This article originally appeared in The Beacon student newspaper on March 2, 2009.
By Jen Herring and Marissa Barkey
Editor’s Note: Contributing writer Marissa Barkey attended this year’s Fashion Week allowing her to give her firsthand report.
Thrifty fashion has hit the “Big Apple.” This year’s Fashion Week arrived on a budget. The economy being in recession, it was natural to expect a toned down Fashion Week this spring. Fewer designers showed fewer outfits, fewer models on the catwalks and fewer lavish parties. Several of the biggest “fashionistas” were thrown into a bit of a financial crisis.
Michelle Obama made a statement by being a “no-show” a Fashion Week, despite the presence of her newly endorsed designers, Jason Wu (inauguration ball gown) and Narcisco Rodriguez (election night dress). The first lady chose not to attend fashion shows because some people can’t even afford to shop for clothes at Target, let alone a $20,000 gown. Instead, she chose to stay home with her children at the White House and celebrate Black History Month. She also made plans to speak on issues that matter more to people than fashion.
The New York Fashion Show
After years of fashion shows around the world, New York holds the title of being the fashion center of the world by bringing together local and global designers from around the globe.
Some of the fall 2009 collections show that downsizing is the trend this season on and off the runway. There are a lot of tight leather pants on the horizon and leggings with little “witch booties.” There has also been a mature look on New York’s fashion runways this season: pencil skirts skim the knee, blouses aren’t transparent, and coats and jackets have understated details that convey the working man or woman. Continue reading