Warm clothes for freezing city at NY Fashion Week

February 10, 2014 • Entertainment

A model walks the runway during the presentation of the Thom Browne Fall 2014 collection in New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — It was once again winter — cold, cold winter — that dominated the mood on the fifth day of New York Fashion Week, with designers presenting variations of warm clothes on a particularly freezing day.

Carolina Herrera, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne and Zac Posen were among the designers presenting their fall-winter collections on Monday.

Shows were being held at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center and at various locations throughout the city.



The crowd had been waiting more than a half-hour for Thom Browne’s runway show to start on Monday, listening to loud, church-type music, when the lights finally dimmed and the music stopped. “Thank God!” a male voice yelled, and the place broke out in titters.

Browne, whose fashion shows are actually elaborate theatrical productions, had transformed the Chelsea gallery space into a giant church. Wooden pews filled the room. There were huge crosses on the walls. Candles burned, and the smell of incense wafted through. Everyone was simply waiting for the priest — or someone — to get things started.

Like most of Browne’s shows, once it did get going, the clothes bore little resemblance to what he would actually put in stores.

Models with white-haired wigs walked very slowly and stiffly down the runway, wearing garments that were beautifully made but frankly looked like the entire costume collection from a Tim Burton movie. The clothes — long skirts and jackets, mostly — had a vaguely Victorian feel, but also hyper-exaggerated elements like absurdly long sleeves or crazy puffed-out shoulders.

They were gorgeous, though. So if Browne wants to put on a theater presentation rather than a practical runway show, why not? Let’s remember that Michelle Obama wore Thom Browne during last year’s inauguration, and she didn’t look anything like these wacky characters. Thom Browne the actual designer is a wholly different creature than Thom Browne the showman.

—Jocelyn Noveck,



Charles James isn’t exactly having a runway show this week. But the late mid-20th century designer of spectacular, sumptuous ball gowns did have his Fashion Week moment on Monday, in the presence of Vogue editor Anna Wintour and other top fashion writers and editors.

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