What's New, What's Hot: Designers Abandon Lincoln Center for Fashion Week, Team USA Medal Stand Unis Unveiled, Vivienne Westwood Designs for Vienna State Ballet
When Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York rolls around in February, there will be noticeable absences from the tents at Lincoln Center, including Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and according to recent reports, possibly Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg. These designers, and potentially others will still unveil their Fall 2014 collections, but their shows will be off-site. There have been several complaints regarding the shows at Lincoln Center, namely the loss of exclusivity; instead of fashion insiders (e.g. editors and buyers), the past few seasons have seen an increase in fashion bloggers sitting in the front row. IMG has taken steps to address the complaints, including outsourcing production of the event. As of now there has been no word from either designers' reps, however IMG has stated that the official schedule will be released in January.
We couldn't be more excited about the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, and now that Nike has unveiled the Team USA medal stand uniforms, we're even more amped (we're hoping we'll be seeing a lot of this uniform, preferably on the gold medal platform). The futuristic looking ensembles feature a silver puff jacket and Nike FlyKnit sneakers, both with the words "land of the free" and "home of the brave" to inspire the athletes who will wear them.
Vivienne Westwood is known for a sort of dramatic, fantasy-inspired aesthetic, so the fact that the British designer created the costumes for the Vienna State Ballet doesn't come as a huge surprise. The Westwood-designed costumes will be worn by the dancers during the during the intermission performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concert this Wednesday. The looks lean more toward Westwood's romantic side, rather than the punkish designs she is best known for, and include a customized version of the silk taffeta Moon dress that appeared on the designer's Spring 2014 Gold label show, a deep burgundy tulle bird of paradise gown, and a buttercup yellow gown that was inspired by the Spring 2005 collection. “I feel honored that we were asked to design the costumes for the New Year’s Concert ballet," said Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood's husband and creative director, and an Austria native. "I grew up watching [it] every year, and it’s become part of my Christmas memories."