“We like that you feel a little chaotic and it’s all very well planned,” explained a representative from American Express. “This is an opportunity for us to give back to our premium card members who are passionate and we are giving them a very immersive experience, as you can see, with the models running around.”
Cardmembers are spoiled with backstage tours, coups de Champagne and a gourmet spread worthy of a sultan.
“They get rushed into a show right as it is about to begin and then the best part is that after the show they get to come back into the studio and the designer comes in for a Q&A,” we were informed by one of our hosts.
The Observer threw back a few a glasses in the sun-lit salon that had been tastefully decorated with cozy loungers and a private hair salon replete with stylists, before we were ushered to the front-row of Cushnie et Ochs’s runway presentation last Friday.
The trick to finding your favorite designer at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards is to scan the room for their 6-foot-tall dates. On Monday, June 7, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Gwyneth Paltrow’s sleek blond ponytail bobbed near Michael Kors; Devon Aoki’s dark mane meant Zac Posen was Read More
Big week for the fashion crowd!
On the eighth floor of Saks on Oct. 20, CFDA president Steven Kolb hosted a party for his organization’s American Fashion Cookbook, now in its second printing, though Mr. Kolb admitted: “If we were to do a recipe quiz with all the designers in the cookbook and asked Read More
Tina Brown was up to her old tricks on Tuesday, Oct. 21, hosting a luncheon for 50 with hubby Harold Evans, honoring fashion dowager Donatella Versace, at the couple’s maisonette near the East River.
Model Christie Brinkley arrived promptly, wearing a pale gray pencil skirt and matching motorcycle jacket. “We just drove in from Read More
Andre Leon Talley’s black Town Car was one of the first to pull up to the Fashion Institute of Technology Tuesday morning, July 28, for the 9 a.m. Town Hall meeting of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The Vogue editor at large got out in a light gray suit with a small Louis Read More
Outside Alice Tully Hall on the evening of Tuesday, June 16, a large group of models was standing immobilized on a block of stairs. Inside, the Council of Fashion Designers of America were holding their annual awards.
The organizer’s president, designer Diane von Furstenberg, stood near the entrance in a white knee-length dress, snapping Read More
On Wednesday morning, May 6, Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, along with Project Runway judge Tim Gunn and the show’s Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall, boarded a 6 a.m. train at Penn Station bound for Washington, D.C.
They had appointments lined up for the entire day to gain the Read More
I felt like such a turd on the night of Monday, June 2. “Turd’” is a very underused word. At some point soon I will dedicate my life to restoring it to popular usage. In the meantime permit me to elaborate on the circumstances that occasioned this unpleasant feeling.
There I Read More
Fashion designer Alice Roi has an expression-”Too Shoshanna “-meaning too frilly and
“It’s like an empire dress,” said Ms. Roi, who’ll find out
on June 14 whether she’s won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s
Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear (think Best New Artist Grammy). “‘ Woo-hoo ! I have a body Read More
Fashion Week: Outta Gas?
What do Detroit assembly lines have to do with Manhattan hemlines?
Phil Guarascio’s announcement on March 17 that he will retire as vice president of corporate advertising and marketing for General Motors Corporation has heightened Seventh Avenue scuttlebutt that the Council of Fashion Designers of America is in danger of Read More