Fear of Fashion Week: Hopes and Prayers for New York Fall 2015 Collections

February 10, 2015 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '15

New York Fashion Week Fall

Each season, as New York Fashion Week draws near, I become overwhelmed with Fashion Week anxiety. This year I hope some of my prayers will be answered. Some of my pleas are directed to the designers, many at the attendees and some simply involve acts of nature.

Lose-Lose-for-shoes

Which brings me to my first fear: the fear of bad weather which can only mean bad shoes. Fashionable and appropriate footwear that wears well in the snow simply does not exist. I don’t believe in functional fashion. I hate Hunter Boots. I pray it doesn’t snow and if it does I can only hope the snow is so high that my feet will be covered. On the flip side, I also don’t want to catch a fashionista tripping, slipping or sliding to the ground in front of me because she had to wear impractical high heels. February fashion week is a lose-lose for shoes.

Navy Moto jacket

Next, I beg a few thing of the designers. For one, please, nix the navy. Stop it because it will never replace black. While shopping the fall ’14 designer clearance sales online, I was attracted to many black coats, sweaters, shoes and handbags, which upon a second click and closer inspection – ack – were actually navy! Nobody, but nobody needs a pair of navy pants – or shoes! Come on. Please designers, no more navy fashion. These pieces were on clearance don’t forget.

Carol Calacci no clear trends

I also have a fear of seeing nothing really new in trends. Please, designers, show some definite trends because with so many carried over from season to season they are becoming a blur. People always ask me what is new at fashion week, and I want to actually be able to respond. Please give us some clear cut and practical trends! (No the deep V to the navel didn’t cut it cut it – no pun – last season because no one could wear it with the exception of runway models and if you put a top under it you will look like Captain Kirk.) I digress.

Front-row Fashion Week, Fear of Fashion Week, Selfie Stick

As for attendees, I beg of you, please, I do not want to see unknown reality TV personalities in the front row (“Who is she?”), Birkenstocks (yes, someone will have them on) nor a Selfie Stick at at runway shows or presentations. No joke – I saw a phone on a retractable selfie stick intermittently blocking my view last season – in use by a woman in the front row, no less!

All this aside, I look forward to New York Fashion Week Fall 2015!

– Carol Calacci

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