Fashion Week: Day 1

by Alex R. Travers

Toddy Snyder

Todd Snyder’s Fall 2013 presentation, entitled  “Rebel Gentlemen,” made you feel the fascination with German and British motorcycle culture in each look. The outfits were bold, yet everything was very simple and very wearable. An asymmetrical leather racer jacket caught my eye. It was paired perfectly with an olive crew sweater and charcoal plaid trousers.

BCBGMAXAZRIA

I like what Max and Lubov Azria do at BCBG. But for the Fall 2013 season, the duo seemed more interested in de-glaming the models with loose beanies than staging a show. Bagginess prevailed. Similar to their Spring 2013 collection, there were lots of black and whites, but gone were the strict vertical and horizontal lines that intersected at the center of the body—the Vitruvian Models. This time the prints and patterns felt kaleidoscopic and conveyed motion. There we also some fun faux furs. The leather jackets were badass. I wished there were more. On to the next…

Timo Weiland

DJ/designer duo Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein scored triumph on the runway. What struck me first about the collection was seeing their personal aesthetic in each piece. Their teamwork is classic. There were preppy quilted sports coats with fur, riding helmets and deep, earth-toned colors. The sheer tops with high-waisted pants were quite elegant. For a parting gift, I was given a “racy lacey thong.”

Tadashi Shoji

After swimming in a sea of eager fashion fans, I headed over to Tadashi Shoji. For his Fall 2013 collection, Mr. Shoji was inspired by “the splendor of the Russian Empire and the eventual fall of imperial rule.” The grandeur of Russian aristocracy infused a collection that was one of his best. Sapphire blues and carmine reds swooned the audience, as did the layered tulle dresses Tadashi is so well known for. A corset of pale pink blush tones and embroidered lace over a black dress was a crafted stunner. It was one sweet, sexy sting of a show.