Reflections on Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2006
Wee ones, kiddy-poohs, and adolescents, sporting trendy styles at Child Magazine Fashion Show
It was a Fashion week that seemed definitely flat, where few designers took risks, perhaps reflecting more conservative times, and many retreated to past reliables (from Anne Klein’s revised fabrication of past textiles, through Betsy Johnson’s familiar silhouettes in varying colors), where the only major discernable trend was an excess of full-fledged fur, beyond accessories (mirroring an increasing focus on “Lux” – with no visible PETA protests). At a time when synthetics rival fur for warmth as well as beauty, “Hats off” to Designer Stella McCartney who committed to using only faux fur!

Despite these being the Autumn/Winter Collections, of note is the escalating direction towards all-weather wear — frequently sleeveless, in pastel tones and lighter fabric. Could this too be an effect of global warming?  Detail trends include portrait necklines, full blousoned sleeves, and waistlines actually positioned at the waist.  This season just about every designer presents evening wear — from the little cocktail dress through innovative tuxes, to spectacular gowns.

Highlighting all, were three important events/ shows:  First and foremost, the truly fabulous Red Dress Show and women’s heart health awareness campaign (Yes Kenneth Cole we are using the “F” = “fabulous” word, lampooned in his show’s opening film). The show featured 24 amazing women of music from the hip hop though the classic adorned in gorgeous, red designer gowns, strutting down the runway to the sounds of their own tunes, and the cheers of an audience of 3000.  From the iconic Eartha Kitt (in Kal Milla), through Debbie Harry (wearing Donna Karan), Michelle Phillips (for Tracy Reese), Sheryl Crow (in Ralph Lauren), LeAnne Rimes (in Zac Posen) Emmylou Harris (wearing Kenneth Cole), Bebe Neuwith (for Narciso Rodriguez), Jojo (in Nicole Miller), and Audra McDonald (for Richard Tyler). Then, a resounding finale in which legendary, Tony Award winning Broadway star, Elaine Stritch belted out “You’ve Got To Have Heart”.

Throughout the week, beneath the tents, The Red Dress booth, sponsored by Celestial Seasonings, reminded us that heart disease is the Number One killer of women, and advocated heart-healthier lifestyles. Wearing our red dress pins proudly we gathered together to celebrate a new consciousness at the magnificently staged, red rose encrusted, the New York Public Library’s Red Dress Cocktail Party, Chaired by Sigourney Weaver.

Amerie for Tommy Hilfiger
Audra McDonald for Richard Tyler
Bebe Neuwirth for Narciso Rodriguez
Deborah Harry for Donna Karan
Emmylou Harris for Kenneth Cole
Christina Milian for Max Atelier
Kelly Rowland for House of Dereon
Yolanda Adams for Luca Luca
LeAnn Rimes for Zac Posen
Sheryl Crow for Ralph Lauren
Michelle Phillips for Tracy Reese
Lindsay Lohan and Fergie
Elaine Stritch for Charles Nolan
Eartha Kitt for Kai Milla
Cheers to Swarovski for not only continuing to produce exquisite crystal jewels, but also supporting creativity.  Their “Crystal Palace Collection” including dazzling fantasy chandeliers and art by such luminaries as architect David Rockwell premiered at Miami’s Art Basel. In NYC, the exhibition was installed just in time for Fashion Week at the Moss Gallery in Soho.  There Nadja Swarovski toasted Tord Boontje, the Swarovski Artist for Décor, 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards.
“Crystal Palace Collection” designers line up
Nadja Swarovski
Cascade by Vincent van Duys
Kas by Karim Rashid
Casino Royale by Lenny Kravitz
Lolita by Ron Arad
Milky Way by Andree Putman
Windchime by Robert Lee Morris
Mini Ball by Tom Dixon
Miss Haze by Ron Arad
Pergola by Solange Azagury Partridge
Sing Si by Rufus Albemarle
Mini Glitterbox in Golden Teak by Georg Baldele

Even fatigued Fashionistas, weary editors, tuf wannabes, and jaded celebs had gleeful giggles at the delightful Child Magazine Fashion Show.  With genius styling by Gaye Morris Epson, wee ones, kiddy-poohs, and adolescents, sporting trendy styles, toddled, played, skipped, and danced their way into everyone hearts.  There were star kids, and kids with star parents.

The adorable Ming Lee and Aoki Simmons – the children of Kimora and Russell Simmons, but of course, modeled Baby Phat. Dakota and Allana LohanLindsay’s brother and sister, modeled a Belle Of The Ball tiered illusion tulle dress with wrap sweater and a Gap Kids striped blazer over a zip hoodie, plaid shirt and paint-splattered jeans.  Kit Keenan, daughter of Cynthia Rowley modeled her knit coat over a jumper dress and Oscar Malandrino, son of Catherine, wore her Swarovski bejeweled denim jacket and pants.

Truly, all the children were stars, for they brought out that special child within each and every one of us.

Red hats
Confetti kids
Ming Lee and Aoki Simmons
Cynthia Rowley and fam
Mary Alice and Frederique with kiddies
Jill Lynne is an Artist, Photographer and Writer, specializing in Commissioned Portraits.  Based in NYC and SOBE, her Art has been showcased in over 40 Solo Exhibitions and is collected internationally.  For several decades she has covered the pop culture scene, fashion, and the arts.


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