NYFW wows at World Trade Center on 9/11 anniversary

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, New York Fashion Week made history Wednesday by presenting a catwalk show at the World Trade Center with a stunning collection for Jason Wu at Hugo Boss. After the romantic elegance of Michael Kors in the morning, Wu unveiled his second collection for Hugo Boss womenswear. The show unfolded on the 54th floor of World Trade Center tower No. 4, just meters from a memorial honoring fallen firefighters and one day before New York pays tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror hijackings.

The spectacular views of New York bay reflected perfectly the refined precision of the clothes in soft yellow, turquoise, lavender, white and black. The 49 silhouettes combined clear, sharp lines with fabrics of body and structure; subtle geometric patterns in gray, black or white; ultra precise cuts and belted dresses; and sleek lace and embroidery.

Inspired by a men's locker room, the classic white shirt was reinvented for evening, worn with a long suede skirt in soft yellow and a satin belt. Gladiator sandals came to just below the knee, flats and wooden high heels, and subtle accessories such as small purses with clothing prints.

The idea was to "exemplify the fusion of man and nature, of the organic and architectural, that is fundamental to Jason Wu's vision of Boss Womenswear," said the program. The 31-year-old is the only designer to present two runway shows this season's in New York, following his eponymous collection last Friday.

Kors showcases sunny elegance during NYFW

Earlier in the day Michael Kors, whose MK accessories are a massive hit in Europe and the United States, showcased breezy, sunny elegance for spring/summer 2015 in uber-trendy Tribeca. Kors combined two leading trends of the new season -- flowers and gingham -- in his catwalk show.

Summing up his vision as "blue skies ahead" -- his line for women and a few men -- was reminiscent of the 1960s: light and chic, in a bright mix of cotton, linen, denim, suede and organza. Soft skirts below the knee were key. There were yellow and white embroidered flowers or prints of fuchsia and violet. And chiffon-embroidered organza dominated evening wear.

Delicate flats in natural tan or black leather were adorned with knotted ankle straps and sometimes worn with satchels. Gingham strutted the Kors runway in pink or green, in the form of a long-sleeved tunic or a short summer dress with thin straps criss-crossing on the back.

Another trend of the season were tops cropped just below the bust leaving a belt of bare skin, paired with trousers or a high-waisted skirt. Hair has a fresh, just got out of bed feel. Chastain, increasingly seen in the front row at catwalk shows, was delighted. "I thought it was fantastic, so great, so much fun. I loved the colors, I loved the silhouettes," she told AFP.

Proenza Schouler's collection included leather crochet tops, dresses and shirts, a striking blue python jacket and skirt with black viscose knitted tank, and an orange python coat paired with black pants. Colors were evergreen, black, orange, white, lavender and burgundy, and a collection of sexy black dresses with fringes on the bottom.

"At the end of it, it's a very modern girl. It's a girl of today, it's not retro, it's not futuristic," said Lazaro Hernandez, one half of the Proenza design duo. Earlier Indian-American designer Bibhu Mohapatra offered a collection inspired by English heiress Nancy Cunard, a muse to Aldous Huxley and activist who fought for much of her life against racism and fascism. (AFP)

Photos from Vogue

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