DVD Review: The Tents

Directed by James Belzer The Tents is a candid and in-depth look at New York Fashion Week,  in a way that you have never seen it before and will never see it again.

The reason it is imperative that this film be made when it was is that the face of New York Fashion Week is changing. The film was made through the last season of shows in The Tents at Bryant Park, New York Fashion Week has now outgrown The Tents and is moving on to bigger and better things.

The Tents takes you backstage and into the running of New York Fashion Week, and brings a sense of history to the 18 years of fashion shows held in The Tents at Bryant Park. A touching memoir of the rise of American designers on the global fashion scene as New York Fashion Week became centralised, better organised and much more popular.

This will make interesting viewing for all lovers of fashion; whether it’s the colours, the designs, the designers or the celebrity turn-out at events. But especially if you’re interested in the evolution of fashion and New York Fashion Week.

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Fashion Week in New York has been running a lot longer than the 18 years I am quoting but in the beginning it was much more widespread and not as well organised. It took what could easily have been a tragedy to make the big names of the time get together and devise a way to make New York Fashion Week the cohesive and sought after event it should be.

Many big names in the fashion world are interviewed for the film and speak candidly about fashion week both in the years before The Tents and how things have changed now that Fashion Week is held at Bryant Park in The Tents. They also speak a little about what it means now that New York Fashion Week is evolving into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Lincoln Center.

For those who aren’t quite as in touch with their fashionista-side, there will still be more than enough to keep you entertained as you watch footage of fashion shows through the years and see what big name supermodels you can recognise, I am sure there will be more than a few.

Top name designers featured in the film include Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Zac Posen, we also hear a little from one of the Project Runway finalists who was able to show a collection at New York Fashion Week.

It isn’t all about the designers and the clothes though because as I was just educated, New York Fashion Week is a trade show so it’s about the buyers and the journalists, it’s about getting the collections seen and the audiences seduced and these days it’s about getting the celebrities in your brand so they are often in attendance at Fashion Week also.

There were interviews with many journalists from top publications to give that extra insight from another perspective, they also talked about what Fashion Week means to them. Top fashion editors from publications including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, In-Style Magazine spoke about their New York Fashion Week experiences, as did other fashion industry journalists.

A light hearted touch is added by the commentary from Carson Kressley, Michael Musto and Robert Verdi.

Overall quite an informative film that really is a must-see for fashionistas the world over.

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