2013 New York Fashion Week, A Layman's View
Sometimes, people who are living in this beautiful and insomnious city find themselves facing some serious downsides ranging from the potential 9/11 type target that comes from so called diabolical countries and groups in the world to the highest cost of living in America. For instance, a glass of simple cocktails at the restaurant Nello can cost you around 20 bucks and so does a cup of coffee from Eleven Madison Park. By the way, if you think they are too extortionate, the reality is that none of these two restaurants are the most expensive ones on this Island, there are some price tags paid to the menu offerings in some eateries are even more outrageous. But on the other hand, there are, every year, some rare bright spots/events that make peers in other cities envious - one of them is New York Fashion Week.
This year, New Work Fashion Week started from Feb. 7th and ended on Feb. 14th (The final note was struck on V-day, can you imagine that?)Many people would bark "Fashion Week, so what? What is the big deal about it?" I don't know about you, but to so many locals, this event was a big fuss. Let's just put aside how much tax revenue was generated for the city coffer because of the goods and services the fashion industry and show-goers paid, here comes the kicker, locals could indulge themselves with all of these dazzling eye candies everywhere they went.
Now, please conjure up a scene like this if you can: during a time frame of 10 days, you would be able to see hundreds of gorgeous and fabulous fashion models from all the corners of the globe. Did I mention some of them are supermodels? If you are lucky, you can even strike a conversation and share a joke with those beauties in arms-length distance since there were hundreds of fashion events that took place across the city from runways to designers' presentations to the hot after-hours parties . Guys, we are talking about the real hot chicks here not the heavy psed photos on the billboards that makes your blood suddenly flow faster when you drive to work in the morning, or the phony sexy pictures at the supermarket magazine shelves you flip through when you try to kill your time before your turn to pay at the cashier lines. Do you get the picture? :)
Some ladies would repudiate my male-centered, testosterone-drenched,point of view above, arguing "What do we get?". My answer to that question is one word - huge. Actually,from the female's vantage points, the New York Fashion Week would be even more exciting and important to ladies in this world. To begin with, you would have a sleek preview for the fashion trends which may shore up in your wardrobe closet soon, let alone to provide the guidelines for the prevailing styles and colors incoming this fall and next spring.
Speaking of colors and style that may become the focus of the clothing racks in your favorite boutiques, I think the popular colors,based on my layman's observational digests, will be royal blue, olive green,light gray and plum. For the styles that may dominate in next few months, I suspect,the combinations of simple boxy tops combined with short sex bottom in sparkling embellishments would draw sensations. Of course, the color and the texture must be right in order to the bright notes.
Another big game changer on this year’s Fashion Week run way was the undeniable Asian inspiration. The Eastern culture influence was so obvious and so powerful that you can almost feel it in the air. The American Chinese designers are really big stars in the spotlights this year from young restless and bold designers suc has Jason Wu, Richard Chai to the subtle yet creative ones - Derek Lam, Anna Sui, and Vera Wang. All of them did incredible jobs to dazzle the fashion world with their talents. Yes, the big guns such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Domenico Dolce, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Stella McCartney, and Donatella Versace will remain to be powerhouses for fashion shows, but Asians are climbing the career ladders and fast.Note:
I am just a guy who lives in NYC and accidentally date a girl in fashion world, so please ignore my nonsense above. I believe that you know better than me when it comes to fashion.
2) Normally, I am not a fan of Vera Wang's work, but this year, I think that she got something that get my attention - simplicity and elegance.