Christie Brinkley high-fives her daughter, Sailor Brinkley Cook, to close the Elie Tahari runway show. Brinkley said she was so overcome with emotion, she almost forgot to connect with her daughter as they had planned in rehearsal.
The new L'Avenue restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue New York promises to be the dining hotspot at fashion week.
Christian Siriano plans a blowout runway show high above Rockefeller Center at New York Fashion Week.
"For fall 2019 the collection was inspired by a trip to the future. A world where we live as a society in an outerspace land. It would be a dream fantasy world created for people to escape to. I wanted the collection to feel bold, powerful and strong but still feminine and beautiful.” - Christian Siriano
Elie Tahari is returning to the runway at New York Fashion Week.
“Fashion is an expression of emotion, or it is nothing,’’ says Elie Tahari who chose this image as inspiration for this fall collection.
Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon.
Vietnamese designer Cong Tri will be making his first New York Fashion Week appearance. “I want my customers, my Cong Tri women to be able to dress and shine like Hollywood stars on the red carpet. I have set my heart on helping my women unveil their inner magnetism, thus the birth of this upcoming collection," he says.
“This season, our collection was inspired by Tiffany glass and intricate stained-glass windows.” — Pamella Roland
“Two worlds colliding." — Christian Cowan
Le Chalet lounge at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York has a St. Moritz vibe.
"Powerfully Romantic" — Burnett New York
"Graphic." — Longchamp
"The women of New York City are the inspiration for this collection….. freedom, individuality, and creativity in creating one’s personal style.” — Dennis Basso
"A journey to enchantment." — Tadashi Shoji
"The fall 2019 collection is about a nomadic luxury while embracing the wanderlust spirit of the modern day woman with a wardrobe in a earth tone color palette than can take her anywhere.” — L'AGENCE
"Fall '19 is a trip. Literally. The collection evolved from looking at the boldness, experimentation and individuality of dancers at '70s discotheques as well as the overall color and playfulness of their lives. Challenging that electric energy is an exercise in restraint, simplicity, and sensuality of the 90's and modern day woman. These are real clothes for chic women with a joie de vivre." — STAUD
“The fall/winter '19 collection brings back some of the key elements of our brand with the ruch sandals and boots as well as the bamboo elements. It also welcomes new silhouettes that play with lace up details, paper thin elegant chains and beaded buckles. The color palette is muted, redefining neutrals with leopard print and a dusty rose patent.” — Chloe Gosselin
“Sobering flourishes.” — Greta Constantine (Image courtesy of Kelsey Gulley for Greta Constantine)
"For this collection I was inspired by 'early mid 1900s'." — Romeo Hunte
"The fall 2019 collection is an homage to early immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. Their lived-in garments, perhaps handed down from a father or grandfather, had as much of a story to tell as the men who wore them." — Joseph Abboud
"With South Korea’s recent medical marijuana legalization and New York’s impending recreational legalization, cannabis is quickly transforming into a global movement. Capital injections are getting larger, and the stakes are higher than ever. This season, Sundae School designs uniforms for the modern cannabis ambassadors and entrepreneurs through comfortable, functional wear that reimagines the traditional Korean silhouettes with a western twist." — Sundae School
"Fall/winter '19 is the interpretation of an inevitable future. This collection tells us that in the future, the only thing certain is the past." — Concept Korea IISE
"The collection is inspired by the designer duo’s recent trip to Thailand. Thai culture and cuisine are reflected in the collection through the use of bold colors, intricate beading and embroidery. Silhouettes reflecting traditional Thai garments are reinterpreted with the Laurence & Chico touch of humor and whimsy." — Laurence & Chico
“The fall/winter '19 collection is about time and movement and how garments flow with our bodies and our emotions.” – Moon Choi
"Love Thy Neighbor, But Dress Like Yourself. We find inspiration in the individualism of New Yorkers — fewer judgments and an openness to people who celebrate personal style. It’s about respectfully living amongst others but truly being yourself." —Descendent of Thieves
"The fall/winter '19 collection is inspired by Seoul's harmony of the modern yet retro ambiance which is what makes the city special." — Concept Korea LIE
“The collection looks to the textured landscape of California’s wine country.” — Trina Turk & Mr Turk (Photo by Wadley.)
"A minimalist wardrobe." — David Hart
"A modern clothing collection for the people who always gamely exploring the new movement, culture and world. Clothing that connects the past and next 100 years. Clothing that goes beyond limitation, time and gender." — Tanaka
"The fall/winter 2019 collection was specifically inspired by our own city, New York, and the juxtaposition of Tribeca's industrial, clean lines with the calm atmosphere of the neighborhood. The collection features modern design elements and silhouettes, and implements premium fabrics like organic cotton and luxurious wool and cashmere blends to achieve elevated, yet comfortable construction and wear." — Dear Miler
"The collection is inspired by the iconoclastic figure of Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart), a cult hero of the California psychedelic/desert rock scene of the late '60s and early '70s. Expanding with that catalyst, the collection incorporates style elements of the era of rock music between 1969-1974 specifically, with an emphasis on the culture of the Sunset Strip and the wide open spaces of Joshua Tree, California. — Krammer & Stoudt
NEW YORK — Since leaving Lincoln Center in 2015, New York Fashion Week has been in a bit of a funk. Without a signature space like Bryant Park, which the biannual fashion extravaganza called home for 17 years before moving uptown, designers have floated around Manhattan in search of the right place to display their latest looks.
But that may be changing.
Rumors abound that the showcase for women’s fashion, which officially kicked off Thursday following three days of menswear collections, will move in the fall to The Shed, a new $550 million multi-purpose building designed by the noted architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro that opens next month in Hudson Yards on the city’s far west side. The largest private development in the United States, the project also includes several skyscrapers, parks, and retail development, including Manhattan’s first Neiman Marcus.
Until then, it’s business as usual as America’s top designers unveil their fall collections for the fashion press, a host of Instagram bloggers and celebrities of varying degrees of social status. To kick off a month of special fashion week coverage in PaperCity, here are the top five happenings we’ve been looking forward to.
Christie Brinkley and Her Daughter’s Moment
I’ll always remember the last time Elie Tahari showed his collection at New York Fashion Week in 2014 because I snapped a selfie with my fashion idol, Joan Rivers, who was a close friend of the designer. Sadly, Rivers died a few months later. I thought of the comedienne and fashion critic when Tahari returned to fashion week to unveil his fall collection in a full-scale runway show on Thursday afternoon.
“We felt it was the right time for us to return to the official NYFW,” Tahari said. “It’s the brand’s 45th anniversary and we’re launching our first fragrance, and thought there was no better way to celebrate!”
Modeling legend Christie Brinkley and her daughter, Sailor Brinkley Cook, traded high fives on the runway to enthusiastic applause to close Tahari’s show. Backstage afterwards, the mother-daughter duo talked after their first appearance together on a runway and how Brinkley almost messed it up.
“I was so taken aback by the applause that I was trying to hold back tears because it was so sweet and lovely and I walked right past her,” said Brinkley, who was one of the world’s first supermodels in the late ’70s and ’80s.
Brinkley, who wore a tailored dark green velvet jacket and slacks, recovered and they wowed the crowd. Cook, 20, also looked stunning in a black silk velvet dress with ombre beaded sleeves.
“The fact that (Tahari) wanted to highlight the generation thing” lured Brinkley back onto the runway, she said.
“I appreciate it because women my age often feel invisible,” added Brinkley, who turned 65 a few days ago. “It’s great to have a designer wanting us to be represented. I know his clothes are for us too.”
A Higher Runway
The most successful of all Project Runway winners, Christian Siriano has built a powerful brand in the last decade and his show has become a highlight of fashion week. This season, he promises to exceed previous efforts by showing his fall collection at the “Top of The Rock” atop the glass-enclosed observation desk located on the 67th floor of the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza, also home to NBC Studios and the Rainbow Room.
(Siriano will return to Project Runway to mentor contestants when the popular reality show returns to Bravo next month.)
While a number of American designers have forsaken New York for Paris and Milan, a whole slew of new Asian, Turkish and Indonesian designers have taken their place. Vietnamese fashion designer Cong Tri is presenting his collection in New York for the first time, and shows by Chinese designers Amelie Wang and Leaf Xia, Asian Fashion Collection, Project Korea, Fashion Hong Kong, Global Fashion Collective and Indonesia Diversity are filling the New York Fashion Week schedule.
There aren’t a lot of opportunities to chow down at fashion week — and many of the social X-rays wouldn’t let a calorie pass their lips in any event — but Brandon Maxwell has made it a tradition to offer up some grub. Last season, he served burgers and Shiner beer before unveiling his sophisticated Texas-inspired collection. This go-around, he’s serving cocktails and light bites before he presents his fall collection at the Penn Plaza Pavilion.
Fashionista foodies — yes, there are a number of them — are excited about the new New York outpost of Paris favorite L’Avenue, which recently opened at the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store across from Rockefeller Center.
The new Philippe Starck-designed restaurant, located on the store’s ninth floor, has its own special entrance. It plans a similar menu as the original Paris location, with some New York touches, like a chopped salad, and mouth-watering pastries, like the famous Coste Crackers Cheesecake prepared by famous pastry chef Pierre Hermé. One floor below, Le Chalet is a warm and cozy lounge with a St. Moritz vibe featuring cocktails and light bites.
Best Dressed Sneak Peek
The Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon is highlighting the Carolina Herrera fall collection that Wes Gordon will be unveiling in his second New York Fashion Week outing. Gordon, who took over as creative director after Herrera stepped down last year, has maintained the founder’s flair for the dramatic while adding a modern touch. We’ll get a sneak peek of the collection that will be headed to Houston next month.
For a glimpse of what some other designers have planned for New York Fashion Week, check out their sketches and what they say inspires them in the the photo set above. Their inspirations range from Tiffany glass and intricate stained-glass windows to “uniforms for the modern cannabis ambassadors,” which no doubt ensures that this fashion week will go out on a real high.