New York Fashion Week is THE fashion week in America, and I was lucky enough to work and attend for the third season in a row. I work every show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center and am fortunate enough to view most of those shows. In recent seasons it has become more of a spectacle than it has been in the past. You will no be walking around and notice the absurd amounts of street style bloggers and photographers wanting to snap your photo and along with them: the street style stars. More on that topic later.
Anyway, here are a few from my busy week to prove that I was there. I have more, but they’re really unnecessary to post.
Love her or hate her, Harper’s Bazaar‘s September issue has a hilarious editorial featuring the stylist on her catchphrase with designers murdering Zoe. When I first saw this set of images I immediately wanted to post them. Then I waited and now I’m watching “The Rachel Zoe Project”. Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, your true colors are shining through, as Cyndi Lauper once sang. Your viewers lit-rally understand that you are certainly angry and have your frustrations towards Tay, but is there any reason to tarnish her reputation, one ill-sewn sequin at a time? While Taylor seemed to be a bit overly stressed and mega-bitch, she did her job very well and we have nothing to fill the void that she left with her absence. Sure, we like die for Bradley, love him, but it’s not the same. Your show needs to focus less on your “down with Tay” regime and more of the space cadet Zoe that we all have come to love that treats her position and career as if she were working on the Manhattan Project or that styling is the equivalent of fighting world hunger. Then again, she still fills me with jealousy.
Featuring: Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Francisco Costa, Brian Atwood
Photographer: Douglas Friedman
The CFDA Awards have come and gone once more. Some fabulous people were in attendance. SJP rocked a flow-y McQueen gown, Rachel Zoe in a shimmery, deep blue number, while Carmen Kass showed up in a gown with a deep back that clearly stated to me that girlfriend needs a burger and FAST. While I’ll continue why she’s even a relevant model, we’ll move on to the awards.
The Winners of the 2010 CFDA Awards:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs – Marc continues to impress and is wonderful. Is there anything to hate about his clothes?
Menswear Designer of the Year: Rag & Bone
Accessories Designer of the Year: Alexis Bittar
Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year: Jason Wu
Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year: Richard Chai
Swarovski Accessories Designer of the Year: Alexander Wang
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Kors
International Award: Christopher Bailey – Gotta’ love Burberry.
Eugenia Sheppard Award: Kim Hastreiter
Fashion Icon Award: Iman Eleanor
Lambert Award: Tonne Goodman
CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award: Alexander McQueen – Apparently the tribute began with SJP and then there was a runway of the latest collection. Long live McQueen.
The Costume Institute’s annual gala at the Met is known for over the top fashion that tops any other fashion event. Models, the fashion industry, designers, and celebrities alike show up wearing the best gowns and get-ups, generally in theme of the event. Last year we had The Model as Muse and it was fantastic from Madonna’s Louis Vuitton bunny ears to co-chair Kate Moss in a fabulous Marc Jacobs complete with turban. Rachel Zoe couldn’t say it any better: I die.
This year, the gala underwhelmed and brought in a lot of whorish makeup and wackadoo getups. The “(insert designer) for Gap” was absolutely ridiculous and I was expecting more on that red carpet. Some of the favorites such as the Olsen’s, Kate Moss, and a certain Lady Gaga (we’ll get to the performance outfite later), who performed at the gala, were M.I.A.
I had to search around and finally settled on pictures from Style.com. I wanted to see what my models were sporting and they actually looked better than most celebrities, go figure. My choices are obvious and some a bit unconventional maybe. I didn’t just choose based on a pretty dress, but by not being safe, confidence, personality and much more. Well, here’s to my favorites in no particular order:
Karlie Kloss – Donna Karan
How lovely does little Karlie look? She is wearing this purple Donna Karan and completely owning it. I love her and want her on the red carpet more often. What a cute, pretty girl.
Chloë Sevigny – Proenza Schouler
Okay, this might seem for an odd choice, but I really love her Proenza. It’s completely Chloë in every way. While she could have given more at this event, I love this choice and the colors. Ah! way to go, Chloë!
Anne Hathaway – Valentino
I’m trying to figure out why her hair is as such. Last year she had a whore-ish, voluminous look and now it seems she is trying to counteract that. I suppose I can get over it because she went all fairy princess and looks sexy as well. This is the sort of thing Taylor Swift would have worn, but alas it would have been just as predictable on her as what she wore at the event. Boring, T-Swift, boring. Here, I think Anne almost gets best dressed of the night. So lovely.
Chanel Iman – Michael Kors
Now I might be crazy, but at least this is how you would do a jumpsuit, if one ever had to wear one, which I hope one would not. She actually looks completely fabulous and rocks it, so what do I care? Hey Tina, this is how you do it.
Anna Wintour/daughter Bee Shaffer – Chanel Haute Couture/Balenciaga
I chose to put them together because I feel they look best together. Anna is always divine while her daughter is sexy in Balenciaga. Love.
Tom Ford – Tom Ford
Who else looks better in a suit than Tom Ford?! He is so damn sexy I would consider taking a bite to taste this man. The real thing at question here is: Who looks good in a pink suit jacket? I think we have our answer ladies and gentlemen.
Jessica Stam – Rachel Roy
I just really liked this and maybe it’s because I adore Stam. What can I say? Girlfriend looks sexy.
Kate Bossworth – Valentino Haute Couture
This is a very interesting gown and I love her choices throughout the years. I love that she’s never exactly safe and takes those risks. Now only if we could find an acting career somewhere here…
Coco Rocha – Zac Posen
This dress is definitely over the top. I hated the swabs of fabric training behind her, but I saw multiple views and she knew how to carry that thing indeed.
Lily Donaldson – Marc Jacobs
One word: Sex.
Sarah Jessica Parker – Halston Heritage
Take away the Carrie head blossom and we have a winner. Ding-ding-ding!
Naomi Watts – Stella McCartney
How awesome is this. I don’t even know why I adore this. She’s looks gorgeous in this color and I’m glad she chose something interesting and fun.
Jennifer Lopez – Zuhair Murad
Can’t say she never takes risks. While she’s not my favorite, she definitely hit it on point last night.
Oprah Winfrey – Oscar de la Renta
I initially thought of this as a big, poufy mess. I got over it and noticed she werked this number and I’m glad she didn’t go her normal route of gowns. Get it, girl!
There are many themes that have stood out to me for Fall 2010 RTW. My favorite is the romanticism that young designer Jason Wu presented. For being just under 30, the amount of creativity this man possesses fascinates and enraptures my senses. Young designers such as him brings a fresh approach to the fashion industry.
Okay, maybe androgyny has been done before. Sure, YSL did pioneer pants for women, but it’s something that Jason Wu has put in his own vision for us all, and has crafted these pieces so extremely well. The cigarette burn print on one dress was odd, yet so beautiful at the same time. He has designed such intricate pieces that are interesting and allows the admirer to find new and more striking details with each and every glance.