New York Fashion Week Day 1: BCBG review and more

Metro’s style director, Kenya Hunt, and style editor, Tina Chadha, are reporting from the ground at New York Fashion Week. Read their daily dispatches for the latest on what’s coming down the runway and lots more.

A model walks the runway at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show. Credit: Getty Images
A model walks the runway at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show.
Credit: Getty Images

Review:

It can’t be easy being the first show to kick off Fashion Week. When I spoke to Lubov Azria  she said she actually prefers it in a way. “No one has any expectations — they just want to see new exciting things,” said the designer, then adding, “but then on the other side, people can forget about
you three days after.”

She doesn’t have to worry about that. To thumping Middle Eastern beats, BCBG’s Fall show seduced with long, sinuous silhouettes, patchwork prints in navy and ivory and a mix of lace with leather. The true standouts, however, were the tough, edgy coats. I would wear all of them exactly how they were
styled: with cool, cashmere beanies.

Lubov Azria, on the hodgepodge inspirations that made up the Fall 2013 collection

The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100: Women In Entertainment" Breakfast - Red Carpet

“Last September I had the pleasure to visit Istanbul and I was so taken by the interior design, the Blue Mosque, the architecture and history. I took tons of pictures. I’m originally from Ukraine, but I’ve never seen anything like it. So we started with that. We were also inspired by Phil Frost — he’s a contemporary artist. What we loved about him is the way he layered texture. He would have a white paint — almost graffiti-like artwork — layered on top of old graphics that were absolutely breathtaking.

We used that as a new way of doing prints. And then, when I was in Europe, I took a lot of pictures of gypsies. I loved the way they look. If you take them out of the context, and [view them] like they’re just cool bohemian ladies, then all of a sudden they have the best style out of anybody.”

 

A model on the runway at the Kimberly Ovitz fall 2013 fashion show. Credit: Getty Images
A model on the runway at the Kimberly Ovitz fall 2013 fashion show.
Credit: Getty Images
1PM – Maybe it’s the fact that Rihanna recently wore one of the designer’s dresses in her video for “Diamonds,” but Kimberly Ovitz seems to have a higher profile this season. A sunglass clad Anna Wintour was sitting front and center in the dark warehouse space (it’s why I think the show started relatively on time). According to Ovitz’s show notes she looked to “the protection system seen in animals and insects” to create what looked like futuristic warrior clothes. Her modern day Princess Leias, with extreme finger waves and hair tied in multiple knots, confidently strutted down the runway in beautifully draped long tunics and asymmetrical dresses in galaxy tones (blues, silvers and earthy browns). Highlights included cocoon like scarves and some knock-em-dead body-con dresses. Every woman needs one of those in her arsenal.
 A model walks the runway at the Richard Chai Love Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show. Credit: Getty Images
A model walks the runway at the Richard Chai Love Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show.
Credit: Getty Images

11 AM – The photographers are going nuts at Richard Chai Love taking pictures of Ashlee Simpson and Christina Ricci, who are sitting front row. An older journalist turns to me and asks, “Who’s the blonde?” Her reaction when I tell her: “Ohh? Jessica Simpson’s sister? The one who lip-synced on Saturday Night Live?” Poor Ashlee. As for the show, Chai’s usual minimal urbanista got in touch with her femme side. Tops came cinched at the waist, a bomber jacket skipped down the runway in a zippy print, which from where I was sitting, could be described as a mix of cool plaid and happy floral. Other highlights included a silk negligee-like dress and a lavender floral suit. The final looks, including a sexy, body-hugging pencil skirt in bold violet punctuated the ladylike vibe of the collection.

A little something more
Metro’s style editor, Tina Chadha, equipped with her phone and Instagram takes us backstage at New York Fashion Week.

Model at Dannijo presentation  Credit: Tina Chadha/Metro
Model at Dannijo presentation
Credit: Tina Chadha/Metro

Follow Tina Chadha on Twitter @tinaatmetro


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.