New York Fashion Week, officially kicking off Sept. 4, got a head start Wednesday, as style-centric events popped up throughout the city. Here are five moments we couldn't let you miss.
A salute to service women
Wednesday evening, before the high fashion crowd took over Lincoln Center, US Military service women lit up the tents for the Salute The Runway fashion show, trading their uniforms for little black dresses by Nicole Miller, DKNY, Tahari, Rebecca Taylor and more Fashion Week designers. The women, both active and retired officers, pilots, mechanics and Purple Heart recipients, were coached by model Hilary Rhoda before taking the runway in an emotional display of all-American girl power. (Credit: NINA RUGGIERO)
Athleta's "Crush of Adrenaline"
Fitness fashion brand Athleta shook things up with an adrenaline-pumping, high-energy performance-turned-runway show Wednesday morning in the far west side, combining trampolines, parkour, yoga, ballet and acrobatics to show off their latest collection.
A notably sporty crowd sat front row, taking in the printed leggings, colorful bralettes, puffy bomber jackets and fun sneakers.(Credit: C. McDonald)
Camo goes floral at Jack Spade
Jack Spade designer Todd Magill's urban yet sporty spring 2015 collection was inspired by the men he's spotted running around New York City. "They're in transition-- running from work to the gym, or from the gym out to meet friends," he says.
But how do you mix things up when it comes to menswear? "Men wear the same shapes over and over again, so it's all in the fabric, the color and the print," Magill says. He took a major trend, camo print, and gave it a floral twist for spring.
Magill added he'd love to see "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon in the collection. "He dresses very traditional, but he's got a great sense of humor," he says.(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)
Rent the Runway's new digs
Designer clothing and accessory borrowing service Rent the Runway opened their first ever stand-alone store Wednesday, just in time for Fashion Week. The new fashion hot spot, located at 16 W. 18th St., was teeming with editors, stylists and other New Yorkers, prepping for a stylish week ahead.
Dresses in every hue-- from short and mod to floor-length and all-out glam-- line the racks, representing Fashion Week designers including Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo, Kate Spade and many more. Rentals last three days and are delivered straight to your door, for a fraction of retail prices.(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)
Attack of the mandals
Wednesday was a bold day for menswear, from tattoos, leather and tiger stripes at J.Lindeberg to shorter shorts, printed suits and color-block totes at Jack Spade. But both Timo Weiland and David Hart took footwear to a different level with mandals (man sandals, duh)-- Hart going so far as to put Tevas on the table.
We believe in equal style opportunities for all, don't get us wrong, but imagining everyday men who aren't as well-groomed as their model counterparts baring their feet around the city come spring makes us a little nervous.(Credit: Getty Images / Monica Schipper)