If you haven’t noticed yet, I skipped out on NYFW this season to spend time on three other events. My friend and stylist up in New York City, Marquis Bias braved the blizzard to go to some shows for me. Thanks a lot Marquis!
When I arrived outside of Lincoln Center I was slightly concerned, as the usually bustling exterior seemed slightly like a ghost town. Sidenote: In an honest defense towards the atmosphere’s case, I did make my appearance somewhat behind schedule. Let’s just say I was fashionably late. Last spring there was as much action outside as there was in with photographers, journalists, and the general fashion hungry public darting here and there taking in the street style and making their way to various shows. The ocean of color and pattern that I remember from months prior was replaced by a puddle of grey.
Perhaps this was a reflection of the winter storm that was quickly approaching the city and threatening to blanket us with a foot of snow! I was however, pleasantly relieved upon entering the venue to find that the atmosphere was buzzing with the energy that can only be caused by the beginning of fashion week. BCBG was the second collection to show at Lincoln Center directly following a parade of cool, grungy, black and white moments at Nicholas K. Very down town chic.
Inspired by the architecture of Istanbul and the Gypsy residents of southern Europe as well as the contemporary artist Phil Frost the BCBG design team gave us a collection of shift dresses, tunics, and loose pants that were layered with sweaters and oversized jackets. A cashmere beanie and thigh high stamped lizard skin boots completed each of the 30 looks that marched down the runway.
The lights dimmed and the show began with the opening model dressed in an indigo print patch silk dress and an embroidery quilted nylon parka in navy. A couple looks later I was captivated by an oversized black leather motorcycle jacket that was paired with a simple satin back crepe dress. The dress they could keep for some lucky young lady with an expendable income for clothing, but I was desperate for that jacket!
I settled back into my seat and was filled with the vigor of the collection as I watched a beautiful black/talc comb fur vest bounce to the beat of Man O To by Nu atop a heather gray cashmere cropped sweater layered over a printed silk shift. Dresses replete with black and navy embroidery seemed to dance with a life of their own.
Halfway through the collection we were now listening to a remix of Little Lights by Soft Rocks and Cos/Mes. The rich navy and burgundy tones from the beginning or the collection had faded away and we were now looking at chic combinations of black and white rich with pattern and texture bringing the mind back to the designers inspiration. Towards the end of the show I was given a sharp nudge in the side by a beautiful knee length fur vest with patches of red and silver right before the show closed just a coolly as it had started with a black tulle gown over black leather pants. Photos from Style.com.