One Month In
Fashion Week Observed
He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.
“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.
This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave.
There is no shortage of commentary and coverage on the most-covered weeklong event in New York.
The Times’s style section has been posting updates throughout the days with Fashion Week coverage (including a selection of highlights from its reporters’ social media feeds). The New York Post covers each show in real time. The Daily News has a live blog, sponsored by Macy’s, where reporters post snapshots, videos and tweets (editors even got a tween blogger a la Tavi Gevinson to contribute). BuzzFeed has steady dispatches from the front. And, of course, fresh print editions of fashion trades The Daily Front Row and Women’s Wear Daily are handed out each day.
It seems that no publication can afford not to have a presence at the weeklong trade show.
Downtown may need another crafty, artisanal pop-up market like Williamsburg needs another glassy condo, but if there is one person who can still get Soho excited about bacon mayonnaise, it’s Paper magazine co-publisher and editor Kim Hastreiter. Ms. Hastreiter, whom The New York Times called the “coolest woman in New York,” founded the downtown magazine back in 1984 and has continued to act as a powerful connector even as the magazine’s influence has waned and “downtown” cool hopped the L train to Brooklyn.
Ms. Hastreiter, sporting red-framed glasses and a felt pin in the shape of a sunny-side-up egg, hugged well-wishers at Thursday’s opening party for her Super (Duper) Market. Festooned with signature bull’s-eyes from Target and American Express logos (both companies are sponsors) the flea has moved from last year’s home at the Chelsea Market to the St. Patrick Youth Center on Mulberry Street.
Bill Cunningham hunched behind his camera last Saturday morning, snapping photos of those lined up at the southern tip of Manhattan waiting to board a ferry to Liberty State Park for the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic.
“Watch your pedicures,” a ferry hand said.
It wasn’t just the women who were looking sharp, however. New York City’s Read More
Toward the tail end of cocktail hour at Asia Society’s 2013 benefit for the Celebration of Asia Week, Shindigger was chatting with designer Maggie Norris when Jason Wu, an honorary chair for the evening, walked by in The Pierre’s garden foyer. Ms. Norris turned to Shindigger and gave us a sly wink.
“I think he’s Read More
While Fashion Week was winding down at Lincoln Center Wednesday night, Diane von Furstenberg was sequestered on the 10th floor of a nondescript Lexington Avenue building. Across the giant storeroom of the mostly digital antique dealer 1stDibs, Patrick McMullan was snapping Bill Cunningham as he took a picture of a small watercolor on the wall. Nearby, Anderson Cooper hovered around his mother, who, in a stunning red kimono, greeted guests to her first solo art show since 2001.
Stooped, toothy and lovely, Bill Cunningham is a rare bird.
Platonically adored by the city’s leading ladies for decades, the flash of Mr. Cunningham’s camera is worth more than any cocktail hour compliment, a thousand-fold. While women have tripped over their trains, desperate to impress him for decades, Mr. Cunningham has remained unaffected, the dogged archivist of New York city’s ceaseless uptown carnival.
Yesterday evening, Mr. Cunningham’s frequent subjects congregated at the Waldorf-Astoria for a night in honor of their beloved photographer, who was receiving the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence.
Last night saw a book party for Broadway legend Gerald Schoenfeld, a bash for style shutterbug Bill Cunningham, and Tilda Swinton’s emergence from her chrysalis to celebrate Venice.
Fashion Week! It’s here, so time to get rid of your summertime clothes and put together something more presentable. You could get your picture taken at any time. It’s true! If you’re on the street, you’re fair game for the cameras.
Or as Anna Wintour put it in Bill Cunningham New York, “We all Read More
On Wednesday, the Film Forum will premiere Richard Press’ new documentary Bill Cunningham New York, about the indefatigable New York Times fashion photographer. Access to the press-shy shutterbug was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the film, though Mr. Press told The Observer that he had the inside track: “Actually, I knew Bill, Read More