Ten things we learned from New York fashion week
1. We're all going spotty
Or we will be if Marc Jacobs has his way. And he usually does. Personally FS thinks dresses made from giant rubber circles and rubberised trousers sound like a recipe for considerable discomfort. We suspect a dark conspiracy with a pharmaceutical company specialising in talcum powder.
2. There is no description too silly for a collection
"It was a great mix of Victorian hippy chic in the jungle" said Sex and the City Stylist Patricia Field of Betsey Johnson's latest show. With a straight face.
3. Handbags are a political issue
Why else would Secretary of State Hillary Clinton find time in her rather busy schedule to comment, "No one should make fun of anyone else's handbag choice". Is this the real issue behind the failure to progress in the Middle East, we wonder? Should the UN peacekeeping forces have Mulberry kit bags as standard issue? These important matters are being shamefully swept under the table and must be addressed. FS demands an enquiry.
4. Taste? Who needs it
Midway through Jeremy Scott's eye-bleedingly colourful "Candy Flip" collection the techno music went mercifully quiet. But the sighs of relief were shortlived, as the guest's eardrums were then bombarded with a When Harry Met Sally style rendition of a woman in the throes of passion.
5. You can Booker yourself a front row seat
Just when we thought it was all reality TV stars and Gossip Girls, who should make a front row appearance but Salman Rushdie? Why, you ask? We have no idea, and he doesn't seem entirely sure either.
6. Facing an oncoming fashion storm?
Just follow the Anna dello Russo rules and all will be well. FS particularly likes her surrealist poetry on the subject of weather gear:
don't match clothes and its own function:
Like rain and trenchcoat,
like snow and moonboot,
forget it the umbrella at home!
7. The 70s are still here
Didn't like it last season, don't like it now.
8. Segways are the new Manolos
As reported by our own Imogen Fox yesterday, this season NYPD's finest and most fashionable officers are sporting them. Could this catch on? Will we finally have an end to high heel related moaning? Will Blake Lively ditch her Louboutins for one? [Answers: No. No. And, um, no.]
9. Public lifts are for civilians
At the Thakoon show in the ballroom at the Plaza Hotel, Anna Wintour commandered one of the two lifts for her own personal use. FS is thinking of doing the same in Guardian Towers. Don't you know who, etc.
10. Accessories? Yes, we'll take 250ml please.
Another spot by Imogen Fox: "I've lost count of the amount of times that I wrote burgundy, maroon or claret in my notebook, at Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs for starters. Which means that autumn/winter has a new trend, people: three cheers for boozy colours"
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