In a week when the stock markets have slumped and against the backdrop of ongoing revelations about sexual misconduct in the film and fashion industries, New York fashion week has opened facing the challenge of measuring the mood of consumers whilst continuing with the job in hand- to generate up to $900million in revenue over the year, more than the Super Bowl or the US Open.
Tory Burch, one of America’s richest self-made women, was one of the first designers to show today. She displayed a tactic which seems likely to be replicated across many shows: when the world gets tough, the fashion gets pretty.
The biggest concern at her airy midtown venue was for the carnation garden which she had installed across the catwalk; as guests trampled in to find their seats, conscientious gardeners filled in patches of turf and returned the pale pink stems to their uniform positions. But inspired as it was by choreographer Pina Bausch’s ‘Nelken’, an emotional portrayal of oppression, the carnation meadow did perhaps come with a more poignant, if subtle, meaning than its bucolic appearance first suggested.