Who says that Fashion Week is boring? An after-party for Alexander Wang’s show this weekend ended in bloodshed when the founder of Milk Studios was “sucker punched” and required several stitches, according to Page Six. Read More
On a rainy Wednesday evening in the middle of June, Sunshine Cinemas was bright with flashing bulbs as photographers snapped pictures of a gaggle of impossibly tall, impossibly beautiful women. The angelic onslaught was not a coincidence: they were all there to see a special screening of Girl Model, a documentary by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Girl Model follows a 13-year-old Siberian girl who wins a modeling competition and is whisked off to Tokyo, where a modeling agency has promised her fame and fortune.
The documentary paints a grim, Dickensian portrait of the unpleasant, exploitative working conditions endured by some the world’s most attractive people; the situation depicted is not at all uncommon, and the audience, made up of dozens of models—blondes, brunettes, the occasional redhead—was rapt.
After the credits, French model Rachel Blais addressed the room. Her struggles are featured in the film, and she has become a spokesperson for better treatment for fashion models, traveling to screenings and other speaking engagements. Because of her outspokenness, she noted, she is now treated like a pariah. Read More
Nicki Minaj made her first appearance during Fashion Week at the Prabal Gurung show, and when her massive pink wig floated down the runway the three-row-deep block of Vogue editors could only watch. She took her seat across from Anna Wintour and her gang and the mob of men with cameras followed, their backs Read More
The hotel guests at Dream Downtown had suitcases, satchels and children piled up next to the check-in counter, waiting interminably for a chance at a room, and as they did swirls of fashionable men and women speed-walked by without a word or a look—they were headed to the last big event of the week, the after-party for Marc Jacobs and his spring and summer collection. The hotel guests ventured an occasional glace at the well-attired cohort with the mysterious wristbands, striding confidently toward the tucked-away area in the back, but mostly they slouched on pieces of luggage and scratched at purple eyes, unknowing of the scene unfolding out of sight. Read More
Did you wake up today with Fashion Week withdrawal? Craving a runway in New York, and unable to hop a flight to London? Remnick & Co. have you covered: The New Yorker‘s style issue hits stands today, and there’s plenty of hemming to fill the pages. Susan Orlean has a nice snapshot of happy-go-lucky Read More
Watching the Anna Sui and Elie Tahari shows back-to back is somewhat akin to twirling successively in place and then trying to walk in a straight line. The former overwhelms the senses, the latter tries to focus them.
Anna Sui’s show was nothing short of a party. Sofia Coppolla was there, and a Jonas brother, Read More
Last Sunday, The Observer was at Milk Studios, in the Meatpacking District, to see a presentation by The Lake & Stars, a Brooklyn-based lingerie line. The models stood with unflinching faces, wearing nothing but nightgowns and skimpy underwear, as a man served rum-spiked horchata from a wooden wagon. Editors chatted up other editors about the Read More
If you only saw one Bryant Park show this week, we hope it was Cowgirl Riders Debutante Fashion Show. With guests like Toddlers and Tiaras’ retired superstar Eden Wood and former Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon, the show was a spectacle in the true sense of the word. Read More
It was the V magazine party and everything was going as planned. Waves of black and white balloons bobbed up toward the top of the Boom Boom Room, their strings dangling down into the hair of men in tuxes, woman dressed like Elizabeth Taylor. The week’s roaming party has a guest list that changes little Read More
“Well, if you don’t want to be up all night,” AnOther editor Jefferson Hack said to the dinner in his honor Tuesday night. “Don’t have the cake.”
“Give me the cake!” a woman yelled.
“Calm down, calm down,” Mr. Hack said.
His table—Dasha Zhukova, Carine Roitfeld, Daphne Guinness—laughed and clapped in approval. What were these Read More