Fashion Week Pics: Pianist Rocks Out at BlackBook Bash, Dizzying Lights in the Tents

By Anna Sekula September 8, 2008, 2:58 PM EDT

Using a variety of new lighting technology—from a huge LED video wall to High End System's showgun fixtures—Rock & Republic created a dizzying scene that played off its black and white clothing.

Photo: Keith Sirchio for BizBash

Fashion Week is now in full swing, with several Friday shows launching the weeklong blitz of collections and many more taking place over the weekend. Despite the downpour on Saturday and a PETA protest at DKNY's 20th anniversary yesterday, the shows continued as scheduled.

On Friday, Shipley & Halmos's presentation brought buyers and editors to the western reaches of Chelsea to the Terminal Building's La.venue for a Tom Palmer Projects-designed show featuring a Dan Flavin-style lighting installation. At Hudson Terrace, jazz pianist Eric Lewis (and a band that included a cellist, a trumpeter, and a bassist) formed the focal point for the runway presentation and party celebrating the 15th anniversary of What Comes Around Goes Around. The event for the West Village vintage clothing store was hosted by BlackBook and entertained guests including stylist Rachel Zoe, socialite Olivia Palermo, and rock band the Young Lords.

Inside the tents at Bryant Park, lighting played a large part in the shows for Lacoste and Rock & Republic. Early on Saturday morning, Lacoste revealed its spring line of preppy sportswear in front of a color-changing backdrop. Later that night, for Rock & Republic's collection, Stoelt Productions brought in a great deal of audiovisual and lighting equipment, including a video screen, LEDs, Versatube lights, showguns (automated fixtures), and MF3s (mutlihead, moving LED projectors). The house went dark just as the final model made her way to the exit—armed with a flashlight she was able to avoid falling off the platform.

Y-3—Yohji Yamamoto's line for Adidas—also toyed with lights, with fluorescent light fixtures hanging vertically from the ceiling of the old Barnes & Noble store on Sixth Avenue for its Sunday afternoon show. And at Miss Sixty's presentation on Sunday night, silver glitter covered the floor and the wavy purple walls at the runway entrance.

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