Fashion is going prep, and I don’t just mean the fact that Harvard is moonlighting as a fashion house. Just in time for “back to school,” collegiate nostalgia seems to be sweeping the fashion community here at New York Fashion Week. Saturday, Alexander Wang showed an entire SS10 collection whose inspiration was seemingly sourced from a high school football locker-room, albeit with looks intended for ladies only. (To boot, his after-party was held in a gas station on the West Side Highway — spending Saturday night partying at a gas station? Hello high school.) Meanwhile, both Opening Ceremony (via a collaboration with Pendleton) and Balenciaga are offering up varsity jackets for FW09.
Anna Sui finally launched her Gossip Girl-inspired Target line via a pop-up shop at the recent Fashion’s Night Out. Not to mention, making the rounds at NYFW Saturday were PAPER’s Mickey Boardman in a makeshift varsity cardigan (complete with his initials on the back) and Lynn Yager, the Village Voice alumnae who has been covering shows for New York, in a cardigan complete with “Baby Linnie” on the back. Both were captured on camera by Tavi (a.k.a. the Style Rookie) herself, who seems to be making a very serious case for this season’s most visible front-row-goer.