Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation New York Fashion Week: Spring blends are playful, edgy Colleen Clark and Charlotte Steinway, Special for USA TODAY 8:54 p.m. EDT September 8, 2013 One of the most famous faces in the fashion world, Victoria Beckham, kicked off Day 4 of NYFW with her Spring 2014 collection. Bebeto Matthews, AP David Beckham and daughter Harper leave following mom Victoria’s show. Bebeto Matthews, AP Singer Rita Ora tries her hand at modeling as she walks the runway for the DKNY Spring 2014 collection. Craig Ruttle, AP Supermodel Chanel Iman walks in the DKNY show. Craig Ruttle, AP Singer Sheryl Crow hangs out with designer Diane Von Furstenberg backstage. Stephen LovekinGetty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Actresses Jessica Alba, left, and Allison Williams take in the DVF show from the front row. Cindy Ord, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe, who’s expecting baby number two, makes a stylish appearance at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Cindy Ord, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014) Barbara Walters attends the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Cindy Ord, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014) Fashion icon Naomi Campbell walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Supermodel Joan Smalls walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014) Model Jourdan Dunn walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014) Supermodel Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show. Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Designer Zac Posen walks the runway at his Spring 2014 fashion show. Neilson Barnard, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Model Coco Rocha walks in the Zac Posen Spring 2014 collection. John Minchillo, AP Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Here’s a recap of the weekend’s highlights from New York Fashion Week. Jason Wu walks the runway at his Spring 2014 show on Friday. (Photo: Peter Michael Dills, Getty Images) SHARE 17 CONNECT 30 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Shoppers are focused on beefing up their fall wardrobe now that summer is ending, but designers in New York already have turned their focus to spring 2014. USA TODAY recaps the weekend highlights from New York Fashion Week. JASON WU The inspiration: Exploring the connections between construction and ease and making something with emotion and effortlessness. The look: A black va-va-voom mermaid gown featured a silky slip top that shimmied down to a red-carpet-worthy train, while a frothy bias-cut dress of the palest sage winked toward a nightie cut. A black embroidered romper dazzled with up-to-there hemlines and sprays of beading.Flirty corsets laced up the back of cropped utility jackets and well-cut trenches, and a tailored cream sheath dress came in need-to-touch suede. The palette was a departure for Wu, replacing his bold red, white and blues with a soft mix of mint, blush and gold against all-business black and navy. The front row: Alicia Keys, Maria Sharapova and Mad Men star Jessica Pare. — Clark PRABAL GURUNG The inspiration: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken right before her death, femininity with an edge The look: Gurung armed familiar cuts (shirtdresses, halter blouses and tulip jackets) for the future with backs cut into the shapes of harnesses or techy racerbacks. He chose equally futuristic fabrics bonded technical satin, screen-printed PVC and cellophane georgette.The accessories pointed-toe slingbacks and a rainbow of colorblocked cat-eye sunglasses nicely punctuated the forward-thinking collection.
New York Fashion Week: Spring blends are playful, edgy
Two years ago, Steel oversaw the dismembering of the onetime neighbor of the Metropolitan Opera , in the words of protesters such as director Hal Prince. He slashed productions and abandoned its Lincoln Center home among its cost-cutting measures. The precipitous move from Lincoln Center in 2011 alienated patrons and audience members alike, Kruvand said. Chuck Wall, chairman of the board and a former vice chairman of Philip Morris International (PM) , the worlds largest publicly traded tobacco company, said Steel has done a heroic job. George has, and always has had, the complete support of the board, Wall said in a statement yesterday forwarded by Risa Heller , an opera spokeswoman. The $7 million that New York City Opera needs this month is nearly seven times the ticket sales of 2011-12. Founded in 1943, it has taken to the online fund raiser Kickstarter to raise $1 million of the $7 million. As of 6:50 p.m. eastern time Sunday, it raised $8,318 from 102 backers. We have reached a crossroads: simply put, we need capitalization, both for the rest of this season and for the company to continue forward on solid financial footing, Steel said in a statement. The opera needs an additional $13 million by year-end to pay for future seasons, it said. Anna Nicole is to begin Sept. 17 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show about the surgically enhanced heiress Anna Nicole Smith had a well-reviewed premiere at London s Royal Opera House. The remainder of the season is scheduled for the El Museo del Barrio in upper Manhattan , St.
Tokyo’s Olympic Edge: Fair Hotel Rates That Put Rip-Off Cities Like New York And Boston To Shame
According to a survey by Trip Advisor, hotel rooms in New York are now the most expensive of any major world city (and New York is the worlds fourth most expensive destination overall for vacation travelers, counting things like eating out and taxis). It is not as if hotelkeepers have the excuse of high wage costs. Thanks to widespread exploitation of illegal immigrants, hotel wages in New York are probably little more than half of Japanese levels. Room rates in places like Honolulu, Boston, and Washington are not far behind New York and even in such cities as London and Paris acute shortages of capacity mean that tourists are systematically fleeced. A Kayak.com search reveals that the all-in cost of a room at Tokyos famous Okura Hotel next week is just $298 a night. By comparison a room at the Plaza Hotel in New York would cost $880. Although the Okura is technically merely a four-star and the Plaza is a five-star, travelers who know both hotels would agree that the Okura is better in many respects. A useful measure of the Okuras rank is that it has long been favored by American Presidents (I once saw George H. W. Bush holding a press briefing in the lobby in full view of the hotels regular clientele). Perhaps even more strikingly the room rate at the Tokyo Mandarin Oriental, at $634 all-in for a famously luxurious five-star experience, is little more than half the $1,156 rate at the New York branch of the chain.