Seventh Avenue, was once a place where fashion design and manufacturing was at a height. Now, though the area is still home to many showrooms and fabric stores, it is the fashion walk of fame that i was there for.
My very first New-York-Starbucks was an Oprah Chai Latte, from the friendliest bunch of baristas. It was not the most exciting drink of choice, though it was good, but it was the first time it hit me as to how many more varieties of Starbucks in which New York carries; then, i went on a fashionable journey. As many New-Yorkers were running down the street, balancing a coffee, phone and a stack of paper, there were a rare few, including me, who looking down at the fashion plaques.
In 1999, the Fashion Walk Of Fame was established. Just under thirty plaques were created to celebrate great fashion designers of America, each with their signature. It is indeed a great celebration of the designers who have influenced fashion worldwide; it is also a great source of information, and inspiration for the fashion futures who wander the streets of New York. British-born designer Charles James is possibly one of the most influential designers on the walk, alongside Dominican Republic-born Oscar de la Renta, who sadly passed away this week. Each designer deserves their place on the walk.
It’s an interesting place for a wander, not just for the walk of fame, but also for the other links to the industry. Look up, and you’ll see designer showrooms and fabric stores. It’s therefore a great place for fashion students and aspiring designers.
The area is also now known for the comics at Midtown Comics, the years ‘Broadway Sculpture’ and many rooftop bars. The Skylark, Refinery Rooftop, Spyglass Rooftop Bar, Sky Room NYC and Top of the Strand, are a selection of the areas hottest skyline bars.
On The Fashion Walk Of Fame:
Ralph Rucci, Donald Brooks,Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Liz Claiborne, Oscar de la Renta, John Galanos, Donna Karan, Paul Trigere, Norman Norell, Bonnie Cashin, Giorgio Di Sant’Angelo, Charles James, Perry Ellis, Mainbocher,Betsey Johnson, Norma Kamali, Lilly Dache, Willie Smith, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Halston, Rudi Gernreich, Claire McCardell