Jonathan Saunders is a minimalist, exactly — there are too many accordion pleats, too many bits of trim for that. But he designs with an economy of line and silhouette that calls to mind the work of master minimalists Calvin Klein and Jil Sander.
London label Preen is showing at the New York tents for only the second time this season, but designers Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton have already attracted a savvy fan base that includes New York Times critic Cathy Horyn and downtown personality Leigh Lezark, who both talked to Fabiola Beracasa before the show. "They went from being very funky in the beginning, and now they're much more put together," Horyn explained, while Arden Wohl talked about her obsession with patent leather. Watch the video for more.
Last year's obsession with hats has morphed into a fascination with headbands. Big bows topped heads at Erin Fetherston, who wrapped tresses in feminine flowers. Costello Tagliapietra paired their evening dresses with satin hair bands. Sass & Bide sent out hats, bands, wraps, or feathers with every look. And Elise Overland belted a piece of extra-long fabric for a sixties-hippie feeling. So, go ahead, tie one on.
We've no shortage of observations and anecdotes from this morning's Hérve Léger show, and here's one more: When we arrived, we intercepted a tall redhead sporting an accent and a cream-colored Léger dress. "I just want to make sure I'm in a good seat," she told her handler.
You'd think that the one thing you wouldn't have to worry about with Hervé Léger's iconic bandage dresses would be having any of your body parts fall out, but tell that to Joy Bryant's nipple, which we inadvertantly spied peeking out of her tangerine frock as we squeezed past her at the Léger show this morning.
If there were any doubts about whom the Hervé Léger collection is for, they were laid to rest this morning in Bryant Park. At 11 a.m., the front row of the Léger show was lined with celebrities of the WB variety (who is Sophia Bush, anyway? That's Fug Girl territory) in full-out hair (updos! hot-roller curls!), makeup, bare legs, and four-inch heels.
Three days down, five to go, and the critics are starting to weigh in on fall 2008's first runways: BCBG is finally outgrowing its prom-queen reputation, while Rag & Bone is living up to its CFDA-friendly one. Yigal Azrouël's tougher look went over well, and it seems that Alexander Wang is still one to watch. Let's check out the critical warm fuzzies, shall we?
As the music blasted backstage at Alexander Wang, Fabiola Beracasa caught up with model Jaime King, fashion editor Meredith Fisher, a very soft-spoken Chanel Iman, and the designer himself ("Did I mention he's cute?" said Paper's Mr. Mickey). Wang talked about his edgy aesthetic as "something that's a little bit loose and baggy. Own it. It doesn't have to fit in every little place. It's all about the flaws and imperfections."
Kudos to the Daily News for today's P. Diddy — er, excuse us, we mean Sean Combs — profile. They caught the Maker of Bands as he prepared for his Sean John show and managed to gather a stellar selection of quotations from His Diddy-ness. (Sorry! We mean Combs-ness. We can't keep up with what he wants to be called.)
• Perks of being Elle's editor-in-chief at Fashion Week include sitting next to celebrities like Courtney Love; perks for the 7-year-old daughter of Elle's editor-in-chief include reviewing shows for Fashion Week Daily.