Wednesday Night: Macy's Passport Fashion Show

Macy's Passport Fashion Show
September 17, 2008
Notes by Otto Chan, Photos by Diana Nitescu

As stocks plummeted to the bottom, and the financial judges settled claims as to who gets what, in the heart of San Francisco the Macy's Passport Fashion Show went on. And what an eye-popping show it was! What with pieces by Tommy Hilfiger, Ben Sherman and Calvin Klein -just to name a few of the top labels- gracing the runway.

Over the past 26 years Macy's Passport has presented the best designer fall collections for men, women and children with dazzling shows, star guests and internationally acclaimed designers. It has been one of the premier fund raisers for HIV/AIDS programs in America, raising over $27 million for research, care and prevention agencies.

From a spectrum of muted fall colors to "blings" that glittered the stage, we were given top entertainment from models of various ages. Kids as young as 8 years old -bodies shaking, hip-hoppin', and back flippin' with the JabbaWockeeZ- proved that this Princess needs to get back in shape on the pronto.

Kicking it off first was Tommy Hilfiger. The Lovemakers performed in the background as the fashion giant's late 70s fall line made its way down the runway. If you can picture the simple cuts you would find in paper patterns at your near by fabric stores, this would be it with knee-high boots, a plaid of red, white and navy blue stripes. And don't forget that fancy bow on the neckline to tie the whole outfit together.

Alfani danced to the Ritz, but left me wanting an encore for more suited men. Hey, maybe I can move like that if I buy that suit. . .or not. The best walk, I would have to say, was Calvin Klein's, whose collection pulled off a good "mystery followed by underwear." (Of course!) Needless to say, I can't forget 2xist's football jocks' muscly struts down the runway with their helmets and abs. Yowza! Where do I sign up for the gym again?

Ben Sherman showed us Brighton's Pride by bringing back mod (I love mod), and Adrian Young gave us a rally of dark washed-out colors, with occasional warm yellows and reds. Ed Hardy's "HARDYWOOD" with a Marilyn Monroe look-alike gave us glitter and gold as our finale. The clothes were bright, the models rocked out, and the lights went down as Marilyn came out again in a Hardy Printed dress. Cheers to you, Marilyn!

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