September 29, 2022

The 102nd Floor Of Christian Cowan’s New York Fashion Week Show

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Wunderkind from the United Kingdom On Friday night, Christian Cowan helped kick off New York Fashion Week with a flurry of sequins, feathers, and small T-shirts dedicated to the place he now calls home.

Associated Press writers LEANNE ITALIE and JOHN CARUCCI contributed to this report.

(AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — With a riot of sequins, feathers, and little T-shirts of love to the city he now calls home, British wunderkind Christian Cowan helped open New York Fashion Week on Friday night with a riot of sequins, feathers, and little T-shirts of love to the city he now calls home, set to a screeching party soundtrack 102 floors up the Freedom Tower on hallowed 9/11 ground.

The 25-year-old designer, who initially put garments on Lady Gaga’s back while still in fashion school, combined Hollywood with Gen Z TikTok culture — and the moods of Lower East Side club youngsters with Upper East Side lunch ladies. This time, he set out to commemorate New York as it emerges from the throes of a pandemic with fewer limitations and the promise of a brighter future.

Cowan said of the towering One World Trade Center, “This simply looked like such a symbol of New York’s power and resilience,” where he took guests to the observatory for panoramic night views of the city and the Hudson River. “I only moved to New York five years ago, yet I’ve always felt like a New Yorker even before I arrived.”

Cowan debuted a range of Valentine’s Day-themed nighttime sparklers, day looks, and minis. A slinky black show and a silvery party short studded with flat sequins of various sizes were on display. He used a deep purple for several pieces and lavender for others, including an embroidered body hugger with one bulbous shoulder, that would be appropriate for a night out.

Pink feathers decorated the sleeves and bandeau tops of several of his models, and trains trailed behind them as they camped out for the cameras.

He told The Associated Press, “It’s about maximalism.” “More is always better.”

When Lady Gaga wore one of Cowan’s big hats and matching glittery pink pantsuits in 2014, she served up Cowan’s coming out. Cardi B chose an exaggerated black-and-white check dress for the cover of her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy.” Miley Cyrus wore a pair of translucent white leggings and a shirt with red hearts. Cowan dressed him in a ruffle shirt and sequin silver suit with matching cowboy boots for the 2019 MTV VMA awards, which he attended with his pal Lil Nas X.

Candace Bushnell was among the guests at Cowan’s sky-high fashion presentation, which he describes as “one of the tallest fashion events ever held.” Would she choose his sensible black-and-white tea-length stripe dress with feathers at the hem over his witty black-and-white tea-length stripe dress with feathers? Or perhaps his blushing mermaid look with feathers from the thigh down.

Bushnell, clad in one of Christian’s gleaming ensembles, commented, “Christian is high-octane splendor.” “It’s what people want to wear out, and everyone wants to go out right now.”

Perhaps Dorinda Medley of “The Real Housewives of New York,” another of his guests, would wear the flowing, long-sleeve swirl of white and pink he wore in another garment.

The idea is to incorporate the party into the costume at all times.

“It’s simply about having a good time,” Cowan remarked.

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