Tears and tri­umphs

The New York fash­ion week — and a bag faux pas — are mak­ing head­lines.

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FASH­ION week has started in New York City, and my col­league Dzireena Ma­hadzir is there at the mo­ment, cov­er­ing a trio of shows.

It is snow­ing and ex­tremely cold in the Big Ap­ple; the last I checked, Dzireena’s Face­book post­ing read: “-2°C in NYC. I think my face is frost­ing over.”

I’m not a fan of win­ter, so I’m cer­tainly not en­vi­ous of the bit­ing cold she has to en­dure while I sit in my (com­fort­ably chilly) of­fice, writ­ing this.

Where New York Fash­ion Week is con­cerned, I al­ways look for­ward to Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s show­case. Ever since her Spice Girls days (in the late 1990s), Beck­ham has been my favourite Spice Girl – even though she was of­ten la­belled by crit­ics as the weak­est singer of the bunch.

Granted, she did lit­tle more than pout (a trade­mark she con­tin­ues till to­day), but she looked re­ally good in those lit­tle tube dresses. And she wasn’t called Posh Spice for noth­ing.

Over the years, Beck­ham, 39, has turned her pas­sion for cou­ture into a multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness. She is now more fa­mous than ever, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned as a fash­ion de­signer and style icon.

In Novem­ber 2011, she was awarded the “De­signer of the Year” gong at the an­nual Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards, si­lenc­ing her de­trac­tors once and for all.

At her Fall col­lec­tion show­case this year, Beck­ham con­tin­ued her win­ning streak.

It helped that hand­some hubby David Beck­ham was in the front row. The foot­ball star was ac­com­pa­nied by their im­pec­ca­bly groomed chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to AP, David snapped self­ies of him­self and his adorable tod­dler daugh­ter while wait­ing for his wife’s big mo­ment. Seated next to the Beck­ham fam­ily were Anna Win­tour of Vogue and her daugh­ter Bee Shaf­fer. Talk about star power.

On the run­way, Beck­ham pre­sented a line which she de­scribed as “Ev­ery­thing is not what it seems.”

“It’s all 360° – noth­ing is flat,” she was quoted as say­ing in the same AP re­port. “You look at a struc­tured coat from the front, and then from the back you see this beau­ti­ful pleat. Or you’re look­ing at a dress, and then the whole back is miss­ing.”

The col­lec­tion was al­most en­tirely black and white, with an em­pha­sis on pleats and ruf­fles. There was also a clear fond­ness for a gold chain draped across a garment.

“It’s about sat­is­fy­ing my sense of cre­ativ­ity, but also giv­ing our cus­tomer what she wants,” said Beck­ham, adding that she in­tends to build a stronger pres­ence in New York.

Away from Beck­ham’s show – and the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing fash­ion week – a dif­fer­ent sort of fash­ion-re­lated story was caus­ing head­lines in New York, and not in a good way.

Amy Adams was re­port­edly fu­ri­ous – and un­der­stand­ably so – af­ter Valentino sent an e-mail blast to the me­dia that its bag was car­ried by the Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter as she stepped out of a car at the wake of Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man. For the unini­ti­ated, the press re­lease read: “We are pleased to an­nounce Amy Adams car­ry­ing the Valentino Gar­a­vani Rock­stud Du­ble bag from the Spring/Sum­mer 2014 col­lec­tion on Feb 6 in New York.”

In the two ac­com­pa­ny­ing vi­su­als, Adams is seen with her head down, wear­ing sun­glasses and a som­bre ex­pres­sion ... and yes, car­ry­ing the now (in)fa­mous bag. I am no pub­lic re­la­tions maven, but one look at th­ese pic­tures will con­firm that Adams is cer­tainly not hav­ing a fash­ion mo­ment.

The Ital­ian fash­ion house has since apol­o­gised, claim­ing that they didn’t re­alise the pho­tos were snapped at the gath­er­ing of loved ones for Hoff­man, who was found dead on Feb 2 of an ap­par­ent heroin over­dose.

“It was an in­no­cent mis­take and we apol­o­gise to Ms Adams who was not aware, or a part of, our PR ef­forts,” said the state­ment signed by Mona Swan­son, vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Valentino USA.

It may very well be “an in­no­cent mis­take” ... but is the dam­age al­ready done? As a Face­book friend so elo­quently put it: “Wow, talk about PR fail.”

Only time will tell whether Adams – who wore Valentino to the re­cent Golden Globes – will be in a for­giv­ing mood come the Os­cars.

Wil­liam’s wish is for the Spice Girls to stage a re­union con­cert, and in a nearby city, please. Send your feed­back to star2@thes­tar.com.my.

Fash­ion yes: A look from the Vic­to­ria Beck­ham Fall 2014 col­lec­tion, dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week.

Fash­ion no: Amy Adams with the (in)fa­mous bag at the wake for Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man. — AFP

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