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Runway ready: ‘Fashion on the Avenue’ returns to Greenwich

Instead of wheels there will be heels making their way down Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich on Friday night, Sept. 5, when the town’s annual “Fashion on the Avenue” returns for a fourth year.

Dozens of models of all ages will take to the outdoor red carpet to put on a runway show featuring top fashions from local retailers and designers. The road will be partially closed from Lewis to Elm streets to accommodate the walkers and the fashion gawkers who will line the sidewalks and street.

In addition to the runway show, there will be a performance by Equinox and dancers from the Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, according to organizers. One can also check out the curves and lines of the cars that will be on display, thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich.

Many local retailers, restaurants and businesses are lending their support to the event through sponsorship and open houses that will follow the runway show. Live music also will be featured during the post-fashion show festivities.

Greenwich Avenue, between Elm and Lewis streets, Greenwich. Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m.,

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‘Fashion Police’ taping canceled as Joan Rivers is brought out of coma

Joan Rivers Fashion Police Team for the 2014 EmmysE! Joan Rivers (center) with her ‘Fashion Police’ team for the 2014 Emmys (from left): Kelly Osbourne, Jessie J, Rene Russo and Giuliana Rancic. Taping for the E! News network show has been canceled, a source told Daily News on Monday.

Doctors are expected to assess the extent of damage to Joan River’s brain Tuesday after bringing her out of a medically induced coma.

The 81-year-old legendary comedian remained on a life-support machine and in serious condition Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Rivers’ only child, Melissa Rivers, 46, has asked friends and fans of her mom to pray for a miracle.

Taping for Rivers’ E! News network show “Fashion Police” — scheduled to take place in New York this week in conjunction with Fashion Week — has been canceled, a source told Daily News on Monday.

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, remains on a life-support machine and in critical condition. Daughter Melissa Rivers (right) has asked friends and fans to pray for her mom. ERIC THAYER /REUTERS Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, remains on a life-support machine and in critical condition. Daughter Melissa Rivers (right) has asked friends and fans to pray for her mom.

Doctors began bringing Rivers out of a medically induced coma on Sunday and expect to be able to gauge her brain function Tuesday, a source close to the family told the Daily News.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Melissa Rivers said on Sunday.

Melissa Rivers rushed to New York to be with mom Joan Rivers after a botched surgical procedure.Sharky / Splash News/Sharky / Splash News Melissa Rivers rushed to New York to be with mom Joan Rivers after a botched surgical procedure.

Rivers was rushed to the Upper East Side hospital on Thursday morning after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords at the private Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.

The source said Rivers’ daughter and close friends fear the Emmy-winning funny lady’s motor skills have been severely compromised by the medical emergency, and that she will be left “either a vegetable or in a wheelchair.”

Rivers family is considering suing the clinic for medical malpractice.

Rivers had performed a comedy show at a Times Square theater Wednesday night and was reportedly in good health when she went to the clinic for the procedure.

Meanwhile, the outpouring of support and sympathy for Rivers continued Monday.

“Sending love, love and more love to Joan,” actress Jane Lynch tweeted.

Fellow comedian Elayne Boosler also took to Twitter, writing, “All paws for (Joan Rivers) waking up today to a brand new day. Awaiting her continued wit spirit.”

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2014 US Open Fashion Aces

It’s been a long Grand Slam season, and no one knows that better than the WTA tour’s No. 1, to be sure. Of course, in speaking of Serena Williams, the conversation often turns to what sartorial wonder (or blunder) she is trotting out next. The same holds true for a number of the game’s top-tier stars.

Without further ado, here are my favorite on-court fashions at this year’s Grand Slam finale. (My least favorites can be seen here.) Yes, style is subjective, but it’s good to have standards.

Grigor Dimitrov rocks Nike blues and large polka dots. It all works. And interesting enough, it’s not what he planned to wear in New York, which I also quite liked, with just a pop of inside-collar pink.

It’s been a rough year for two-time U.S. Open finalist Victoria Azarenka, and I didn’t relish this look on the hard courts leading up to New York, but these new Nike hues look good on her bronze skin. The blue court may swallow up her style a bit, but we’ll take it over the blue/black clothes and pink shoes look so many are sporting.

Agnieszka Radwanska was upended by giant killer Shuai Peng, but she did reveal one of her most fantastic court fashions ever, a classy polka-dotted dress from Lotto with a yellow-accenting visor.

Caroline Wozniacki looks great in one of her two USO dresses from adidas, though the side-flap seems like a needless detail, extra fabric. The colors keep this interesting.

Want to be cheered for no matter where you play? Wear the colors of that major event’s national flag. Showing off the United States’ stars and stripes, Italy’s Simone Bolelli continues his pattern of wearing Hydrogen shirts representing the country where he’s playing. And he wears it well.

New husband Novak Djokovic appears striking in red and black by night as he lacerates a backhand around the court on behalf of Uniqlo.

Ditto for Kei Nishikori, on whom Uniqlo’s red polo with horizontal stripes and black shorts look quite flattering.

Serena Williams‘ night-match dress tops her all-pink daylight number. The cheetah print by Nike is a little quieter (thank Jehovah) and works well with pops of pink in places. The Spin might swap out the shoes, but this seems a BCBG-inspired style almost, something Debbie Harry would’ve rocked in decades of yore.

Lucia Safarova and more are wearing the same outfit, but Sabine Lisicki truly owned this blue number from Nike, loud skirt print and all.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni proves that purple is an underutilized color, wearing Nike shades of it and wowing the Queens crowd by defeating No. 2 seed Simona Halep to make her first fourth-round at a Slam since she went to the Wimbledon semifinals in 1999. (She also delivered one of the most honest, lovely press conferences I’ve ever seen after the match, overjoyed at this success after a series of hardships—paternal abuse, fleeing her home—to date.)

On a similar note, Samantha Stosur’s purple-and-white Asics look was splendid. And then it was gone, with the 2011 USO champ bundled out of this event by Kaia Kanepi.

In New Balance, Milos Raonic keeps it offbeat with a florescent yellow, shirt, matching shoes, and an orange-and-black print. He has fun with it, more than most are at this Big Apple bonanza, where fashion should be loud and proud. (Now about that hair, no follicle out of place: So much product lies therein that touching it might break it.)

Simona Halep softened her Adidas pink with a companion-colored skirt that made it not too much in the end. (And there was the aforementioned “end” for her.)

HM puts Tomas Berdych in a flattering orange-gray-white kit that does a body good. His look is fresh and classic at the same time, horizontal lines to boot.

Maria Sharapova‘s daytime dress by Nike echoes a couple of Berdych’s colors and intrigues with shades of gray set against the orange.

At first the Nike polo worn best by Nick Kyrgios seemed a joke, a borderline hot-magenta–meets-blue top with a comp-book pattern across the shoulders. It grew on me, though, a seeming classic look with just the right dose of ’90s Andre Agassi flair.

Let’s hand it to Sam Querrey. Fila outfits him in classically handsome apparel in green and white with blue trim that comes off quite well.

Angelique Kerber and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wore the same adidas dress, with delightful fuschia-and-maroon colorways. Neither remains alive in the draw, however.


Roger Federer‘s own day-match look says it actually is easy being green. The man does few things wrong, and this from Nike is not one of them.

Now about Fed’s swoosh-tastic shoes, inspired by one of Michael Jordan’s many footwear styles, the trademark elephant print in gray is a great detail. The homage to one of the all-time stars of sport is something few would want (or be allowed) to do, and it’s as well executed as the Swiss Master’s serve.

Similar to Azarenka’s palette, Petra Kvitova sings in Nike blues that wins out style-wise, pink shoes aside. (Her game fell out of tune in her last match, though.)

Last but not least, Stan Wawrinka‘s Yonex outfitting makes for eye-catching night-session garb. The pops of yellow on the shoes make him land with an exclamation point each time.

Who do you think has played the fashion game with the most consistency in 2014?

For more tennis style, check out the Spin’s Wimbledon “White Album,” as well as picks from the French Open (best and worst) and Australian Open (best and worst).

Got a tip or a point to make? Hit me on Twitter at @jonscott9.

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2014 US Open Fashion Faults

My friend @jessejmiller texted me at the start of this U.S. Open: “All I want for 2015 is for tennis brands to stop putting women in pink clothes. Overkill.”

I’m inclined to agree, as Serena Williams herself has worn pink at the last three Opens. There comes a time to move on, but as so many heroes and sheroes of the game (how Billie Jean King of me)—Federer, Venus, Serena—are hardly fading, they should find themselves in more intriguing attire. The Spin already unveiled the style winners of the U.S. Open, and here now are the sinners. You may find some surprises:

Reliably sporting Lacoste, John Isner wears a shirt that appears a magnet for oversized pieces of lint.

Probably only Jelena Jankovic would even attempt to rock this dress by Fila. And only JJ almost gets away with it. Almost.

Ana Ivanovic oddly wore a little black dress in daytime, as if donning Adidas attire for her own Grand Slam season’s funeral. The teal-toned shoes hardly save it, and Kirolina Pliskova ushered her out the door. Ivanovic pal Sorana Cirstea wore the same dress this week, also meeting her tennis end.

At least Maria Sharapova chooses to wear black by night, where she’s 18-0 in Flushing Meadows. Still, the simplified LBD (jarringly paired with pink shoes) from Nike seems out of character for her, a far cry from the Audrey Hepburn–inspired dress she wore while winning the Open in 2006.

Let’s face it, the “Darth Federer” fun is played out. Roger Federer plays so often by night in New York that Nike should give him something more engaging to wear whilst carving out those strokes of genius.

The Spin wants to love Venus Williams‘ dress by her own brand, EleVen by Venus, but the print of that frock replayed all over the visor is just too much.

The blue-and-gray panels on Eugenie Bouchard‘s Nike dress are well and good, but then those dastardly pink shoes happen again. Cut it out, Team Swoosh.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should be able to wear almost anything, but the colors of his Adidas shirt and shoes don’t complement his white shorts and hat.

Maria Kirilenko faced a tall task in the first round, and countrywoman Sharapova gave her a pink slip at USO14. So be it, as the mix of colors on her (and Flavia Pennetta) just looks unwell. Adidas can do better, especially with these two pros.

As mentioned among our fashion winners for this Slam, Uniqlo’s night-session look for Novak Djokovic: Grade A. The day-time attire? Snooze.

Maybe it means he’s taking his tennis more seriously, but Gael Monfils dons an Asics florescent-green shirt (with black shorts) that makes him look more highwayman than flashy tennis star. I think I miss the bold prints on his tops, even if they also mostly end up on this worst-looks roster.

Stella McCartney outfits Caroline Wozniacki in a nude dress for Adidas that is all sorts of wrong. The other version of this made my list of bests, but the unnecessary flap on the hip is glaring, and the pink shoes are an afterthought that does no favors. Stella, get thy groove back.

Odd how Andrea Petkovic and Wozniacki’s on-court encounter was such a match-y match. The colorways also do a disservice to Petko’s winsome self, thus it became a game of “Who Wore It Less Worse.”

This fan. He didn’t chicken out, wearing what he wanted, but this shouldn’t happen if one has both friends and a mirror.

Andy Murray has seen a lackluster tennis season by his standards, and it’s unfortunate to say, but his gray-and-black Adidas attire in Queens is no aid. Bright sweatbands and shoes can’t salvage the look.

Similarly, Fabio Fognini looks like a villain in his dark Adidas garb.

Marin Cilic, did a box of black pens leak all over your Li-Ning polo?

Let’s address Serena Williams‘ pink-cheetah dress. The reverse by Nike was fine, a favorite even, but the day-time take on it, with white-cheetah wristbands, just screams mistake. Serena offered ahead of this major that no one has sported such a print on a pro tennis court before. There may be reason for that.

There’s not a Lotto good going on with David Ferrer‘s shirt.

Memo to Ekaterina Makarova (cc: Lotto)—this ain’t Wimbledon, this is New York. Predominantly white attire is neither necessary nor desirable.

Who do you think has been a sartorial offender all season on the pro courts?

For more tennis style, check out the Spin’s Wimbledon “White Album,” as well as picks from the French Open (best and worst) and Australian Open (best and worst).

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Fashion Police: Idle roomers

I don’t know about you, morsels, but I’m tickled fuchsia (more of a magenta ombre, actually) now that New York Fashion Week is mere days away. The clothes! The egos! The catfights! And then I leave my hotel room and head to the runway shows.

I’m bringing my chum Gremolata Bunion (of the Newport Bunions) with me, as she needs to step up her game for Spring 2015.

“Your statement dressing needs to be more specific,” I chided. “I’d like to see you in a more interrogative jacket. And your go-to shantung shifts? Conditional. Your closet is desperate for declarative dresses.”

Lest I come across as a bully, I’ll have you know I also turned the Taser of truth on myself.

I finally had to admit it — I’m too old for imperative skorts.

Speaking of elements of style, the getups caught in this week’s red-carpet stakeout had none.

Let me brace for this Pink Monsoon, and I’ll file my report:

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Why fashion matters – no matter who you are

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Labor Day Weekend Fashion — SHOP Stylish…

Labor Day is here! Although summer is winding down it doesn’t mean you can’t make a stylish statement when you step out. SHOP if you want to rock a great weekend look.

It saddens us to write this, but the summer has officially come to close. Luckily we have one last hoorah, Labor Day Weekend, to end the summer on a great note. We have compiled an amazing round-up of cute outfits so that you look your best when you end your summer. It’s time to retire the white pants and swap them for some shirt dresses — we want to make sure you look your best this weekend!

Labor Day Fashion:

There are so many different variations of outfits you can wear for your last weekend of bliss. You can get away with wearing some of your summer separates while incorporating light knits or sweaters — together it’s a winning transitional look.

You can still wear your favorite pair of denim shorts and that cute crop top from this summer; but add a twist with a baggy crochet sweater and a pair of booties and you are set! Try matching a basic crop top with high-waisted soft pants and a felt hat for a twist on a beachy look.

Kimonos are your best bet this weekend — they are light and loose so you won’t get too hot, but it’s appropriate for the time of year. You can still wear that romper you’ve been obsessed with all summer — but this time, add a long, floral print kimono on top to tie the look together.

Even though summer is over and we are heartbroken, at least we have Labor Day Weekend to truly end it. So enjoy your last weekend of bliss and short shorts!

– Olivia Elgart

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Tim Gunn on Breaking Fashion Rules and What Should Be Banished From Your …

If there is someone to trust when it comes to doling out fashion advice, it’s Tim Gunn. With Labor Day this weekend, we wanted to learn once and for all: is it ok to wear white after Labor Day? In our QA with the Project Runway mentor and style guru, we tackle that question (spoiler alert: you totally can!) and dispel other antiquated fashion rules.

Is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?
“Oh absolutely! All those rules need to go away. All of them, absolutely. In fact, winter white is stunning, it really is.”

What are some tips for wearing white after Labor Day?
“Don’t wear it with a crop top. I mean you can pair it with anything that’s appropriate. When I say appropriate, weather appropriate, it’s occasion appropriate and it’s age appropriate. I love white trench coats, they’re gorgeous.”

You mentioned winter white, what are some ways to incorporate that?
“I think that there’s nothing that a woman looks better in than a crisp white top, stunning. Look at Carolina Herrera. It’s funny though, a dear friend of mine is Grace Mirabella the former editor-in-chief of Vogue and Grace is always saying ‘I’m on a constant hunt for the great white shirt.’ I want to say ‘Grace, let’s go shopping together, we’ll find it.’ But it’s so flattering and it sets off the face. It should have an open neck, have a big wide lapel, and it looks great.”

What are some of the other fashion rules you think are meant to be broken?
“That you can’t wear black and brown together, in fact you can. In fact, I think there are a few things that are chicer than black with brown suede boots–beautiful. That’s certainly one rule. That you can’t mix patterns, I mean look at me, of course you can. Then there are things that should be banished from everyone’s wardrobe.”

What are some of those?
“The cargo capri pant, or any capri pants should be banished. I mean they’re everywhere. I have a theory about them. My theory is, it’s an easy pant to fit because you only have to fit the waist and when you’re wearing a longer pant you have to be concerned about how high your heel is, it needs to be appropriate to that footwear so it’s not a matter of well any pant can go with any shoe. That’s why I say I’m so happy I’m a man because we don’t have these issues. My issue with the crop pant is that visually it makes women look shorter, it cuts off the leg in an unflattering place and when you add the cargo pockets it makes them look wider. The women that I know want to look long and lean, they don’t want to look short and squat. That’s one issue. The other is actually crop tops–what is with these things? They are fine at the beach, but I don’t think they belong on city streets. My other pet peeve is the drop-crotch pant, which I just think it’s very unflattering: it makes women and men, too, when they wear them, it’s like you’re packing a diaper, so it’s not a good look. But most fashion mistakes fall in the category of fit: that items are either too big or too small. And your clothes should, when they fit well, I believe they should skim you, not hug you and not fall away from you.”

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Worlds collide during Fashion Meets Music Festival

A festival that merges music with fashion makes perfect sense, and it makes no sense at all.

Take the scene at the Fashion Meets Music Festival, the first of its kind, a three-day party of
sound and style and clothing shows and concerts taking over the Arena District this Labor Day

Sorry, but there are contrasts too great to reconcile.

Thigh gaps and funnel cakes? High heels and a Ferris wheel? Sweaty bandanas and
whatever-hundred-dollar haircuts? How are there women dripping in crystals in one place and two
sweaty dudes using a rock to pound a tent stake into the ground in another? WHO WEARS A FISH SHIRT

Maybe it’s better not to ask questions. It’s better not to wonder why so many glorious
supermodels glom onto ragged rock stars. It’s best not to ponder Kanye West, rapper and fashion

Just head out there, to Nationwide Boulevard, where a Ferris wheel popped up in the street,
where the road is lined with food stands selling meatball subs and tater tots and Polish sausages,
where strawberry daiquiris are sold out of a giant strawberry. Watch the people walk by in their
wrinkled khakis and sneakers and their miniskirts and cowboy boots and guess who is fashion and who
is music.

You might be wrong.

Over at the urban campground — a fenced-in dirt lot across from the old Columbus Municipal Light
Plant, where the nonprincess types are resting their heads this weekend — Dayton residents Jon
Copeland, 29, and Ben Fox, 28, propped up a canopy and said they’re here for the bands,
particularly O.A.R. and Maps Atlases. They talked about beer, too, and the 91 degrees it’s
supposed to be today and the rain that’s supposed to drench them tonight. “We can’t prevent it,”
Copeland said with a shrug.

And, in a shocking twist of events, they said they’re here to check out the fashion stuff,

But mainly the music.

The music arguably dominates this festival. There are stages and venues all over the place. FMMF
boasts 120 musical acts in 15 spaces, including Ohio darlings O.A.R.; Michelle Williams, one of the
non-Beyonce members of Destiny’s Child; and “one-hitter” wonder Afroman, best known for his 2001
Because I Got High. Local Natives are on the schedule, as are Future Islands and Cold War
Kids. (R. Kelly, known as much for child-porn allegations as his music, was supposed to be here,
but public outcry forced him off the bill.)

Don’t discount the fashion piece of this festival, though. Far from the 91-degree dirt lot, up
in the air conditioning of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, models will walk runways and
designers will talk about what inspired them and a woman might walk around wearing a T-shirt that
says “Holy Chic.”

There’s plenty to buy, too: bow ties and Swarovski crystals and laser treatments. Or go to the
display for Flower Child, where owner Joe Valenti offers vintage pieces that could teach a fashion
student all he or she needs to know. “We are like what I would call a library of education,”
Valenti said.

He’s got shoes that are covered in what might be yak fur. And silky ’70s glam pants and a heavy
$225 cheetah-print coat. Or you can purchase that sequined fish shirt. It’s $129.50 and weighs
approximately a ton. You can buy it and wear it on the Ferris wheel. Or show it off at the Afroman

Or you can wear it as you belly up to the funnel-cake truck and order one of those fatty plates
of dough.

Be careful, though. Fashion and music might blend well, but grease and sequins never do.


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Top Fashion Entrepreneur Slams ‘Lazy, Copycat’ Fashion Designers

The fashion industry has lost all of its creativity due to the over-reliance on copycat trends, says Marc Worth, the British entrepreneur who founded trend-forecasting agency WGSN.

Worth, who exited the business in 2005, says that the dependency of fashion designers on trend-forecasting services such as WGSN is hurting the industry. His latest business venture, Stylus Fashion, aims to turn this around.

“People complain that everything looks the same today, but is it any wonder? Thousands of companies are signed up to WGSN, looking at the same color forecasts, the same material swatches and the same silhouettes,” explains Worth.

“It used to be a real source of inspiration to designers, but now it’s just doing their job for them. You can download CAD [computer-aided design] drawings of a garment and just tweak it. It has made life too easy for people in the creative space; it has made them lazy.”

Christian Dior's Autumn/Winter 2014-15 fashion show

WGSN – or the Worth Global Style Network – was the first company to take fashion trend forecasting online, focusing on colors, shapes, textiles, materials and brands.

Before, fashion brands had relied on buying expensive trend books from the fashion capitals of the world: Paris, Milan, New York and London. With WGSN, fashion companies could source trend forecasts and design inspiration directly online.

Taking fashion online

Designers used to buy trend forecasting books for £15,000 each to see the latest swatches and trends, but the concept was flawed, says Worth. The forecasts became out of date as soon as they were published.

“What we offered to the market was brand new. It was at the beginning of the internet and it offered something completely different. We could save companies a lot of money while providing them with inspiration from our global network, updating it continuously, online.”

WGSN was a huge success and, indeed, it still is. When Worth sold the business to publishers Emap in 2005 for £142m, WGSN had revenues of £20m a year from 15,000 corporate clients including Abercrombie Fitch, Calvin Klein and Dolce Gabbana.

Today, the business is the go-to resource for fashion designers looking for the latest fashion trends. More than 75,000 users – from Nordstrom Nordstrom to Next Next, XOXO to Marks Spencer Marks Spencer – are currently signed up to the online subscription service.

WGSN and Stylus founder Marc Worth

WGSN and Stylus founder Marc Worth

Worth says that companies relying on trend services are misguided: “Designers need to get away from the copycat mentality. They need to create new, innovative products and retail opportunities, and embrace online.

“When everyone – from the most esteemed fashion houses in Europe and the US, to high street retailers, to the smallest factories in the most remote parts of the world – has access to the same, so-called exclusive fashion business intelligence, can it still be called exclusive?”

He uses British bellwether retailer Marks Spencer as an example.

“Because MS and its competitors are all using the same resource for so-called inspiration, everything looks the same. Truly – you’ll find the same designs in MS, Next, New Look and Primark,” Worth explains. “The only thing MS can compete on is on quality, but is that enough? How bothered are consumers?”

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