So Fashion Week has come and gone, and The Shophound has once again found that it is much easier to take when you don't go to as many shows. Given the benefits of modern technology, there are now many shows that we are perfectly happy to see at home streaming live on our computer rather than running all over town in miserably muggy weather to get a partial view of the runway.
Still, there are some shows that we would hate to give up seeing in person. We would miss being there in person for our favorites like Duckie Brown or Robert Geller to name a few. We always love to see at least one glamorous evening show. it wouldn't seem like Fashion Week without some serious sparkle and shine and REEM ACRA, one of New York's finest practitioners of such arts, has regularly obliged The Shophound very kindly in seeing her collection on the runway. This season, she again showed in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, but we couldn't quite get the full view we are used to at her show. It wasn't Reem's fault at all. In redesigning the venues, the folks at MBFW came up with a winner in the Pavilion tent, which allowed designers to use a multi-runway format without high bleachers and raked seating to great effect and good sightlines, but Reem's usual venue, the Salon, formerly the second biggest "Stage" tent, traded out a highly serviceable stepped bleacher configuration for benches on a lower rake that may have been more customizable, but also made it hard to see below the models' waists from as close as a very respectable third row seat (as in the finale photo above). Thankfully, the folks at Reem Acra just sent us a full video and photo package so we can get a better look at the luminous collection and share it with our readers. Have a clear, unobstructed look at some highlights in the gallery below.
The folks at PERRY ELLIS have had a rocky road re-establishing its fashion image after a halfhearted attempt at designer collaboration with Duckie Brown (two runway shows, nothing ever produced) the brand is relaunching its main men's line with a new creative director. The show was also at a new venue for the brand, the vast Terminal Building which many still remember as the site of the Tunnel nightclub. An ambitious runway design had wooden slats dividing the runway down the center for an interesting visual effect that mostly kept people sitting on one side of the runway from seeing across to the other side. That way, you could only see the models when they were walking in one direction on your side. What we saw during those brief moments looked like a solid update for the brand, but we had to go back and look at our pictures afterward to figure out exactly what we saw (which included Teva Sandals with dark socks —that's a thing that is apparently happening for real). Next time, let's hope they remember when and where less is more.
Finally, we saw that the Lincoln Center tents took advantage of the nearby Hudson Hotel to replace its smaller Hub venue for static presentations. Unfortunately, it lacked the super-efficient admission system that has been one of MBFW's most prominent advantages. We had comfortably seen shows there in the past, but when it came time to check out independent designer Cesar Galindo's CZAR collection, we found a crush at the door and another tiresome journey down two levels to the sub-basement. Galindo's line was a clever translation of his signature dramatic gowns into sportier, more accessible pieces. It might have seemed like a cool idea to invite a group of artists to create drawings and paintings of the presentation in person (seen below), but the practical result was more crowding in a limited space and the fear that you were going to knock over someone's palette and get paint on your shoes. Still, we hope he got some great fashion drawings out of the deal. Anything that promotes fashion illustration, something of a neglected art these days, is ultimately all right with us, even when it gets in our way.