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Fashion Week At Full Volume


Music and fashion go hand in hand, particularly during New York fashion week, which consistently boasts performances that can make or break the showgoing or after-party experience (we’re still reminiscing over Valentino Garavani’s karaoke rendition of “I Did It My Way” a year ago). True to form, there will be a mix of acts both familiar and brand-new this week. Cyndi Lauper, for example, will be keeping the energy up with hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on the Betsey Johnson runway and at the designer’s 70th birthday bash, while the 17-year-old vocalist Alexandra McDermott will make her live debut at Erin Fetherston’s presentation tomorrow evening. Fetherston discovered McDermott, who has been described as having “the attitude of Fiona Apple with the voice of Adele,” at a casting and was taken with her beauty (she also stars in the new collection’s lookbook) and talent.

Rebecca Minkoff’s Friday show will feature performances by husband-and-wife indie pop duo Tennis as well as DJ Cassidy. Speaking of turntable sets, Brendan Fallis (a.k.a. Theophilus London‘s manager and Hannah Bronfman’s boyfriend) will spin at Jill Stuart’s Saturday show, where his soundtrack will include “moody and ethereal” tracks like Grimes’ “Vanessa” and Purity Ring’s “Odedear.” On Thursday morning, ?uestlove (pictured) of The Roots (not to mention Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) will be providing the beats at Dannijo’s brunch presentation, hosted by Brooklyn Decker.

Some designers are thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to entertainment. Following up its burlesque Fall presentation, Erickson Beamon is re-creating the iconic opening scene of the 1960s French film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? by bringing members of the audience into the action, while Concept Korea‘s Friday morning show will offer a special performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Rising designer Mandy Coon commissioned Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg to create an original song for her new collection. In addition to playing the track at her Monday show, Coon also incorporated the track’s midi file as a digital print.

Other noteworthy concerts include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Converse by John Varvatos shoe launch party on Saturday night plus Three Six Mafia at Supreme’s shindig at the Westway on Thursday. There will undoubtedly be a few surprises along the way. Azealia Banks is in town for Fashion’s Night Out at the MAC store, and a performance at Alexander Wang’s notorious after-party doesn’t seem out of the question, right?

Photo: Billy Farrell /

Dannijo, the Print Edition


To showcase their Spring 2012 collection, the sister design duo of Dannijo Danielle and Jodie Snyder enlisted the help of photographer Lyle Owerko—who famously shot the image that appeared on Time magazine’s September 11, 2001 issue—to photograph their friends wearing Dannijo gems. “The Portraits project we did with Lyle was so well received that the concept has expanded into the birth of a zine about individuals and lifestyle,” Danielle tells of their newest project. The free biannual, launching November 14, is set to be distributed in shops selling their jewelry and in art galleries and restaurants around the world.

“We’ve used the iconic yearbook format in the context of a newspaper to showcase a range of dynamic individuals who are essentially pioneers in their respective industries,” Snyder explains. That group includes designers, influencers, DJs, and musicians like ?uestlove, Mia Moretti, and Timo Weiland, offering fashion tips and trends. For the second edition of the zine, expect more work from Owerko, “maintaining the same black-and-white documentary style of photography,” but other than that, the rest is yet to be determined. “Stay tuned. It’s going to be about people, fashion ideas, music, film, technology, and philanthropy. Did I give away too much?”

Photo: Courtesy of Dannijo