Male Box. Bye Bye Bryant Park

March 3, 2010 • Male Box


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

The mood in the tents during this past Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in
New York was a little melancholy – for a number of reasons. First,
after much back and forth with the city, this was finally declared the
“last” time the shows would be held in Bryant Park. Next season, we’ll
be navigating a completely new setup at the Lincoln Center’s Damrosch
Park, which boasts 13,000 more square feet than the current location.
Secondly, the first day of the shows will now and forever be the day
that we learned that the fashion universe had lost one of its brightest
stars: Alexander McQueen. You could see a wave wash over the assembled crowds at the morning shows as their Blackberries rang through with the news.
Even the video interviewers switched tack mid-interview from asking
about the designers who were showing right then to asking about the
“tragedy of the season”. Within minutes of the news breaking in the US,
KCD had sent out an email blast cancelling the presentation of his
diffusion line that was planned for later in the week. By
mid-afternoon, everyone was back to the business at hand, but the mood
was still slightly more somber than you would expect on this first day
of Fashion Week in New York.

A number of shows stood out in the uber-crowded lineup this
season, for both the beauty of the spectacle and the clothes themselves.
The Ports 1961
show began after designer Tia Ciabani called for a “moment of silence”
to honor McQueen and then, in true “the show must go on” fashion,
dazzled us with massive scale Machine Age visuals and her homage to the
strength of character- and style – of Amelia Earhart. From tailored
coats to gently draped wraps, the collection offers menswear-influenced
styles for Fall 2010 that will fit easily into any woman’s wardrobe.

As global warming and international travel now have relaxed our needs
for true “winter” clothing in the Fall/Winter collections, layering has
become the key to fashionable survival.

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