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Meanwhile, At New York Fashion Week....

Confidential's Lynda Moyo on the trends, and the tantrums, and a snappy Miss J

Written by . Published on September 20th 2010.

Meanwhile, At New York Fashion Week....

AFTER 17 years at the midtown Bryant Park location, the 2010 spring/summer New York Fashion Week is currently in full fashion flow at a new address, the Lincoln Centre on the Upper West Side.

Unless you’ve been lucky enough to experience New York Fashion Week before, this won’t mean anything to you, or me for that matter, but the local journos and PR luvvies assure me it’s a change for the better. More space, better organisation and even further away from food.

Or, as I overheard one flamboyant PR queen say, “Oh my Gaaaawd, I’m so hungry I could actually eat.”

He’s not the only one who sees food as a fashion faux pas. Despite much coverage in the British press about plus sized models (FYI that’s the very non-plus sizes of 12 and 14) being used in some shows this year and a boycott against size zero from a couple of designers including, ironically, super skinny Victoria Beckham, I swear the last time I saw this many visible bones was when I devoured a bucket of KFC.

Yet, despite my motherly instinct to feed them up, there’s something most angelic and haunting about these girls which makes you unable to take your eyes off them. This inevitably leads you to look at the clothes and, voila, their work is done.

Male models, on the other hand, have a more athletic charm and I was pleased to see that most of them haven’t been made up to look too feminine. I was expecting guyliner and Twilight trends, but if New York is anything to go by, expect some classic masculine tailoring back for spring summer 2011 as seen at the likes of Buckler, Carlos Campos and Nautica fashion shows. Hurrah.

The emo look is out and, judging by Johannes Faktotum’s new collection, northerm England chav chic is the new black. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the line up of boys in the gallery below. They manage to combine all the beauty of Baywatch with all the unease of Crimewatch.

Lynda with Miss J from America's Next Top Model

Notable favourite women’s collections from the first few days of fashion week include Riviera inspired fashion with a gypsy twist from French designer Catherine Malandrino, clean lines, simple shapes and subdued colours from Spanish designer Trias, and high contrast, edgier cuts from Norwegian Elsie Overland whose collection was cheered on by TV personality Kelly Osbourne and Hollywood socialite Nicky Hilton.

Speaking of celebrities, I also spotted J Alexander, aka Miss J, the runway coach and judge from America’s Next Top Model mingling at a private event. As a fan of the show, I was keen to meet Miss J and see if the bolshy behaviour we see on screen is all just for the cameras. Alas, it isn’t.

He was mid-conversation when I approached, so I stood aside and waited so as not to interrupt. A few minutes later, he pivoted his head sharply and gave me a look of disgust. Anyone would think I’d just suggested he should work at the Birdcage.

He then barked, “Yew seem to be hovering. Can I help yewww?” Biting my tongue, I quickly diffused the situation politely, had my photo taken with all 6’5” of him and made a sharp exit. Meanwhile he went back to his conversation, boasting how he’s picked up so many different languages because he’s so well travelled blah blah blah. Pity he didn’t pick up a few manners too.

As you will see in the photo, he is smiling sweetly, but if there’s one thing you should know about the model industry it’s that looks can be deceiving...


Carlos Campos


Johannes Faktotum


Elise Overland

Catherine Malandrino

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