Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

Thu Feb 6, 2014 5:50pm EST
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gala week of designer fashion shows kicked off on Thursday in New York, where insiders said to expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

Nicholas K, a brother-and-sister design team based in New York, was first out of the chute at the official Fashion Week, staged at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, with oversize anoraks and folded, draped sweaters in somber hues of midnight blue, gray heather and indigo, with dashes of burgundy.

Hundreds of designers will be showing their creations for next fall on runways and showrooms across New York through next Thursday, when the week is capped off with shows by powerhouses Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

Fashion Week comes around every six months in New York, followed by weeks of fashion shows in London, Paris and Milan.

New York's Fashion Week draws some 232,000 people to more than 500 shows, according to statistics from the mayor's office. The fashion industry employs more than 180,000 people in New York City.

The looks by Nicholas K evoked a post-apocalyptic world with models clad in asymmetrical black leather jackets, baggy shorts rolled up over leggings, fur hoods and clunky black rubber boots.

The looks seemed fitting given the heaps of snow outside, and more snow is forecast for the weekend.

Livening up Nicholas K's style were one-shouldered bras paired with loose, low-slung drawstring trousers, with plenty of bare midriff in between.   Continued...

 
A model is made up before the BCBG Max Azria Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer