NYFW isn’t even half over yet, but with a crazy amount of shows happening in Bryant Park, Milk Studios and random other venues, there’s a lot to talk about. There’s a surprising amount of new faces dominating, leading to questions of where the big, blue-chip models (Raquel, Anja, Coco, Lara, Anna Maria) have been hiding. We’ll have to wait for the end of NYFW to see if they turn up. In the meantime, here’s a small recap of the “best of” for NYFW’s three days so far…
Best Self-Tanner Overkill: Erin Wasson x RVCA
In just one season, Erin Wasson’s collection for RVCA went from a presentation to taking over the biggest tent in Bryant Park . Perhaps filling a larger venue made her think she had to go overboard on everything, including tanner? Even if the models looked like six-foot, sunburnt oompa loompas, she entertained with the NY-band Gang Gang Dance providing the soundtrack for her hobo-hippie designs.
Best Interpretation of America’s Pastime: Alexander Wang
The king of downtown cool went in a different direction this season with an urban take on sport chic. Totally brought to mind well, football (in addition to Pocahontas cuz of the loose braids and neutral palette). There were the lace-up shirts, voluminous shoulders, pigskin clutches and eyebrows that resembled stitches. Pretty surprised with the direction Wang took and can’t say I’m a fan personally, though some of the pieces work standalone. Overall, seemed like a disjointed collection to me.
Best Dramatic Makeup: Jason Wu
For a SS collection, the makeup was quite dark and defined, albeit super-stunning. To me, reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana’s F/W 2009 makeup and hairpieces.
Best Casting of a Muse: Altuzarra
A surprise among a cast that even included resurrected Dewi Driegen and Rianne Ten Haken, was the designer’s muse and Danielle Steel’s daughter, Vanessa Traina. While she has done modeling work, she’s better known for her styling and celebutante status.