NYFW: Chain Gang Rumbles at Gilded Age; Preppy Rude Boys Make Us Swoon at Todd Snyder; East London Girls Go Country at Timo Weiland
The first day of Fashion Week kicked off with major attitude, and not from the fashionista wannabes trying to sneak into front-row-seating, but from collections that included chains, leather, anti-girly models in caps.
Gilded Age, known for their cool denim and sportswear, hosted a rumble, of sorts, at Chez Andre at the Standard. Normally we'll run in the opposite direction if a nutjob is swinging a chain or holding a baseball bat, but if they're sporting blue frosted tips and behold a brooding chiseled face then we'll hang out for a bit.
The Mad Max-inspired Fall '13 menswear presentation brand also featured a live musical performance by electro-rock, New York-based, duo Weeknight. The rugged pieces had a cool toughness to them, but with an accessible feel that would transform even the nerdiest dude into a bad boy.
Bad quality, true. Their beauty is too much for iPhone capacity.
Over at Lincoln Center Todd Snyder's refined Fall '13 male presentation still evoked the edginess as Gilded Age albeit completely preppy. The American designer wanted to heighten the basic biker concept into luxury items through crisp lines and pre-washed leathers. Each look was quintessential Rude Boy, but with a job. And we're all for tailored menswear that doesn't equate boring. And Snyder's line certainly pulled off classic looks for the modern man.
At Timo Weiland's Women Fall '13 runway show, which also featured a musical performance by a cutesy duo called Cable, their usual nice girl attire took a shift to the surly side. Designers Weiland and Alan Eckstein dressed their models with caps and oversized jackets and sweaters but paired it with leather dresses and see-through tops. The designers said their inspiration was "English Tudor houses," and picturing "hip East London girls heading to the country for the weekend." So just because she's a girl with a chip on her shoulder doesn't mean she can't clean up nicely.
Heading back to more Fashion Week shows now with or without Nemo!
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