January 2021

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: The Jay Godfrey Live Report Day 3

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Oh, don’t I love Mondays. But this Monday is different. First, it was lovely to see so many of my contemporaries put on stellar shows. When the economy is struggling, the best thing any designer can do is ramp up the creativity and push the boundaries.

On Saturday morning, my wife, Dara, and 7-month-old baby, Allegra, all ventured uptown to check out Jill Stuart’s fall 2011 collection at Lincoln Center. This was Allegra’s first fashion show and there were lots of photogs clamoring to get our little fashionista’s photo. Jill Stuart didn’t disappoint. I particularly liked her use of colorblocking, pleating, and longer lengths. I’m sharing a few of my favorite looks.

After taking Allegra for lunch at the Mark Hotel on the Upper East, it was time to relax before a big market week. I did, however, find a few minutes to catch a few other shows online.

Alexander Wang did a really terrific job, showing off what he does best—appeal to that tough, edgy, downtown girl. He hit the nail on the head this season with some great capes, fur treatments, and lots of leather.

Diane von Furstenberg’s show on Sunday was also very strong, although it was much more sophisticated than we are used to, thanks to her new design director, Yvan Mispelaere. I loved how she sliced and diced pieces of metallic lame and combined them with both solids and prints. There were also some terrific furs, and 3 sequined numbers that were show-stoppers.

Victoria Beckham’s pregnancy no doubt affected the way she developed her silhouettes for fall. While Madame Beckham has primarily been known for body-con, structured pieces, this season there were much easier, looser bodies in extremely vivid colors like canary, fuchsia, and a stunning peacock blue that closed the presentation. I will say this much—Victoria Beckham has a great sense of color and truly understands who her customer is.

Looking forward to when the big boys like Marc, Oscar, Donna, and Ralph show this week! Will keep you posted.

Jay Godfrey

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: The Jay Godfrey Live Report Day 2

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It was a whirlwind for the first official day of NY Fashion Week. My team and I assembled at Noho Productions, an amazing photo studio, to shoot fall 2011. I was so excited to see it all come together. This season, the inspiration was the sultry style of Carine Roitfeld. Our model Madlena completely captured the essence of Carine and sizzled the entire day. Love when beautiful models with the right amount of attitude can elevate your work to a new level! But enough about me. :)

After 10 hours of standing on my feet, I was ready to sit or have a drink very, very soon! But I had committed myself to attending a fundraiser and decided I would fight the fatigue. After 2 vodkas and some hors d’oeuvres, I had my second wind.

After the third and fourth pops, I decided that I should probably go home and check out all that I missed online from day 1 of NYFW.

What I Love So Far From Fashion Week
BCBGMaxAzria continued their take on languid, light dressing with the effective use of colorblocking. They pushed their boundaries a bit by dropping the waists and in turn lengthening the skirts, creating an elongated, fresh silhouette.

The leathers at Wayne looked pretty sick. Great to have the legendary Norma Kamali back in the mix. She did a stellar job, especially when she mixed fur with grey heather sweatshirt fabrics. Very fresh and new. Also loved her studded swimsuits! Very sexy indeed. Willow from Australia was a beautiful lineup, especially the perforated or laser-cut leather tops and shift dresses. They used what is quickly developing as the color of fall—deep teal, according to me (. . . and, err, Pantone). While I am gravitating toward a more fluid, fuller pant, Willow’s printed, hatched black-and-white cigarette pant looked really cool when paired with a crisp, crisp, white, white and a moto-inspired riding jacket.

Finally, Christian Siriano. He’s a talented boy, no doubt. The pieces were indeed beautiful, BUT some of the opening looks were a little bit like Givenchy of the last few seasons. Where he really shone—his mossy green cocktail dresses and gowns, toward the end.

Jay Godfrey

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: The Jay Godfrey Live Report

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It’s the crazy official first day of Fashion Week, where it’s always a mix: tons of work (finishing my own collection), lots of shows to see (be it online or in person), and dinners and parties galore!

Last night my team and I put the final touches on my fall collection and prepped for our look-book shoot. After a solid night of sleep and a trio of strong espressos, I’m ready for the day.

Usually it starts with catching up on what I missed yesterday on the ’net. Checked out Z Spoke (Zac’s midrange collection) where he showed a much more sophisticated group than his first. Loved seeing Posen regulars like Crystal Renn, Anna Cleveland, and Coco Rocha in the images. Also, saw M.Patmos–super-cozy layered knits in putties, sands, and other neutrals. Well-done and welcome back.

More tomorrow when Fashion Week gets into full swing. Off to my photo shoot!

Jay Godfrey

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