Eyeballs, attention, bandwidth. Call it what you want, but the reality of New York Fashion Week is that if you’re a designer trying to stand out on a cluttered landscape of runway shows and presentations, you must engage in a little showmanship.
The challenge, of course, is not to let the flash overshadow the fashion.
This season, Philipp Plein’s Hammerstein Ballroom extravaganza stands out as a cautionary tale of all sizzle/no steak, with Ralph Lauren’s trek to his Bedford, N.Y., garage show and Rihanna’s Fenty Puma show threatening to go the way of Plein’s but ultimately delivering the goods.
But it was Opening Ceremony that won our attention — and stole our hearts...