I admit that I enjoy New York Fashion Week, even though I have never stepped foot in New York during that craziness.
As much as we may hate it, resist it, deny it, what happens in these various fashion weeks affects what we all wear, in that it affects silhouettes, fabrics, colors, styles, and patterns that are made available to us all. Even though the RTW and runway clothing is not designed for my age, weight, or style, I find it interesting to watch the new designers and see what they are up to.
One of the ways you know that it's Fashion Week is that the Sundance Channel revs up the activity of the show "All on the Line with Joe Zee". (I blogged about this show last February during Fall 2012 Fashion Week.) Over the weekend, the Sundance Channel had a marathon of the earlier seasons of "All on the Line".
The new season started tonight and it was an entertaining show. Joe was working with two young men who own the line "Unruly Heir" and, wow, it's easy to understand Joe's impulse to smack these guys, at least the entitled rich kid whose father has sunk hundreds of thousands into keeping the business going while his son partied away and his big head grew larger. (Many of these small designers seem to be funded by wealthy family members.) While I would never want to actually compete in the dog-eat-dog world of fashion, it's fun to get a glimpse of the process.
You can watch, at least for now, the first episode of the new season on the Sundance Channel website.
NYC Fashion WeekIf you want a peek at what's going on in Fashion Week, there are several ways to go about it from the comfort of your home. Most people know about style.com which has videos of the fashion shows.
I also like The Cut, which is the fashion section of NY Magazine. They maintain a runway page with links to runway videos, still shots (for most runway shows, they show the front and back of the garment on the same page, which is nice), and, in some cases, back stage material.
For example, did you know that Diane Von Furstenburg teamed up with Google to include, in her runway show, special glasses that contained cameras? You can read about it on The Cut.
The other site I monitor is Tom and Lorenzo. I've been reading their blog for years, back when it was called "Project RunGay" and they have ascended to dizzying heights for fashion bloggers - they often sit in the first row of a fashion show, in the realm of Anna Wintour and celebrities.