NEW YORK — Reality show stars-turned designers! Olympians fresh from performing feats of strength at the Summer Games! Peacockish bloggers taking pictures and typing on smartphones while walking on death-defying stilettos!
There is all that and more at the three-ring circus that is New York Fashion Week, which kicked off Thursday with designers, retailers and media new and old converging in
The seven-day-long photo op includes runway shows and presentations held in warehouse spaces on
FOR THE RECORD:
Fashion Week: In the Sept. 9 Image section, an article about New York Fashion Week and an accompanying photo caption said Olympian
attended the BCGB fashion show. The correct name is
. — Also, the article said
is presenting her Abbey Dawn line for
. The line is available on www.abbeydawn.com, not at Kohl's.
In addition to the main acts such as
Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola (
Several former cast members of fashion reality programs are showing lines. Among them are
For the front row, Olympians seem to be the most popular gets. Swimmer
She's not here, but First Lady
Meanwhile, the celebrity-as-designer trend is also making itself known. All eyes will be on Katie Holmes when she and stylist Jeanne Yang show Holmes & Yang for the first time during fashion week. The former Mrs.
But enough with the circus, what about the clothes? Pantone has pronounced emerald green, dusk blue, African violet, tangerine, poppy red and something called "tender shoots" green the hot colors of the season. And trend forecaster WGSN predicts that cropped, tapered pants, tailored separates and longer shorts will make a big showing.
Industry bible Women's Wear Daily published several stories on the subject Wednesday, suggesting that "like a phoenix, the American textile and manufacturing industry could be rising once again," due to a confluence of economic and social factors, including the Great Recession and higher wages in Asia. WWD also published results of a study conducted with market research firm NPD Group that indicated 21% of people surveyed would buy an American shirt over one that was made in another country so long as the price was no more than 25% higher.
"It's something I'm doing my due diligence on," Eric Jennings, men's fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, said when asked about buying more brands that manufacture in America. "I'd really like to find a made-in-America men's suiting brand that we could carry."
But for Stephanie Solomon, women's fashion director of Bloomingdale's, the issue is more complicated. "The center of the fashion universe is not the U.S., it's Paris," she said, referring to how designers in that city still hold sway over the direction of trends to come. "If you're a consumer interested in high fashion, and in the craft of high fashion, you're interested in what's coming from Europe."
Which is why, when New York Fashion Week ends Friday, the circus will pick up and move to London, Milan and Paris, where the last word on the spring season will finally come Oct. 3.