New York Fashion Week is officially over. Amidst the flurry of the clothes and the flying hemlines, what is fashion without some drama. New York Fashion Week came roaring with a few notable tit bits – backstage, on stage – away from the clothes. Here are a few items that you might have missed during the New York Fashion Week:
1. Kelly Cutrone’s People Revolution Pulls Out Last Minute
Kelly Cutrone has become such a public personae for her tough no-nonsense cut-throat attitude, thanks to her books and recent appearance as one of the judges in America Next Top Model. Unfortunately for David Ttale, a South African designer who won Elle Magazine New Talent Competition in 2003, he found the wrong girl to mess with.
On Wednesday, a day before the show, the company People Revolution sent out an email explaining a rather sensitive matter stating, “People’s Revolution is canceling our participation in the David Tlale show, Thursday September 5 9:30am in the Box at Lincoln Center as we have not been paid. Please note no one from production will be in attendance. Very Best, People’s Revolution.”
All of the drama is caused by Ttale not honouring the contract. The agency had agreed with Tlale that they would receive 50 percent of the $15,000 production costs upon signing and the other half 48 hours before the show.
By Wednesday, they had not been paid at all. When asked about the bold move, Cutrone told WWD, “If you don’t honor your agreement, you’re no longer in our care.” Tlale responded by saying, “It’s not about me not wanting to pay them. The payments were delayed from my side. They were going to be effective today, but she pulled the plug. She was not willing to wait. We were going to make the entire amount today.”
2. Kering Takes Minority Stake in Altuzarra
Joseph Altuzarra has a multitude of reasons to celebrate. His collection has received glowing reviews from the critics with social media a buzz on the details of his collection. Perhaps, however, the biggest reason to celebrate is because Kering, formerly known as PPR who owns Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, etc, has faith in his aesthetic.
“I am delighted to enter into this relationship with Kering, a group renowned for its excellence in luxury and innovation with an incredible track record for nurturing some of the greatest talents and brands in the fashion industry,” said Joseph Altuzarra, in a statement. “This partnership will allow us to take the Altuzarra brand to the next stage of its development in accordance with my creative vision. I could not be happier or more proud.”
The exact size of the stake was not disclosed, though “the company will remain independent and controlled by Joseph Altuzarra and his family,” Alexis Babeau, managing director, Kering Luxury division, told WWD. “While not formally integrated in Kering’s luxury division, Altuzarra will have access to Kering’s breadth of experience and expertise when relevant.”
3. Suzy Menkes Gets Trapped in the Elevator
Oh, Suzy. You seem like you had a ball at New York Fashion Week. En route from Philosophy’s show at Location 05 at 509 West 34th Street, Menkes was stranded in an elevator car that included two pregnant women. “I felt bad for them, because they shouldn’t have the heat in that situation,” she said.
The fashion critic said the Philosophy crew seemed oblivious to the situation until the fire engines arrived and snapped them into action. Menkes and her fellow elevator passengers, including the Financial Times’ Vanessa Friedman, eventually had to climb out on ladders, but not before the electricity was shut off. “They said, ‘It’s very dangerous.’ ” Menkes said. “I was just about to get off, but they held me off for another 10 minutes. But they brought water to us and everything and that was good.”
With a good spirit, Ms. Menkes, seems to have brushed it under the rug, “I think New York fashion is too important for these situations.”
4. Models Topple Left and Right
Wednesday’s 94-degree humidity took its toll on a few models at the Clover Canyon presentation. One or two nearly fainted under the James Turrell-inspired neon lights, or maybe it was something they had eaten — or perhaps from having not eaten. Whatever it was, two models were escorted off the staging at The Box in Lincoln Center and two others bobbed and weaved.
As handlers darted around bringing bottles of water to all of the models, a concerned Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus said, “I hate to see any girl like that. It could be the heat or the lights or maybe they haven’t eaten all day. They run from one thing to the next. I mean, even I haven’t had a chance to eat all day.”
5. Upsize for New York Fashion Week
History was made in NYFW this year as the first ever collection dedicated for plus-size by Eden Miller strutted down the runway.
Miller hopes her show will legitimize plus-size fashions – and the women who wear them – to the notoriously curve-averse world of couture and style critics.
“I need to do this right,” she said, “I want to be one of the designers at Fashion Week so that I can open the door for other designers who are valid choices to be there.”
Her collection was presented in the “Box,” the smallest of the venues at Lincoln Center, where Fashion Week is happening. The space was crowded with stylists, journalists, specialized buyers, and, of course, plus-size fashionistas.
“It’s a big deal to have representation on the official New York Fashion Week schedule, and it’s not just on the runways,” said Nicollette Mason, who writes the “Big Girl in a Skinny World” column for Marie Claire magazine.