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Adrien and I are in love with the same man

February 23rd, 2010 1 Comment

Fortunately we don’t have to fight over him, or his clothes because we are in agreement that Yigal Azrouel is the hottest thing to hit the tents every New York Fashion Week.  (And he’s straight!)

As promised I went backstage and interviewed the man himself to talk about his latest (and greatest) collection.  You’ll hear his take as well as mine on what he sent down the runway last week.

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February 21st, 2010 4 Comments

Before fashion week, I gave you guidelines on how to dress for Fashion Week.  One of them was that you should have a piece that defines your outfit. These days, that accessory is shoes.  You MUST have killer shoes that will draw attention on the front row (and hopefully they are comfortable).  Well, I was wrong.  You can survive the discerning eye of the world’s most critical fashionistas if you know how to rock the basics. And because I left my fab footwear at the cobbler in Houston, I was put to the test!

Above are the three accessories that got me through eight days of fashion’s most demanding week (in the US).

  • Elizabeth & James suede booties – $595 and worth every penny because they were surprisingly the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn to the tents)
  • Karen Zambos Audrey faux python clutch* for $107! – It held EVERYTHING I needed and a BluePrint juice.
  • Calvin Klein faux heels – From DSW I bought on a whim

There were a couple others that played a more supportive role that should not be forgotten:

  • Chanel classic black tote (Ugh, what a bad picture.  But see how they fade into the background of our ensembles)
  • Gucci sunglasses (not pictured)that made people think “she’s important.”  Not that I really cared, but part of navigating the tents is knowing how to play the game.  And yes, it’s as simple as sunglass sometimes.
  • Uggs. Because by day 4 there is no question you have to walk to and from the tents in them.

However, more important than accessories, was the amazing support system I had in place to make sure you saw all of the action at the tents LIVE and keep me smiling during the process.  At this time, I would like to thank them for their tremendous efforts.

Livestream.com – Otto, Marko, and Deb, you have worked tirelessly to make my vision a reality for two seasons now. And we’re still having fun!  (BTW, you can go here to see all of our coverage catalogued by show.)

Marytern – Wow, Sarah!  You really came through not only for me, but also for all of the viewers watching our stream.  You are intelligent, meticulous, and dedicated beyond your years, and I am fortunate to have you on my team.

Mom – My eternal and selfless support.  Thank you for your patience with my crazy lifestyle and often irresponsible nature.

Mercedes Benz – Adam, Jeff, Christine, and yes, you too Greg, keep me sane and even laughing through the chaos.  Over the past three years, it has been such a pleasure to get to know you all!

Kodak – It is always such a pleasure to represent the brand and use your products to cover events. I love using the Zi8 Pocket Video Camera* to get every last detail of each design.

Adrien Field and Rocco – Because without you, fashion week could never be fun.

Giselle and Katie – My two remote interns that helped put the whole event together.

Amanda Parenti – You curate a great collection of designers I am always honored to wear.  Magalis Garcia* (designer of the dress I’m wearing above) is going to be huge if I have anything to say about it.

Bob – For your friendship and support, I am eternally grateful.

GOMI – You guys keep me on my toes and laughing at myself.  And in this biz, that’s priceless.

(Full Disclosure: Items with * not purchased.  Provided by the brand.)

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What I Didn’t Cover At Fashion Week

February 21st, 2010 4 Comments

Rocco did!

He’s been at the tents for as long as I have, but has focused more on the celeb scene.  And he’s so personable that his interviews are more fun to watch than what you would see on ET or Access.

Go to FashionNewsLive and see quick clips and quirky comments from your favorite celebs while they were at the tents last week.

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Upper East Side Fantacy – Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Finale

February 21st, 2010 No Comments

I have to apologize for the quality of this video. On my computer the Kodak Zi8 HD footage is crystal clear, but YouTube tears it to shreds!

Either way, take one last look at Isaac’s vision of Upper East Side chic. With silk, sequins, color, and crystals, it’s everything a girl dreams of finding on the rack.

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Catching up with Patrick McDonald

February 19th, 2010 No Comments

Ran into old friend and Launch My Line contestant Patrick McDonald in the Mercedes Lounge at Fashion Week. He was a little upset about some recent press.

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Black Beauty – Snapshots from Vera Wang Fall 2010

February 17th, 2010 2 Comments

Not many designers can create all-black ensembles that show depth and exude glamor.  Vera Wang succeeded today with over 30 looks that even Karl Lagerfeld would applaud.    Couple them with selective asymmetry and a “fistful of pearls,” and you’ve found yourself a fashionista fantasy.

Below are a few shots from her fall collection.

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Bare-legged and late to the tents

February 17th, 2010 1 Comment

(Because I don’t share enough during my days at the tents. haha)

On the way to the tents this morning….

I look like a…I know you hate it when I say this, but it’s what I say…like a tranny with the pounds of camera makeup and faux lashes. At 10am no less!  I mean…

The Uggs saved my suede booties and blistered feet today. So I owe a big thanks to the Mercedes lounge for letting me store in their coat closet.

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Snap shots from Jill Stuart and Tracy Reese Fall 2010

February 16th, 2010 No Comments

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart’s collection was exactly what it said it would be, “a collision of chaos and chic.” Nigel Barker and I both agreed that last season’s 80’s-inspired Cher show was anything but wearable and completely unexpected. I think she carried that through to fall with the bright mettalics and the rocker chic aesthetic – basically something a teenager would die to wear but her parents would never let her out of the house in. I’m being a bit harsh, but there were looks I absolutely loved. But in order for me to adore a designer, you have to present a cohesive collection yet still be unique and relevant.

Tracy Reese

Speaking of relevance, Tracy Reese is one of the biggest names on the racks right now and from this show you might struggle to understand why.  The release said the collection “is an eclectic mix of urban and rural style that is very modern yet infinitely wearable.”  That’s true, but perhaps we need  a new stylist for the show.  Her major falter for me were the patterned silk tops and ruffled skirts that looked cheap and unfinished.  However, when mixed into a wardrobe, Tracy Reese always shines.  She’s true to trend and I’m sure you’ll find it “infinitely wearable” when you style it yourself.

I’ve also included a pic of our front row footwear today.  Adrien sported Converse, and I’m wearing Calvin Klein.

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