- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

One of the most talked-about events of the week was Alexander Wang’s show scheduled Saturday night in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s an interesting venue but one that’s not familiar to most New Yorkers.

The Navy Yard is located on the Brooklyn waterfront, on the East River across from Manhattan. But the nearest bridge isn’t even the most famous of the three that connect the two boroughs. The Navy Yard is well north of the famous Brooklyn Bridge, located instead between the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges.

And it’s not easy to get to - a 15-minute walk on snowy streets from the nearest subway station, in a section of Brooklyn that Manhattan-based taxi drivers don’t always know well. Fashionistas have been griping about making the trek, because despite Brooklyn’s reputation as a hotbed of hipsters, the fashion world remains very Manhattan-centric.

But Wang’s shows are must-sees and he often holds them in offbeat venues away from the tents at Lincoln Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The Navy Yard has a remarkable history. The U.S. Navy began using the site to build ships in 1806. The USS Arizona, which was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor, was among the many ships built there. During World War II, tens of thousands of people worked in the Navy Yard building ships around the clock.

Today the Navy Yard is an urban industrial park, with a few hundred small enterprises from design studios and manufacturers to storage and import businesses employing several thousand people. More growth is expected in the coming years thanks to millions of dollars in investment. Guided tours of the site are offered, and there’s also a museum called BLDG 92.



It’s hard to think of Monique Lhuillier as having a darker side, but there it was, though still playful and girlie.

Lhuillier used a gray skull print, for example, and she put out a black silk taffeta cape adorned with fuchsia baroque embroidery that was almost vampiress Saturday at New York Fashion Week.

This Monique “is very dramatic this season, very mysterious. Lots of textures. Lots of different lengths and silhouettes and a lot of intricate details with a twist,” the designer said backstage.

Lhuillier said she was influenced by architecture and contemporary art merged with old world Parisian couture techniques she researched.

One fitted gown in white was covered in swirly black lace that exploded in ruffles at the bottom. For the cocktail hour, she sent out an ombre pink skull embroidered tulle dress paired with black lace booties.

Deep pink was used for the underside of an asymmetrical black beaded gown with short sleeves. Known for beadwork, she included short dresses in black and pink that glittered under the lights.

She used the same pink for a dress hemmed at the knee with black fishnet overlay.

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