From New York to London, fashion weeks logbook

New York

Thursday, September 8

After a few seasons of New York fashion downtempo, during which, even without talking about Covid-19, the great American designers had deserted the fashion show calendar, everyone was expecting a great reunion which would mean: “Yes, New York is back. » It was counting without Elizabeth II, whose death, on September 8, stole the show from all those who thought they would be talked about. Her Majesty even managed to make Kim Kardashian’s buttocks forget about the flag background Stars and Stripes on the cover of the magazine Interview, appeared two days earlier.

The disappearance of the British sovereign therefore punctuated the conversations at the welcome cocktail party given, to launch fashion week, by the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, alongside Anna Wintour (vogue usa) and Steven Kolb, the head of the Council for Fashion Designers of America, the American fashion federation. Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger or Tory Burch had made the trip, not wishing to miss the long-awaited comeback. Alas. It was between Balmoral and London that the story was played out. And on Instagram, despite a few posts showing the guests with champagne in hand, only the figure of the deceased and the deluge of tributes survived.

Friday, September 9

Four o’clock. Proenza Schouler really opens the ball. Head to the Hall of Lights, located in the former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building, a model Beaux-Arts style building. Water trickles down the walls – videos are projected into the space, giving guests the impression of being in the middle of a waterfall. A parable of the return to life for the duo at the head of the brand, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, who have stayed the course for twenty years. With always this good mix between timeless pieces and latest trends.

Twenty hours. The atmosphere is less studious, on the 34e Street, 311 West. The crowd is hysterical, traffic in the neighborhood interrupted. It’s the anniversary of Fendi’s Baguette bag: 25 years is something to celebrate. Kim Jones, artistic director of the Italian brand’s women’s collections, invited Marc Jacobs to present with him around fifty looks in homage to the it-bag of the 2000s created by Silvia Venturini Fendi and made famous by the sitcom Sex and the City – in particular by the character of Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (seated, that evening, in the front row next to Kim Kardashian).

Model Bella Hadid during the Proenza Schouler fashion show.

Fans wait, clumped together, hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity descending from his sedan… Jocelyne Wildenstein, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and tiktokeurs known only to their subscribers have been invited to the show. For the American press, we have to go back to 2015 and Kanye West’s first Yeezy show for Adidas to see so many stars gathered for a fashion event in the city. In the morning, all the guests received a baguette (bread) wrapped in kraft paper with the “Fendi” logo.

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