You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not talking about New York Fashion Week; I never have. I don’t, mostly because Grechen’s Closet is more about shopping than fashion.
Although I appreciate fashion for art’s sake, I am more interested in how fashion design translates to consumer product, and fashion as a business, than fashion as art. I guess I care more about the “finished” product than the runway look – and frankly, I’d rather see how things look on real people than runway models (in my opinion, runway models are nothing but clothes hangers – pieces are meant to hang on them so they can walk them down the runway, they’re not meant to be WORN – which is what I have a problem with…). The runway really does nothing for me.
So I try to avoid NYFW discussions or watching runway videos this time of year – which is actually easier to do than you’d think – and focus more on the new products for Spring showing up in some of my favorite online boutiques.
BUT then, I got sucked into Shopbop’s NY Fashion Week Blog…you know why? Because it’s written by buyers, and they’re telling us what they’ll be picking up for Fall 2009; they’re focused, like I am, on what’s going to SELL, not only what looks pretty.
And if my never-ending obsession with this Alexander Wang Donna hobo is any indication of what’s going to sell this year, they’re right on the mark.
When I say I’m obsessed with this bag, I mean just that. Everytime I get dressed, I envision carrying this bag. I see myself wearing it with my long, flowy, dresses this summer, and through next fall with cotton cardigans and flared jeans. And I’m not the only one obsessed with Alexander Wang’s bags: Shopbop’s accessories buyer, Kassidy, can’t wait to get her hands on the new as-seen-on-an-Olsen studded satchel this July. Every season Wang’s bags are must-haves and they sell out super-fast, which is why I’m hoping to get my hands on that Donna hobo SOON!
The blog also has notes on the shows from other buyers and Shopbop’s fashion director – and some sneak peeks at what we’ll have to look forward to this Fall at Shopbop; my kind of fashion week coverage! 🙂