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Some shine and some fall at NYC Fashion Week

Staff Reporter

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 13:02

 The colors this year for the 2012 fall and winter lines might be dull but the dramatic events and controversies during Fashion Week were far from it.  

    From Feb. 9-16, the top designers from the fashion industry all came to New York City to present their fall and winter lines. Some of the big name designers that attended were Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Victoria Beckham.

    President of the Sacred Heart University's Fashion Club, junior Elisabeth Pitruzzella, was most excited for Posh Spice to over the runway.

    "I love Victoria Beckham's new line," she said. "I like it because I like to dress business casual, so I feel like her new line targets young women working in the business world."

    Although the purpose of her showcase was her clothes, it was Beckham's soccer star husband, David Beckham and new chubby cheeked daughter, Harper, whose presence near the catwalk stole the show.

    Other big names that sat front row were Katie Couric, Victor Cruz, Dakota Fanning, and the Olsen Twins.

    While fashion week celebrates the ever changing lively world of fashion, this year, designer Joanna Mastroianni's show was struck by tragedy.     

    During the Feb. 15 show, 95-year-old socialite Zelda Kaplan, was sitting front row when she collapsed.   According to the New York Post she was carried out by security and sent to the hospital and was pronounced dead by natural causes.

    Mastroianni wasn't the only designer who caught attention for something other than their clothes.    

    This year there was a lot of controversy going on with designer Marc Jacobs who hired 14-year-old models to wear his line. According to ABC News, the age limit for models set by the Council of Fashion Designers for America is 16.

    Responding to all the allegations Jacobs said to The New York Times, "I do the show the way I think it should be, and not the way somebody tells me it should be."

    Yet, aside from the major controversies, fashion shows are known for being different and creative. The point of the show is to display the clothing in a unique way to catch the audience's eyes. However, sometimes by doing this, the clothes loose their relatability

    "I think it's fun to see all the funky outfits they put together because nobody ever really wears them," said sophomore Amy Nunes.

    While Nunes finds it entertaining, freshman Hunter Warner, tends to dismiss some of the outfits.  

    "I think it's interesting and definitely unique, but I don't really care about it that much about it because I don't wear those types of clothes," said Warner.

    Still, there are some outfits that walk down the catwalk that do inspire every day people to wear them.

    The biggest trends seen last week were  luxurious coats, pant suits, shimmering fabrics, and dark colors.

    "I love layering boots, belts, and the big coat with the fur on the hood," said Pitruzzella.

    Although Fashion Week may be over in New York City, the designers are not. Fashion week continues over seas in London until Feb. 22.

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