We narrowly missed getting into the Ashish N Soni show at the tents in Bryant Park*, but I've gotta say, I would've loved to check out the show that took place high above Times Square — staged by the house of Wal-Mart, which is now advertising in Vogue. While I highly doubt that the chain is approaching the fashionable heights of, say, Target (they still sell some truly unfortunate mom jeans), I did find a few non-horbz items on their website:
This is probably the most fashion-y item on the website. I daresay it's rather cool, and I may even purchase it. Capelet sweater, $24.94.
I'm actually tempted to purchase this cute short-sleeve velvet blazer, $16, which comes in chocolate, black, and plum. Is velvet in? It's gotta be, right? It's always sort of in for fall, isn't it? This'd be a good transitionary item...I'm really into little jackets these days.
Box-pleat tweed skirt, $19.57. Not bad, not bad. This'd look all professional with a nice pair of boots and a slim-fitting turtleneck.
Bubble skirts have got to be out by now, but for those of us still hanging on, this taffeta number is more sophisticated than the usual jersey version.
And that's about it for the things I personally would wear. There might be more merch in stores, though. I wouldn't know; haven't set foot in a Wal-Mart more than twice in my life. Any readers out there seen this stuff in person?
* While we are not reporting from Fashion Week, the good folks at Coutorture are doing a bang-up job. Julie, head Coutorturer, even had the balls to snatch a video interview with Anna Wintour. There's also an interesting interview with Times fashion writer Cathy Horyn about fashion blogging.