Lest you had any notions that the world of fashion is all glamour and swanning around – think again. Its 99% hard slog and hours of extreme labour. You need the patience of Job and nerves of steel I tell you.Tell you what a little glass of red wine takes the edge off. So last night I hung around at the showroom where fittings and make up were afoot.
Have a look
David looking a little put upon
Model playing the waiting game
Milen getting worked on by MAC make up artist
Emma Jordan Arise magazine’s South African Editor of Arise magazine at the showroom
Fitting , fitting, fitting
SA girl Heidi doing good in New York
Fashion’s Night Out is a great global campaign to put some frisson back into the fashion economy. I have to say with complete modesty and unabashed excitement that I will be in New York for it -( you can gag later)
Staying opposite Bryant Park for the joys of New York Fashion Week and the thrilling second edition of ARISE Promise of Africa Collective. This year David Tlale is doing the honors for South Africa. I am so excited I could weep … so expect a flurry of updates dear frocksters .
But if its a longer term view of fashion imagery you are after then the 175 works by Edward Steichen drawn largely from the Condé Nast archives and exhibited at New York’s ICP will do the trick.
“Over the course of his career he changed public perceptions of the American woman. An architect of American Modernism and a Pictorialist, Steichen exhibited his fashion images alongside his art photographs. Steichen’s crisp, detailed, high-key style revolutionized fashion photography, and his influence is felt in the field to this day—Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber are among his stylistic successors.”
Bryant Park here come the Africans. I just got the following press release and I give it to you verbatim with an added bonus- LCD Sound Systems:
Stoned Cherrie to Show at New York Fashion Week, February 13, 2009
Stoned Cherrie, the South African fashion label, will be showing on schedule at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week as part of the inaugural This Day/Arise Magazine: African Fashion Collective 2009.
“I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity,” says Nkhensani Nkosi, Founder & Creative director of the distinctly Afro-Urban label. “I’ve always dreamt about having this kind of platform for Stoned Cherrie and it launches us directly onto a world stage.”
The Arise/This Day: African Fashion Collective 2009 is the initiative of Nduka Obaigbena, This Day publisher and editor-in-chief of Arise magazine. Read More…
(Zac Posen Spring, Summer 2009)
I just love Bill Cunningham of the New York Times – he is like your avuncular uncle in fashion – here he captures the shoe zeitgeist of the moment. Bill says the ‘it’ bag is over and its all about the statement shoe.
The other brief from New York Fashion Week of course was the brief nature of the skirts – Read Vanessa Friedman of the Financial Times as she ponders whether the designers are onto some economic micro trend – are we going to see an equivalent rise in the markets – I for one hope so.
So here is a round up of Spring Summer 2009 New York Fashion Week by the best in the business Suzy Menkes
My dear friend Sharon once went hungry for the last few days of a trip overseas because she spent her last pennies on a pair of fantastic Marc Jacobs platform peep toes. They were so worth it. I am feeling that his latest shoe confections to come down the runway in NYC this week are equally starvation worthy.
Here are a few of Mr Jacobs offerings from New York Fashion Week and a particularly insightful comment about the show from Suzy Menkes
“It was the brilliance of Jacobs to take a touch of the prairie, in flat straw boaters and long skirts wrapped at the back, and give those dusty images French polish.” wrote Ms M after the show. I for one love the attention to the waist.