And just like that, Fashion Month has flown by! From New York to Paris– the fall/winter 2015 season is looking cozy and eccentric with a wide assortment of looks that we’re all sure to be flaunting in one way or another. This semester has been keeping me on my toes with exciting new adventures between all the work and school that has been on my plate. Despite these detours, I was still able to still catch shows during New York Fashion Week. This week I’ll be recapping a few of my adventures at the shows.
Daniel Silverstain’s presentation in SoHo was first destination this season. The pop-up space was brimming with glasses full of white wine and a crowd waiting to be seen. When the music stopped the crowd became hushed. The cameras clicking furiously were the only sounds until the first model rounded the corner and the music resumed. Model by model walked the runway and at the end lined up against the wall for onlookers to take closer views at each look. Silverstain’s fall/winter collection boasts of a punk-villain vibe. It’s hard edge looks have a “I’m going to a concert” look but the sharp tailoring speaks of a cool action figure that has super powers– hence the bold, bright pops of green and blue. A very specific group of women would wear his fall/winter line. My favorite was the emerald/black dress with feathers on the shoulders. Just the right amount of feminine and tough touches.
The entrance of the newest installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was quite the opposite vibe from its neighboring ‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity’ exhibit. Booming music, dark lights and punk rock symbols pulled museum-goers into the special exhibit that opened on May 9th— meanwhile, next door consisted of quiet, hushed voices and courteous spectators. It was a contagious, exciting feeling walking into ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture,’ even if you are not a punk rocker by any means. Although she wasn’t the only designer presented, Vivienne Westwood played a major role in the show.
Moving from mannequin to mannequin, admiring each and every provocative style displayed, viewers “Ooh’ed”, pointed, and snickered at some of the bizarre looks. The most represented designer throughout the show was by far Vivienne Westwood. She stood out as the ring-leader of the ‘Punk Movement.’
Westwood not only designed clothes, she also branched out into footwear. Super-elevated platforms in patent leather. Bondage boots. Shoes with multiple tongues. Spikes galore. All were just another part of Westwood’s kitschy themed looks. Her extreme designs got the attention of the world, and not just fashion critics. Her brand began to flourish as she took on the London rebellion scene—inspiring Americans to do the same.
Being such a cult-leader in the punk movement, Westwood was given her respects to being the leader of it all at the ‘Punk’ exhibit. It was exciting, inspiring, and the set-up of the entire show was exhilarating. Each corner I turned I wanted to see more. I didn’t know what to expect—especially since this is not a trend I am into. By the end of the show I was disappointed there wasn’t more to offend me visually—and I wanted to run out and tell spectators to check it all out. An amazingly curated exhibit!