Michelle Obama designer Jason Wu talks fashion at the ICA

NEW YORK — On a rainy night in December 2008, the Institute of Contemporary Art brought some of the country’s most promising young designers to Boston for a fund-raiser. On hand were talents Chris Benz, Brian Reyes, and Elise Overland. The evening also featured Jason Wu, a fresh-faced 26-year-old who was just getting his business […]

New York Fashion Museum Shows its ‘Shoe Obsession’

— “Shoes occupy a very special place in the female imagination,” says Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. The museum’s current show, “Shoe Obsession,” presents some of the most extreme examples of those objects of desire: fantastically wrought sky-high heels by leading […]

Fashion Week questions answered (truthfully)

NEW YORK – Even before I return from New York Fashion Week, I can predict the questions from friends and colleagues: “What was your favorite show?” “Did you see any celebrities?” “What was the highlight of the week?” I’m always ready for them with a stack of rehearsed answers. Favorite? “Marc Jacobs.” Celeb? “Yes I […]

Shopping Snapshots: Feb. 28

By ERICA M. BLUMENTHAL The Handbags That Carry a Day Reece Solomon, who designs a Reece Hudson purse line, is roving a wave. Her textured clutches and strappy city bags, prolonged favorites of conform insiders, have a newfound recognition among celebrities and street-style stars. Beyoncé Instagrammed a shot of herself with a subjugation purchase (there’s […]

New York Fashion: Alexander Wang throws a stylish punch

The edgy designer is on the cutting edge once again. A model walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Fall 2013 fashion show.(Photo: John Minchillo, AP) Mama said knock you out — but she probably didn’t think anyone would be wearing furry boxing gloves to do it! The edgy designer switched venues — bye bye, […]

SF grads offer varying views on fashion

New York — Traditionally, the best clothes at New York Fashion Week come at the end of the eight days and nights of designer shows. But the seven collections shown by San Francisco’s Academy of Art University recent graduates Feb. 8 at Lincoln Center were unusually polished and meticulously realized. Sophisticated fashionistas would gladly pay […]

Scouting Report

New York Fashion Week competence have been one of a snowiest in new memory, though that didn’t stop street-style stars from wearing eye-catching boots — like, for example, Caroline Issa, who was snapped in parrot-embroidered Caroline Issa x L. K. Bennett high-heeled justice boots with overhanging pompoms. The United States outpost of L. K. Bennett, […]

New York Fashion Week Is Quickly Losing Influence

Flickr/Art Comments See Also This Weather-Proof Suit Will Change Your Winter Work Commute The Best Worst Dressed Of The SAG Awards The Zombie Websites Of Dead Retailers New York Fashion Week is losing footing as the industry’s top event.  Many designers are boycotting the show in favor of cheaper alternatives, reports Christina Binkley at The […]

Brad Smith to cover Fashion Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Of the many hats jack-of-all-trades specialist Brad Smith wears playing for the Buffalo Bills, none of them happen to be designed by Tommy Hilfiger. That’s about to change. The Bills receiver, part-time quarterback and kickoff returner is preparing to expand his already versatile repertoire. Smith is going to try his hand at […]

Fashion Week Parties, Night 2

By Benjamin Detrick Even as the city disappeared beneath a snowy carpet, the second night of New York Fashion Week continued wind-battered, but not defeated. On the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel, Rebecca Minkoff held an after party for her show. “The last time we had a party, we were at capacity in an […]