2,000-strong crowd — curators and art dealers Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida wrapped up their two-year, Giorgio Armani-sponsored global tour of artist Richard Hambleton's work. While most of their New York openings have been downtown, Restoin-Roitfeld and Valmorbida decided on Phillips de Pury & Company's uptown location on Park Avenue for last night's opening, gathering the entire Roitfeld clan, Giovanna Battaglia, and Lauren Santo Domingo for the occasion.
But that doesn't mean the group didn't head downtown eventually: after-party mode went into effect at Indochine, with Battaglia pantomiming "telephone" on a stiletto heel and Carine Roitfeld ordering up vodka straight.
Photos: Billy Farrell Agency
>> Portuguese-born, Paris-based designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista made his debut for Lacoste this morning at Lincoln Center, sending out colorblocked rubgy shirts lengthened into body-hugging dresses and the brand's signature polo shirt transformed into silky shirtdresses.
“It all comes down to pushing the iconic elements that are known globally in a new direction,” explained Oliveira Baptista. “But I also wanted to develop what Lacoste hasn’t really done before, like more outerwear, and tailoring.”
Wide-legged trousers, cropped jackets, and printed shift dresses also got play. “I wanted to add pieces that allow you to wear Lacoste every day — not just for sports or the weekend,” Oliveira Baptista noted.
>> In a dim warehouse space on the way West side of Manhattan, under a hovering black ceiling installed with 2,000 light bulbs, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright sent out an amalgamation of ”Burning Man and seventies surf culture, along with all the tailoring you might expect from us,” according to Wainwright. Neon orange bikinis peeked out from under light knits; fabrics ranged from parachute material to mesh to crochet to tweed; and the models were styled to the hilt — velcro chokers went around every neck, and sunglasses were perched atop many a head.
>> It's no secret that Fashion Week street style can rival what's actually going down the runway for attention — especially as more and more photographers clump show entrances while attendees are entering and exiting. Not ones to deprive anyone of anything worth seeing, we've gathered a few intriguing looks from the first two days of shows — including a rare glimpse at a dress Anna Dello Russo decided to wear twice in a row: to the Fashion's Night Out festivities last night and then again to the shows today (She did, however, switch up her shoes.).
>> We caught up with jewelry designer Anna Sheffield at last night's Creatures of Comfort Fashion's Night Out event, where she told us not only why she loves Fashion Week, but also all about her new project: a bridal and commitment line. Read on for more from our interview with the designer.
What's your favorite thing about Fashion Week?
"The best part about Fashion Week is that you get to see people from all around the world around this time every year and how awesome they look. It's really good inspiration for designers."
What are your FNO plans?
"I just launched a capsule collection called Bing Bang for WeSC. I just came from the party at the store on Lafayette. It's a small capsule collection of jewelry inspired by NYC and I also created these rose gold headphones for them — it's my favorite thing."
How do you stay sane during Fashion Week?
"Lots of green tea and cookies."
What are you currently working on?
I'm launching a new bridal and commitment jewelry collection next Tuesday. I have about 40 styles, so with all the variations, there are hundreds of pieces. It's based on the idea of bridal and commitment so you can mix and match. Promise rings, stacking rings, or anniversary pieces.
What shows do you plan on attending?
"I'm definitely going to see Jeremy Scott. It's the most inspiring part of the week for me every season. I'm also going to see Mara Hoffman. Those are two people I love. I'll see what else I fit in this week."
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