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Designer Profile: Sandra Backlund

Originally from Umea in the North of Sweden, designer Sandra Backlund now lives in Stockholm after attending Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. She learned how to knit from her grandmother when she was a child. She has since turned that skill into an art form all her own. She starts every design with the human body, and from there she thinks of ways in which she can highlight, distort and transform the body’s natural silhouette with clothing. Her approach to her garments has a more sculptural root in that everything stems from a few basic bricks that are then multiplied and attached to one another in order to achieve the desired shape.

Fashion Calendar: Tuesday, September 8th
  • 9/8 Head to Hermès and check out Victoria Sambunaris' new landscape-photography exhibition, Terra Firma. The large photos highlight geographic changes in the western United States. The Gallery at Hermès, 691 Madison Ave., nr. 62nd St. (212-751-3181); M–W, F–S (10–6), Th (10–7), Su (closed).
  • 9/8 W29 Showroom presents Spring/Summer 2009 designer collections, 208 West 29th Street, Suite 201, NYC
  • 9/8 The entire 2009 collection of luxury bathing suits from diNeila is 40 percent off. Soho Building, 110 Greene St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 400; 10–8.
  • Through 9/8 Every item in the collection is 20 percent off for twenty days at Blu-Dot’s 20/20 sale. 140 Wooster St., nr. Prince St. (212-780-9058); M–S (11–7), Su (noon–6).
Ice Cream at Fashion Week

Designer Michelle Williams will present her hottest looks for spring with a cool treat during Fashion Week.

Models dressed in pieces from Williams’ Fifties pinup-inspired collection will serve ice cream from Brooklyn’s Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck outside both Bryant Park and Milk Studios on September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

It is a great way for the designer to show off her collection, including bustiers and motorcycle jackets, because as a smaller label, she does not have a presentation in the tents.

Let’s hope for a heat wave!

Street Style: Deffany from Taiwan

Name: DEFFANY, 21
Hails From: Taiwan
Occupation: Student, Enrolled in a summer program at Parsons School of Design in New York

Who is your style icon?
I’ve been studying in London for the last three years so I’m quite into British style. Alexa Chung always looks cool and I love Agyness Deyn.

What is on your wish list this season?
I really want a pair of biker boots.

What season comes with the best wardrobe?
Definitely winter; I’m not used to wearing very colorful clothes so I find it harder knowing what to put together in the summer.

What is she wearing?
Leggings: Urban Outfitters
Gladiator Sandals: River Island (in London)
T-shirt: Brick Lane market in London
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Model Breakdown: Portia Freeman

Up and coming English model Portia Freeman has been tipped as the next Kate Moss, and not just because she’s previously been linked to drug-troubled singer and Moss’ ex Pete Doherty.

The 19-year-old beauty hails from London and has already caught the eye of many a designer thanks to her wide-eyed stare and curly, platinum blonde, ‘candy floss’ hair. Last year she gained plenty of media exposure back in Britain for her dalliances with Doherty and appearance alongside fellow model Daisy Lowe in BBC documentary Class of 2008 and, with a string of runway shows already under her belt, it’s only a matter of time before she makes a name for herself here in the states too.

Milk Studios vs. The Tents

If you haven’t noticed, many well known designers will not be showing this year at Bryant Park, that’s because a few of them- including Adam Lippes, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Barbara Tfank, Costello Tagliapietra, Erin Fetherston, Pamela Love, Peter Som, Preen, Proenza Schouler, Temperley London and threeASFOUR (just to name a few) will be showing their Spring 2010 collections in the Meatpacking District. Milk studios will be partnering up with make-up giants M•A•C Cosmetics, to host their own set of fashion shows. According to the press release, M.A.C and Milk “will offer designers multilayered support; including space for their shows, presentations and press appointments. A designer will also have the option to hold castings, hair and makeup tests as well as look book shoots at The Milk Building (450 West 15th Street) throughout the duration of Fashion Week”.

The Thrifty Guide to Fashion's Night Out

When I first heard about September 10th Fashion’s Night Out, I thought to myself “this is pointless; if they want shoppers to go back into the stores, they should lower their prices”. Now that I know exactly what it is, I am renaming it ‘Fashion Christmas’. It is exactly how I imagine Christmas to be with Anna Wintour as Santa; no longer should she be perceived an ice queen. Fashion's Night Out aka ‘Fashion Christmas’ will indeed cause a citywide shopping spree, reconnecting us to our long lost love for shopping. NYMag's The Cut is estimating a total savings of $1,000 in make-up, clothes, manicures, hairstyles, dinner, yoga memberships and much more. Over 100 various stores will be participating in Fashion’s Night Out, and I have listed the top ten best freebies and deals.