Eric Wilson’s Front Row Diary: Bugs at Vera Wang, an Ode to Star Wars at Rodarte, and More Lovely SurprisesFeb 12, 2014 @ 10:32 am
Pictured, from left to right: Runway shows from Vera Wang, Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodriguez.
How much fashion can you pack into one day? That’s the wrong question at Fashion Week in New York.
The correct question is: How many people can you pack into one fashion show?
“My butt is small, but it’s not that small,” said a late-arriving Anna Kendrick, when she tried to take her seat (or what was left of it) on a crowded bench at the Tory Burch show on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., the first leg of the day’s runway marathon. She squeezed in just in time to catch a terrific collection of antique-looking prints of etched chains and lockets, rich tapestry prints, and compact paisleys, one of the most surprisingly luxe viewings of the fall season yet.
Oddly enough, this was followed by two of the most amusing and off-the-wall collections of the week: First, Vera Wang, in a button-pushing mood, opened her black-and-more-black collection with a T-shirt that appeared with what could well be her call to arms on the front. It said, “You bug me,” and had what appeared to be a large bug crawling up its back. Insects and creepy-crawly things appeared all over her show as ornate jewelry, clasps, and, well, as more bugs. (Don’t worry, Oscars watchers, there were plenty of fantastic gowns there as well.)