Friday, February 13, 2009


'Tis no longer the season for the huge, blown out fashion event. We're well aware of that, but what we didnt expect was for this to be one of the most colorful and exciting fashion weeks yet. So, fine there's no complimentary car service, but our schedule is jam packed with cocktail receptions. Designer collections are debuted over dinner or drinks, and our schedule resembles that of a well-seasoned socialite. First there's Sam Ronsons collection debut at the Eldridge, Pat Field's birthday party, and the longchamp s/s 09 in-store show fully catered and providing swag. We're channeling Paris Hilton pre-sex tape, LiLo pre-drug habit. The fashion industry feels young again, and we do too!

What's even better, each invite-only event promises to be intimate, with fewer than 100 guests to air kiss. this makes for better conversation and a hands-on fashion experience. Anyway, the tought of talking workshop over a glass of champagne makes the front row feel stuffy. You can keep your seat Nina Garcia, but we'll see you at the afterparty.

Monday, February 9, 2009

You Better Work

It's an event that many stars utilize to call attention to their new projects, or for that matter themselves. The Grammy Awards red carpet is no stranger to bold colors, feathers and sequins and other dramatic elements that consequently launch these artists into a stratosphere of legitimate stardom. Grammy, actually ANY music award show, rule of thumb tends to be "the bigger the better." the more over-the-top you can make your outfit, the more creative, and thus legitimately artistic, you must be.

This years ceremony was no different. Take MIA pairing Manish Aurora's interpretation of Bo Peep with a fresh pair of blue kicks. Or Adele, who sported Hamish Bowles as the ULTIMATE arm accessory, then topped her subdued LBD with a gorgeous in-your-face green satin jacket, as if to poke fun at our envy. The glitz, which of course comes standard with Gwyneth Paltrow tip-toeing on stage in versace metallic, was definitely not lacking.

The most poignant moments, however, came in shades of grey and black. Jennifer Hudson stood up to receive her award in a subdued Roland Mouret. Tearing up and expressing true emotion, her triumph over adversity bloomed out of a fan of modernistic pleats. It was nowhere near as colorful as coldplay in updated Sgt.Pepper gear, but she was one of the brightest visions of the evening.

It goes to show that fashion is not what dictates style. Sometimes the statement exists in the elements that surface when a look is broken down to its raw form. a massive marching band towered over radiohead frontman thom yorke from a bleacher-style platform, but he never looked more like an industry giant. You're nothing if you arent something at the most basic level, they seemed to say. Makes us want to throw out all our DVF wraps and head straight for Jil Sander.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009


New Yorkers jokingly refer to the Upper West Side as the place where chic downtowners go to get married or die, so it raises a little concern that Fashion Week is rumored to move to Lincoln Center in 2010.

The New York Times is reporting that site management for Bryant Park had been pressuring IMG to move the event because it had grown too large, and this year they finally caved.

Considering IMG also looked at a space above the Port Authority Bus Terminal for the new location, we're not going to complain about Lincoln Center. Still, we wish this wasn't true. "Staging tents on opposite sides of the New York State Theater with a corridor winding between them," the report suggests, "guests might have to walk the equivalent of a city block between each show."

Looks like flats will be in for fall!

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