Algonquin Round Table
There is something organized and memorable about the last day of fashion week. Despite the grueling pace, late nights, early mornings and simply divine personalities we endure, there is an orderly sense of energy at the Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection shows. Publicists are graceful and polite, photo check-in is straightforward, seating disasters are delicately avoided and celebs are accessible, or, if not, polite about it.
Such was the case yesterday morning in West Soho when Mr. Lauren held his 80th runway presentation. His front row of stars dressed in his premium line included Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and most of the members of the Ralph Lauren Royal Family.
For spring 2013, Mr. Lauren progressed from something South American to ornate looks that were undeniably Catalan and Castilian, with tomato suede jackets, amethyst silk marocaine trousers, cotton ruffle shirting in white and beautiful scarlet dresses. There were black calf woven totes and hats. The styling seemed a bit overwrought, but the majority of this overload was eliminated when the evening wear flowed in.
Incredible brocade and beaded boleros influenced by los toreros of Spain, black double-faced wool jackets and dresses, a stunning, full-length beaded tulle skirt, and scarlet dresses with embroidery and beading. It was wearable and eternally elegant.
Fashion Week Observed
(Clockwise from top left: Ruth Bourdain, Jonathan Ames, Andy Cohen, Lena Dunham, and Blue Ivy Carter)
With the reopening of the Algonquin Hotel, we must consider who will be chosen for the honor of one of the 11 seats in the Algonquin Round Table.
As crowds filled the stage at Lincoln Center before the Charlotte Ronson show, The Observer, saw Vogue’s editor at large, Hamish Bowles, settle into his seat. He studied the program from behind his tortoise shell glasses, a cashmere, camo print scarf dapperly wrapped around his long, dandy neck. We approached. Could we possibly have a Read More
Kathy Bolkovac had an even-keeled reaction when The Observer told her Rachel Weisz had called her a hero. “I really reject that title” she said matter-of-factly. Nevertheless, last Wednesday evening, scores of socialites and celebrities descended upon Tribeca for the premiere of Ms. Weisz’s new film, The Read More
Last night, the Cinema Society, Dior and Beauty with DeLeon hosted the New York premier of Rachel Weisz’s new film The Whistleblower. Celebrities and socialites flocked to the screening, with guests including Hamish Bowels, Anna Wintour, Nicole Miller, Leandro Perez, Irina Pataneva, Annelise Peterson, Patricia Field and, of course, Rachel Weisz.
The film, based on Read More
We, somewhat unexpectedly, spent Fashion’s Night Out in the Meatpacking District last night; we’d planned to head over to Soho, but after we saw the parties Diane Von Furstenberg and Catherine Malandrino were throwing, couldn’t tear ourselves away.
Ms. Von Furstenberg spent the evening flitting back and forth between her Washington Street boutique and fittings Read More
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
Diane von Furstenberg‘s afternoon show yesterday drew the usual glamorous crowd–though several audience members were spotted drinking Peroni beers right from the bottle, tac-ky!
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter sat next Valentino’s Giancarlo Giammetti who sat next to actress Candice Bergen and her daughter, Chloe. Daily Beast editor Tina Brown was right across the aisle. Read More
We all know where Anna Wintour’s gonna be for Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 10 (see Simon Doonan, page 17, for more). But what about the other Voguettes?
Hamish Bowles, the European editor at large, plans to visit the Juicy Couture store on Fifth Avenue, where he’ll belt out Noël Coward tunes like Read More
As Fashion Week draws to a close here at home, the fashion editors, buyers, models and professional party crashers are off to London, Milan and then Paris. But at the Calvin Klein show yesterday, Vogue‘s European editor at large, Hamish Bowles, already looked a little worn out. (By Zac Posen‘s show at 8 p.m. last Read More