Menace to Society
I used to think Fashion Week was fun. This was years ago, when “the tents” referred to actual tents. Back in the day (it must have been, oh, 2008) my friends and I would try to talk our way into Tommy and Oscar shows and blog about the experience. It was surprising how often our feigned frustration—“What do you mean I’m not on the list? Please call Eric and let him know that we’re here”—would get us in.
I’m still not sure if there was an Eric, but somehow he always came through.
Now, older and wiser and having recently embarked on a journalistic mission to embed myself among the social elite, I have actual invites (22, to be exact), a fresh Anna bob and a mission, should I choose to accept it, to treat Fashion Week not like a joke, but like a job.
Which is a lot harder than it looks.
Fashion Week Observed
Walking up the graveled path leading to the lush and beautifulVersailles-inspired courtyard that would set the stage for Tommy Hilfiger‘s Fall 2012 Women’s Collection, we could almost forget for a moment that the temperature last night was almost in the single digits.
A Chanel bag, of course, is always in style–but it’s rare to see dozens of fashion-show attendees toting the exact same one. That’s what happened at Jason Wu‘s show this afternoon; the bag in question was a gift bag, stocked with a full-sized bottle of Chanel perfume, that guests had received upon exiting the FIT Read More
Slow News Days
Teen Vogue’s web site has published a story on its web site declaring that the gay best friend is the summer accessory of 2010!
In the lede of the story, which is written by Lindsay Talbot, we discover a 16-year-old California girl had all of her summer accessories lined up, which include, a ”Proenza Schouler tie-dyed top, Read More
The TeenVogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion offers advice and real-life success stories about breaking into the fashion industry. “I hope for kids that they will just be totally inspired by the stories of these people making careers out of nothing in a way,” said TeenVogue editor Amy Astley at a party Read More
Shortly before taking the podium at the 2009 Matrix Awards ceremony honoring women in communications at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, April 27, event emcee Meredith Vieira of NBC’s Today was explaining to the Daily Transom what female news anchors have over their male counterparts.
“You can’t totally stereotype it,” Ms. Vieira began, as if Read More
Each New Year brings with it the obligatory slate of resolutions. And like some college-level sociological experiment, each New Year also brings with it a slate of stories about what famous people have resolved to either quit—smoking, say—or begin—usually something kind of boring, like marathon training or French classes. True to form, WWD recently called Read More
It’s springtime for Oscar in autumn! We just came from Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2008 show, held in an old church on Park Avenue and 63rd Street. It seems even Old School fashion bigwigs like Mr. De la Renta are starting to acknowledge the fact that balmy temps can, these days, extend Read More
Navigating the social riptides of Manhattan used to be simple. It was always so easy to tell who was rich and who was poor. The person with the Verdura baubles, mink stoles and Blahniks was the rich lady. The beleaguered individual with the matted hair and the moth-eaten knitwear was the poor lady.
Confusingly, the Read More
“I think their life is so hard,” said Amy Astley as she sat talking about the young people-the actors and actresses, the models and rock stars-who fill the pages of her magazine, Teen Vogue .
The hazel-eyed, blond-haired ballerina turned editor in chief has such confidence in the girls who read and appear in Teen Read More