Saturday, February 24, 2007
HOW many shows I attended: 18
HOW many glasses of free Moet Chandon champagne did I consume: Too many to remember.
WHAT would I miss most about Fashion Week: the chic portable-potty line.
WHEN will be the next NY Fashion Week: See you in September 7-14, 2007!!
WHO: Zac Posen
WHY: Architectural suits mixed with vampy silhouettes that were cut close to the body mixed with couture-like evening gowns. Don't even get me started with his use of colors or choice of fabrics. This man is a GENIUS.
WOW Factor: This was the only show that garnered collective gasping, exhaling, and cooing for more. The crowd seemed to be hyperventilating while overcoming with excitement.
WHAT would I wear if I am going to the Oscars: For a Cher-like experience, I would go for the black taffetta number worn by Agyness Deyn at the shows' finale. For a safe, red-carpet pleaser, I'd go for the dreamy purple silk gown that has a mermaid silhouette.
From top: Zac Posen vampy dresses (2), Zac Posen finale gown worn by Agyness Deyn, Zac Posen purple silk gown.
Photo Credits: Style.com
How CUTE is this dress?
Ok, I'm back-tracking to the Spring 2007 season. However, the Queen of Prints mixed a fabulous green ginko fabric to a bloussant dress. I love the bubble hem, love the cuffed sleeve, and love those side pockets!! If there's one dress that screams SPRING then this dress is It.
Get it! before you regret it.
Where: www.dvf.com, www.saks.com, www.neimanmarcus.com, www.bergdorfgoodman.com
Photo Credit: DVF.com
WHO: Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg
WHY can't I get in: KCD, the PR firm that represented DVF and Marc Jacobs, has its guest list booked at least a year in advance. KCD -- the creme de la creme of fashion PR firms -- is the strictest guardian of show access. I was told even the closest family of DVF would not be able to get in.
WHY are these shows worth mentioning: Because their creations are freaking GREAT!!! (No really, Jacobs and DVF's collections stood out from an otherwise monotoned Fall season. Their use of colors were enough to bring a fresh take to the American design scene. It was refreshing to see designers having a very strong point of view.)
From Top: DVF, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs finale, DVF, Marc Jacobs.
Photo Credits: Style.com
Friday, February 23, 2007
Feb. 5-9: Adding to a whirlwind week was work mixed in with a slew of Fashion Shows. Hello, missed RSVPs!! Two shows were worth mentioning despite my continued absence of most daytime shows:
Max Azria: My FIRST Anna Wintour sighting!! The entire Vogue team sat front and center at the Max Azria show. I did a double-take at this ominous 20+ years label. I didn't realize the maker of BCBG garnered such attention generally bestowed on the likes of Marc Jacobs or Oscar De La Renta. On second look, Max Azria's fall looks were fresh, sophisticated and wearable -- perfect for the average Vogue shopper.
Max Azria layered signature pieces such as chiffon LBDs with rich-colored cashmere sweater coats. Jewel-toned skirts in fabulous lame were cut in this season's bubble shape. If BCBG is the mademoiselle, the Max Azria collection will satisfy the madame in all of us.
Anna Sui: Punk! Rock! and Layer layer layer!! Anna Sui has yet again sent down the runway a collection that would appeal to the rockers in all of us. Unlike other designers who presented lady-like silhouettes, Sui layered her looks with lace, wool and a bit of leather. The Anna Sui girl has a bohemian edge mixed in with the toughness, as reflected in her hard edged motorcycle boots and accessories. A newspaper print silk dress that was sent down the runway would surly be photographed to death this Fall by the fashion press.
From Top: Max Azria, Anna Sui.
Photo Credits: Style.com.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Feb 4: Twinkle was the other James Coviello of the season. Staying away from the dark tones and metallics which other designers favored, Taiwan native Wenlan Chia presented a collection that was filled with romantic knits and bohemian prints. Models were dressed in whimsical print dresses and knit cardigans. Chia stayed away from strong separates and instead coveted the layering looks that highlighted her signature knits. The Twinkle girl is a Bohemian at heart with a carefree spirit. Her collection injected a much needed dose of romanticism in an otherwise monotoned season.
PS: Did I mention that she has also released a new book, Twinkle's Big City Knits, which featured some of her favorite knit designs and patterns, this season? Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Twinkles-Big-City-Knits-Chunky-Chic/dp/0307346110/
Photo Credit: Imaxtree.com
WHAT: Intermix Warehouse Sale
Why: Chloé, Stella, Missoni, Vince, DVF, and Ella Moss are up to 90 percent off.
When: Feb. 28-Mar. 2. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves.
What: Luca Luca
Why: More than 75 percent off spring, summer, fall, and winter collections.
When: Feb. 23-27. Fri., Mon., Tues., 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 19 W. 36th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves., 4th flr.
What: Barneys Warehouse Sale
Why: The usual — men’s and women’s clothes, accessories, baby stuff, and housewares are 50-75 percent off.
When: Feb. 15-Mar. 4. Thurs. & Fri. (Feb. 15 &amp;amp;amp; 16), 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 255 W. 17th St., b/t Seventh & Eighth Aves. (212-450-8400).
What: Showroom Seven
Why: Issa dresses, were $450, now $220; Elisa Atheniense clutches, were $750, now $329; Charlotte bomber jackets, were $600, now $250.
When: Thru Feb. 16. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 498 Seventh Ave., b/t 36th & 37th Sts., 24th flr. (212-643-4810).
Source: Daily CandyWHAT: Wink Warehouse Sale
Why: Up to 80% off handbags, jewelry, apparel and shoes. The brands on sale include Rachel Pally, Andrea Brueckner, Mike and Chris, Sam Edelman, Julie Haus, Goldenbleu, Soixante Neuf, Seychelles, Fornarina and many more.
*WINK will be donating 10% of all sales to benefit the renowned PS 234 Elementary School in Tribeca, New York City. Visit www.winknyc.com
When: Feb. 15-17. Thurs, Fri, 10-7 p.m., Sat, 10-4 p.m.
New York, NY, 10013. (212) 941-7078
Paint your face for plastic freshness! You won't be able to resist products such as "Malibu Barbie" or "Happening Gal." Retail for $11-$45, this is a good collection to have if you want to fend off those inept blind dates for Valentine's Day. Your mates will run for the hills. Guaranteed.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
WHO: Three As Four
WHY: The marvelous circular seams, the feminine forms, the colors!! Designers Gabi, Ange and Andi showed a sophisticated Fall collection that oozes mysticism and elegance. Models traversed through the grand salon of the National Arts Club in romantic layers of silk/ruffles that spoke volume. Asymmetrical hemlines were a must, and so was a vintage leather jacket that was cut so close to the body it looked like it had been draped on the model's body. The combination was immaculate. It was Three As Four's best show to date, and arguably, one of the best show of the season.
WHAT would I wear if I'm going to the Oscars: I'd like to thank the Academy in that succulent aqua gown that made Irina Lazaraneau looked like Narnia. Then again, that purple cocktail number is simply divine as well -- perfect for the red carpet stroll!
Photo Credits: Style.com
Rock & Republic: The Front Row! The wait in the cold! The Garrad diamonds! The music that shakes the filling of your teeth! What else would you expect from the maker of $200 designer jeans? First off, the show, which was staged at 42nd st. Cipriani, made all its participants wait in the warmth of 10F degree weather for almost an hour. Everyone hustled in to find Cipriani turned into a stadium style boxing ring, with a long runway in the middle. Front row celebs mixed in with the crowd of onlookers mixed in with the papparazzi mixed in with the poor waiters carrying trays of free champagne. It was a mess; it was almost epic.
Once everyone has settled down (an hour later), designer Michael Ball sent down the runway a slew of looks that would look great for MTV or the music award show circuit. Tight black leather pants were paired with tailored coats and Asprey & Garrad diamonds. Ladylike black sheaths were cut so close to the body you'd think the models were dominatrix for hire. The looks were pure rock and glam, with furs and diamonds galore. Great music such as Paul Mccartney's Live and Let Die and Linkin Park/Jay-Z's Dumb vs Encore accompanied the finali. And Ball HAD to come down the runway while opening up a bottle of champagne, and sprayed the front row and models a la Formula One style.
Now that was Glam for fashion week.
Photo credit: Imaxtree.com
Feb 3: day of the multiple fashion shows. Hello flats!! Hello adrenaline!! Between the 7 shows I dashed around town for, some are worth highlighting:
James Coviello: a departure from other designers, who did black and all metallic, Coviello sent down the runway a series of sweet, bohemian looks that would make the romantic gals blush. His colors, brown, tan and a hint of red, came in the form of poetic silk blouses, corduroy jumpers and delicate crochet knits. A definite breathe of fresh air in an otherwise monotoned season.
Sass & Bide: Designer Sarah-Jane Clarke sent down the runway a collection of short black minis mixed with metallics. Models wore opaque black tights with a strange wish-bone like ponytail hairdo that held up their hats nicely. The Sass & Bide girl this season was hard-edged with a hint of feminity, like factory girl Edie Sedgewick if she has long hair.
Cabbeen: Go China!! The show marked Beijing-based designer Jerry Zhang's first presentation in the U.S. How fitting that he chose to present his small collection at the tent's most intimate venue, the Showroom (previously the UPS hub for emerging designers). Zhang sent down the runway a collection of looks that were urban and casual. One would expect a variety of east and west mixes, but Zhang surprised us all by showing western-influenced tailored jackets, anoraks with furs and a slew of preppy staples. The music was pumped with adrenaline, the models were chistled as they literally raced down the runway. All in all, not bad for a designer's debut show.
Photos from Top: Sass & Bide, James Coviello, Cabbeen.
Photos credits: Imaxtree.com, IMG.
Feb 2: also marks the day of the Proenza Schouler for Target debut at Opening Ceremony, Soho NY. I got there early in anticipation of a huge queue (I was prepared to stand in 18F degree weather for an hour), and what I found was hordes of camera crew eager to take pictures of hungry shoppers. Women, braving Artic cold weather, tried on the separates from the bright resort collection, which featured nautical stripe tissue tees and palm prints cardis and dresses.
A girl came running in screaming "OHMIGOD!! I can't believe I overslept for this!!!" Her friend quickly came to the rescue with a bottle of water and valium. "I need more than one valium for this," she said.
Photo credit: WWD.com
Friday, Feb. 2 kicks off the official start of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Here I come, Bryant Park!! Producer IMG's 7th on Sixth has lost its uber sponsor, camera-maker Olympus, after 6 seasons at the tents. In came Daimler's Mercedes footing the marketing costs. The co. occupied a good chuck of the tent space with two new C-class vehicles, each cost around $140k. Talk about wasting limited tent space.
Tokyo's based designer Akiko Ogawa gave a collection that was punk and almost freakish. Her season's theme, British rock star softened into feminine forms, translate to sending models down dressed in half-tailored coats and eskimo fur hats. The last thing she needed was models wearing bobbed black wigs. A tad bit cliched here, don't you think? The only consolation was her use of vintage obi belts in black silk gowns, which captured the elegance of east meets west beautifully.
Mara, Mara, Mara: What were you thinking? Hopping to the Mara Hoffman show at the Altman Building, tee-shirt/jeans clad male models greeted goers by handing out Fiji bottled-water. That was a nice touch. Hoffman attempted to break away from her tree-printed jersey staples by going into structurally cut separates that were neither edgy or special. Sure, her use of zippers at the back seam of skinny pants was sexy as hell, but stick with the jersey dresses. The hemlines went way way up this season. I guess Fall 2007 will be another season where Wolford tights will do extremely well among fashionistas.
Nicole Miller: Miller celebrated her 25th birthday with the name-sake label by sending out a collection that was strong in design and innovative in silhouettes. Following several seasons where Miller traversed her fashion from Celtic mysteries to Mayan explorations, she captured a collection that reflected the mountain spirits of Peru. She mixed strong separates with patterns beautifully. Miller is one of the few designers who can use pattern in her designs without being tacky, and this collection reflected her strength in this area. She is a designer who knows what she's doing and knows what her customer wants. No wonder in the fickle world of fashion, Miller was able to withstand its changes and survived for 25 plus years.
From Top: Akiko Ogawa, Nicole Miller.
Photo Credits: Getty Images, Style.com, WireImage
My fashion week experience kicked off with a Red Bull-charged show that only label Miss Sixty would deliver. I kicked up my stilettos and went sky-higgghhhh to the penthouse of 7 World Trade Center, NY, where the skyline and high-fashion mix (at least for one night).
Designer Scott Pask delivered a sexy Fall collection that's pumped with Rock N' Roll vibes and feminine silhouettes. I'm talking about stretchy vinyl/leather looking skin tight pants with spiky heels, and minis minis minis. Pask's version of a Miss Sixty girl is playful yet hard-edged, sort of like dressing Leigh Lezark in tight leather pants and throw on a pleasant silk blouse.
The runway, lit up by a gazillion amount of light bulbs, was absolutely blinding, as was the location of the after party's open bar. Vodka and Moet Chandon champagne were free flowing; yet only 20 trays of bit-size hors d'oerves were served among a crowd of 1,000 plus guests. Staying true to fashion week's spirit, the fashion horde prefers to stay in an euphoric state of drunkenness rather than growing horizontally.
They just don't eat.
Picture Credit: imaxtree.com