While the impending "Nemo" blizzard may be shutting down schools and airports, it is decidedly not shutting down New York Fashion Week, which is trudging on in its heels, and — in some cases, at least before a quick runway change — snow boots.
Women's Wear Daily reported that, for instance, a Kate Spade party tonight is still a go, as is Prabal Gurung's show Saturday. (Marc Jacobs' show has been delayed because of hold-ups at customs and deliveries, though WWD explains that the company's president insists the blizzard was not at fault.)
Don't mistake fashion people for delicate little flowers — they're used to snowy conditions. Given the timing of the Fall/Winter shows, it isn't unusual for fashion week attendees to have to contend with bad weather, despite the toll it may take on their outfits. Kate Spade's president and creative director told WWD: "New York Fashion Week takes place every year at this time, and anyone who partakes in it is used to the unpredictable winter weather in February. The fashion crowd is far more resilient than people think — they see a snowstorm as the perfect opportunity to turn out their best winter looks with their boots and furs that they’ve been dying to wear all year." The company itself tweeted out:
nothing says #nyfw like a little snow.— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) February 8, 2013
Or, well, a lot of snow. And naturally, Lincoln Center is doing its part to ensure that as few people posing for street style blogs slip as possible:
But there have been hiccups already. Designer Jenni Kayne wasn't able to make it in from Los Angeles for her collection's presentation, The Cut reported. Meanwhile, Sarah Karmali of British Vogue points out that "many international editors and buyers have had to miss the first round of shows" because of canceled flights. And, of course, there are some freak outs:
And some models had to use umbrellas:
One of the biggest concerns, looking at Twitter and Instagram (and Vine!) seems to be in the footwear department:
Who in NYC is ready to brave this snow? My YSL suede 5 inch heel boots sure aren't! #nyfw— Anna Lieberman (@thisthattrend) February 8, 2013
So I guess single soled stiletto shoes are not an option today. #NYFW— Bag Snob® (@BagSnob) February 8, 2013
This is one version of fashion week blizzard preparation:
Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal seems to have the best plan:
Before full-on storm freak-out hits, let us first thank Mother Nature for giving us a great excuse to wear flats. #NYFW— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmesWSJ) February 8, 2013
As does Bergdorfs:
Fashion-goers: it's ok the wear flat boots today. Really. Trapper hats, puffer coats and thermals should also be embraced.— Bergdorf Goodman (@Bergdorfs) February 8, 2013
And, yes, some did get out their practical footwear for the streets, even though Eric Wilson of the New York Times wrote "forecasts indicate has a possibility of 100 percent" of fashion week attendees "wearing sensible shoes."