Male Box. The Best of Show(s): New York Fashion Week

March 5, 2009 • Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

Perhaps it’s the fact that I attended the Westminster Kennel Club
just prior to the beginning of New York’s Fall/Winter 2009 Fashion
Week, but I can’t help but draw the comparison
. The difference is that to win Best in Show, Stump, the 10 year old Sussex Spaniel,
had to first beat out the best of his kind – as the most beautiful, the
best trained, and the best behaved. If only fashion week were similar.
Instead, anyone with the resources seems to be able to produce a show,
hire a PR firm, and send out invites. The problem is that they don’t necessarily have to design clothes worth seeing in a runway show – or, in some cases, at all.
For yet another season, my fellow editors bemoaned the fact that the
shows are not juried, despite the consensus that some so-called
“designers” should not be allowed to show.

In seven days, I attended over 60 fashion shows and presentations. To be truthful, only about half of what I saw was interesting to me as “fashion”. The rest were just “clothes”.
We all expected most designers to play it safe again this retail
season, designing clothes that were sure to sell, but even the buyers
seated around me seemed disappointed. Perhaps it was the new year or
the new political administration, but I think we were all looking for
that proverbial ray of hope to shine through American fashion.

The week officially kicked off with the Heart Truth Red Dress fashion
show, where film actresses and television personalities vamped the
runway and hammed it up for the enthusiastically cheering audience. The
clothes were good, particularly the Carolina Herrera that Lynda Carter wore, but I couldn’t help but think it was all like a dog show – without the appropriate restraint or the obedience training.
By the end, I was really looking forward to settling into the serious
business of fashion with a more disciplined runway show. Thankfully, Yigal Azrouel
delivered. The goth/rocker chick vibe on real models was exactly what I
wanted to see right then and, hopefully, will see six months from now
on real people in the streets.

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