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Hope in New York, Last Show: Stephen Burrows

Hope Misterek brings her stylist’s eye to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, reporting from the front row and behind-the-scenes in New York for On This Day In Fashion.

Stephen Burrows
Nestled between Spandex World and trimming shops galore in the Garment District was the site of Stephen Burrows fashion show. The collection was shown on an empty unfinished floor, which gave the mood a rough, industrial feel in what apparently used to be the brand’s offices. For those who don’t know, Burrows made his name in jersey in the 1970s, and I couldn’t help but think how convenient it must be to be located next to Spandex World. These days, everyone is working with jersey and doing some pretty amazing things. So, when I saw the show, I was less than impressed. Many people in the audience seemed to not be very attentive, too. There were so many people looking at their Blackberry’s and iPhone’s instead of the show! Read More »

Hope in New York: Son Jung Wan

Hope Misterek brings her stylist’s eye to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, reporting from behind-the-scenes in New York for On This Day In Fashion.

Son Jung Wan
Yesterday was the official last day of fashion week here in New York and I was feeling a little sad and nostalgic as I was leaving Korean designer Son Jung Wan’s show Thursday morning. It was my last show at Lincoln Center after a long, tiring and exhilarating week. It seems like forever since I went to my first show: Gary Graham’s presentation. The tent was dead today. And because of that, for the first time all week I was stopped at the door by security to have my credentials checked. It also could have been because Wan was showing fur. The fur content prevented liquids from being brought into the shows through the week. And a lot of people seem to have left town early, which reminds me of those fans who leave sporting events early in order to beat the traffic. Well, how much can they love fashion? I myself was not too familiar with Wan’s work, and even thought about the possibility that this show would end my memories of the fall 2011 collections with a fizzle instead of a bang. But I’m pleased to say it was worth the three trains and long walk in my platforms to get here. Ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi was in the front row, which did not ease my feelings of the unknown. (I didn’t know what sort of taste level I could count on her having.) But when I was upgraded to the front row, too, and got a goodie bag containing a scarf and the first model came stomping down the runway, I felt reassured. Read More »

Hope in New York: Douglas Hannant and Milly by Michelle Smith

Hope Misterek brings her stylist’s eye to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, reporting from behind-the-scenes in New York for On This Day In Fashion.

Milly by Michelle Smith
A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Smith and working at her studio to shoot a video about her collection for Nordstrom. She was lovely, and it was brilliant to be able see her inspiration and where and how she worked. I developed an appreciation for her as a designer and her line. This collection, presented Wednesday at Lincoln Center, was much like many of the ones this season in that it appeared in jewel tones inspired by Guy Bourdin, and the style was quite obviously that 1970’s show. This time, though, I was transcended back to the days when I was a kid watching Charlie’s Angels. I felt as if I was seeing a modern-day Shelly Hack coming down the runway. The collection through and through was strong, well put together and made me want to have it. To list off the different pieces would be repeating the lineup of a lot of other shows, but there was mohair, longer lengths, accordian pleats, fur, trousers, boots and all the rest of the 70s-hearkening elements. You must have the picture by now. But this collection is really worth looking at in its entirety. Read More »

Hope in New York: Concept Korea

Hope Misterek brings her stylist’s eye to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, reporting from behind-the-scenes in New York for On This Day In Fashion.

Concept Korea
This presentation on Tuesday night was supported by the Korean government and featured fall collections from four acclaimed Korean designers/labels: Doho, General Idea, Lie Sang Bong and Steve J & Yoni P. It was held at Lincoln Center’s Atrium, a venue that’s actually across the street from the main hub where most of the shows are. It was a nice wide open space with four sets of stages to accommodate all the different models. But these types of presentations tend not to show very well. And I hate to say it, but there are always models that are having a little too much fun and not showing the clothing well. To those models who stand at attention and work the look…bless you. And to those models who are talking and acting silly or slouching or drunk…you’re just not doing justice to the designer. Read More »

The Real Very First New York Fashion Week!

Since Michael Kors is now taking credit for founding the first New York Fashion Week in 1990 or something like that, I thought it might be time to revisit the actual history of New York Fashion Week. You know, the historically accurate version. This Story Behind the Style originally ran on On This Day In Fashion on July 20, which happens to be the 67th anniversary of Eleanor Lambert’s first New York Fashion Week. It’s a pretty amazing story, actually, one involving Nazis (really!), unions and Vogue magazine, who helped facilitate the festivities. Read the whole story here!

Credit: An image from the first fashion week (Conde Nast Media Group).

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