Fashion Week is all about memorable moments, but here are the 10 things we loved best.
by Christine Cruz
1. Iekeliene Stange’s New Blond ‘Do
What better way to start off Fashion Week than with a shocking makeover reveal? We sure got one when Iekeliene Stange arrived in New York with platinum locks. Known for her au natural look, Iekeliene showed her glamorous side with a new ‘do. Talk about blond ambition!
2. MTA, Going Armani’s Way
Giorgio Armani scored major street cred on February 13 when he rode the subway to the Bronx. He was on a mission, though, donating $1 million to the Fund for Public Schools, which will establish a multiyear arts program for underprivileged, inner-city schools. Maybe Armani will start a new trend and you’ll see Marc Jacobs on the L train? All aboard!
3. The New Guard
Jac J., Alla Kostromicheva, Hanna Rundölf, and Gracie Carvalho. Keep these names in mind, because in the coming weeks of European fashion shows they’ll be all over the runways. These newcomers came and conquered the New York catwalks. From Jac (IMG), who opened and closed Calvin Klein, to Gracie (Marilyn), who walked a very impressive 13 shows total, these girls really are going for the gold!
4. Debut of Love
What do Beth Ditto, Agyness Deyn, Iggy Pop, and Iris Strubegger have in common? They were all featured in Katie Grand’s newly launched Love magazine. Just in time for the close of New York Fashion Week, the U.K.-based read is proving to be a must-have.
5. Bare Feet at Brian Reyes
Models have had enough of sore feet, and they aren’t going to take it anymore! It seems as though designers are on a roll with sky-high shoes. Despite a few trips and falls last season (who can forget the Prada show!), designers are still pushing the limits with impossible-to-walk-in shoes. But at Brian Reyes, all the models took their final walk barefoot! Talk about putting your foot down.
6. Economy Chic: Money Is So Last Season
Didn’t get invited to any shows? Don’t worry, no one else did either. All over Fashion Week, designers were cutting guest lists (DKNY and Marc Jacobs), moving from the pricey tents to more intimate locations (Vera Wang), or even opting out of Fashion Week all together (Sass & Bide). But no matter what the budget, the most important thing—the fashion—didn’t fail to impress. Economy chic has gone high fashion, and it’s never felt more fabulous.
7. Coco Turned Reporter
Is that Coco Rocha wielding a microphone? Yes, our beloved flame-haired beauty took on a new gig at E! as a fashion reporter. Coco cruised through the backstage chaos to get key interviews with designers. On her blog, she described trying to get an interview with a celebrity as “quite intense.” Watch out Barbara Walters, you’ve got some competition.
8. The Comeback Kids
Diversity is the spice of life, and nothing proved this more than the exciting mix of newcomers and old pros who walked the runways this season. Familiar faces like Trish Goff (IMG), who closed Alexander Wang, and Hannelore Knuts, who closed VPL, made returning to the catwalk so this season!
9. Party On: A Week in Great Parties
With the state of the economy forcing designers to cut costs, many suspected fewer parties would be thrown. Thankfully, there were plenty of great Fashion Week parties to attend—from the uber-cool Alexander Wang soiree to the hip artsy scene of the SoHo Prada boutique bash, fashionistas partied like it was 1999, or better yet, 2009!
10. I Heart You: Modelinia Candy Hearts
Hot Coco, Sweet Stam, Wild Webb, Kiss Kroes, and Lima Love. These are not secret prayers of men everywhere—they’re all sayings printed on 1 million Necco candy hearts distributed by Modelinia. Models posed for photos all around the city with the little boxes of Valentine treats. Sweet!