NY Fashion Week: Kanye at Alexander Wang, Rocha’s baby bump

NY Fashion Week: Kanye at Alexander Wang, Rocha’s baby bump

Siriano sent out an African jungle-inspired collection of florals and animal prints, including a muted tiger stripe cashmere coat, against a welcome backdrop of potted green foliage.

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Published: Mon 16 Feb 2015, 10:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:57 PM

Rocha stuns at Siriano showRocha stuns at Siriano show

Coco Rocha’s baby bump has caught up with the limelight and the proud supermodel mama couldn’t be happier.

The redheaded beauty was backstage on Saturday at Christian Siriano’s New York Fashion Week show, posing for cameras and chatting about her spring arrival — a girl!

No names yet, but five or six are on the table.

“I hope that I’ll be the type that once I see her I’ll know, but I haven’t been able to hone down on one. It’s hard when you haven’t met a human being and then you think that’s going to be the name for the rest of her life,” said Rocha, dressed in a tight high-neck, black-and-white print Siriano dress — her bump on display.

“I’m not hiding. I’m so excited. It took a while for the bump to show so now that it’s showing it’s been fun,” a beaming Rocha said.

Siriano sent out an African jungle-inspired collection of florals and animal prints, including a muted tiger stripe cashmere coat, against a welcome backdrop of potted green foliage. 

Alexander Wang, heavy metal and Kanye

Alexander Wang, heavy metal and Kanye

As Alexander Wang took his victory jog up and down the runway after his packed show on Saturday, he ran by a set of special guests and blew them some kisses: the Kanye West family, including Mom, Dad and little North.Alexander Wang, heavy metal and Kanye

It was two days after West’s own high-profile show featuring his collaboration with Adidas, and he was relaxed and smiling as he sat between wife Kim Kardashian and singer Nicki Minaj. North, too, very hip in all black for a Saturday night out, was relaxed and happy, after fussing during Dad’s show. Clearly it’s much less stressful when someone else’s designs are being scrutinised.

As for those designs: Wang offered his usual highly conceptual show, focusing on a theme of heavy metal — both in music, and in clothes.

“There’s always a musical component to my collections, and we loved the idea of AC/DC and Kiss and Led Zeppelin,” he said in a backstage interview. “And then we were extracting the idea of metal both in a literal sense, and how do we apply it to clothing — whether it’s fabric or metal trimming or hardware, and also the mood of metal and the attitude.”

What this all meant was black — lots and lots of it — and studs or chains on almost every garment, whether sleek pantsuits or long skirts or heavy black boots.

There was also a nod to Victorian codes of dressing — articulated waists and corsetry — and, of course, some sheer chainmail. Because, noted Wang: “How can you have a metal collection without chainmail? But we wanted it to feel really slinky, so we finished the hems of skirts like T-shirts and gave some velvet to it, for sensuality.”

In keeping with the heaviness of the theme, models had appropriately scowls and hair in their eyes. And speaking of the models, one of them had a special connection to the front row: none other than Kendall Jenner, half-sister of Kim Kardashian. AP 

A Fendi fancy

A Fendi fancy

Sarah Jessica Parker fetes NY Fendi flagship opening

Glamour and sparkle overtook Madison Avenue on Friday night as huge names in fashion and entertainment celebrated the opening of Fendi’s new flagship New York store on 57th Street. Headliner Rihanna, who arrived toward the end of the event — looking dazzling in a pink fur and shiny brown dress, toting her two signature baguette designs — was one of the five leading designers behind Fendi’s 3Baguette Bag charity campaign. The other four women chosen to spearhead the project were Sarah Jessica Parker, who was auctioning off the purple striped baguette she designed to support the Brain Trauma foundation; British model Jourdan Dunn, whose sleek and simple beige bag that she designed to be “fun” was an homage to her Jamaican heritage, with proceeds supporting sickle-cell disease; blogger Leandra Medine, who designed a colourful and indigenous-feeling bag; and artist Rachel Feinstein, who was not only wearing a vintage green Fendi dress, but her baguette creation, which was inspired by classic works of art.

Parker said that her relationship with Fendi can be traced in a straight line back to when Fendi allowed her crew to borrow a baguette for Sex and the City.

“No one up to that point had really felt comfortable loaning us anything, and we were working with very little money and mostly shopping at thrift stores,” she said. “So for the House of Fendi to turn over a chalice like that was such a huge deal and was a gateway for other people to do the same. It was like bona fides for us.”

On the packed red carpet, celebs traded secrets for Fashion Week survival — which included everything from “get plenty of sleep,” according to Dunn (“even if it’s just in the chair while you’re getting your makeup done,” she added) to “drink lots of water and get there on time,” from Rosario Dawson.

Others discussed Oscar predictions — I’m rooting for Boyhood,” Feinstein said — and reminisced about their first Fendi pieces.

Dawson noted how the first Fendi bag she bought rewarded years of working. “I was taking care of my family, and I started really young when I was 15, so those kind of purchases weren’t on my mind — it was more about my mortgage,” she recalled. “But I remember the first bag I got was one of those ‘just because’ kind of gifts. I’ve always been obsessed with that patten, that F pattern. It’s just so beautiful.”

“The Fendi spy bag, the baguette... I feel like Fendi was the start of that it-bag movement for me,” said fashion maven Rachel Zoe. Today, however, she’s coveting the coats. “Fendi coats just make me swoon,” she confessed. Martha Stewart arrived wearing a fur Fendi coat of her own, which she said was the first Fendi piece she ever purchased 16 years ago in Aspen.

Other attendees at the flashy event included Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld and Naomi Campbell; model Coco Rocha; DJ Erykah Badu, who sported a fantastic hat and headphones; actress Hailee Steinfeld, who looked charming in a brightly coloured orange and purple jacket; Hailey Baldwin, wearing an olive-coloured strapless mini dress; Olivia Palermo; June Ambrose, who stunned in an oversized furry hat that she designed herself; Zoe Kravitz; and Sofia Coppola. Reuters



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