New York Fashion Week seems to have ended just as quickly as it started without a lot of press or attention given to the seven-day run of fashion shows. There weren’t a lot of collections that stood out, even from some of the top designers like Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.
And the celebrity quotient, which usually amplifies the glamour of it all, was glaringly low. Black A-list celebrities who usually line the front rows (think Beyonce, Kerry Washington) were largely absent with celebrity stylists like June Ambrose and Ty Hunter, and Olympians like Ryan Lochte and Sanya Richards Ross, taking their places. Solange Knowles and Kanye West plus muse only made an appearance at the end of the week.
Even the train wrecks which the media loves to exploit like the Jackie Christie show, this year’s version of the She by Sheree presentation, didn’t get as much attention as usual.
The lackluster attitude spilled over into the modeling realm. While people were happy to see Joan Smalls, Sessilee Lopez or Jourdan Dunn descend on the catwalk, no one seemed surprised or overwhelmingly bothered by the lack of diversity. Maybe everyone’s become complacent about it. Or we could simply be uninterested.
Two events that did create some interest were the Zac Posen Spring 2013 show where Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek hit the catwalk and Tracy Reese’s presentation of effortless separates which epitomized downtown cool and marked a departure from her usual feminine dresses.
But beyond the melee in which a publicist was slapped and the revelation that bloggers are now paid for street style photos, there was nothing especially groundbreaking or even newsworthy about the week.