For Fall/Winter '09 New York fashion week, FADER style assistant Erin Hansen will chronicle everything in a uniform of flannel. Will anyone really give a damn if she wears flannel for a week straight? Who knows? Stay tuned for the fascinating fashionista reactions.
Somewhere between the Shipley and Halmos presentation on Friday and the Y-3 runway show on Sunday evening at Pier 40, I realized that wearing flannel for a week straight would really not affect anyone or anything except my friend's closets — sorry kids, I robbed you of your fashion week lively hood. With an opening look from the Nicholas K runway show to the front row ensemble of Ricky Jackson of Lego accessory line Dee and Ricky, flannel was prevalent in all forms. That hasn't detoured me from sporting it in any clever way possible, and if anything, it has sparked up a few conversations with people that I'd usually pass by in a New York fervor. While most genuine enthusiasts seemed to be men with a certain artsy and down-to-earth persona (bearded, weathered jeans and a pair of sensible boots), I was more than happy to suggest the secrets of my borrowed rags or even the thriftiness of them. Needless to say, men are the ones getting most creative with their flannels, wearing them in the shape of coats, scarfs, bags and pants.
After a weekend of fashion shows and gallery openings (more on those latter) my eye moved to wool textures without the traditional tartan print. A southwestern theme popped up on a few attendees at the Y-3 show, which moved away from the the series of black, gray and navy tones that so many New Yorkers ride for, my mother thinks it's because they're the only colors you can "dress up" with jewelry, which is actually a pretty good point. The southwestern print on wool is like flannel's cousin, akin in texture and style, particularly these two pieces, which added a pop of color to the crowd.