Fashion Week

Introducing Meet the Model, Moncler in a Love Blizzard, Our Isa Arfen Moments and Herve Leger Celebrates 30 Years of Red Carpet Babes

Fashion Week Journal for Saturday February 14

Yesterday, in a brilliant bit of art imitating life, Moncler showed their Fall ’15 coats in a cinematic, Valentine’s Day-in-a-blizzard non-runway presentation. A giant neon heart all but took over the room (and another provided a good photo backdrop, which we put to good use with Natalie Joos) and mechanical risers emerged from the stage to literally elevate next year’s coziest looks. 






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The French/Italian outdoor brand’s love-song soundtrack was a major greatest hits fest; from Prince’s “Kiss” to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” it cued all manner of model-on-model smooching and audience partying.



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Meanwhile, Herve Leger celebrated Valentine’s Day by celebrating their 30th year. To mark the occasion, they did what they do best—body-con with an edge—and a kicked-up measure of ceremony and eccentricity.





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The beading and embellishments were off the chain, the colors were extra vivid, and the extra straps and banding felt extra current, and the caplet coats and gladiator shoes seemed an abstract nod to time, and its passage.


Speaking of time, we spent some more with some models backstage before the show, and it occurred to us that perhaps you’d like to meet some models, too. And ask them hard-hitting questions. Like what they had for breakfast. So here goes.


We capped off the day with Olivia Kim’s team at Milk Studios, where we checked in on one of our favorite emerging designers, Isa Arfen. At Milk, the collections are shown in presentation/party style in multiple rooms while music cuts and pastes for an impossibly cool crowd.


Says Kim of the Isa Arfen vibe: “It feels like a young Prada: feminine but funky, and super flattering. I love her coats, always, and the fun materials she uses. The texture with the beading and the faux fur is awesome. This collection is very glam; Hollywood Regency meets the ’70s.”




A very wicked version of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” was pumping when we walked in, and yet the room felt like a painting. It was pretty magical.


And finally, your Blank Book moment of the day, from Nabile Quenum, a Parisian photographer in head-to-toe KTZ, on assignment for L’Officiel. You can follow him at @jaiperdumaveste, which means “I lost my jacket.”

(Not something you want to do in New York this week. Pro tip.)



Images by Jessica Carter

—Laura Cassidy & Jess Carter

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