The styles on the runway were not the only thing capturing attention at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. With people eager to see 90 top designers’ collections and a snow storm that barely carried everyone into the Big Apple safely, French publishing exectuive Marie-José Susskind-Jalou was not happy. Just as the opening show began (Zac Posen’s collection) a group of fire marshalls ordered the clearing of 60 seats due to the arrangement being a fire hazard. Public relations attempted to rectify the situation, but the iritatated Susskind-Jalou was not pleased at the seat change. This dispute led to Susskind-Jalou slapping one of the seat coordinators in the face. Though a $1 million dollar lawsuit is pending due to the incident, this episode was a minute disruption compared to the fabulous week that was filled with up and coming new styles for 2013.
With many powerful statements made by the world’s top designers, the styles from Chanel stole the show this year with the “hula hoop bag.” Designer Karl Lagerfield’s idea for the bag is both innovative and practical. Lagerfield said in Vogue Magazine, “You need space for the beach towel, and then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.” Other styles included a restoration of the print jean trend, with models sporting more of a wide-flare fit and a Big Bird-inspired line by the designer Céline. Some sources feel that this may be a political stand against the potential cutting of national funds for the PBS channel. Although there were many show-stopping numbers on the runway this year, makeup was a definite and alternate focus. Chanel’s bejeweled eyebrow trend emphasized the beauty of not just the clothes that the designers make, but the exquisiteness of the models that advertise them.