Vail boutique owner reports on Fashion Week |

Vail boutique owner reports on Fashion Week

Jenn Bruno
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Editor’s note: Jenn and Luca Bruno are in Manhattan for fashion week. In this column, Jenn Bruno reports on her findings from the event, which started last Friday and continues through Friday. The Brunos own Vail boutiques Luca Bruno and Due.

Our first runway show for the new fall-winter collections did not disappoint. Definitely a sense of dejà vu as we arrive at Pier 40 for the Y-3 show. A collaboration between Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, our expectations are high. Last year at the pier, the runway backdrop was a man made 200 foot ice wall. It was cool ” the temperature and the atmosphere. We are expecting not only a great collection but a unique presentation that is not dictated by the confines of the Bryant Park tents.

No ice wall, instead the runway is a huge square with bright blocks and swirls of colors. The grandstand surrounds the viewing area. We could easily be at a gymnastics meet but with lots of photographers.

And now the waiting. The key to fashion week is timing. Knowing how late is not too late to arrive at a runway show. We arrive at 5:15 p.m. for the 5 p.m. show. Too early. With time to burn, we play guess the celebrity. We’re still guessing. Note to self: Get a subscription to US Weekly, so next year you know who is in front of the flashbulbs.

Something is about to start. The paparazzi have been ushered to their corner next to the runway. This gives the “celebrities” a well deserved flashbulb break and they can take off their sunglasses. The 5 p.m. show begins “on time” at 5:35.

Carol King’s “I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet” begins to blast from the speakers. Lights on and the models emerge. A sleek, sporty collection for Fall 2009. While the color palate is mostly black, there are bursts of colors. Puffy jackets in bright blues and oranges and tops and jackets in fabulous reds. A tuxedo-inspired long coat and short cropped toggle jackets. Ingenious placement of the Adidas three stripes on pant bottoms. It’s a collection that could be worn at Sweet Basil or the Cascade Club.

Y-3 presents the men’s and ladies’ collection, uncommon for fashion week where we usually just see the ladies’. Everyone is wearing footwear from the line, a rare fusion of technology and fashion. These are sneakers with a sense of style. All have fun colors and three stripes.

New this year, a children’s collection. Because the collection is fun and sporty, the mini versions really work. The kids are adorable strutting around the runway.

The models begin their final walk in procession down the runway. The show is ending and we get a final viewing of the new collection. Seeing it all together gives us a new perspective on Yamamoto’s vision for next fall. At the end of the show, Yohji Yamamoto appears with the child models to great applause. Lights on and everyone rushes for the exits.

We are off for a fun evening of dinner with friends to discuss the fashions we saw today and what might be in store for us tomorrow. Until then …

Jenn Bruno owns Luca Bruno and Due in Vail.

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