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February 18th, 2009

NY Fashion Week: Some Designers Drop Out, Others Cut Costs

Given the internationally depressed economy, it’s no surprise that three designers, including Vera Wang, decided to pull out of fashion week in New York.  Fashion Week is a glitzy, expensive affair requiring gobs of investment on the part of the designers. Those who are participating are finding ways to cut costs. Some brought fewer models. Others are requiring guests to bring their own libations to the after parties.

Still, the week’s planners emphasize that 65 designers are still taking part in this week’s festivities. And I, for one, am thanking my lucky fashion stars. Even in a drooping economy, I believe fashion is a necessity– like any form of art, fashion can help worried consumers forget their troubles, even if it’s only while catching a glimpse of themselves in a store window. Self-expression is a worthwhile endeavor regardless of the economic outlook.

So, in honor of fashion week, Shoeflyer will summarize the designs surfacing at NY Fashion Week. First up: Marc Jacobs. His designs at NY are reminiscent of 1980s punk, complete with mohawks, fluorescent colors, cardigans, and silly hats. I’m delighted. What better era than the opulent, indulgent ’80s to lift us out of our fashion doldrums? Click here to see a slide show of Jacobs’ designs.

Also: Jacobs seems to be as crazy about boots as Shoeflyer! His models wore shooties with tapering heels, unexpected lines, and layers of fabric. Others sported full-fur knee-highs with laces wrapped up the sides like a ballet slipper.

Here’s a street-ready Shoeflyer boot that would fit right into Jacobs’ lineup: Valor by Jeffrey Campbell. Shown at top, the layered, scrunchy leather above the ankle draws the eye down, to appreciate the wide strap with buttons, and ending in a chunky heel and rounded toe. Plus, thanks to the Shoeflyer Winter sale, you can get Valorous for just $133, down from the regular price of $222.

via NPR’s Day to Day

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