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(nydailynews)Broadway's 'Sidewalk Catwalk'
The free exhibit "Catwalk Sidewalk", has been open for a week now spanning up and down Broadway near 42nd street. Presented by LF USA, the Catwalk featuring outrageous designs from NY designers is up until Sept. 3rd. FYI you can look, but don't touch, there are security guards walking up and down the street alert specifically for the exhibit.
"Diane von Furstenberg's is painted in a gray-and-purple leopard print. Tommy Hilfiger's features an American flag made of melted resin that looks like it's waving in the wind. And Donna Karan's wears a cityscape dress and backpack covered in buttons celebrating New York -- from a Hell's Kitchen pin to a "Fashion Avenue" street sign. Embroidery handmade in Naeem Khan's native India brightens the middle of his mannequin, whose arms and legs are covered in stainless steel studs from Germany. Nanette Lepore's bursts with bold oversize flowers and bows, meant to symbolize the "bright lights and constant energy" of New York. And Norma Kamali's is a techie's dream. Passersby can scan bar codes with some types of phones and view 17 different videos. "Sidewalk Catwalk," presented by the company LF USA, will boast six mannequins in Macy's windows and another 26 along Broadway between 35th and 41st Sts. Besides being in the heart of the Fashion District, the strip was chosen for its high level of pedestrian traffic. Visitors often stop by the information kiosk for the Fashion Industry Business Improvement District to ask how they can get access to designers or their work." read more
Banking on a 10-year company veteran to convey a more cohesive brand image, the Salvatore Ferragamo Group has named Massimiliano Giornetti creative director for all product lines. Already in charge of men’s ready-to-wear, as well as the women’s collection beginning with the fall season, Giornetti now will oversee the creative development of all of the luxury label’s categories. In an exclusive phone interview Thursday, Giornetti said his new role evolved in “a very natural way. For 10 years, I have been working with the brand and I really understand the heritage and craftsmanship. The family and other people inside the company give me extra strength and energy for this role,” he said. “Basically, it is like I have grown up in the company. I started out as assistant to the knitwear designer in men’s wear.” Giornetti’s debut designs for Ferragamo’s women’s wear were relatively well received. As indicated by a WWD review, “The pressure was on Massimiliano Giornetti, Salvatore Ferragamo’s new designer, who has been charged with restoring luster and luxury to the house, recently mired in irrelevant design, all the while charting unfamiliar territory: women’s wear. If the collection he showed Sunday is any indication, Giornetti is up to the challenge.” read more
"A contingent of creative-minded types thinks the Bayou City deserves — and needs - its own fashion week. So on the heels of September's big spring shows in New York, they're staging one. Fashion Houston 2010 will be presented by Audi Oct. 11-15, with runway shows at the Wortham Theater Center Oct. 12-14 bookended by parties and other events. Project Runway winner Chloe Dao, Cesar Galindo and David Peck (a talented designer who recently moved here from New York) are among the locally based A-listers who will show their spring collections. Also committed to show, according to Fashion Houston president Jared Lang and organizer Neal Hamil, are Project Runway's Christian Siriano, red carpet favorite Marc Bouwer, the Milan-based luxury menswear label Kiton and Lauren Bush. Hamil said more names will be added to the roster once they're confirmed. Page Parkes Models is lining up the bodies who will show off the fashions, including mature Texas supermodel Diane DeWitt, America's Top Model winner CariDee English and Models of the Runway's Kalyn Hemphill." read more