John Legend was just one of a host of stars swamping the runways at New York Fashion Week as it entered into its last few days. He enjoyed the view beside his fiancée Chrissy Teigen, but played down the idea that he was obsessed with fashion: “I’m into it enough. I think I have pretty good taste. I don’t obsess over it, but I care how I look, and I care how Chrissy looks, too. She has great style.”
The nine-times Grammy winner was ring-side to see Vera Wang’s new collection. Inspired by streamlined athletic attire, hers was a series of minimalist dresses, with lots of layered looks and over-locked stitches along the seams between panels of mesh and chiffon.
Speaking before the show, the designer explained her influences: “My inspiration was sort of artsy, but also quite clean, with a lot of collaging and athleticism. I like to add athletic details to these very central, romantic dresses. It’s very much based on sport and the body and movement.”
Wang is best-known for her wedding gown collections, having dressed Victoria Beckham, Chelsea Clinton and Mariah Carey on their respective ‘big days’. A former ice-skating starlet, she has also designed competition costumes for figure-skating stars like Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan.
At the packed-out Rodarte show, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, actress Rashida Jones, British model Karen Elson and R&B musician Miguel, were all among those clambering for a good seat.
For Miguel, it was the only place to be: “I think everyone is excited for this show every year because of what they bring. It is always creative, it is always inspiring. And as a musician, I’m always looking for inspiration wherever I can find it, and this is always a go-to place.”
Rashida Jones was equally enthusiastic: “They always have some cool, weird concept and they hit it 100 percent and I am excited to see what they are going to do.”
Given their autumn collection was inspired by Northern California, the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte decided that for spring, they needed to head south, to Los Angeles.
Despite this, their runway felt more like a tribute to Las Vegas than anywhere else, as models sparkled in beaded bra tops shimmering with Swarovski crystals, dangerously short faux-leather skirts and gaudy leopard brocade suspenders.
New York Fashion comes to a close on September 12.