NYC Fashion Week begins

Creatures of the Wind and Richard Chai Love lead the pack for the fall 2013 collections.

The Fall 2013 season kicked off yesterday in NYC with BCBG Max Azria, Creatures of the Wind, Richard Chai Love, and Rachel Comey as some of the standouts from the first day. 

Creatures of the Wind were lauded for their sparkly Tabitha Simmons/Swarovski collaboration shoes, with popular fashion news site Fashionista proclaiming the clothes the most "cohesive, mature and wearable" that the team has made to date. Richard Chai took a different route than he normally does and went with a more buttoned-up, military-style collection. 

In addition to the collections, Target hosted its launch party for its Prabal Gurung collaboration, and the pre-sale items from the collection have already ended up on eBay for four times their original prices. Gurung's collaboration with the mega store is looking to follow the same path as the Missoni collaboration and sell out within seconds. 

Anyone looking forward to the barage of street style photos sure to pour in this week (ME!) should be on the lookout for some of the wackier items from Spring 2013 to make their appearance. Among them are the Celine mink sandals (which I abhor), the Prada split-toe shoes (also a WTH shoe).

As far as fashion face-offs go this Fashion Week, all eyes are on the rivalry brewing between the Wall Street Journal's fashion team and the New York Times' T Magazine team. Deborah Needleman, the former WSJ fashion editor recently joined T Magazine, and Women's Wear Daily released the cover Needleman created with Lee Radziwill on the cover. Also, what the heck has John Galliano been up to at Oscar de la Renta's studio? Galliano is the former head of Dior who was fired for making anti-semitic comments in public a few years ago. Galliano is currently suing Dior and his namesake line John Galliano, but recently he's been spotted at Oscar's doing who knows what. 

Alexander Wang will be showing his debut collection since being named head of Balenciaga, and all eyes are on him to see how his namesake brand will appear this week since his appointment. Balenciaga will show in Paris, and it will certainly be interesting to see if the 29-year-old steps up to the plate. 

Fashion Week is just getting started, so the stories and shows can only get more interesting, especially with the impending blizzard and the fact that Marc Jacobs rescheduled his show (gasp!), which is bound to cause many a fashion week catastrophe.

If you'd rather stay inside and avoid the snow or can't make it to Fashion Week this season, be sure to tune in online, since a majority of the shows will be broadcast live online. Fashionista posted a slideshow with links to all the videos.


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