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Is New York Fashion Week Now the Cool Kid on the Block?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander McQueen), versus, say, the brasher and more commercial New York Fashion Week, best known for its infamous white elephant: the tent at Lincoln Center complete with its sponsor’s Mercedes-Benz cars—oh, and some catwalk shows.

But this season, editors returned from the Big Apple gushing about bigger and brighter shows that took place in a citywide set of venues and featured more innovative performances. This development raises the question: Is the landscape of the month-long, global procession of fashion weeks changing? Or is it just that performance on the catwalk is becoming part of the show in every location, and New York is just doing it better?

At NYFW this year, Opening Ceremony presented its new collection in no less than a one-act play, written and directed by Hollywood darling Spike Jonze with help from Jonah Hill. Bad boy British-designer Gareth Pugh, on the other hand, chose to show in New York rather than his home country this season. And show he did. Performance artists entertained the audience in front of films of models showing off his new looks (the clothes weren’t even present).

Ralph Lauren staged an extravaganza in Central Park with models projected as Godzilla-like holograms on a giant screen over the lake; and Rebecca Minkoff went high-tech, handing out 3-D glasses to the audience and presenting clothes that could sing.

While London was a bit more regal, it, too, seems to be on the up.

Consider a day spent this week with Burberry in Hyde Park at the beautiful Prince Albert Memorial, where the label presented wrap-around, scarf-print coats tied with colorful netting for Spring/Summer 2015, in an airy venue decorated with insect motifs.

The afternoon continued over high tea with the hip Chinese designer Huishan Zhang at the luxurious Rosewood hotel, giving a feel of Old Shanghai seducing the fashion aristocracy, British style. “We are in London so I wanted to adapt some of the local culture,” Zhang told The Daily Beast.

One New York publicist wandering through the Rosewood declared, “You don’t find hotels like this in New York.”

Other London designers this season have indulged in the city’s history, staging their shows everywhere from Westminster Abbey to the Whitehall Palace.

“The landscape of fashion weeks is always changing and shifting, but New York has been on a roll for several years with a stellar lineup of young talent,” former NYFW executive director Fern Mallis said.

Are London and New York exchanging fashion week reputations, or is it just the nature of presenting fashion that is changing everywhere?

In both London and New York, as in Paris, designers are looking for ever-more unusual venues, and one is seeing the addition of more and more performance aspects added to the shows, like Burberry with its annual concerts.

But the real fashion week winner is Paris. The City of Light is consistently the hard-to-beat event known for spectacular settings coupled with extraordinarily crafted fashion. It will probably always be number one.

And the most notable aspect of Paris Fashion Week is that most of the big designers show without a performance, if you forgive Rick Owens for his step dancing last year. They don’t really need it!

After all, “Paris is the birthplace of fashion, it makes sense to show there,” said regular Manish Arora.

But, as the NYT pondered the question about London and its “kooky aunts,” exhausted fashion journalists everywhere began to say who cares!

“All shows [should be] in one tent in one city,” I cried. “Or better still, online,” said a colleague.

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8 Men’s Fashion Trends You’ll See This Fall

While the fashion world is already looking ahead to Spring 2015, we’re here to prepare you for Fall 2014.

The majority of fall menswear collections that were shown at New York Fashion Week last spring had muted color palettes and resurrected past trends, from puffy jackets to fair isle prints. Sweatpants even made their way onto the runway.

Here are eight trends to watch out for this season.

Down-Filled, Quilted Jackets

Courtesy of Balenciaga, Michael Kors, and Alexander Wang

Puffy, quilted coats will be back in style this fall and winter. Top designers like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Calvin Klein sent iterations of the down-filled jacket down the runway.

Try to choose a style that is as streamlined as possible so you don’t look like a marshmallow (or time traveler from the early aughts), and pair it with slim-fitting jeans and sneakers. 

Because it’s a sporty look, avoid wearing this style of jacket with suits or fancier attire.

Shearling Jackets 

men's fall fashion shearlingCourtesy of Rag Bone, Belstaff, and Michael Bastian

Another popular outerwear trend for this season will be shearling-lined coats that look like the classic bombardier jackets pilots wore during WWII. 

While we saw a lot of these on the runway, no other designer was quite as into the shearling look as Belstaff, a brand from designer Martin Cooper that is popular in the motorcycle competition world. 

The look is rugged and manly, but also best relegated to your weekend wear or worn on a chilly weekend getaway.


men's fall fashion FlannelCourtesy of Band of Outsiders, McQ Alexander McQueen, and Michael Bastian

Flannel isn’t only for outdoorsy men — it also works in the city when you pair it with leather like the designers at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Band of Outsiders, McQ Alexander McQueen, and No. 21 all did.

It’s a versatile material that looks good whether it’s on shirts, outerwear, or cold-weather accessories. The more flannel the better this fall.

Big, Boxy Bags

Courtesy of Brioni, Gieves Hawkes, and Bally

Handbags are not just for the ladies. The runways were chock full of large duffel bags — approximately carry-on sized — being held by models for Bally, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Burberry, and Gieves Hawkes.

Whether you’re going to the gym or on a business trip, these bags are smart accessories. Pick one that’s neither too small nor too big, and opt for a leather version instead of canvas since it will last longer and be more versatile.

Patterned Knits

Courtesy of Antonio Marras, J.Crew, and No. 21

Knits are obviously going to make a comeback this fall, but the patterned knits and fair isle prints that we saw on the runway were an exciting departure from bland, boring sweaters.

Pair yours with a blazer or collared shirt underneath to make it look less like something your aunt bought you for Christmas. Layering is your friend — especially since the temperatures will be dropping soon, too.

If you’re at a loss for where to start, J.Crew has some good options.

White And Black Everything

Courtesy of Band of Outsiders, Agi Sam, and Todd Snyder

Aside from a few pops of color, the Fall/Winter 2014 runways looked very muted and neutral. But the pairing that fashion houses seemed to love more than any other was the classic white and black combo.

Agi Sam, Todd Snyder, Casely-Hayford, and Comme des Garçons all featured black and white outfits prominently in their collections. It’s an easy combination that any man can pull off, but if it feels too crisp for you, add a grey item or jeans to break up the look.


men's fall fashion turtleneckCourtesy of Bally, Tod’s, and Orley

This retro-classic has been gaining ground for a couple of years now in men’s fashion circles, and this year was no exception thanks to brands like AMI, Bally, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Topman Design.

Though most men are scared that a turtleneck will make them appear too feminine, it’s all about the way you wear it.

Pair a tailored, light-weight turtleneck with a blazer or bomber jacket to switch up your style, or layer a thick-knit turtleneck with a blazer (you can also wear it all on its own). 


men's fall fashion sweatpantsCourtesy of Todd Snyder, J.Crew, and Bespoken

For better or worse, sweatpants will be popular all season long if the runways at J.Crew, Sibling, Todd Snyder, and Band of Outsiders are any indication. 

If you do want to take part in this trend, keep your look sporty but polished with nice sneakers or boots, a fitted-shirt, and top the look with either a casual blazer or jacket.

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Upstaging the Merchandise

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Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter is poised to take the fashion world by storm

Clad in a crisp white Thomas Pink shirt and jeans, Emma Ferrer is leaping through the crosswalk of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue while a New York Post photographer snaps away. Natives and tourists alike stop to gawk and whisper: She looks familiar.

“Couldn’t you rent out Fifth Avenue for me?” laughs Ferrer, a girlish smile across her face.

Minutes later, an elderly woman interrupts Ferrer to ask for directions. The beauty stops posing and happily obliges. A bit shy at first, she’s blossoming amid Midtown’s hustle and bustle.

Emma Ferrer is leaping into city life — on Fifth Avenue near Tiffany’s, the store her grandmother, Audrey Hepburn (inset), immortalized on-screen.
Shirt, $185 at; Jeans, $69.95 at; Shoes, $269 at; Earrings, $88 at robertachiarella.comPhoto: Photographer: Anne Wermiel/NY Post; Photo assistant: Jill Kate; Stylist: Teresa Yorkgitis; Makeup: Jasmine Ashcraft for Make Up For Ever; Hair: Marco Maranghello, top stylist for John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman

“I walk down the streets of Manhattan and I get so energized,” says the 20-year-old brunette, whose beauty and grace is so eerily familiar because she is the granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, who made Fifth Avenue come alive in the iconic 1961 New York film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Though Ferrer is Hollywood royalty, the student at Italy’s Florence Academy of Art had been cloaked in anonymity.

That is until she graced the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar, which was shot by Michael Avedon, the grandson of the late photographer Richard Avedon, who considered Hepburn his great muse.

With her grandmother’s long eyelashes, full lips and effortless poise (she’s studied ballet her entire life), the fashion world was besotted. The story received worldwide attention, turning Ferrer into a modern-day Cinderella.

“The response to the article was a lot greater and bigger than I could have imagined, partly because I didn’t know what to expect from the shoot and how it would be received in the fashion world,” says Ferrer, whose father is Sean Ferrer, the son of Hepburn and actor-director Mel Ferrer. (Her mother, Leila Ferrer, is divorced from her dad.)

Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has even tapped Ferrer to walk in the fabled fashion house’s Paris show at the end of September, she reveals for the first time to The Post.

“I am so nervous, though,” admits Ferrer, who describes herself as “studious, goal-
oriented and a lover of wit.”

When she’s not studying classical painting, she’s reading art books, perfecting her Italian, Spanish and French and creating art with oil paints.

Emma, outside Bergdorf Goodman, is moving from Florence to Manhattan in December.
Coat,$158, jeans, $69.95, both at; Shirt, $85;
Earrings,$88 at
robertachiarella.comPhoto: Photographer: Anne Wemiel/NY Post; Photo assistant: Jill Kate; Stylist: Teresa Yorkgitis; Makeup: Jasmine Ashcraft for Make Up For Ever; Hair: Marco Maranghello, top stylist for John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman

And she hopes to soon sign with a modeling agency.

“I want a career in the arts,” she says. “And modeling is an amazing accompaniment to that.”

In December, Ferrer is moving from Florence to Manhattan, where she is taking up temporary residence in a friend’s apartment, so she can finish her studies at her school’s new spinoff campus in Jersey City.

“[The apartment is] tiny; really, really small, but I guess that’s normal here, right?” she says. “Living in Florence has been amazing, but I am ready to be in New York, where everything is happening. It’s going to be a dream.”

The 5-foot-10 stunner was in New York earlier this month to explore her new home city — and to attend her first fashion shows.

Escorted by Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey, she took in the collections of Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Versus, Milly and Carolina Herrera.

“Not to say I am known, but no one pounced on me, which is good, because I really enjoyed just sitting back and watching everyone,” says Ferrer of the Wang show.

“I was between Nicki Minaj and Skrillex,” she adds, eyes widening.

Bailey, for one, was taken by her self-possession.

“Some of the photographers kept referring to her as a princess,” Bailey tells The Post. “Of course she isn’t, but the fact is they so enjoyed having someone to photograph who has such great manners and commands attention in such a quiet, unobtrusive way.”

At night, Ferrer hit the town with Avedon, who shuttled her to Acme and the Electric Room to toast their Harper’s Bazaar shoot. (It was Avedon’s first cover.)

Emma Ferrer (left) took in New York Fashion Week, where she attended the Ralph Lauren show with Glenda Bailey. The Harper’s Bazaar honcho put her on the map — and her September cover (right).Photo: Patrick McMullan/; Michael Avedon (Bazaar cover)

Despite a hectic schedule, she found time to volunteer for UNICEF, an organization her grandmother famously championed, and visit the city’s museums.

“I went to the Met twice,” she enthuses. “I forgot that museums that have collections like that exist.”

How did the granddaughter of fashion’s most-beloved icon stay under the radar for 20 years, especially in a world where boldface offspring routinely exploit their growing pains for reality ratings?

Born in Switzerland a year after her famous grandmother passed away in 1993, Ferrer moved to Los Angeles when she was 4 and then to Florence at age 14. She has two much younger half-brothers.

She says she was happy to spend her formative years in Italy, far away from the air kisses of Tinseltown — an environment that helped her stay grounded.

“During Fashion Week, people were saying, ‘Give me your Instagram and Twitter,’ ” she says. “I don’t have any of that.”

That lack of a digital footprint didn’t stop Bailey, who was looking for a subject to work with Avedon — someone on par with the great beauties his grandfather had photographed.

During a brainstorming session, Bailey mentioned that her favorite Avedon subject was Hepburn, which prompted the magazine’s photo director to say she was sure the screen great had a granddaughter.

“We all looked at each other and thought, we better Google this and find out,” Bailey says. “We found just one image. That was all there was of Emma online. And it was of her adjusting her father’s tie. It was so charming and elegant, and you can see from that image alone just how beautiful she is.”

Emma, then 16, fixes the tie of her father, Sean Ferrer (also at right with his mother, Audrey Hepburn, in 1981). She never met her grandmother, who died in 1993.Photo: Thierry Orban/ABACAUSA.COM; Fotos International/Getty Images

There was no e-mail address listed for Ferrer but, through an editor, Bailey was able to contact Ferrer’s father, who presented the opportunity to his daughter.

“At first I was like, ‘Really, I’ve never done this type of thing. I’d be absolutely hopeless,’ ” Ferrer recounts.

She was also hesitant because she didn’t want to “exploit” her grandmother’s image.

But she finally agreed, and within three days the shoot — held in a Florentine studio — was under way. She says she was stiff, but Avedon worked his magic to put her at ease.

“Getting to know Michael helped a lot. He was just really quirky and played loud music,” she says.

The resulting series of photographs pays homage to some of her grandmother’s most iconic looks.

“I think a lot of people have certain expectations about what the photographs imply. It’s interesting to see what people expect of me and then relate it back to the person I am,” says Ferrer, who hasn’t seen all of Hepburn’s movies, but names “Funny Face” as her favorite.

Asked if she thinks her grandmother would be proud of her foray into fashion, Ferrer offers a thoughtful, level-headed response.

“I’d like to think my grandmother would be proud of me for other things I’ve accomplished. I was a hard worker at school. I graduated at the top of my class. I don’t know how she would feel about this in particular.

“I would like to become a woman I feel like she was in her strength and compassion, elegance and kindness. Everyone always talks about how kind and down-to-earth she was, you know,” says Ferrer, who doesn’t believe her lineage entitles her to a free ride.

“I’m a believer in the lottery of birth,” she explains. “You are born into something by pure chance.”

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The Least Wearable Looks From London Fashion Week

While the catwalks of fashion week inspire a lot of trends, not everything that’s shown on the runway will end up in stores — or on the street for that matter. Some of the ensembles are just downright crazy.

Note: photos below contain some nudity.

Between the completely sheer dresses, bras outside of shirts and feathers galore, there was no shortage of unwearable looks at London Fashion Week.

Check out the most outrageous outfits below:




Christopher Kane




Ashley Williams

ashley williams

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

vivienne westwood red label

Simone Rocha

simone rocha

Sophia Webster

sophia webster

Tom Ford

tom ford

Thomas Tait


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Penney, for instance, started attaching RFID chips to merchandise in 2012, but the radio…

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