Thursday, September 13, 2012

MBFW Day 7: Enough Firepower to Declare Victory

HEAD’S UP: Continuing the approach we adopted commencing with the Fall 2012 edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, VEVLYN'S PEN will put emphasis on the truly inspirational on the runway, rather than a sort of “best of the lot, even if it’s not that good.” Why the change? Simply put, we have grown weary of watching far too many collections that lack imagination because too much attention has been paid to the bottomline. If nothing inspires, we will tell you so and tell you why. We still endeavor, however, to provide a roundup of the best, worst and most interesting Yours Truly (and others) witnesses, from trends to sightings to the rather unusual/bizarre.

Day 7
(SOME of the players at the tents and elsewhere): Bibhu Mohapatra, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Douglas Hannant, Philosophy, Jeremy Scott, Rachel Zoe, J.Mendel, Milly by Michelle Smith, Gant by Michael Bastian, Marchesa, Anna Sui, Louise Goldin, Proenza Schouler, Holmes & Yang, Fotina, NY Republica Dominicana Fashion Week, EleVen by Venus Williams, Whitney Eve, Soojin-Lee, B Michael America, Vivienne Tam, Clover Canyon, Homo Consommatus

of the season, by day 7 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York many of the collections are strong.

Understandable, since as the week progresses the guns become bigger. Not that a big gun necessarily produces a rocking firepower collection. More often than not it does, though.

A look from the Milly by Michelle Smith Spring-Summer 2013 collection. Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images.

Of course, there are always those collections – amongst the young and untried as well as the celebrity set – that lead to head-scratching and wonder about the designer's point of view. Or something along the lines of, “S/he got financing to show that in the tents." More head-scratching and, head-shaking. Further, as one wag put it last night: “Something you can go into a showroom to see and be done with it.”

This season was no exception, but let’s keep the focus on the good. Any day that Anna Sui, Douglas Hannant, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Vivienne Tam (See VT video above) are showing is a banner day for fashion.

Yesterday was such a day. The nitty gritty details are coming. For now, enjoy the picture show.

On Deck today, Last Day : Ralph Lauren, Brood, Victor de Souza, Calvin Klein Collection, Cynthia Rowley, Cesar Galindo, Alisha Trimble, Kithe Brews, Ricardo Seco, Raul Penaranda, Jorge Vega Umana

Visit to learn more about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, including show information and videos.

Day 7 Pictorial
Anna Sui
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Bibhu Mohapatra
Photos by Arun Nevader/Getty Images.

B Michael America
Photos by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

Clover Canyon
Photos by Fernando Leon/Getty Images.

Michael Kors
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Nanette Lepore
Photos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

J. Mendel
Pnotos by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

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