learn mandarin – New York Fashion Week Fall 2010

The New York Fashion Week is a semi-annual event held every February and September. Admission is by invitation only, to the fashion industry, fashion press, assorted celebrities, and internet based fashion press. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is perhaps the most well-known event held during New York Fashion Week, but not the only one. Many top-name designers show their collections at other venues, including Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, as well as rising stars like Richard Chai. Dozens of other shows and related events are held around the city during New York Fashion Week, including Couture Fashion Week NY at the Waldorf-Astoria. Alongside similar shows in Milan, Paris and London, this is where the coming season’s fashions are advanced and publicized for trendsetters the world over.

Find out more about the New York Fashion Week at http://www.newyorkfashionweek.com/

Some of this year’s designers:

Richard Chai
Richard Chai’s collection was as sleek as the hair on his models. The designer carried on with the clean style he introduced in his fall collection. “It’s just a cleaned-up, stripped-down aesthetic,” he said. In place of prints, Mr. Chai offered interesting textures, some puckered fabrics or subtly crinkled silk with a metallic sheen, and that gave his collection a hint of a new dimension.

Cushnie et Ochs
The Cushnie et Ochs collection was all about a woman who comes to life with a sense of cynicism, which was borne out on the runway, first with very tailored dresses and then slowly introducing a more shredded look until the end of the show, in which the dresses were dripping and falling off the models’ bodies.

Ms. Ochs held up a gray floral print then pointed out that if you looked more closely, you would notice a headless form beneath the blooms. “If you look deeper, it’s dark,” she said. “We’re just reflecting the mood.”

Erro
Nothing prim or pretty, the wares by young Swedish designer Anna Larson came in mostly black—all threadbare, slashed, sheer and unbearably cool. Easy, worn-in looking t-shirts, bodysuits and mini-frocks were balanced with great structured leather pieces, like a molded bustier top over a gray t-shirt. Even the most tailored look, a taupe button-down style shirt, came with slashes at the armpits.

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