Fall/Winter 2013-14 Trends

Some pieces you see on the runway are completely conceptual, meaning they most likely won't get picket up by a store or boutique for customers to purchase.  These are usually over-the-top ideas, conceptualized by the designer and brought to life for a one-time only appearance during Fashion Week.  And then there are the wearable pieces.  The shows where elegant dresses and beautiful shoes take their turn, and you leave with a feeling of "I'm happy to be a woman."  With New York Fashion week officially wrapped and London Fashion Week taking place as I type, there were a few trends that I noticed on the runways last week. 1) AccessoriesHats and Elbow Length Gloves: From baseball-style caps at Herve Leger to fedoras at Nicole Miller, hats were one of the top accessories on the runway. Approximately half of the shows I attended in New York showcased elbow length leather gloves.  Most were long and sleek as seen at J. Crew, but a few had an edge such as the ones seen at Kenneth Cole, reminiscent of a fisherman.

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Zayed and the Dream

On Friday night, Doug and I went to see Zayed and the Dream, a musical detailing the creation of the United Arab Emirates.  It was opening night for the production at the Kennedy Center, for which I wore a Calvin Klein cocktail dress and Doug a gorgeous three-piece Hugo Boss suit.  To top off the evening, we received an invitation to a pre-show reception, sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE, on the top floor of the Kennedy Center, which offers up the most incredible views of the Washington, DC, day or night.

The production, aptly titled, tells the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the former president and "father" of the UAE, Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.  Zayed was the youngest son of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the traditional ruler of Abu Dhabi, until his assassination in 1926.  Following the assassination of his uncle (his father's brother), just two short years later, Zayed's brother took over as the ruler of Abu Dhabi.  At this time, after much bloodshed, their mother asked the brothers to make her a promise that they would  not use violence against others.

Oil was discovered in 1958 and exported four years later.  At the time, Abu Dhabi was under the rule of Zayed's brother and many were disappointed at his lack of initiative. A bloodless coup was staged to oust the older brother, and shortly after, Zayed was appointed to the presidency post of UAE.

Having lived in the desert, and understanding the ways of the Bedouin tribesman, Sheikh Zayed was a man for the people, who allowed private media and showed religious tolerance of practicing Christians. He built schools, created infrastructure, resolved a border dispute with Saudi Arabia and promoted women's rights.  Using profits from oil, the country was created and built all while upholding his peaceful promise made to his mother, many years prior.

Through song and dance, the show highlighted the awesome advancements the country has made over the last 40 years, while using music, lights and video to create amazement.  Towards the end of the show, we saw images of the former President Zayed (who died in 2004) with Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela. With the production company only running two shows in Washington, the theatre was packed and both shows were sold out.  The show was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, which is also financing its shows overseas.

Prior to seeing the show, I was looking forward to traveling abroad to see the Emirates Palace and to enjoy a Camel Milk Lattes (yes, for real!), as I have not yet been to the UAE. And after seeing the show, my mind did not change, rather it piqued my interest further.  Clearly, the country has created something, where nothing once existed and is rightfully proud of how far they have come.  An intriguing show to highlight an equally intriguing history.

Remember ck One?

If you're of "my generation" meaning you were in high school at some point during the 1990's, then you remember ck One as the gender ambiguous scent worn by both sexes. The campaign featured Kate Moss and others in black and white print ads, like the one below.

Well, my generational friends, Calvin Klein is breathing new life into the product.  That's right, ck One is staging a comeback, but this time, it's not just a unisex cologne, but a full lifestyle brand.

The largest digital initiative in the company's history, the ads will show 30+ models inside a box, dancing, arguing, and laughing.  The concept behind the campaign was how youth use multimedia to communicate, from airing videos of themselves on YouTube to postings on Facebook and Twitter.   Targeting four areas - Jeans, Underwear, Fragrance and a collaboration of the three - has produced many variations of the ad, some specific to Asia, which has been a huge profit driver in the retail market.

The goal is to drive traffic to the website where consumers can read profiles of the models and upload personal videos with their own variation on the concept. The campaign will launch March 1, but today, Wednesday, February 23, you can enjoy a sneak peak here!