The Avant-Garde Mystery of Comme des Garcons

Imagine being new to fashion and attending your first runway show. Upon arriving to the venue, everything seems normal for a high-profile event. The program says “Ready-to-Wear” and you think this means it’s a show saturated with high-end, artsy interpretations of street style. When the lights go down and the models strut out, you realize just how wrong you are. The clothing looks so much unlike clothing it’s baffling. This is essentially the Comme des Garcons experience. The Japanese fashion label, whose name translates to “Like Boys,” has been an edgy, eccentric brand since Rei Kawakubo founded it in 1969. … Continue reading The Avant-Garde Mystery of Comme des Garcons

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Ongoing Dialogue: Diversity at NYFW

In the midst of a national (and even international) conversation about diversification and consciousness of different cultures and ideas, New York Fashion Week celebrates avant-garde fashion, talented designers and beautiful supermodels. However, the fashion industry has long been criticized for … Continue reading Ongoing Dialogue: Diversity at NYFW

Coming Soon: A New Era in Fashion

Mark Badgley and James Mischka, designers behind the Badgley Mischka brand, have decided to film a 10-12 minute movie that will launch online when their Fall/Winter collection goes on sale this July instead of showing their collection during New York Fashion Week. Choosing to break the cycle of showing collections to potential buyers and the media well in advance, especially in the form of a film, seems daring when considered from a historical point of view. The way Fashion Week has operated over time has been uniform, with designers showing Fall/Winter collections in February and March, while Spring/Summer collections premiere … Continue reading Coming Soon: A New Era in Fashion

New York Fashion Week Preview: Designer Q&A

Tomorrow marks the first official day of New York Fashion Week and one of the most important weeks of the year for the fashion community — from the models who line the runways to the editors and bloggers who rush around the city reporting each collection. Of course, one must not forget the designers themselves, without whom Fashion Week would be meaningless. For a teaser of what is to come in the following days, we interviewed two NYC-based designers by email who will be showing their coveted collections this week at Lincoln Center. MARA HOFFMAN No stranger to New York Fashion Week, … Continue reading New York Fashion Week Preview: Designer Q&A