Right about now, Barneys will be unveiling their legendary Christmas windows, and our own Fabiola Beracasa traipsed uptown to get a sneak peek. This year's theme is Give Good Green, and for it, Barneys creative director Simon Doonan invented "Rudolph the Recycling Reindeer." "The only sort of iconic visual associated with [the environmental movement] is the drowning polar bear," he told Fab. "Which wouldn't be very festive!" No indeed. Click above to see the windows, and hear Doonan explain why his Barneys staffers were gathering bottle tops from bars in the East Village and buying bottles from homeless people.
Making Barneys' Holiday Windows [NYM Video]
New York fashion correspondent (and socialite extraordinaire) Fabiola Beracasa knows vintage. So we sent her along to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing and Textile Show to look at what's available and dole out some advice. "There's something sexy about plaid on a girl," Fab explains, checking out a cowboy shirt. Watch the video to see why you should shop for linens at antique shops and how to tell the difference between Chanel Couture and Chanel Boutique (it's easier than you think!).
The Fab Life: Vintage Clothing Show [Fashion Video]
There was no shortage of commentary backstage at the Derek Lam show: Fabiola Beracasa and Lam discuss the art of balancing his eponymous line with his work for Tod's, Amanda Ross declares Lam's "classic" designs to be among her favorites, and Bergdorf buyers have bought Lam's lines in full force. But as well designed and accessible as Lam's work may be, ever-honest Times critic Cathy Horyn is still searching for something more.
Diane Von Furstenberg's role in life is "to make women feel confident," and it's this sort of philosophy that makes the popular designer Fabiola Beracasa's idol. Backstage at the DVF show, Fab chats up the lady of the hour as well as Plum Sykes and Diane's hubby, megamogul Barry Diller — who reveals that his wife steers clear of working on his wardrobe. Watch and see why.
With our cameras in tow, fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa hit the Thakoon show and found several of the designer’s fans. Filmmaker Liz Goldwyn told of one Thakoon dress she has taken around the world. Mary Alice Stephenson, former fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, gleefully recalled being Thakoon’s boss before the fashion assistant grew up to be a designer. Find out who else was there by watching the video.
Fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa was backstage at BCBG Max Azria with a camera. See what the designer himself considers to be “relatively romantic” and find out what celebrity Arden Wohl saw at her first fashion show. And which pieces of the "sexy, sensual lingerie" will Molly Sims order?
Ivana Trump must not be a Top Chef fan. Appearing this morning at Vera Wang (and sans her burnished male escort from yesterday), Ivana sat hip-to-hip with Padma Lakshmi in the front row — yet they never seemed to speak or exchange a glance. Shouldn't they be gabbing about how tall C.J. is or whether somebody could please place a ban on the contestants making tuna tartare?
With the European couture collections almost finished — Valentino will wind things up tomorrow with a show in Rome — fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa checked in with Daily Intel via BlackBerry last night. What follows are highlights from Beracasa's lengthy account of fabulousness — we're holding the rest back because we don't want to blind readers with too much of the lavish excess. So what did Fab learn this year? That even when you pack 28 dresses, you still forget the right one; that military outfits are hot; and that the power of Karl Lagerfeld's genius extends even to the weather. After the jump, her lessons from this season's runways.
How do you get to the Roof Club and Landscaped Garden of the Gramercy Park Hotel? Just take the elevator. Thing is, you’re going to need a private membership card to key it — and that’s why we suggest you set aside any ambition of seeing the place’s Damien Hirst paintings and amazing view in person and simply let Fabiola Beracasa give you the video tour. Chances are, even if you have $545 for a room or the wherewithal to gain admittance, you’re not going to have a drinking companion as lovely as Fab.
Behind closed showroom doors (and in the Santa Monica airport), designers have been showing off their resort and cruise collections the last few weeks. The lines are bright, colorful, and chock-full of obscenely expensive bikinis. We hit up the target demographic Fabiola Beracasa and Byrdie Bell to see what the ladies planned to buy for their next vacations.
After her detailed correspondence from Fashion Week, socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa picked up New York's mantle again and led us into the depths of last night's American Patrons of Tate gala. This rare video footage brings you inside a cocktail hour at a society fund-raiser. See Valentino Garavani squirm as he is forced to choose between the Tate and the MoMA! Find Jeff Koons's lost voice! Feel Chuck Close's excitement when he talks about London! Catch a kiss from Fab herself!
Video: American Patrons of Tate Dinner [NYM]
Fashion Video Archive [NYM]
There are several people we'd expect to give Vera Wang a standing ovation, but Project Runway season-three winner Jeffrey Sebelia is not one of them. And yet he was the first person on his feet at the end of Wang's show this afternoon.
In the Tuesday installment of her Fashion Week diary — coming soon: Wednesday! — socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa hobnobs with Japanese magazines, Trip Gabriel, Carlos Mota, and the ever-present Derek Blasberg.9:30 a.m. Met with my makeup artist Alexa at my home. She does her thing, and then at 11 a.m. I ran to the J.Mendel showroom to pick out a look for the show on Thursday. The Japanese magazine Glamorous came along to shoot me for their fashion story.
Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa is filing regular reports on her Fashion Week experiences. We present her diary of Monday's Fab life.9 a.m. I was on an important phone call at work and watching the clock tick-tocking towards 10 a.m. I realized I was going to miss the Carolina Herrera show! Boo-hoo for Fab.
Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa will file daily reports on her experience of the front rows, backstages, showrooms, and Champagne lounges of Fashion Week.
11:30 a.m. I went to the BCBG/Max Azria showroom to pick out cute outfits to wear to the shows. Lubov Azria, BCBG’s creative director, was so wonderful she gave me a sneak preview of the runway looks. It was exciting to get the inside scoop. What an honor!
In a world already filled with unaffordable, covetous objects, it makes perfect sense that Mercedes-Benz sponsors Fashion Week. As last night's kickoff party at the Box the latest in Serge Becker's Chrystie Street nightlife empire showed, we can expect many an outsize sports car to be blocking our sidewalks and crushing our self-esteem these next seven days.