The looks by Nicholas K, which opened New york Fashion Week, evoked a post-apocalyptic world. - AFP
Clothes display sombre hues but with global character.
A GALA week of designer fashion shows kicked off on Feb 6 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, grey 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 to Feb 13, 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.