After meandering up and down the New England coast, eating our way through lobster rolls, bisques and salads, I took a two-day trip to New York City to visit with family. It was the tail end of Fall Fashion Week in New York (a big deal, I gather) and my sister and her daughter were invited to the Spring/Summer 2010 show of a relatively new designer named Allison Parris. My nephew’s fiancee is a close friend and business partner of Ms. Parris, hence the nice seats.
The whole process of doing a runway show is a bit fascinating. There is so much preparation beforehand and once underway, it is over in a flash or two. The actual show ran just minutes, say 10-12 minutes in this case. And the designer sent out 20 “looks”, a number similar to several other shows this season. To pounding, eardrum-popping music, and a packed (hopefully) audience of press and fashion powers-that-be, the tall models float (teeter) down the runway in impossibly high heels, while photographers go positively mad clicking shots…
There is a distinct sub-culture amongst the denizens of these shows… a certain look, a way to dress, large dark glasses which I suspect are meant to modulate the glare of stage lights, but more likely to mask what one’s eyes are doing or saying… There is always a lot of eye candy and beautiful people gracing the shows, though the front seats are usually reserved for the press, buyers and patrons. I was surprised they let me in dressed in what I would call my “market ready” attire… hahaha!
The Allison Parris line uses many natural, environmentally responsible and sustainable materials… I don’t know much about fashion so I will simply leave you with the photos and you can go to her website for more information. This is not a high-fashion line, more every day wearable stuff that retails for relatively modest sums. In today’s economic environment, they seem to be close to the pulse of their intended customers. Marketman wishes them well! Enjoy the diversion. A visit to Mario Batali’s Casa Mono restaurant, next.