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New York Fashion Week (spring/summer 2014, already, gah) is upon us. Here’s what you need to know.
Marc Jacobs, arguably the king of New York Fashion Week, can always be guaranteed to invite some megawatt A-list front-row candy: think J-Lo, Victoria Beckham and Madonna. This season, we’re betting on Miley Cyrus making an appearance, following her naked modelling for his Save the Skin You’re In campaign recently. Or will it be all about his dog, Neville, who now has his own Twitter account (@nevillejacobs)? Woof.
Every fashion week needs a gimmick and this season it's Google’s glasses – already featured in the September issue of American Vogue, despite being as attractive as a pair of rimless frames from Specsavers. Project Runway judge and US Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia is planning to wear hers at the shows and use them to share her thoughts via social media. With a battery life of just two hours, we hope the Marc Jacobs show, famous for being hours late, will start on time. P.S. Diane von Furstenberg got in there first with the Google Glass-as-fashion-accessory thang: she featured them in her show a whole year ago (pictured). So there.
Jessica Biel, fresh from her (admittedly hot) lingerie-disguised-as-dress outfit at the VMAs, will be hosting her first-ever fashion week partay, for Dior. Bar Nana (so exclusive it doesn’t even open until mid-September) will be throwing bangin’ parties courtesy of NYC labels Prabal Gurung and Theysken’s Theory where Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls will be letting off steam after a hard day's catwalking. All the coolest New York It girls will be doing ironic twerking at Leith Clark and Tennessee Thomas’ bash at The Deep End Club to celebrate Leith’s collab with fashion line Wren.
Robin Givhan, formerly fashion editor of The Washington Post and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, no less, is back after a break and reviewing shows for The Cut. Expect biting comments on NYFW topics like the lack of black models on the runway. Sample: 'I can remember the first story I ever wrote about how homogenous the runways were, and it was like 1996, 1997. It just keeps coming around and at a certain point you do wonder, why is this so difficult to grasp?'
Apologies to fashion bloggers like Hanneli and It girls such as Mia Moretti (the girls you’ll be spotting wearing those cool trends you wish you’d thought of first): the award for street-style star to watch has already gone to Alexander Wang’s four-year-old niece Aila. US Vogue has nominated her as the fashionista they’re most excited to see at the shows. Too cute.
…is Oscar de la Renta (pictured here with his mate Anna Wintour). After giving disgraced designer John Galliano a second chance by hiring him to design a collection, he made headlines again by declaring: 'When you do mega shows, it loses the reason why we’re showing… Why have 20 million people with zero connection to your shows?' Guess that’s a ‘no’ to our invitation request, then, Oscar.
Hipper than hip brand Opening Ceremony are putting on a catwalk show for the first time (expect their BFF Chloë Sevigny to be front and centre) and they will also be taking over a section of Hudson River Park with fashion and food booths (where Rihanna’s collection for River Island will be getting an airing). Elsewhere, Danielle Sherman (formerly designer at T by Alexander Wang and girlfriend of super-blogger Todd Selby) will be showing her first collection as creative director of Edun (Bono's wife Ali Hewson's brand). It's a whirlwind, man.
Citibike – the NYC version of London’s Boris Bikes – is now up and running, so expect fashion editors, models and everyone else to be bang on time for the shows (fashion accidents like stilettos caught in the spokes, permitting). And especially if they’re stopping off at café Intelligentsia (situated in the High Line Hotel), the venue of choice for that all-important New York caffeine fix. Buzzy!
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