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A season for firsts during New York fashion Week

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For intrepid New York media and retail types who braved the snowy weather to go to Fashion Week shows and events, the collections offered a season of firsts for Fall 2014.

Duckie Brown debuted Baja East, shoe designer Manolo Blahnik debuted a fashion presentation, and handbag and luggage powerhouse Coach showed a full fashion presentation, highlighted by unique outerwear pieces for women by appointment only.

In today's New York Times (Friday, February 14), these new auspicious debuts were reported on for those who chose to watch the fashion on the Internet, rather than in person at the New York shows. Staten Island fashion and art fans, here's a look at what you might have missed this past week while being snowed in in one of New York's snowiest weeks this season.

"There are two ways to announce your arrival on New York Fashion Week’s gridlocked calendar: gingerly or brashly, a gentle tap or a sharp elbow. The handful of debuts this week — including, not exhaustively, the first women’s collection from the men’s provocateurs of Duckie Brown, the first presentation by the surf-slacker line Baja East, and the first in New York show Manolo Blahnik offered examples of both," added http://www.nytimes.com.

Coach debuts collection by appointment only

Coach eschewed the runway in favor of some private appointments with key retailers and media. "Take Coach, which showed its first full collection of ready-to-wear in a series of quiet, appointment-only presentations. Stuart Vevers, the company’s new executive creative director, started modestly, with a collection that focused heavily on outerwear: duffel coats and little “jean” jackets in leather, shearling and wool," added The Times. “I think outerwear at Coach makes the most sense,” he said. His approach is sensible not only in terms of the company’s history and expertise (the vaunted “DNA” that branding types are forever on about), but just as importantly, in terms of price. None of the pieces in the collection will top $2,000. Mr. Vevers called it “a genuine, authentic alternative to traditional luxury.”

Hugo Boss debuted a new women's collegction

"On the other end of the spectrum was the German label Hugo Boss, which blew onto the calendar with gale force. Boss is a megalith in men’s wear, but in June, the company brought in Jason Wu to boost women’s. His first show had the trappings of an event and the starriest front row seen yet. It was an embarrassment of riches for the photographers (professional and iPhone-wielding alike): Gerard Butler and Reese Witherspoon, Diane Kruger and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Benedict Cumberbatch and Her Goopness herself, Gwyneth Paltrow. Flash, flash, flash," added The Times.

"The collection Mr. Wu showed was of sterner stuff. Inspired by Boss’s men’s wear bona fides, he offered feminine pieces in suiting fabrics and strict tailoring, like the show-closing tux on Stella Tennant, whose own angularity looked positively Metzingen-forged. Mr. Wu traveled to the company’s headquarters, marveled at its factories and technical capabilities and insisted that, for the first time, women’s patent flats be made in the same factories that make the men’s loafers, and that the suits, at least for the models in the show, be made to measure," added the report. "There was more softness in cashmere coats and silk chiffon gowns, though even these were sequined in a Bauhaus-inspired motif that lent a bit of flint to dressy flou."

So Staten Island fashion fans, if you missed New York fashion week, you might catch a little of what you missed this week by visiting http://www.nytimes.com. You might take a sneak peek at some of the hot new looks to see for fall 2014.

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