Eric’s Front Row Diary: A Crowded Calendar Causes Designers to Pull Out All the Stops to Get Noticed at NYFWFeb 10, 2014 @ 10:51 am
Pictured, from left to right: runway shows at Opening Ceremony, DVF, and Victoria Beckham.
Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so the designer gave her most famous creation a show of its own Sunday, called “Bohemian Wrapsody.” Apart from that pun, her collection was a solid hit, or rather, solid gold, given the multitude of ideas she packed into one show. It started with Karen Elson in a classic wrap with a knotted print motif reminiscent of gilded pretzels and ending with an all-out supermodel dance party led by Karlie Kloss — she and all the other models in shimmering gold wrap dresses, wrap sweaters, wrap minis, and wrap cardigans.
More than ever, fashion shows are becoming fashion events, and von Furstenberg’s runway was extravagant, to say the least, with a live performance by St. Vincent and a shower of gold confetti at the end. With so many crowding the calendar these days, designers really have to pull out all the stops just to be noticed. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, who followed von Furstenberg, went so far as to perfume their runway with the scent of melting chocolate, and also to hand out to-go mugs of hot cocoa to guests as they departed on a sugar high, having taken in all the fabulously stiff sweatshirts and fingerprint-printed coats. The models had walked next to a wall on which rivers of melted chocolate dripped and dripped deliciously.