Fashion Week Flashback: Tim Gunn
Fashion Week veteran Cynthia Rowley loves to hold her shows in New York's majestic Gotham Hall, and her Spring 2008 collection was no exception. Brightly colored pink and teal bicycles were lined up on either side of the entrance to the runway, setting a playful tone, while mini-picnic baskets held caramel & cheese popcorn and a Fiji water bottle for seated guests. Photographers swarmed over happy, healthy looking Sex and the City's Candace Bushnell — perhaps eager to see her Lipstick Jungle hit the airwaves this fall? Also spotted in the front row: the former model and MTV VJ Karen Duffy, absolutely gorgeous in a tan deep V neck mini-dress, Disney star Sabrina Bryan in a effervescent pink Rowley concoction, The Wire actress Callie Thorne, House actress Lisa Edelstein wearing a teal A-line Rowley frock from her Fall collection and All My Children's Leven Rambin, in a black Rowley motorcycle jacket.
The actual show featured a 70s inspired aesthetic. The models wore heavy eyeliner and bright lips — very Bianca Jagger — and their hair long, curled and teased — very sexy bedhead. The hemlines were long, the silhouettes sexy. A lot of camel, ivory and ice cream colors to offset the tailoring. Several dresses shown had dropped waists, while the pants were cropped or narrowed and gathered at the ankle. Rowley is known for her sense of humor, and the show ended on a fun, happy note, with all of the models riding the adorable 50s style bicycles off the runway, followed by the lovely (and grinning) designer herself at the very end. Overall, a gorgeous, creative collection!
7:30 am - 10 am
Fox's The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet
"Man on the Street" interviews at the Tents on first date fashions
Just Sweet (J. Lo's Line)
Nanette Lepore (one of my favorite designers)
Diane von Furstenberg
Nicholai by Nicky Hilton
Yesterday was wild - after a long day at Montel Williams, I met Lev at The Daily's Bryant Park Hotel Fashion Week Suite, where we both ran into David Blaine, who asked us to have dinner with him at Koi downstairs. He's certainly a character. When he bent a quarter in my hand at the table, I have to say, I had one of those "holy shit" moments. More to come ...
After dinner - Lev's ride home ...
If I were a guy, I'd definitely wear his stuff, although then again, if I were a guy, I'd be a flaming, flamboyant gay. Also, FYI, that is an American Apparel skirt. The real designer stuff doesn't come out till tomorrow!!
With my cameraman & video editor for the duration of the week, Eric. Throughout the evening, everyone kept mistaking him for a model (he's exceptionally tall & thin, and has that sort of model-y look) - so much so, that I made him a bet. If, by the end of Fashion Week, he hadn't yet been approached by an agent, I would give him a twenty - and set him up with one. After hearing what the male models make per show, he readily agreed.
Above is one of my Fashion Week outfits. What, like you didn't think I had them all planned out? Foo. I'm like Alicia Silverstone in Clueless when she looks in her closet and it's all computerized with polaroids and schedules of what she's worn when. Except my closet isn't actually computerized. YET. Anyway, I'm just hoping everyone thinks these shoes are YSL and not Nine West. I know, I know, wrong crowd to attempt trickery with ... But c'mon, who the hell can afford $650 shoes?!?! Four words: NOT. EVEN. REMOTELY. ME.
From Sept 5 - 12, I'll be IN THE TRENCHES (wearing trenches? hmm) covering Fashion Week for Star Magazine. We'll be posting my SUPER EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES commentary & videos on StarMagazine.com - although I'll put up links here. PLEASE, people, don't rush to ask me about the latest trends all at once now. I'm a Style Guru, obviously, but I'm only human (thus the Nine West shoes). I'll take your questions one by one.
PS - In case you want to keep up on Fashion Week with multiple sources (aside from my own rigorously detailed commentary, of course), I recommend reading The Fug Girls at New York magazine, who are beyond brilliant - they make me cry with their sartorial wit. It's really sad, actually. For me. Also, check out Fashionista, which is a bit Insider-Baseball, but that can be a welcome change from the sweeping generalizations ("Black is in! Coats are in!! We like Marc Jacobs!") in many women's magazines. Not sure about their love for TeenVogue, but hey, no blog's perfect. Finally, Jezebel will probably have some commentary, too, and it will no doubt be written with that slightly twisted but excessively real approach for which I unconditionally love them.