New York Fashion Week F/W 2014

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An Eye for Style

Since 1980, the British based i-D magazine has put the spotlight on both up-and-coming designers and photographers. This fashion week, at their Milk Studios pop-up lounge, they also did some scouting for new modeling talent. 

Setting up a white-wall cyc for one night of the Milk Made fashion week presentations – another launching point for young designers – i-D gave guests of the evening’s shows a chance to take a turn in front of a fashion photographer’s lens and flaunt their look.

Around the rest of the 8th floor, shows like Highland, Pyer Moss and Rochambeau debuted the looks for next season, however, it was clear from the stylish crowd, the fashion show was not limited to what was on the schedule. 

Text: Andrew Rozas
Photos: Sesse Lind

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Alexander Wang heads to Brooklyn

Not long ago, Fashion Week took place at Bryant Park. While there were always other shows  in other locations, since the official home of fashion week moved to Lincoln Center, there has been a growing number of alternate locations. Milk Studios been gaining traction over the years, and the newly opened Spring Studios has already pinched some of the biggest names, including Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg, however, this season Alexander Wang did something no other major designer has done before. 

He moved the show to Brooklyn. 

It’s no secret that Brooklyn has been considered a style-mecca for some time, but Wang isn’t known for the quirky vintage-inspired fashion born out of Williamsburg — his sleek lines are made for Manhattan. 

Nonetheless, on Saturday evening, the editors took a trip to the other borough. Anticipating a groan from the fashion elite, Wang eased the trek by arranging for both busses and boats to bring guests directly to the show, which is hosted at the Duggal Greenhouse on the waterfront. For those shudder at the thought of public transportation, the invite included a map to make sure taxi drivers would have no problems. Once everyone arrived though, the group could bask in the beauty of the Manhattan skyline that one must leave to enjoy. 

We’ll leave comment on the show to the experts at Style.com, but we caught a glimpse of the crowd who’s excitement for the show had only grown during their journey by bridge or river. After the show, the crowd returned to the city’s grid, and got ready for one of Wang’s legendary after-parties, this time hosted at the sparkling-new club, the Gilded Lily.

Text: Andrew Rozas
Photos: Sesse Lind & Style.com

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Gant Rugger – Winter Garden FW 2014

A Japanese gardening book written by Satoshi Kawamoto, served as the inspiration point for Gant Rugger’s fall collection, presented last night at The Park NYC. The mixture of British tailoring and the every day prep school look translated best in a navy pinstripe suit in a wool-cotton jersey blend and a indigo oxford kimono which was layered on top of a varsity hooded jacket, executing a great combination of soft and washed textures.

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Another Perfect Match

Absolut Elyx is in love with a new girl and wants the world to know it. Coinciding with New York Fashion Week, downtown neighborhoods like Soho and the LES have been flooded with posters announcing the brand’s latest muse. 

After the incredible Chloë Sevigny posed in front of Johan Lindeberg’s camera for the first Absolut Elyx campaign, chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg is the latest woman chosen to embody its spirit.

Fans of Gainsbourg will recognize why she was the obvious choice – like Absolut Elyx, she is also unique, radiant, individual, award-winning, stylish, and with parents like Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, she’s also of a legendary lineage.

The posters are all over, so if you see one – snap a shot on Instagram, mention us @Absolut_Elyx, and let us know where you saw it. There is no prize or anything, but the posters are so cool, we’d love to see where they all are.

Text: Andrew Rozas
Photos: Sesse Lind

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More from New York New York

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New York New York

Fashion week is almost as much about the after-parties as the shows themselves. With the first models having head down the runway on Thursday afternoon, the nights started to light up with their own celebrations. 

As a vernissage to the festivities, Absolut partnered with Milk Made and NYCult to kick off fashion week with a bang at the brand new meatpacking club Up and Down. The beautiful two-floor club should have considered adding another level, considering there were almost as many people trying to get into the club as there were in it. For those lucky enough to make it past the velvet rope, the reward was the best music, the most fashionable crowd and three amazing signature Absolut cocktails.

Check out the pics below and keep checking back for more updates throughout the week.

Text: Andrew Rozas
Photos: Sesse Lind

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Rodebjer F/W 14

Set at the North Cabana at the Maritime Hotel just north of New York’s meatpacking district, Rodebjer presented its F/W 14 collection on Thursday evening. The intimate room had the audience seated in the middle, while the runway snaked its way around people, created a feeling of a (very well dressed and attractive) town hall meeting or a 1960s book club meet-up. 

Perhaps not a coincidence, as the inspiration for the show – named “Rubyfruit Jungle” – was American writer and feminist Rita Mae Brown. Her 1973 novel from which the name “Rubyfruit Jungle” was lifted, is a coming-of-age autobiographical and, for its time, remarkably vivid portrayal of lesbianism.

Carin Rodebjer’s new collection was a wearable play on the ideas of sensuality and sexuality. But not a cliché one. Skin tight, and provocation for provocation’s sake, gave room for airy suites draped off the body in colorful silks, touches of embroidery and lace, patchwork leather and denim culottes in recycled materials. Structured turtlenecks and shirts which hinted at having been left behind by a boyfriend and reclaimed by a modern woman. Dressier, semi transparent dresses and collarless blazers, accentuated the collection with pieces suited for evening. 

Nina Simone’s “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” appropriately ended the show as we shuffled out into the bitter New York winter. 

"…I got my tongue, got my chin
Got my neck, got my boobs
Got my heart, got my soul
Got my back, I got my sex…”

Text: Fredrik Carlström
B/W images: Sesse Lind
Color images: Style.com

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…and New York Fashion Week Begins

Among the skyscrapers of New York City, the Fall/Winter 2014 fashion week is underway.  While businessmen are wearing the same suits they would any other week, doctors still wearing scrubs to the hospital, and police in blue, some parts of the city are spending a little extra time getting ready for a week when every sidewalk becomes a runway. 

Journalists and editors are all sitting at fashionable hotel lobbies, tapping out reviews as stacks of invites overflow from their attaché cases. Party kids are texting everyone they know trying to score coveted +1s to the biggest after-parties at the most exclusive venues. Club managers getting ready for nights when the most beautiful crowds will fill their banquets. And models are running from casting to casting with their book in hand.

Among the hustle, the fashion designers themselves are conspicuously absent, hidden away in their studios preparing for their big debuts – only to emerge with a bow at their show, and then again at their party with a drink in hand for one last sleepless night before they can finally rest.

The fun has just begun. It’s going to be a long week with days filled with beautiful clothes and unforgettable nights, and Absolut will be in the center of the action.