For many, experiencing New York Fashion Week was to see one of the many runway presentations in the tents at Lincoln Center. However more and more designers opted to leave the stark and impersonal runways of the tents in favor of more intimate and intriguing locals. Three of these designers, Rubin and Chappell, Laurel DeWitt and Michael Depaulo, presented their work in very different yet unique venues.
Sticking to their Meatpacking District routes, Rubin and Chappell presented their Fall 2015 collection at the Top of the Standard. With its expansive windows, the Top of the Standard provided an outstanding view of the city that served as the backdrop for the duos most recent collection.
For the Spring 2015, prints were introduced to the line and this trend continued though this new collection. Rubin and Chapelle worked with designer, Johanna Michel to re-imagine prints in black, gray and pink with a Scottish motif. These tartans and plaids were not the traditional patterns but rather had a more architectural feel. Set against the New York skyline, the architectural view of New York was the perfect juxtaposition to the architectural patterns of the clothing.
While her clothing is something you don’t wear every day, one can’t help but appreciate the beauty and artistry of Laurel Dewitt’s hand-crocheted metal garments. The Church of the Holy Apostle was an ideal backdrop to see the golden and silver designs of DeWitt glide down the runway.
From a short cocktail dress modeled by celebrity and actress, Amber Rose, to the gold metal wedding dress with full headdress, these metallic pieces glistened against stained glass windows and other elements of the church that were also in golden tones. There was fluidity to this collection that almost made you forget that these fashions where not created with fabric but metal.
The lobby of the luxury hotel, the Carlton served as the podium for Michael Depaulo’s gowns and dresses. Walking in the hotel, guests descended one of two half-spiral staircases to where all the looks were displayed. From the top of the staircase, one could see the entire collection where models stood as if they were a life-sized Barbie selection.
The gowns and cocktail dresses were a study in blacks, whites and reds with one feisty green number thrown in for good measure. They ranged from body hugging mermaid styles to fuller wider hooped looks suggesting that there is something for everyone and they’ll be out in full forced during next winter’s holiday season.
Favorites included a white mermaid gown with jeweled collar and black midsection along with the sheer top with red embroidery pattern detail.
As the tents close down for a final time this 2015 New York Fashion Week, new surprising venues may become the norm.