Sep 11, 2014
Hugo Boss wows WTC 4 on eve of 9/11 anniversary
Sep 11, 2014
NEW YORK, United States - The World Trade Center made New York Fashion Week history on Wednesday by hosting a stunning collection for Jason Wu at Hugo Boss while billionaire Michael Kors opted for sunny elegance.
On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when the city will pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed, Wu showcased his second womenswear line for Boss on the 54th floor of tower No. 4, which opened last year.
The spectacular views of New York bay reflected perfectly the refined precision of the clothes in soft yellow, turquoise, lavender, white and black.
The 49 silhouettes combined clear, sharp lines with fabrics of body and structure; subtle geometric patterns in gray, black or white; ultra precise cuts and belted dresses; and sleek lace and embroidery.
Inspired by a men's locker-room, the classic white shirt was reinvented for evening, worn with a long suede skirt in soft yellow and a satin belt.
Gladiator sandals came to just below the knee, flats and wooden high heels, and subtle accessories such as small purses with clothing prints.
The idea was to "exemplify the fusion of man and nature, of the organic and architectural, that is fundamental to Jason Wu's vision of Boss Womenswear," said the program.
The 31-year-old is the only designer to present two runway shows this season's in New York, following his eponymous collection last Friday.
Earlier in the day Michael Kors, whose MK accessories are a massive hit in Europe and the United States, showcased breezy, sunny elegance for spring/summer 2015 in uber-trendy Tribeca.
Famous faces from the film and fashion world mingled in the audience with the likes of Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain, German supermodel Heidi Klum and British "it" girl Poppy Delevingne.
Summing up his vision as "blue skies ahead," Kors combined two leading trends of the new season - flowers and gingham.
The line was reminiscent of the 1960s: light and chic, in a bright mix of cotton, linen, denim, suede and organza.
Soft skirts below the knee were key. There were yellow and white embroidered flowers or prints of fuchsia and violet. And chiffon-embroidered organza dominated evening wear.
Delicate flats in natural tan or black leather were adorned with knotted ankle straps and sometimes worn with satchels.
Gingham strutted the Kors runway in pink or green, in the form of a long-sleeved tunic or a short summer dress with thin straps criss-crossing on the back.
Another trend of the season were tops cropped at the bust leaving a belt of bare skin, paired with trousers or a high-waisted skirt.
Chastain, increasingly seen in the front row at catwalk shows, was delighted.
"I thought it was fantastic, so great, so much fun. I loved the colors, I loved the silhouettes," she told AFP.
Cyrus gets creative
Across town, 21-year-old singer Miley Cyrus teamed up with with bad-boy designer Jeremy Scott to unveil a debut art collection for his show -- a "psychedelic jungle" of animal print and color.
Cyrus announced her collection of collaged sculptures - "Dirty Hippie" - which were photographed backstage.
One creation is a vibrator, which she says was thrown on stage by a fan, with a joint attached to it. Others include a party hat with an iPod player and a mask with little white bears.
Cyrus sat in the front row, grinning from ear to ear before accompanying the designer on a victory lap of the catwalk donning tight, multicolored pants, a bralet and towering black and yellow Adidas stilettos.
An orange dress with yellow and blue flowers was paired with clumpy boots while a translucent yellow cape was edged with hot pink fur.
Itsy bitsy gold hotpants were worn with teddy bear flipflops, and a green-eyed-monster-style face emblazed a black T-shirt and decorated a dress. Skulls were also in the mix.
Gingham - a trend on the catwalk this season - also made an appearance in yellow, green and beige, fashioned into a miniskirt worn with a matching bralet.
Scott used plenty of animal themes in the form of a purple silk strapless dress covered in yellow footprints, a zebra-colored mini dress, leopard print shorts for men and leopard print hot pants for women.
"We're on the same wavelength - it's like a psychedelic jungle," Scott told V Magazine of Cyrus' art.
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