The news in fashion this week: a bomb scare on day two of New York Fashion Week; the Olsen twins' show their spring collection; news from Project Runway; bicycle chic inspires Nicole Miller.
A bomb scare on day two of New York Fashion
A touch of nerves over a terrorist alert permeated Day 2 of Fashion Week as the industry ran to and fro Friday through stepped-up security on road and rail. "It's kind of scary," Christian Siriano said as he madly put the finishing touches on his Saturday show. "We're just kind of pumping through it." National Guard troops and transit police with assault rifles watched crowds at Penn Station and stopped vehicles at the 59th Street bridge in Manhattan after counterterrorism officials received a tip of a possible Al Qaida car bombing in New York City or Washington around the September 11 anniversary Sunday.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen got their coveted quiet in an almost all cream collection when they opted out of New York Fashion Week chaos and showed the spring collection for The Row in a sparse space in a no-man's-land neighborhood on Manhattan's West Side. There were just a few wooden benches for guests, who numbered in the dozens instead of the hundreds at the main fashion hub of the Lincoln Center tents. The designers didn't appear on the runway, choosing to let the clothes speak for themselves. (One could actually hear each step the models took in their flat white sandals.)
If Bryce Black wins this season of "Project Runway," look for his new T-shirt: "Klum of Doom." Yet there was one thing even more frightening than judge Heidi Klum, he said, and that's appearing in public. Black and the other eight remaining contestants for the ninth season got the chance to explain their looks from the runway at the Lincoln Center tents. Black's clothes included a number of odd-looking military-style jackets, some in pastels, and a lot of trousers with large, exaggerated seams.
Miller's collection seemed aimed at a downtown, 20-something woman, with many references to street chic, from bicycle clothing to messenger bags to bomber jackets. Above all, there was color - bold bursts of it. "It's no longer black with a little color," she said. "It's color, with a little black." Asked her influences, she mentioned "the whole bicycle thing - I got really interested in vintage bicycle clothing. And skateboarding, and Formula One." Yet there was some delicacy, too, with one of the biggest hits a gray and peach beaded dress with graceful cutouts in back.