The first person we saw when we walked to Carolina Herrera this morning was the New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, and, wow, was she decked out for Valentine's Day: a big fluffy red fur coat, a red bag, red pants, and red shoes. You have to hand it to a lady who's devoted to a theme.
Everyone else managed not to dive headfirst into the hearts and flowers. First out from backstage was Gabrielle Union, who is seriously making the rounds this Fashion Week, and who looked very springy in a sleeveless yellow shift dress — perhaps a salute to the fact that today's weather is so deliciously mild. In addition to the usual gushing about the designer — Gabrielle loves Herrera because, she said, the clothes she designs reflect her life experience — she shared loads of beauty tips, all of which we scribbled down because, hello, Gabrielle hasn't aged since she was in Bring It On, and that was eleven years ago. (We'll take a break for you to feel old now.) None of them were particularly revolutionary — she's not eating placenta or anything — but if you want to follow the Union Beauty Routine, it does require a gallon of water a day, so we hope your bladder is ready for a workout.
On Gabrielle's left, we spied Elle creative director Joe Zee, who — we learned from his Twitter — has bronchitis, which explained why he wasn't quite as bubbly and energetic as he usually is. Hopefully, he has a Valentine who will bring him the precious gift of Theraflu. On Gabrielle's other side sat no one until the very last moment, when Mad Men's Christina Hendricks came sweeping out, with husband Geoffrey Arend in tow. Although we didn't think Christina's shoes were that flattering — they had a wonky ankle strap that did her leg no favors — her navy blue dress was truly stellar, proving that, yes, those boobs can be appropriately contained. We did notice, however, that this was exactly the same dress and shoe combination that Christina wore to an event in Paris on the ninth. Is it possible that she hasn't been home since Wednesday? Maybe her Valentine's Day gift will be a nap.
Also possibly in need of a nap right now is Carolina Herrera herself. Thanks to the angle of our seats, we could see her standing in the wings backstage, watching the show on monitors and making last-minute adjustments to each model before she walked onto the runway. It was, honestly, fascinating — and while if we were Carolina Herrera, we'd have spent the time stressing out, the woman herself seemed entirely poised and relaxed, even laughing with the rest of her backstage minions throughout the show (indeed, when she came out for her own bow, we noticed one of those men actually jumping up and down with glee, clapping). Surely, there is no better Valentine to one's self than a job well — and happily — done.