Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off yesterday at its new home in Lincoln Center. There was a buzz, excitement and anticipation from everyone who was there.
By Elaine Mensah
Will Fashion Week in NYC be the same at this new venue? Will the shows still have a new look and feel? Will the celebrities show up? What if I don’t have invitations, will I still be able to see a show? How will all this new technology really work? The answer to all those questions is that while Fashion Week is in a newer, bigger, shiner building, not too much has changed. There is still “the tents” as it is fondly called, there is still a lobby with vendors, booths, and freebies, there is still pr reps, press, fashionistas, wanna-be fashionistas, and everything that typically comes with
Fashion Week. As a matter of fact, if you closed your eyes, you would actually think you were still in Bryant Park.
The one thing I must admit has changed, and I don’t think for the better, is the intimacy of Bryant Park. The closed, smushed setting that allowed you to see every celebrity, every designer, every diva, every moment so closely is no longer present. With space comes a sense of sterility (as my new fashion friend Deborah from Palm Beach so eloquently put it). Nonetheless, the show must go on and so it did. With knockout collections by Christian Siriano, Concept Korea, Farah Angsana and many more. Enjoy a few photos from day 1 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!
Elaine Mensah is a leading contributor to the fashion industry in Washington, DC. She has a catalogue of experience working for numerous fashion insiders and owns SVELTE, LLC a creative consulting and communications firm that specializes in production, brand strategy and media for fashion and lifestyle brands. She is the creator and host of SVELTE Tv and online fashion radio show Fashion BS where she has interviewed some of the biggest names in fashion including Jason Wu, Lela Rose, Fern Mallis, Nigel Barker, Phillip Bloch, just to name a few. She also serves as the Fashion Director & Vice-President of Production for Fashion Fights Poverty.