New York Fashion Week S/S 2015

by Joseph McKeown

Alexander Wang "nudged his active-wear aesthetic from hip to haute" resulting in "a few really lovely floor-length silk satin T-shirt dresses" while Altuzarra had a "finale of flowing handkerchief dresses with deep V-necks in impressionist flower prints, the edges trimmed in pearls, that was unexpected." Instead of a traditional runway show, Opening Ceremony had a one-act play called 100% Lost Cotton by Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill that featured the spring ready-to-wear collection while actresses Dree Hemingway and Elle Fanning "conducted an ongoing dialogue about how awful the modeling industry can be."

"I feel pressure to try to--not reinvent--but for our brand to move on, to keep it moving forward," says Vera Wang. To deal with this pressure, she likes to retreat to her private office, a “haven-slash-disco-slash-mental hospital” with orchids arranged by her Feng Shui expert and a crystal from her psychic to bring "love and peace" to her life. Meanwhile, Diane von Furstenberg, whose S/S 2015 collection made use of the black and white gingham checks trending this year, says in her memoir excerpted in Vogue: "Youth is wonderful; it’s exciting because it is the beginning of life. But it is essential to learn from the past and look into the future without resentment."

Writer and museum director Olivier Saillard talks about his show Models Never Talk, which had its world premier during fashion week. Elle captures fashion week street style. Comedian Abbi Crutchfield went to Lincoln Center in a SpongeBob suit. Vogue is live. And: shoe porn.

"Fashion week is chaos," says stylist and blogger Natalie Joos. Also: "I think Fashion week is just an excuse in general to have a party."