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NY Fashion Week, Day 4: Blahnik, DKNY and Beckham

February 9, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week entered its fourth day Sunday with some big-name shows on the calendar ranging from Manolo Blahnik, known for his sexy high-end shoes, to Victoria Beckham, the British designer, former Spice Girl and wife of soccer star David Beckham.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center were a welcome return to familiar Manhattan territory after many in the fashion world had trekked out to Brooklyn Saturday night for the must-see Alexander Wang show, held in the unlikely setting of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Also expected Sunday: freezing temperatures and light snow, the bane of high-heel aficionados everywhere, but a fitting backdrop for the fall-winter collections being shown on the runways.



Those who come to fashion shows purely for the celebrity factor would not have been disappointed Sunday morning at Victoria Beckham's runway show. Her husband, soccer great David Beckham, accompanied by their four impeccably groomed children, snapped selfies of himself and his toddler daughter while waiting for Mom's big moment.

On the runway, Victoria Beckham presented a fall collection based on the idea, in her words, that "Everything is not what it seems."

"It's all 360 degrees — nothing is flat," she said in a post-show interview backstage. "You look at a structured coat from the front, and then from the back you see this beautiful pleat. Or you're looking at a dress, and then the whole back is missing."

The collection was almost entirely black and white, with an emphasis on ruffles and pleats, and a fondness for a single gold chain draped across a garment.

Beckham said she was trying to incorporate changes in her clothes, but not so much as to alienate her regular customer. "It's about satisfying my sense of creativity, but also giving our customer what she wants," she said.

After the show, Beckham spoke about building a stronger presence in New York. But she made clear that the couple won't be moving to Miami — even though David Beckham just confirmed a few days ago that he plans to become owner of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise there.

"Just because David has a club in Miami doesn't mean we are moving to Miami," she said. "We're based in London and that's where the kids go to school."

Seated next to the Beckham family were Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a familiar sight at New York Fashion Week shows, and her daughter Bee Shaffer.

—Jocelyn Noveck,



Brooklyn may be a hotbed of hipsters, but the fashion world is securely centered in Manhattan. So it took a designer of Alexander Wang's caliber to lure those fashionistas to the other side of the East River in freezing weather for a 15-minute fashion show.

Wang, 30, presented the fall collection of his signature line (he is also creative director of Balenciaga in Paris) at a 100,000-square-foot greenhouse at the Navy Yard. The Saturday night production involved a rotating stage and a futuristic-looking set that resembled some post-apocalyptic world.

Free ferry boat service and chartered buses helped get the Manhattan crowd to Brooklyn and back.

"Fashion is always evolving and changing, so why not have a location change?" Wang said in an interview, adding, "You want to create an experience. Clothes are clothes, at the end of the day. You're not reinventing the wheel there. So you want to be proposing an idea that entertains people — and gets them to come out to Brooklyn in the cold."

The clothes were an unusual mix of simple and elaborate, with a survival theme. "The great outdoors, camping, mountain climbing," Wang explained. But there was also a theme of sophisticated luxury. There were big and comfy jackets, for example, but in luxe fabrics, like cashmere. There were tunic dresses made with the silky fabric of men's ties. Many garments came with multiple pockets — the better to hold necessities. "What does our girl need to survive in an urban landscape?" Wang said. "Her cigs, her lighter, her flask, her notebook, her smartphone. In some of the bags we had a lipstick holder, a hand mirror and a compact."

"He wins the prize for the most out-of-the-way show, that's for sure," quipped Nina Garcia, longtime "Project Runway" judge, who was in the audience.

Actor Sam Worthington, of "Avatar," said he was happy to come out to Brooklyn. Wang, he said, is "at the forefront, pushing the limits of New York Fashion Week."

—Jocelyn Noveck,



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