Tuesday 23 May 2017

NY fashion week flags 9/11 with stars and stripes

SAMANTHA CRITCHELL

THERE was no shortage of big names as New York Fashion Week continued yesterday to see top labels hit the catwalk.

Renee Zellweger and Peaches Geldof were but two of a galaxy of stars that turned out to see the new lines.

Victoria Beckham's collection was described as crisp, clean and sophisticated as she paraded her skills as a dressmaker.

Another big name, DKNY, put on a strong show which is hardly surprising given the fact that the heart and soul of Donna Karan's DKNY brand is New York.

Diane von Furstenberg's spring collection, dubbed 'Beginnings', seemed more about renewal. The looks were fresh and breezy, but not overly frilly or frivolous.

Von Furstenberg was faced with a challenge from the start. As president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, she helps set the international calendar of style previews. New York's spring shows are always the second week of September, therefore always crossing September 11.

This year, on the milestone 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, it fell on the day of von Furstenberg's usual time slot.

She couldn't really change it, nor did she want to, she said in an interview earlier this week, but she had to acknowledge it, too. She found the appropriate balance by handing out American flags to the front row as she took her bow -- hand in hand with creative director Yvan Mispelaere.

Meanwhile designer Derek Lam unveiled a new daytime wardrobe of elegant, unfussy pieces.

Irish Independent

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