Thursday, October 29, 2009

New York Fashion Week Part IV

Walk Through at 3.1 Phillip Lim
Note to Readers:
The Spring/Summer 2010 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show in Bryant Park kind of rocked my world (and when I say kind of I mean absolutely) This was one of the biggest shows of fashion week, and it did not disappoint! I was lucky enough to go backstage while the models were getting ready and I got to see the organization of the show. I even got to see Mr. Lim himself, giving interviews to press. While backstage I got to sneak a peek at the clothing and it is gorgeous up close! I pretty much died and went to fashion heaven.


The hustle and bustle backstage

Me backstage, please pardon the shiny face. I guess in my elation I forgot to use powder?
Before the show started, I was lucky enough to chat with model Ali Stephens before she worked the runway. She is darling and gave me some tips about how to get a good seat.
Ali getting her hair and make up done
I also took some videos just for you, my dear readers. I thought by narrating them, I would be able to help you see what was going on backstage. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how annoying my voice is, so I apologize!
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Note to Phillip Lim:
I LOVED your show. The clothes were a perfect blend of well-designed basics with unique detailing to keep them from being boring. The red looks that started the show, worked well with the crocodile prints that followed them, which worked with the sequins that followed them, that worked with the dresses that followed them. My favorite pieces from the collection?Allow me to show you...
I die over this sequined number. I wouldn't object if you sent me one for my birthday?


This was the final look you sent down the runway, and I love how Karlie Kloss looks in these tiered ruffles.

To see the complete collection and read a review, please click here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WOW


Note to Reese:
Wowza. You are looking incredible on the red carpet at the Avon Foundation for Women Gala last night in New York. Look at your teeny waist! Great dress, amazing hair, and pretty makeup. Jake Gyllenhaal is a lucky man indeed.

Note to Readers:
Reese Witherspoon is another great example of how to dress to flatter a petite body. This Narciso Rodriguez dress is a great silhouette and proportion for her figure. Also the shoes look great with this ensemble. Somewhere out there Ryan Phillippe is crying for the one he let get away.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ungaro Debacle


Note to Readers:
A lot has been said recently about the Ungaro SP/SU 2010 show in Paris. Mostly bad reviews about the collection, and when I say bad really I should be saying scathing. Each story begins with how Lindsay Lohan, who was recently appointed artistic director at Ungaro, was at least partially responsible for the terrible collection.

I think the main reason the show had so much press is because of Lohan's involvement, and people couldn't wait to attack "her" collection. Honestly though, it's not like Lindsay even did much for the collection. She arrived in Paris a few days before the show, and the preparations happen for months before a show.

Yes, the collection was bad, but I think the hilarious part is that people think that Lohan had something to do with it. Unless the collection was made up of leggings and bleach blonde extensions that are two feet too long, I don't think Lindsay did anything except invite people to the show and take a bow at the end of it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

New York Fashion Week Part III


Note to Koi Suwannagate:
Your name is quite a mouthful, but I am sure you have heard that before. I attended your presentation in Chelsea during NY Fashion Week, and I have to say I liked the set up of it. Holding it in an art gallery was a great way to remind those going to see it that fashion is an artform (sometimes). Your beautifully draped dresses and creative uses of textiles were an exciting approach to Spring fashion. I especially loved the white pants with embroidery of Thai handwriting. I thought overall it was an elegant way of presenting an elegant (and sometimes elegantly deconstructed collection).

Note to Readers:
I thought that this presentation was very well executed. I will include a video I took of the models who would walk to a different point in the room every fifteen minutes or so. The space was mainly white with small white sculpture-like installations on the ground, that served as a nice blank canvas for the clothing. I liked a lot of the looks. There was a great use of color and construction, although I am not sure if together they looked like a cohesive line.

Take a look at the rest of the collection here.

The pants mentioned above

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Models on the move to their next post in the installation

Stay tuned... I still have the AMAZING Phillip Lim show to blog about.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New York Fashion Week Part II

Betsey Johnson (right) dancing onstage with models

Note to Betsey Johnson:
Your presentation at the Plaza Hotel was flirty, fun and completely Betsey! Instead of having the models just standing on the stage as breathing mannequins, you had your models dancing to the live band. It was refreshing and the presentation had an amazing energy and atmosphere. The clothes were bold, the make up and hair were over the top, but what else did we expect from you? I loved it. If only there were enough gift bags... le sigh.

Note to Readers:
Betsey Johnson definitely knows how to throw a party. The Plaza Hotel lost it usual pretentious atmosphere and turned into the hot spot for the young, fashionable and fun-loving crowd. I wish my pictures did the presentation justice, it was hard to get good photos of the models as they were dancing around the stage. I took a few videos, and to try to show you how fun this presentation really was.

The collection was filled with fun party dresses, bold prints and the occasional bodysuit. The collection, like the presentation was utterly Betsey. To see more photos of the presentation and to read the review from style.com, please click here.

Models on stage
Betsey Johnson, right after she literally bumped into me. It was a personal highlight to LITERALLY rub elbows with the designer.
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Betsey dancing onstage with the models. Her moves aren't bad, although I think the hug lasted a little too long for her comfort.