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A Look at New York Fashion Week 2019

Ellen Levitt

Posted on February 18, 2019 10:27

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I had the opportunity to see a designer's line during New York Fashion Week 2019. It was an interesting experience.

New York Fashion Week 2019 took place last week, with designers showing their wardrobes for the Fall-Winter season. I had the opportunity to view Calvin Luo's line and went backstage to see the women and men who modeled the clothing.

I have little experience in writing about fashion but when offered the chance, I took it (actually for another website). Why not? I was curious, I have a passing interest in couture, the event was taking place in lower Manhattan, and above all, it sounded fun. 

The event was at Spring Studios in Tribeca, at 6 St. John's Lane. This sparked my curiosity too: as much as I know about NYC, I'd never heard of this street before. It's a tiny street but Spring Studios buzzed with activity, as several fashion shows were taking place there. 

I got my credentials, a laminated card on a lanyard, and was told I had backstage access. This might sound amazing if I were going to a rock 'n roll concert, but in this case it was because I was not getting a coveted seat in the audience. Oh well, an opportunity is an opportunity.

In fact, I got to see more than just strutting models, from my vantage point. I was privy to the labor-intensive world, not typically seen, of getting models ready for their walks. Dozens of tall, thin women and men wore a wide variety of styles, from lengthy coats to dresses, from shirts and trousers to tunics, from somewhat conservative and muted styles to outlandish pieces. 

The models stood and slouched, waiting for their times on stage. Photographers walked around taking pictures; hair stylists adjusted models' 'dos; make-up artists touched up eyes and cheekbones; one woman dashed around, applying lotion to models' arms and necks. Other staff did their various tasks and this was almost as fascinating to me as gazing at the clothing.

I liked some pieces of the collection, thought others were okay, and decided a few were laughable. But I'm no fashion maven, so I am not sure who is the intended audience all the time.

The models were interesting in themselves. This group was multiracial and multiethnic, and many of the models did not have what would be called "perfect features." Some had big, crooked noses, or facial moles. Some had excellent posture while others had noticeable slouches. Many were not American and few seemed to be from New York City, I could tell from eavesdropping. 

They walked onstage to atmospheric instrumental music and sound effects, but the show ended with Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," definitely a surprise to my ears.

For the most part I felt like an interloper, snapping cellphone pix and taking notes. But I learned long ago in NYC that if you act as if you belong somewhere, and wear a serious, intent look on your face, you are rarely challenged. I had fun and I'm glad I didn't wear those pointy shoes. Walk the walk.

Ellen Levitt

Posted on February 18, 2019 10:27

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