Fashion Week in the Details

Fashion Week in the Details

It's a given that fashion week will awe us with the greats; Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, and the list goes on. Much anticipated, these collections are considered to set the temperature for the following season, be it through their styling, their high-wattage models, or the craftsmanship of their cloth. However, fashion to many is all in the details. And it is at some of the smaller and up-and-coming designers showings that we really get to revel in this. A fashion presentation is a different type of show, and common among the lower-budget designers perhaps because it is just a bit less of an extravagant production than a runway show can become. But what they lack in size, or row upon row of eager audience members, they make up for in atmosphere and the fact that you can walk up and touch the silk of a skirt of the sequin on a purse, make eye contact with the models and even rub shoulders with the designers.

Dannijo, the jewelry collaboration line of Danielle and Jodie Snyder, set up a moody presentation in the ballroom at the Jane Hotel, a space well known for its quirky decor and romantic crevices. The models, draped lazily over chairs or swaying standing up, were arranged in various states of undress, barefoot with ballgowns. The overall effect was that akin to a harem, an opulent lounge that caused the attendees to linger a little while over the jewels. Dannijo is known for their intricate, bold collars and earrings, which all of the models wore, sparkling in the low light.

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet was quite another scene altogether. In a meatpacking warehouse, the presentation felt more like a party than a fashion week event. The models lined the edges of the large space, arranged in little vignettes that formed a cheeky backdrop for the playful clothes. Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe, the dynamic DJ duo, performed in a private box overlooking the scene to bring music to the already almost cacophonous vibe. The details again, shined. Pumps featuring sunglassed-faces on the models' feet could be appropriately appreciated, and even the straws for the canned fruity seltzers were delicate paper and colorfully striped. The attention to the small things made the ordeal almost fantastical.

Clover Canyon, though based in LA with designer Rozae Nichols, took a sojourn to Russia for their vision of Fall 2013, and the evidence was everywhere. Their presentation took place at Lincoln Center and the backdrop was a snowy white wonderland mural, reminiscent of the Russian countryside, punctuated with ornate palaces. The models wore a uniform hair and makeup look, a bouffant that aired the sophistication of the Ballet Russes with a simple headband that made the look a tad girly. The prints and textures of Russia were present in the clothing too; angora, wool, bone china and enamel eggs appeared as cozy yet high-fashion statements and the overall scene made one shiver with a tinge of nostalgia for an impossible icy Siberian adventure, or a love story with a happier ending than Anna Karenina.