New York Fashion Week: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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You can take the Adirondacks – come February, there’s no tent I’d rather be in than Bryant Park. This year, Fall Fashion Week was a mix of many things: bright neon from those designers wanting us to hope, dark fabrics from those wanting us to mope, and the usual mix of editors, stylists and celebrities (everywhere I turned around, was Kanye West. Yes, we’re very good friends now). This year, things leaned a little green – but not in the ways you’d expect. Now: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of New York Fashion Week(after the jump)…
The Good:
- Longevity. Everyone I spoke to emphasized the need to invest in pieces that last. I had the chance to preview designer Billy Reid’s line, and he was just one of many to stress the economic importance (and eco-consciousness) of buying timeless, well-constructed pieces. I’m a huge advocate of paying a little extra for one shirt that lasts over five that fall apart –it’s better for the environment (and my closet) in the long run. Reid’s whimsically-trimmed menswear, his store created from found items and his dedication to garments that are made in America (less shipping, less emissions!) won me over.
- Ebay and Vintage Fashion. Ebay hosted a lounge highlighting gorgeous vintage pieces all available online, where Style Director Constance White greeted journalists and talked about the environmental importance of reused clothes. I love the idea of celebrating vintage during a time when the emphasis is usually on the new, new, new.
- Alexandre Herchcovitch. Because I the pieces were gorgeous, detailed and vibrant, and I know just one will last me forever. I have my eye on a patterned jumper that could be a signature piece and mixed a million ways – over tights in chillier weather, bare-legged in spring, and both formal or causal with flats. This Brazilian designer is one to watch.
- Noodle and Boo Sugar Scrub. This came in my gift bag at Coventry, and it’s my new favorite. Even though the products are intended for moms (which I am far from), I loved my sample-size trial of this product made with natural ingredients. Some products from the line are certified organic, too.
-Christian Siriano for Payless. Models were sent down the runway with designs from the Project Runway winner's forthcoming line - and the spikey, platformed wears are great treats for vegan shoe lovers using pleather, plastics and fabrics.
-Adidas' New Eco-line. This year, there were so few green clothing debuts, we were excited to see this one. Kara DiCamillo previewed here.
The Bad
- Phillip Lim. Backstage, he ditched natural Aveda products in favor of wigs. Since I adore his collections this wouldn’t have been so bad, had it not been for the rabbit fur and goat-hair pieces that came walking down the runway. Many other designers had gorgeous shows with little to no fur accents, proving that fur isn't mandatory for good style.
- Coventry. Some of Coventry’s knits used natural fibers, but the shapes failed to excite me. I can’t rationalize a natural piece that isn’t in a modern silhouette.
- The Invites. I realize that it’s going to take a lot to change the day-to-day of fashion week. But paper, mailed invites should be a thing of the past. It’s wasteful and unnecessary. In the age of email, cutting out paper invites could make a big impact.

The Ugly
- The McDonald’s McCafe coffee both. McDonalds had a booth at the tent this year supplying free coffee to guests. I was very happy to see the coffee. Not so happy to see the loads and loads of wasted cups. Couldn’t McDonald’s have provided a reusable limited edition travel mug? The limited edition cache would have even encouraged people to use them post-shows.
- The free magazines. Paper, paper everywhere. Stacks upon stacks of magazines, programs, newspapers. Unbelievably wasteful, and needs to go. Waste consciousness at the tents desperately needs a boost. I.e things like this make me fashion weak.

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