Friday, February 27, 2009

A F/W '09 Fashion Week Summary: Top Trends

I had such a blast at fashion week this year, and can't wait to go back again!
I suppose I should cover my feelings on the top trends first (meaning what you can buy now and still be able to wear six months from now!)
Sequins and crystals are still everywhere, doesn't it feel like they've been in for 2-3 years now? I know I loved them, then got sick of them and now am possibly hearting them again. I saw them mostly on cocktail frocks, but Doo.Ri had some amazing tights that seriously stole the show! Colors were all over the place, from basic black, to the gold at 3.1 Philip Lim to rainbow at Alice + Olivia.
I definitely saw lots of sheer, so invest in some basic camis now! I've always found this to be a difficult trend for me to wear, definitely not for the faint hearted.
I was surprised to see so much flounce for fall, but it goes great with menswear and darker colors - less over the top girly!
Fur and Leather
Sorry PETA, but there were tons of fur and leather items all over the place. If you haven't gotten yourself a boxy (faux) fur coat or (faux) leather motorcycle jacket, you should invest now while they're on sale! I also saw a good amount of leather pants / leggings, which means I can keep wearing mine, hooray!
Slouchy Pants
In case you thought you could wait out harem / drop crotch / pajama pants trend, I have some bad news for you. Looks like this trend will continue on for '09 with strong showings at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Doo.Ri, ADAM and more! I think it's easiest to wear when it tapers a little past the knee and over the same color tights.

Tibi F/W '09

Tibi was the last show I went to before I had to leave, and I'm so glad I caught it! I think the collection was also Russian-inspired, like Pamella Roland, but had a slightly more folksy, Black Forest feel. I pretty much died over the furry mittens (Tibi for Adrienne Landau), and there was a yellow dress with black beading that was quite lust-worthy! There were also jabot (ruffle) front coats that I adored, I must save up to buy that pink one!


The inspiration for CHOCHENG's collection was "The Little Prince." So I loved the starry lights before and the show started! I feel like it had a strong start of menswear (boyswear?) inspired pieces in upbeat, but still fall-appropriate, colors. But then tragedy struck in the form of evening wear... The uninspired dresses were ill-fitted to the models, especially the bust area, and all I could focus on was the how uncomfortable they all looked.

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Pamella Roland F/W '09

One of my favorite parts of fashion week is when you randomly decide to try and get into a show and you do! And thank goodness I did, because I finally got my first and only Nigel Barker sighting of the week! Last season he was everywhere, why's he so busy now? Next to him was Paris and Nikki Hilton, who texted through half the show. Hello.... rude!
Nigel, Paris & NikkiFunny story: I had gotten into the show late so I went up to a girl and asked if the seat next to her was taken. She looked up and it was Kristen Bell!!! The PR girl nearby responded "Yes" for her, but I still got to sit in the front row :P
The show itself was Russian-inspired, particularly by Fabergé and the Reussian Master Goldsmiths. Think fur, silk velvet, degrade beadings, clean lines, python skin and of course her signature silk chiffon. Prominent colors included jewel tones (heart!) and metallics. Anyway, here's some of the pics, they look much darker on this computer so I'm going through and lightening them up a bit so you can see more detail.

William Rast F/W '09

For their first time showing in the tents, William Rast certainly had a star-studded event! Wearing one of the pieces to be shown, Jessica Biel was near mobbed, and I also spotted Paris & Nikki, Miss Jay and two people from "Ugly Betty" - Becki Newton who plays Amanda and Mark Indelicato who plays Justin.I just wish the clothes lived up to the hype of the event. There was a lot of weird Western fringe, which totally destroyed otherwise rocker looks, pale denim, and out of place looking embroidery appliques. I did like the hardware, though sometimes it felt like grommet and stud overkill. I also liked the colored blocked jeans that were black in the front and blue in the back - very remaniscent of Karl Largerfeld's two-toned tights! And at the end JT took a stroll down the catwalk with the other designers that no one cared about. I just wish the idiot in front of me took off his red baseball cap and reflective white puffy coat!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thuy F/W '09

The Thuy's runway show featured a lot of pieces I felt would work well for stylish office wear. Lots of shiny silk dresses (often paired with skinny belts), pencil skirts and long coats. I enjoyed the splashes of color in the cheerful bright yellows dresses, but I'm not sure how I feel about the fabric that mixed muted yellow, purples and blues. My favorite were the hats worn cocked to one side and low over the eyes made by Heather Huey for Thuy.

Unfortunatly the DJ for the show will mostly likely be looking for a new job as the music kept skipping around awkwardly and worst of all cut out completely several times to awkward moments of silence. I looked up at the DJ booth to see the poor guy being rigorously scolded whilst holding his head in his hands and shaking it back and forth with resignation.

Jill Stuart F/W '09

Jill Stuart was one of my favorite shows of the week, inspired by iconic women of music such as Francoise Hardy. Very romantic gothic, it was a great mix of leather, velvet and lace, with the typical but still fab girly frocks and plenty of ruffles thrown in. I loved the dandy tail coats and tried to elope with a full swishy skirt with pink underlays.
And Michelle Trachtenberg was there! I've loved her since Buffy, so it made up for Paris and Nikki Hilton being there too. Alas, the insanely bright lights were insanely bright so the pic is a little washed out.Here are some pictures while I try to crop the rest!

Bulgari's Save the Children Ring

2009 is Bulgari's 125th anniversary (holy crap) and they created this special right for $290, of which $60 will go to Save the Children's "Rewrite the Future" campaign. The outside is engraved with the name of Sotirio Bulgari, the company's founder, and the inside has the Save the Children logo.

50% off everything at LnA!

Use the code SALE50 and get anything from LnA at half price. I already picked up three new short sleeves from the sale. Bring on spring!

Pilgram Hat

Pilgram HatI'm super busy this morning, hopefully I will have time to catch up this afternoon! Until then, feel free to debate whether this hat by Karen Walker is cute or not int he comments! You can buy at Gargyle for $95. I vote for CUTE :P

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bluefly 10 Hour Shoe Sale

Bluefly is having a $99.99 shoe sale until midnight tonight! Must resist...

Jen Kao F/W '09

Jen Kao is definitely an up-and-coming designer to watch. The collection was a perfect mix of unique edginess and wearability. An easy, versatile palette of black, navy, and pale grey puts the focus on the details. Sequins are going to continue to be big for fall (we've seen them in many shows). I loved the corset inspired jersey pieces! I also loved the accessories - jewelry by Eddie Borgo for Jen Kao and the boots (suede over the knee and satin) by Tania Spinelli for Jen Kao.

Drawstring Jumpsuit

Drawstring JumpsuitSo many models were wearing jumpsuits just like this when running from show to show to show! Paired with a bright scarf and chunky heels and you have a perfect errand running but still chic look! Buy at La Garconne for $178.

Twinkle by Wenlan F/W '09

I've been a fan of Twinkle by Wenlan for awhile, and I most certainly had a near panic attack when I didn't see them on the schedule for fashion week! Luckily I found out they were still doing an event, just at the Classic Car Club downtown. Interesting venue, and they must have saved some cash because they had champagne, wine, an old time popcorn machine, even a girl on roller skates handing out delicious chocolate!
And I adored the collection! Inspired by Audrey Hepburn (which is never a bad thing), it had cute cropped jackets, oversized chunky knits, great floral and graphic prints and tiny waists. There was this amazing glass necklace paired with a strapless blue frock that I nearly tore off the model's neck right there, but I managed to restrain myself. Can't wait for these pieces to be in stores! Speaking of which, I saw this eyeglasses necklace last season and nearly went bonkers with desire, will someone please buy for me now??

Lela Rose F/W '09

The Lela Rose show was fun, lots of bold graphic prints, color and paillettes (that's a word I learned during the Oscars which pretty much means sequins). I did notice that some of the designs reminded me of other designers' pieces from 2008, particularly a purple tiered dress that looked almost exactly like one made by Vena Cava. I wasn't in the front row and decided I should try to include the shoes (Lela Rose for Payless!) so sorry if the pictures aren't exactly the best!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Toni Maticevski F/W '09

Toni Maticevski was the 2008 winner of Fashion Designer of the Year at the International Design Awards. His collection included hand painted silks, revealing lace tops and lots of sequins and beading. The final pieces in the show were the most interesting featuring fringed and feathered mini dresses and a snake textured dress with shell bodice. Even the model's shoes bore customized feathering and beading!

Spotted in the front row: Solange Knowles (poor girl had a rough time of it at fashion week!), Patricia Field and Carson Kressley.


Don't forget you can vote every 24 hours for me, Alyssa and Kathy! Well, not really for us, but for what we wore to the Dress Up Soirée: IFB NYFW Party!

Vivienne Tam F/W '09

Vivienne Tam's collection was inspired by the Chinese character for nothingness. You can see the character decorating dresses, either as the focus or overlapping to almost create the fabric. The jewel tones were very vibrant - a plus for a fall collection! And amazingly, the pieces are very wearable!

New York Fashion Week: The Music

While at Fashion Week, I heard a lot of great music being played at the shows. Sadly, music credits were no where to be found. Fortunately, has come to my aid with a list of songs from many of the shows. There are some shows missing, I would love to know who did some of the fun re-mixes played prior to the start of the Barbie show, but there is enough here to satisfy many a musical taste.

So, download your favorites, pull out your best outfits, and strut your very own runway in the privacy of your own home! Um...not that I've ever done that.

3.1 Phillip Lim
Live performance by Lissy Trullie
Lissy Trullie, “Money”
Lissy Trullie, “Boy Boy”
Lissy Trullie, “She Said”
Lissy Trullie, “Forget About It”
Lissy Trullie, “Kiss Them for Me” original song by Siouxie and the Banshees

6119 Ilana Sunderland
Simon Baker, “Plastik”
Simian Mobile Disco, “Run”

Andy & Debb
Music by Harley Viera Newton
Can, “I Want More”
Jim Noir, “In the Key of C”
Kings of Leon vs. Lykke Li, “Knocked Up”
My Bloody Valentine, “Drive it All Over Me”
Lush, “For Love”
Altered Images, “Beckoning Strings”

Anna Sui
Darius Milhaud, “Le Boeuf sur le Toit”
Bat for Lashes, “What’s a Girl to Do?”
Rita Mitsouko, “C’est Comme Ca”
Niagara, “Tchiky Boom”
Mathematiques Modern, “Disco Rough”
Stereo Total, “Kusse aus der Holle der Musik”
Bat for Lashes, “What’s a Girl to Do (Plaid remix)”

Badgley Mischka
The Hylozoists, “The Island of the Seven Cities”
Spoon, “The Ghost of You Lingers”
Beirut, “My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille”
The Hylozoists, “If Only Your Heart Was a Major Sixth”

Benhaz Sarafpour
Animal Collective, “My Girls”
The School of the Seven Bells, “Chain”
Animal Collective, “Daily Routine”
Animal Collective, “In the Flowers”

Boy by Band of Outsiders
Mychael Danna, “Flute”
Jon Brion, “Stanley/Frank/Linda’s Breakdown”
Alexandre Desplat, “Prologue”
Georges Pretre, Maria Callas, and Orchestra National de la Radiodiffusion, “Carmen: l’Amour est un oiseau rebelle”
Thomas Newman, “Dirty Money”
Alexandre Desplat, “Little Man Oti”
Mychael Danna, “Bike Kiss Full”
Lyric Quartet, Michael Riesman, and Nick Ingman, “I’m Going to Make a Cake”
Yann Tiersen, “Comptine d’un autre été, l’apres-midi
Jon Brion, “A Little Library Music/Going to a Show”
Mychael Danna, “Elena Shoplifts”
Thomas Newman, “End Title
Lyric Quartet, Michael Riesman, and Nick Ingman, “Escape”
Yann Tiersen, “La valse d”Amélie
Yves Montand, “Rue Staint Vincent”

Carlos Miele
Live performance by Max de Castro

Charlotte Ronson
Music by Samantha Ronson
Peggy Lee, “Why Don’ t You Do Right”
Duke Ellington, “Take the A Train”
Benny Goodman, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
Glen Miller, “In the Mood”
The Andrews Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
Puppini Sisters, “Heart of Glass”
Duke Ellington, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)”

Chris Benz
Faunts, “It Hurts Me All the Time”
Caribou, “Melody Day”
M83, “Graveyard Girl”
David Katz, “Bird Song”
Serena Maneesh, “Drain Cosmetics”

Costello Tagliapietra
Alan Vega, “Wipeout Beat”
Health, “Crimewave”
Royksopp, “What Else Is There (Trentmoller Remix)”
Crystal Castles vs. Health, “Crimewave”
Sigue Sigue Sputnik, “Atari Baby”
CFCF, “Triceratops (Health)”

Cushnie et Ochs
He Say, She Say, “Crash Dummies”
Telepathe, “Devil’s Trident”
Little Boots vs. Opus 3, “Stuck on Repeat/It’s a Fine Day (Richard x Blend)”

Robbie Williams, “Beyond the Sea
Beegie Adair, “Night and Day”
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, “Bouncin’ the Blues”
Ella Fitzgerald, “Night and Day”
Puttin’ On the Ritz, “Masters of Harmony”
Starsound Orchestra, “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)”
Dinah Washington, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby (Rae and Christian Remix)”
Jimmy Smith, “Stay Loose (Lyrics Born Remix)”
New Broadway Cast, “Big Spender”
Britney Spears, “Womanizer”
Shirley Bassey, “Big Spender (Wild Oscar Mix)”
Visti and Meyland, “All Night (Yes Ma’am)”
Dee Lite, “Groove is in the Heart”
Der Dritte Raum, “Swing Bop (Side A)”
Pet Shop Boys, “Being Boring”
Anthony Weigh, Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman, “The Show Must Go On”
Grace Jones, “Tomorrow”

E. Y. Wada
White Lies, “Death”
Simple Minds, “Promised You a Miracle”
Lilys, “The Perception Room”
White Lies, “Unfinished Business”

Gabriella Cilmi, “Sweet About Me”
The Tings Tings, “We Walk”
Mystery Jets, “Two Doors Down”
Nina Simone, “Little Girl Blue (Postal Service Remix)”
Sam Sparro, ” Black and Gold”
Sam Sparro, “21st Century Life”
Brazilian Girls, ” Good Time”
Calvin Harris, “Colours”
Yelle, A Cause Des Garcons”
The Ting Tings, “That’s Not My Name”
Calvin Harris, “Merrymaking At My Place”
Brazilian Girls, “Losing Myself”
Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop (Disco Tech Remix)”
Ladyhawke, “Paris Is Burning”
Deee-Lite, “Groove Is In The Heart (Tocadisco Remix)”
Sarah Vaughan, “Fever (Adam Freeland Remix)”
Timmy Vegas and Bad Lay-Dee, “Another Dimension”
Robyn, “Crash And Burn Girl”
Lady GaGa, “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich”
The Fire and Reason, “Sugar Koma”
Lady GaGa, “The Fame”
The Fire and Reason, “NME”
Lady GaGa, “Money Honey”
Robin Thicke featuring Mary J. Blige, “Magic (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”
Blossom Dearie, “Just One Of Those Things (Brazilian Girls Remix)”
Franz Ferdinand, “Do You Want To”
Lady GaGa, “Poker Face”
The Fire and Reason, “Her Evil”
The Fire and Reason, “It Starts With One”
Empire of the Sun, “Walking On A Dream”
Madonna, “Holiday”

Jillian Lewis
Music by Jorge Elbrecht
OMD, “The New Stone Age”
Radiohead, “Weird Fishes”
Cocteau Twins, “Cico Buff”
Future Bible Heroes, “Hopeless”
Kitchens of Distinction, “Railwayed”
Minny Pops, “Black Eye”
My Bloody Valentine, “Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)”
Deerhunter, “Nothing Ever Happened”

Karen Walker
The Go-Betweens, “Karen”
The Beatles, “Helter Skelter”
Marc by Marc Jacobs
JJ Fad, “You’re Goin Down”
Princess MC, “Pump Up the Funk”
Tanya Winley, “Vicious Rap”
Sweet Tee, “I Got Da Feelin’”
Two Sisters, “B-Boys Beware”
Queen Latifah, “Ladies First”
She Rockers, “Give it First”
Roxanne Shanté, “Bite This”
Sequence, “Simon Says”

The Bird and the Bee, “Love letter to Japan”
Les Vedettes, “New York City”
Franz Ferdinand, “No You Girl”
The Jellies, “Jive Baby On A Saturday Night”
Mr. Oizo, “Two Takes It”
Les Vedettes, “MDMA”

Miss Sixty
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, “Cherry Bomb”
The Kills, “Night Train”
Crazy Girl, “Lusty Lady”
Pravda, “1-2-3-4 Rock and Roll”
Ladyhawke, “My Delirium”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”
Ladyhawke, “Paris is Burning (Peaches Remix)”
Chicks on Speed, “We Don’t Play Guitars”

Rag & Bone
Soundtrack curated by Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Squarepusher, “Freeman, Hardy, and Willis Acid”
Modeselektor, “Dark Side of the Sun”
Björk, “The Dull Flame of Desire”
Charles Mingus, “II B.S.”

Shipley & Halmos
Radiohead as arranged by Shipley & Halmos
Radiohead, “Where I End and You Begin (The Sky Is Falling In)”
Radiohead, “Idioteque”
Radiohead, “Packt Like Sardines In a Crushed Tin Box”
Thom Yorke, “And It Rained All Night”
Radiohead, “I Am Citizen Insane (Remix)”
Radiohead, “I Might Be Wrong”
Radiohead, “Bodysnatchers”
Radiohead, “Reckoner”
Radiohead, “Myxomatosis”
Radiohead, “Morning Bell (Remix)”
Radiohead, “Weird Fishes”
Thom Yorke, “Harrowdown Hill”
Radiohead, “National Anthem”
Radiohead, “15 Steps”

DJ Morgan Collett
Radiohead, “Kid A”
Joy Division, “She’s Lost Control”
John Frusciante, “Murderers”
Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”
Interpol, “Obstacle 1”
Radiohead, “Idioteque”
New Order, “Ceremony”

Temperley London
Kings of Leon, “Molly’s Chambers”
The Whip, “Blackout”
Gorillaz, “Man Research”
DJ Bootsie, “Across the Opium Den”
Parov Stelar, “Chambermaid Swing”
Massive Attack, “Angel”

Morganistic, “In The Shadow”
Single Cell Orchestra, “The Way”
Paul Kalkbrenner, “Gebrunn Gebrunn”

TenderWild Cabinclub (entire album)
Performed by Kria Brekkan

The Gossip, “Carless Whispers”
Nous Non Plus, “Claque Claque!”
The BPA, “Jumps the Fence”

Tony Cohen
Music by Misshapes
Beck, “Profanity Prayers”
Virgins, “One Week Of Danger”
Midnight Juggernauts, “Ending Of An Era”
Beck, “Modern Guilt”
Beck, “Gamma Ray”

Andrew Bird, “Darkmatter”
Noir Desir, “Le Vent Nous Portera”
The Rosebuds, “Shake Our Tree”
Plastic Betrand, “Ca Plane Pour Moi”
50 Cent, “Ayo Technology”
Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Vena Cava
Andreas Vollenweider, “Caverna Magica”
Amorphous Androgynous, “Mountain Goat”
Brian Eno, “Golden Hours”
Throbbing Gristle, “20 Jazz Funk Greats”
Der Zyklus, “Quasar”
Cocteau Twins, “Beatrix”
Kate Bush, “The Dreaming”
Gang Gang Dance, “Bebey”
Andy Summers and Robert Fripp, “Bewitched”
Etienne Daho, “Arnold Layne”
A Mountain of One, “Can’t Be Serious”
Eloy, “Horizons”
Oppenheimer Analysis, “Radiance”
Holger Hiller, “Das Feuer (Pilooski Edit)”
Cerrone, “Supernature”
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, “Black Spring”
Tangerine Dream, “Thru Metamorphic Rock”
Jean-Michel Jarre, “Oxygene Part 3”
Vangelis, “Heaven and Hell, Part 1”
Claire Hamill, “Sleep”

Jacqueline Taieb, “7 Heures Du Matin”
Frank Alamo, “Heureux Tous Les Deux”
Bridget Bardot, “Contact”
Bertrand Burgalat, “Demolition Derby”

Various selections from Charlie Lewis’s WFMU Marathon Premium “Count Me In!”
Blossom Dearie, “Figure Eight”

Erin Fetherston F/W '09

Erin Fetherston does not disappoint - she showed that you can wear girly, frothy creations even in the winter. Lots of tulle, sheer silk, point d'esprit, and sequins and crystals in a collection that centered around a palette of black, white, cranberry, and a very pretty lavender magnolia print. Check out the fun hats by Bernstock Speirs and the sparkly masks by Hedi Ferjani! By far one of my favorite shows!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Verrier F/W '09

Verrier provided the best moment of my life, as Tim Gunn WAVED AT ME. Right after I took this picture, I wish I had caught him mid-hi. But life is good, I can seriously die happy now.Tim, you are the wind beneath my wings!
Anyhoo, I didn't sit front row so I'm trying to crop heads out of the pics now, hopefully pics will be up soon!
Yay, managed to get these done! This collection was inspired by the 1964 film "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," and its star Catherine Deneuve. It definitely had a French girlishness about it, ruffles, high-waisted skirts crystal embellishments. I definitely enjoyed!

Links à la Mode: February 23

Links by some of the fabu fashion bloggers out there:

PS I'm bringing "fabu" back... WORK IT

Alice + Olivia F/W '09

I didn't have much time for the Alice + Oliva presentation, designed by Stacey Bendet, since I had to run to Terexov within 10 minutes, so I pretty much blazed in, snapped snapped snapped, drained a glass of champagne ;) and then bolted to the tents!

The inspiration of the collection was what the It Girl would wear in LA, NY, or Paris. There were lots of distressed leathers, embellished tees and a mix of punk, preppy and West Coast casual. I really loved the black cocktail frock with the ripped bodice, showing a blaze of pink underneath!

There were only a few models, the rest of the clothes were on golf ball head mannequins (hee) or pictures on the wall. So here are some pictures of pictures :P

Pillow Ring

Pilo PiloFor all the student readers of my site, this is the perfect ring for you! Not that I advocate sleeping in class, but sometimes we could all use a little catch up ZZZ time. Instead of giving your cheekbone knuckle imprints, rest your face on a pillow ring, I'm seriously considering buying five for extra comfort! Ranging from $28 to $38, the Pilo-Pilo, as it's called, comes in a variety of fabrics and patterns.

Tuleh F/W '09

Since my camera hates me I give up and am posting shows out of order (why am I so anal about that anyway??).
Tuleh did one of my favorite shows last season, so I was happy to attend their off-site show this time and miss Erin Fetherston (Kathy attended and will get up a review soon!). The collection had all the typical charm of the line, with unusual fabric and pattern pairings. But there was a menswear touch that seemed to clean up the collection and add a new dimension. I was surprised at how much I liked the floral long dresses, finally a casual long dress that's not empire waisted! And the navy column dress with the floral ruching in the front was tres gorge! A line of rugs by the designer was also debuted, incredibly beautiful works or art that I wish I could afford! I was half tempted to roll one up and try to sneak out with it! Plus we saw Kelly Rutherford there (she's very pregnant) and Bill Cunningham took a picture of me and complimented my hat!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tweeting the Oscar Red Carpet

Want to hear a fashion blogger's take on the red carpet? Follow my Twitter account!

Here are my two three favorite dresses:
Heidi Klum in RM by Roland Mouret
Miley Cyrus in... Zuhair Murad? said Elie Saab, I just don't know!
Forgot about Marisa Tomei in Versace!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Chrisitian Siriano for Payless

Here's a look at the shoes Christian Siriano designed for Payless! They'll cost about $25 to $45 when they hit stores in the fall, but extreme shoes are in this season, and I doubt anyone can handle two season in a row of that... except maybe Victoria Beckham! They remind me of Rodarte's shoes for Fall '08 too.

The Dress Up Soirée: IFB NYFW Party!

So the Dress Up Soirée for independent fashion bloggers was the best night I had during fashion week! I got to finally meet some of the fabulous fashion bloggers I've made friends with over the past year, like Jordana from Clutch 22 and Wendy Brandes! But most importantly, there is a contest and I must win something! So without further ado:VyqueHere's me! You should totally vote for my outfit, which consisted of a dress by BCBG, a vintage cocktail hat from eBay, a slouchy blazer by Marc by Marc Jacobs, and my pair of misplaced heels by Marc Jacobs!
AlyssaYou should also vote for Alyssa, who went to fashion week for the first time! Giving everyone hope that you don't have to spend zillions of dollars to look good, she's wearing a dress by from Espirit and a belt from Forever 21.
KathyLastly, here is Kathy! She's wearing a dress by Thakoon, and gloves by Chanel!
Vote for all of us, just click the plus button on the bottom right corner under each pic :) Thanks to Dustin Fenstermacher who took these beautiful shots!
Here are more pictures of my outfit (which had a beautiful hem you MUST see), plus one from Digital Moda:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

This Day Arise African Fashion Collective F/W '09

The This Day Arise African Fashion Collective show featured four African fashion designers. The first up was Xuly Bet. The show began with a somewhat creepy music video by Grace Jones. He had a lot of basic black highlighted by flashes of red and gigantic bags as well as some futuristic latexy pieces. I liked the casual, plaid suits. Tyson Beckford walked the runway with Alex Wek who wore a giant Africa chain, and none other than Grace Jones herself walked out to a standing ovation!

Next up was Tiffany Amber. This collection featured a lot of silk slips and linen coats embellished with more traditional African fabrics and bead work. Although there was a nice use of color, the styling was a little to basic to really blow me away with the exception of the beautiful trench worn by Chanel Iman below.

Third to show was Stoned Cherrie (great name!). This collection featured a lot of bright colors and light, airy fabrics. I particularly liked the Jacquard swing coat shown below.

The final designer was Momo. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled with this collection. The parade of color came to an end here, and all the pieces looked very similar. The only real differentiation was the occasional animal print. However, I absolutely adored the hats each model wore. It was not specified whether they were made by Momo, so I assume they were, regardless, I must have one!

Chanel Iman photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Nordstrom Feb 19 Sale Items

To make up for my sporadic postings during the hectic fashion week, here are some lovely items on sale at Nordstrom for you!
Sequin Dress
Sequins are still all over the runways, so invest in this Haute Hippe sequin dress, originally $625 but now $375.
Satin Rose Belt
This rose belt in purple or black is a great buy for spring, only $32!
Gray Leather Jacket
This gray leather jacket was unaffordable at $558, but a 60% off steal at $223!
lace leggings
Lace details are still quite chic, but you can save some cash with these Kova & T lace leggings now on sale for $69.

Add a touch of glamour to an outfit with this faux fur stole, once $128 but now $64.

Opening Ceremony Online!

SQUEEE! I was not aware that Opening Ceremony was finally creating an online boutique, and I'm tres exciting to peruse what's available! They have brands like OPening Ceremony (of course!), Alexander Wang, G.V.G.V, BOY by Band of Outsiders, Cauliflower and Tsumori Chisato on their site and I get the feeling my budget is about to take a hit :O I hope there's even more available soon! vs NY Observer

I recently read an article in the NY Observer about bloggers and fashion week, where was mentioned for planning a crash of the Christian Siriano show. The paper said, "The Since sponsor IMG hasn’t invited him to attend, he’s just going to barrel his way in, with a crew of crony bloggers in tow."
I was slightly annoyed at the idea of this blogger giving the rest of us a bad name, but I'm sure glad I didn't say anything now that more truth has come to light! FashioIndie writer Daniel Saynt has responded with a libel lawsuit and the following comments:

The Observer took this editorial piece and made it seem as if it was going to be a crazed media stunt to garner "cheap traffic" for our website by crashing Christian Siriano's show. Without any confirmation or outreach to myself or my organization, they printed a libelous story that makes our company seem juvenile and unprofessional.

We are registered members of the press and have every credential necessary for entrance into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. We also have established relationships with the public relations firms of hundreds of designers and have never had to "barrel" our way into any fashion event. Their representation of, our writers, and myself as anarchists set to unhinge the fashion world with our careless behavior was completely irresponsible and this type of defamation of character has already begun to affect our relationship with an industry we love and respect.
I WOULD say that a lawsuit is still too much, but the Observer article resulted in the cancellation of Fashion Indie Week (a seasonal series of events and editorial coverage focused around emerging designers during New York Fashion Week that I was planning to attend!) and well as rejections from many shows they had previously been confirmed for. They even lost their biggest advertiser over this. In the end, I guess it's not really other bloggers who give us a bad name, but the jealous, old mediums like print that are SO 20th Century, ha.

Long Black Halter Vest

Long Black Halter VestI love the look of this minimal halter vest by Robert Rodriguez, perfect for jazzing up a simple top and jeans! I love the cut away front and totally open back, it's almost more like a necklace than vest! Buy at eLuxury for $253.

Monarchy Collection F/W '09

I believe this was the first year Monarchy Collection showed at the tents for fashion week, and the first mens AND womens show I went to. I saw a good amount of celebrities, like Miss Jay, a guy from "Entourage," and Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" movie.
The designer, Eric Kim, is West Coast, so I expected lots of casual, LAstyle clothing with some urban flavor - boy, oh boy was I surprised! Instead I got a very English countryside-inspired collection, with lots of equestrian pieces, tartan plaids and hats with poof balls. Not a lot of color (alas!) but I noticed plenty of leather jackets, trenches, and some absolutely famous cowl jersey dresses. If you're curious, the women's hats were done by Dutch company Muehlbaer and the men's by Victor Osbourne.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Barbie Runway Show

OMG, could the Barbie Runway show have BEEN any more fabulous? So much fun, and everyone got their very own special Barbie that I will treasure forever (or sell on eBay depending on the state of my credit card!).
Me at the Barbie Runway ShowNew Barbies make me happy!
I can try to list the zillion designers who participated, everyone from Alexander Wang to Twinkle to Anna Sui to Bob Mackie, to Calvin Klein to Donna Karen, Derek Lam, Lyn Devon, Vena Cava, the list goes on and on! I will try to label each pic with the right designer, which means it may take more time to get the pics up, I hope you can forgive me!
A Plastic Tan Never FadesThe show was split into 3 parts, Barbie's past, present and future. The music was loud and fun, songs like "My Boyfriend's Back" and Aqua's "Barbie Girl" thudded through the sound system. But didn't Mattel sue Aqua when that song came out? Whatever, SO MUCH FUN.
Some pics, sorry Miss Jay's head is in the way of some:

ADAM F/W '09

I got to sit in the front row at ADAM, so once I get my pictures up you will be in for a treat. Shapes were slouchy, and there was some interesting Asian embroidery. Apparently the collection was inspired by Samurai uniforms and kimonos. There was also some strange looking honeycomb detailing that kinda freaked me out. There was a lot of menswear-inspired pieces and sheer details too. And Jennifer Love Hewitt was there, she looks so good!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Venexiana F/W '09

Whew, Fashion Week is way more exhausting than I ever thought it would be. At the end of the day all I want to do is collapse into bed, but Miss Fasshonaburu herself will not relent until I get a least one show up for you readers! The Venexiana show clothing was by the far the most glitzy and over the top I've seen so far, but the clothes were beautiful. Lots of sequins and beads, flowy silk, and shiny metallics. Also quite a bit of fur (which I'm not a big fan of, but I suppose that makes me somewhat of a hyprocrite as I love my leather clothing). This is one designer that definitely did not tone down her line in deference to the ecomony! As she showed over 60 pieces (!!!) more pics will be added later. All pics now uploaded!

Spotted in the front row: Leanne, winner of the last Project Runway.

Andy & Debb F/W '09

Andy & Debb was one of my favorite shows so far! There was plenty of color, which I'm always looking for during the F/W shows, and some great details: ruffles and twirly trims really caught my eye! Waists were cinched were adorable bow belts and there were some pieces with beautiful butterfly / flower oragami folds in the front! I particularlly loved a drapey mint green dress paired with a cropped vest. Hopefully I will have time to upload my pictures tonight. Also, gift bags included cool skin product by Amore Pacific, so excited about the enzyme peel!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Haute Hippie F/W '09

Haute Hippie had a cool presentation in a penthouse overlooking Bryant Park. The had models, but the walls were also lined with racks of their clothing. I'm not hugely into the boho style, but I like their tres glam approach which feels more "Almost Famous" than "Dazed & Confused." They had great use of sequins and studs, and i am coveting their necklace tees!

Lorick F/W '09

The Lorick show was fun, and I got a great seat right in the front! Here are some pics, before I run off to another show. Hopefully I'll have time to get up the rest of the pics and some commentary up soon...

I loved the retro styling at Lorick, tho I was surprised that there was no Blair or Serena or Little J! Just one of Blair's girls, I don't even remember her character's name. The pieces themselves had great detailing, lots of beautiful tulle and chiffon and unusual colorblocking. There were some shows issues though, one model completely lost hers!

Friday, February 13, 2009

BCBG F/W '09

BCBG Max Azria was a mad house. I hate shows in the big tent, because all my shots end up being from the waist up. Stupid people in front of me obscuring your viewing pleasure! Working on cropping and uploading the pics now!

I wore my Opening Ceremony romper with some bright tights and tall boots, what do you all think?
The collection felt romantic gothic, some great draping going on but a little heavy on the velvets. At points I felt like I was at Medieval Times - NOT a good thing. There were some sparkly leggings being rocked too, tho you can't really see in my pics :(

Charlotte Ronson F/W 09

Charlotte Ronson about to start... will try to update soon! Just saw Samantha and Lindsay hanging out in DJ booth.

Well that was a fun show, I sat right across from Lindsay and got some cool pics. Here's one of my & Alyssa before I attempt to grab food and hit up more events!

And here's Lindsay, wearing one of the tops from the show!

The clothes were interesting, lots of blacks and grays, with some blue thrown in the mix. I loved the stud and zipper detailing found everywhere, including the boots. There were lots of shoulder cutouts as well. There was lots of plaid, of course, and some florals - very girly grunge, typical of Charlotte Ronson!
Yes, I finally fixed my camera near the end, sorry for the blurriness. But what do expect, I'm just a fashion blogger :P