Fashion Week: Street vibe at True Religion, Givenchy in NYC

Fashion Week: Street vibe at True Religion, Givenchy in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their third day Saturday.

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NBA STAR OFFERS STREET STYLE AT TRUE RELIGION

p>Attention fellas: NBA star & fashion trendsetter Russell Westbrook wants to assist you obtain dressed for the holidays.

The 26-year-old, who was named campaign creative director for True Religion, previewed items from the brand's Men's Holiday 2015 campaign Saturday during New York Fashion Week.

"It's a blessing. I think when you obtain that title of being creative director some people take it for granted, & people in the fashion world truly understand what that means & for me that's a huge step, & something I'm trying to do in the long run," Westbrook said in an interview at the True Religion store in the Soho district of Manhattan.

Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder player who launched a line at Barney's last year, said at True Religion, "my job is to come in with some more street style, different things that I see on a day-to-day basis from my peers."

In comparison to his Westbrook-XO-Barneys New York collection, Westbrook says the True collection is "more me coming up & kind of doing my own thing."

Pieces from the line included a trendy leather jacket, washed out denim shirts & oversized T-shirts.

Fans stood outside the New York store waiting for the celebrity — who has attended shows during Fashion Week — & cheered once he arrived. Outside of sports, Westbrook's colorful style has made headlines, & he's become a staple on the fashion scene, visiting fashion week in Paris & Milan.

"Growing up, I would never think I would be doing anything like this, in a store like this, so it's a blessing to be able to see all different kids & parents & everybody here — so it's good," he said.

Westbrook is moreover celebrating in his personal life: He married his college sweetheart last month.

"It's a great, major experience. Still living that moment, so it's still great," he said, smiling excitedly.

—Mesfin Fekadu

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CELEBRATING STRENGTH AT CHROMAT

Call it a futuristic fantasy.

Architecture, flesh-baring designs & technology ruled the runway at Chromat's show on Friday evening.

"The collection was inspired by how we can use sportswear to power the body & how we can make the body stronger through clothes," said designer Becca McCharen, who is moreover an architect.

The show certainly had an intense feel as models of all sizes strutted the catwalk in the line's signature pieces which include bikinis, dresses, sportswear & structured cages.

"We want to design clothes that a woman can run 10 blocks in. That's always the goal: To make people feel strong & that they can do anything," McCharen said backstage after the show. "It's always been strong, powerful women in every field & every body size, every gender spectrum."

Chromat certainly has a powerful field has an A-list of celebs who support the label. Beyonce, Taylor Swift & Madonna are all fans.

Black, red, blue & white dominated the collection which moreover featured pieces that used Intel technology to alter the shape of the garment depending on various elements such as the body temperature.

—Alicia Quarles

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GIVENCHY TAKES MANHATTAN

On a dystopian set with One World Trade Center beaming its blue light into the night sky this Sept. 11, Givenchy took Manhattan on a pier before a star-studded crowd, remembering tragedy & celebrating fashion at the same time.

Riccardo Tisci, the French fashion house's creative director, worked with performance artist Marina Abramovic on the storied brand's first New York City show, constructing a Waterworld-esque set of walls out of recycled metal & wood scraps & seating his huge crowd on stacked wood pallets & benches as models walked in looks of mostly black & white.

There was lace, there were sheers & there were tuxedo jackets for both men & women.

Givenchy chose New York Fashion Week rather than its usual Paris this season to mark the opening of its new store in the city, along Madison Avenue where it last lived in the city in 2006.

Fan Kim Kardashian, who showed off her baby bump in sheer black, was in the audience with husband Kanye West. They were joined, among others, by Julia Roberts in a T-shirt adorned with Tisci's face, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie & Nicki Minaj, who was in a body-hugging animal print dress. Also there were athletes Amar'e Stoudemire, Victor Cruz & Russell Westbrook (showing his own fashion line this season), & father-daughter Steven & Liv Tyler.

Among the models were Kim's little sis Kendall Jenner.

Models navigated the winding, open-air runway in treacherous heeled mules, including several steps up & down stacked wood pallets. Two toppled as they navigated this world, described in show notes by Abramovic as an event "about forgiveness, inclusivity, new life, hope, & above all, love."

—Leanne Italie

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UWI TWINS FOCUS ON INSPIRATION

Fashion designers Levi & Reuben Uwi, survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, said they looked to Africa for inspiration for their latest collection, which debuted Friday at New York Fashion Week.

The brothers, 27 & known as The Uwi Twins, unveiled "I Left My Heart In Africa!" at Gotham Hall & said they returned to the continent after 17 years to design their clean & simplistic ready-to-wear 2016 spring-summer collection.

"It was a huge contrast from the last time we were there. We were very fortunate enough to be in a position where we had a lot of opportunities ahead of us & so, when we were designing the collection, we unquestionably felt very blessed & very humbled," Levi said backstage after the presentation.

The brothers relocated to Vancouver, Canada, after escaping Rwanda.

They kicked off the fashion show Friday with traditional African dancers working the runway & two drummers playing lively & loudly. Models confidently wore trendy designs that ranged from fitted black & white T-shirts to bright pink shorts to semi-loose blazers. The highlights: a soft pink blazer paired with pink shorts with large black lines on each side, & a black & white shirt with a splash on pink over the shoulders.

Some models wore shirts with the twins' faces as kids blended with the year 1987, when Levi & Reuben were born.

Their overall goal is to donate young artists opportunities to live out their dreams — like they have done.

"This brand is approximately inspiring the underdog & with this collection, yeah it is inspired by Africa, yet it's moreover for anyone who feels like they're down," Reuben said. "Look at us — we've been down multiple times. You can obtain back up."

—Mesfin Fekadu

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MOROCCO DRAMA AT CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

The designer put on a show of drama inspired by the imperial cities of Morocco with no set at all.

His usual space with a stark concrete floor was left alone to let his spring/summer collection stand under the lights as he rolled out crisp, elegant looks featuring sandy cream & khaki for day, with blush & sunset tones for evening.

"I was drawn to the culture & lifestyle of Morocco, particularly the annual traditional of Feast of the Throne celebration in Marrakesh, for which notables dress head to toe in beautifully draped linens," Siriano said in his notes.

He moreover drew inspiration from natural elements of the country & such things as the colors in Moroccan wedding blankets, along with the lattice details of its architecture, particularly mosques.

"I've never been, so I wanted it to be my dream & fantasy of what it would be like through my idea of this woman traveling to Morocco," Siriano said Saturday in a backstage interview before the show. "So she's dressed for packing & traveling & figuring out what to bring, & then she's there in Fez or Marrakesh."

Siriano included touches of royal gold with metallic lattice laser cuts & organza, & layers of cascading tulle. Fringe danced under the bright lights on flouncy skirts & dresses.

While trying to appeal to the younger downtown crowd, Siriano can't lose the older, elegant woman who dresses grandly for evening, "because she's the one who pays the bills," he said. "But we can do both, I think."

—Leanne Italie

Source: “Associated Press”