It's become a Fashion Week tradition here at NYMag.com: Each season, New York Magazine fashion director Harriet Mays Powell and fashion reporter Amy Larocca talk about the trends they've seen over the last few days.
All week long, we've been keeping track of which models opened and closed the big shows. Now, using our patented secret formula — a complex algorithm that awards points based on the number and importance of shows each model walked in — we can reveal who made the biggest splash this week.
The sky didn't fall, even when it opened. The VMAs landed smack in the middle of Fashion Week and threatened to rain on our stargazing parade, but in the end — after all the wailing, teeth-gnashing, and prophesies of doom — neither an awful awards show nor an actual deluge could spoil the celebrity turnout in the front rows. It's enough to make our Grinchy hearts grow three sizes. Or at least keep us smiling through the pain of our considerable blisters.
Without further ado, here's a look at a few of the highlights:
And so it comes to an end, with editors collapsing with relief and models eating with glee. But what really stood out? Our own Harriet and Amy proudly (and exhaustedly, no doubt) present their picks.
1.Proenza Schouler's polish was a thrilling finish to the day: everything short, stylish, and belted. Particular favorite: exit No. 2.
Just for fun, let’s try a blind item for you gossip aficionados. Which ubiquitous, young(ish) singer didn’t get seated with the other cool kids at Tommy Hilfiger’s show and spent the entire production pulling a completely petulant bitchface?
Have you ever wondered what happens when celebrities make random pronouncements in the press about who they'd like to date or which director really needs to give them a job? Well, if you're Chloë Sevigny, you get to design a clothing line.
As Fashion Week draws to a close, it's time to talk about the big guns, those wonders who need no surname. Did Marc's intellectual show ultimately please? Did Oscar and Carolina meet expectations? And what does Anna Sui have up her sleeve?
The chaotic, shutterbug-infested scene at Zac Posen's show meant that celebrities from Demi on down to Ivanka Trump were unavailable for us to chat up. And so Serena Williams, sitting just outside the fray, provided the rote quotes.
Day seven got a little wacky. We were about to crown Jenna Jameson as the queen of the world for closing Heatherette, but then we came to our senses. (The shock of seeing actual boobs on the runway was just too much.) So instead we're picking Chanel Iman, who opened Heatherette, opened and closed Custo Barcelona, and closed JustSweet. Girl must be tired.
Kim Gordon has always represented unstudied badassness to us, so when we spotted her in three front rows — 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, and Marc Jacobs — we were determined to ask just how she pulls it off. The answer: H&M.
The big questions on our lips before Jennifer Lopez's JustSweet show: Would any big names make it across town after Zac Posen? Would Posh Spice come out to support the good friend of her pal Tom Cruise? And, most important, would Marc Anthony look as undead in person?
1. The new, tailored, polished Marc by Marc Jacobs — specifically a short, strapless navy-blue dress.
2. Bruce was completely refined and chic. We loved the evening looks of black trousers and exquisitely detailed and beaded camisole tops.