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New York Fashion Week Fall 2008

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Max Azria Draws Out Brittany Murphy's Lifetime of Hurt

We may have borne inadvertent witness to a catharsis of sorts for twig-size actress Brittany Murphy. At Monday evening's Max Azria show, we caught sight of Murphy — the first celebrity to wander out from backstage after photographers waited for about 40 minutes — refusing an interview with one gossip-magazine reporter by placing her hand gently on the girl's arm and intoning, "Not for that magazine. Your magazine HURT. MY. LIFE."

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Check Mate

It seems plaid has finally grown out of its angry flannel phase — unlike your hipster boyfriend. This Fashion Week, grunge's mainstay looks relaxed and fluid. Y-3 used the nineties pattern in bright orange and yellow from head to toe, while Peter Som belted his gray and black patterned coat. And Preen used it as an accent to otherwise sleek looks.

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Proenza Schouler's Perfect Vision

There can be a tendency to question the worthiness of anyone young, adorable, and declared a pet by the entire fashion community. Perhaps this is why Jack McCullogh and Lazaro Hernandez, the young and adorable fashion-world darlings behind Proenza Schouler, work so very hard to deliver, season after season, collections that are well considered, beautifully executed, and always, always pushing their very specific vision forward.

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Jennifer Missoni, Sophia Bush Backstage at Catherine Malandrino

New York fashion correspondent Fabiola Beracasa took our cameras backstage at Catherine Malandrino today. At just one show, Fabiola gets her hair done, spies someone wearing her dress (scandalous!), talks politics with Jennifer Missoni, chats with Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill, and learns about the designer's love for the color green. Watch the video to see the mayhem. Backstage: Fabiola Beracasa at Catherine Malandrino [NYM Video]

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Five Things We Liked Over the Weekend

Throughout the week, New York's Harriet Mays Powell and Amy Larocca are hitting the tents, reporting back to us daily with news of what's catching their discerning eyes.

  • 1. Cashmere City! Denis Colomb added Mongolia and Tibet to his travels, and the resulting wraps, sweaters, and scarves are hyperfantastic.

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Betsey Johnson's Errant Shoe Puts Joan Jett in Danger

Usually by this point in Fashion Week, we're so tired that we start hallucinating celebrities everywhere we look. While this would be divine if we were having visions of Matt Damon, instead there was a split second in which we were convinced we saw Kenneth Branagh wandering around aimlessly in a full-length man mink (strike one), and we thought this one short dude at Carolina Herrera was Lucy Liu (strike two, and we're sorry about that gender mix-up, Lucy).

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Oscar Starts on Time; André Leon Talley Forced to STAND!

When we spilled out of our cab two blocks from Oscar de la Renta's show at the Third Church of Christ Science on Monday afternoon, approximately twenty minutes after the time on the invite (and therefore at least ten to fifteen minutes before the show realistically should have started), and spotted two women we recognized as front-row industry types running toward the venue, we knew we were screwed.

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Bubble Yum

The hemline on the miniskirt is changing again. And since they can’t get any shorter (or can they?), they’re getting fuller — this time with a bubble hem. Costello Tagliapietra gathered her hem on a dip-dye skirt; Donna Karan added a briochelike touch to several pattern dresses; and Hervé Léger used the bubble hem to deviate from a collection of second-skin dresses. Feeling bubbly yet?

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Tim Gunn Doesn't Make It Work in This Weather

Listen, we think she seems great and all, but how on earth has Sophia Bush managed to get invited to shows all over town this season? Either she has frighteningly effective people working for her or she's cashing in on one of the several hundred karmic IOUs she earned during those months she had to spend married to the king of the asshats, Chad Michael Murray.

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Angie Harmon Has Her Own Hair Wrangler

For a celebrity at Fashion Week, it doesn't really matter WHY you're there; if the camera catches you with a hair out of place, that's pretty much all anyone will remember. Clever Angie Harmon clearly knows this, as the second she took her seat at Carolina Herrera, a stylist type blocked her face long enough to fluff and arrange her black locks flatteringly around her face.

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