Monday, February 23, 2015

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015: Overview

Fashion week officially ended last Thursday. The multiple snowstorms we've had here in the city were much more fascinating than this fashion week. I would post a picture of the freebies I got...but, there weren't any freebies! No make-up, no food, no nothin' except water and magazines. I was in the tents only twice. Many designers are opting to show off site at some of the studios downtown. It's been rumored that the CFDA
(Council of Fashion Designers of America) will pick four different studios for the Spring shows in September as it's more cost effective than having to build the tents each season. They were booted out, by court order, from Lincoln Center due to complaints from people who lived in the neighborhood. On top of that Mercedes Benz has ended their sponsorship along with many other sponsors. I did a quick search to see what I could find out, but didn't come up with much. The new location announcement was supposed to be at the end of fashion week, but perhaps it will be this week. If it was announces already I didn't fins anything...not that I was looking too hard for it. *shrug*

 I did see that come July, for Spring, they will relaunch New York's mens fashion week. The last time they had menswear shows separate  from the women's was back in 1996. I so enjoyed those shows. They were much easier to get into  and watch AND I got to take pictures with the male models after the shows. * sigh* those were the days.

Lincoln Center wasn't a favorite spot for most fashionistas I've spoken with over the years. Most people preferred Bryant Park because it was in the fashion district, close to the showrooms and fashion offices as well as restaurants. I was my favorite spot as well. I'm kind of nostalgic because I remember seeing on Entertainment Tonight the first season in Bryant Part, it rained. The tent sprang a leak, girls were slip, slidin' on the runway. It took a few a seasons, but they finally got into a groove and things began go smoothly.

Already I'm not excited about the studios for the fashion shows. Some designers have been using them for a few seasons, and they are so out of the way that it's exhausting getting to them. Whatever the CFDA does, I hope they bring the spark comes back to fashion week. The last few seasons have not inspired or excited as it has in the past. 
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