NY Fashion Week, Day 4: Blahnik and Beckham

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week entered its fourth day Sunday with some big-name shows on the calendar ranging from Manolo Blahnik, known for his sexy high-end shoes, to Victoria Beckham, the British designer, former Spice Girl and wife of soccer star David Beckham.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center were a welcome return to familiar Manhattan territory after many in the fashion world had trekked out to Brooklyn Saturday night for the must-see Alexander Wang show, held in the unlikely setting of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Also expected Sunday: freezing temperatures and light snow, the bane of high-heel aficionados everywhere, but a fitting backdrop for the fall-winter 2014 collections being shown on the runways.



Brooklyn may be a hotbed of hipsters, but the fashion world is securely centered in Manhattan. So it took a designer of Alexander Wang's caliber to lure those fashionistas to the other side of the East River in freezing weather for a 15-minute fashion show.

Wang, 30, presented the fall 2014 collection of his signature line (he is also creative director of Balenciaga in Paris) at a 100,000-square-foot greenhouse at the Navy Yard. The Saturday night production involved a rotating stage and a futuristic-looking set that resembled some post-apocalyptic world.

Free ferry boat service and chartered buses helped get the Manhattan crowd to Brooklyn and back.

"Fashion is always evolving and changing, so why not have a location change?" Wang said in an interview, adding, "You want to create an experience. Clothes are clothes, at the end of the day. You're not reinventing the wheel there. So you want to be proposing an idea that entertains people — and gets them to come out to Brooklyn in the cold."

The clothes were an unusual mix of simple and elaborate, with a survival theme. "The great outdoors, camping, mountain climbing," Wang explained. But there was also a theme of sophisticated luxury. There were big and comfy jackets, for example, but in luxe fabrics, like cashmere. There were tunic dresses made with the silky fabric of men's ties. Many garments came with multiple pockets — the better to hold necessities. "What does our girl need to survive in an urban landscape?" Wang said. "Her cigs, her lighter, her flask, her notebook, her smartphone. In some of the bags we had a lipstick holder, a hand mirror and a compact."

"He wins the prize for the most out-of-the-way show, that's for sure," quipped Nina Garcia, longtime "Project Runway" judge, who was in the audience.

Actor Sam Worthington, of "Avatar," said he was happy to come out to Brooklyn. Wang, he said, is "at the forefront, pushing the limits of New York Fashion Week."

—Jocelyn Noveck, http://www.twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP