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"All the world's a stage: and all the men and women,
merely players" (William Shakespeare)
Another fashion week
has come to an end and we are now firmly ensconced in our new home, Lincoln
Center. One can say many things about the departure from Bryant Park to the
decidedly more upscale and iconic epicenter of the performing arts.
Unfortunately, an unabashed creative and artistic surge on the part of the
designers due to the more prestigious environs, is not one of them.
That's not to say the collections thus far have suffered from the move. It's
just that they have not had any palpable impact on them. And it was unrealistic
to think they would. In addition, it seems the more important, theatrical,
dramatic moments of the week, have taken place off site (WAY off site in many
cases). And as good as it is, New York is not Paris (as I was writing this, I
was simultaneously watching the collections unfold abroad and suffice it to
say, those amazing WOW moments of sublime creativity that have taken place on
foreign soil, were practically non existent here).
That said, New York fashion
week is a still a three ring circus filled with visual overload and I am
constantly making observations and notations: not just about the news on the
runways (or lack there of), but the scene OFF the runways, which can oft times
be more interesting, if not more so. I have often found myself thinking about
age old sayings and quotes (some of which have been around for centuries), and
how perfectly they relate. So I thought that an appropriate way to sum up the
season, would be to reference some of William Shakespeare's most iconic quotes,
and that of other wise men and women, including some of our own fashion sages.
(When possible, I will include the source). Keeping "Brevity is the soul of
wit" (Shakespeare), in mind, I will attempt to keep this short and sweet.
"This above all, to Thine own
self be true" (Shakespeare): It was a banner season for designers (both well
AND newly established) doing what it is they do best. The most successful
collections were filled with elements that bore the creators' unique stamps,
even if, in a few cases (notably Thom Browne and Miguel Adrover), the results
were unsurprisingly eccentric, if not admittedly a bit bizarre.
2 But hey, we all know what
veteran pros ( Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez,
Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Francisco Costa, Ralph Rucci, et.
11, are capable of doing,
and we expect nothing less. Thus, for the jaded amongst us, it is especially
rewarding to witness a new generation of designers, with their own singular
approaches to modern luxury, come into their own. Among those who represent the
future of fashion: