Cinq Septs croissants were untouched, Misha Nonoo sold via Snapchat, Frances Valentine was all grown up, and Heron Preston cleaned up at NYFW.”>
Cinq Sept by Lizzie Crocker
New York City is always fashionable and frenetic, but it becomes a parody of itself when Fashion Week descends twice a year.
Manhattan turns into a runway for fancy, eccentrically dressed editors, stylists, bloggers and interlopers, all of them jostling to be snapped by street style photographers. Hailing taxis is a survival-of-the-sharpest-elbows ordeal. And security at Kanye Wests Yeezy show is stricter than the White House.
Its all fantastically absurdso it was nice that designer Jane Siskin eased us into the madness with a breakfast presentation for Cinq Sept Wednesday morning, serving up pain au chocolat with her Spring/Summer 2017 collection at Dirty French, a hip bistro inside the Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side.
The restaurants tables were outfitted with tiered trays of pastries and an elegant menu of looks from Cinq Septs new collection. The food was less for consumption than for aesthetic flourish: attendants Instagrammed photos of the table display in between exchanging air kisses, but most pastries were left untouched. As ever, it seemed the fashion crowd was on a coffee and green juice regime.
Cinq Sept shares its name with the French term for the liminal moment linking late afternoon and early evening, according to the brands website, and is dedicated to contemporary dressing that highlights an intriguing tension between day and night.
Indeed, the brands name also evokes the time of day sexually liberated French couples reserve for affairsthe 5-7 pm liaison with a paramour.
Fittingly, the latest collection featured boudoir-inspired, cool-girl separates that nodded to the 70s and 90s. There were leopard print slip dresses and kimonos cinched with corset belts; bell-sleeved silk and cotton blouses paired with denim flares and swingy silk skirts, including one ruffly fuchsia knockout. Choker shirt collars and neckties were embroidered with scripted messages like ce soir and dont think.
Every season we try to evoke that feeling of a new experience, Siskin told The Daily Beast. We took our heritage, which is the boudoir, and layered pieces on top of each other in a really fluid way.
Siskin, an industry veteran who has worked brands like Elizabeth & James and Seven for All Mankind, managed to reinterpret this seasons ubiquitous off-the-shoulder look in a way that made it novel again (an off-the-shoulder leather moto jacket lent edge to the flirty, feminine style). Each outfit was finished off with a pair of chunky, lace-up black booties.
We want to take what every cool girl wants in her closet and make it fresh and new, Siskin said, noting that while Cinq Sept is not a French brand, we like the sexiness of the French vibe.
Misha Nonoo by Allison McNearney
In a season of shake-ups, designer Misha Nonoo has staked out her place on the trendy, tech-savvy front lines.
Her renegade spirit first revealed itself last September, when Nonoo announced that she would show her Spring/Summer 2016 collection on Instagram (topped off with an industry-pleasing party) in lieu of a formal fashion week presentation. A few months later, she became one of the first designers to realign her collection debuts with their actual seasons, rather than the traditional five-to-six-month advance schedule that the fashion system favored.