Fashion Week will always be hectic. But some designers gave editors a break from having to frantically crane their necks just to catch a model soaring down the runway. They offered up static presentations where you could — gasp! — actually see the clothes.
We were loitering outside Calvin Klein, doing our usual “are we in the right line?” dance along with everyone else, when things got a little exciting. Anna Wintour stopped and looked right at us. And gestured!
We’ve been spotting Vincent Gallo all over the place — that is, when we can see past the facial hair — and our curiosity finally got the better of us. Why has he been going to so many shows? Does he really know anything about fashion? Would he even deign to talk to us?
The boys over on our pop-culture-obsessed sibling site Vulture dipped one toe in our fashionable world and came out with an interview with chicken-loving rocker Alice Cooper, who was at last night's John Varvatos show.
Considering we're such die-hard Beverly Hills, 90210 lovers, it was almost too perfect that the marquee guest at Betsey Johnson's prom-themed fashion show was none other than Tori Spelling herself, (in)famous for the time her alter-ego Donna Martin almost didn't graduate because she got drunk on champers at prom.
We know what the retailers are loving. And we know what the critics are digging. But what are Fashion Week's unsung heroes — those buzzy fashion bloggers, whose blood, sweat, and tears are flecked across your monitor — going for?
Last season's LWD has given way to the ever-so-important cocktail dress. Yes, spring is all about dressing up for drinks, dahling — appropriately, the runways were full of cute little numbers that would fit nearly every occasion.
We finally escaped from the endless tyranny of Demi Moore and Sophia Bush and enjoyed some fresh faces at the Monique Lhuillier show: singer LeAnn Rimes and starlet Michelle Trachtenberg, each of whom was wearing the designer's clothing — and a lot of foundation for the benefit of the cameras. That said, it's refreshing to see child stars who have not grown up to be tremendous skanks, and we are grateful to them for all of their panty-wearing, complexion-saving good behavior.
Throughout the week, the buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will tell us which runway looks they plan on stocking. Today, Henri Bendel VP, fashion director Ann Watson reveals her current faves: sexy sophistication from Nili Lotan, menswear cuts from Anna Sui, and Peter Som's reworked American classics.
We're on Fashion Week's last lap, and the reviews are still rolling in: Michael Kors's latest collection receives major kudos and Derek Lam reminds us why he's the industry darling. But why did Phillip Lim draw such a mixed reaction? And could DVF do better?
Day six of our model watch and we're just begging for someone to fall. Not one trip? No buckling ankles? Alas, we'll just have to stick to who opened and closed the shows. There's a cheeky case to be made for Marc Jacobs as Monday's top model, since he sort of opened his own show last night. But we can't overlook Agyness Deyn: Not only did she open and close Anna Sui, she also closed Oscar de la Renta.
For the second season in a row, John Varvatos debuted his new collection at the very top of 7 World Trade Center, which boasts a spectacular view of Manhattan and a moving perspective on ground zero. Many of the guests were unable to keep up the usual routine of schmoozing with their fellow fashionistas, instead wandering over to the floor-to-ceiling windows to take a look.
1.Oscar de la Renta knows his customer. Today's show was local (held on the Upper East Side) and age appropriate. Loved the cream, sleeveless top with a navy pencil skirt and feathered hat. Very Chic.
2.The punk rock hair at Anna Sui was a hit, as was a purple cardigan worn over pewter ruffled shorts that looked like a skirt.
What do you do when a cheap, mass-market company knocks off your designs? Well, first you sue the crap out of them. Then, while you wait to collect your hard-earned winnings, you make up a T-shirt and give it away at your fashion show. Not just any old shirt, mind you, but one emblazoned with the devious mugs of your nemesis, Old West style. That’s what Anna Sui did in retaliation to Don and Jin Chang, owners of Forever 21, who allegedly ripped off her clothes. The bounty: $21,000. And judging by the number of designs the Changs have allegedly stolen from, oh, everyone, someone’s bound to score that cash soon enough.
The Marc Jacobs show was scheduled for nine o'clock, which most of the invitees took to mean that around nine, you might want to think about finishing dinner and heading over to Lex. But instead, at nine o'clock, KCD publicists started working the phones: The show would be even later than usual, don't bother turning up before 10:30. It would start at eleven was the promise, which wound up meaning that lots of people turned up drunk.