The shows must go on, so crews are out early Saturday morning to clear snow from the plaza in front of the tents at Lincoln Center and the parts of Manhattan some that were without power.
Ruffian kicked off the day followed by Marissa Webb and Jill Stuart with a stunning parade of well-crafted garments.
Son Jung Wan a Korean born and raised designer who used to be part of Concept of Korea design group displayed a collection that was well edited and featured jewel tone gowns, with the overall feeling that it was made for the "it girl": simple colors, interesting designs and a touch of richness by the addition of fur trim and Son Jung Wan’s take on a day suit. Strong shouldered jackets with fur collars and a stand out piece, an all fur dress that reminded me of an owl. It was amazingly well constructed.
On Mara Hoffman’s opening look, a bright pink chiffon tunic and pants with a mix of bold peacock and geometric patterns followed by Venezuelan “ Design Artist” Rafael Cennamo’s alluring presentation at the box.
Alexander Wang’s first collection since the announcement of his appointment as creative director of Balenciaga was well expected and with a lot of pressure as he was to show and proof the world that he was worthy to take such position and move in to the legendary house of Christobal Balenciaga. (Think last test). At the same time this was the show for his eponymous line. Presented in a new, far-out-of-the-way location all the way down on the southern most tip of Manhattan. The venue was five blocks away from cab stops, editors were jumping out of cabs in order to run — or rather, trip and slide — down the icy sidewalk to get to the show before it started, it was on!
The delivery? A work that was more grown-up. His edgy trademark with a touch of sensibility still there but more refined and surprisingly with a dressier fare. As the models take their final walk, the archival Balenciaga references to scream loud and clear — particularly from the curved back of his tops and jackets. Much like the fall collection Wang did last year, this is an outerwear show, filled with beautifully executed furry and leather oversized coats that look really appealing in this glacial weather. Expectations were met and the exciting to see what he was to show in Paris was high but we all knew it was to be GRAND!.
Back at the Tents, Monique Lhullier collection was pretty as well as Venexiana one that for some reason I find very intriguing.
It is without a doubt easy to say that Alexander Wang stole the show for day 3 of Fashion Week not only because of what he showed but because what he delivered. Best of luck my angel.