It was a breezy and clear summer day — what better way to spend the afternoon than in Sagaponack, N.Y., at Wölffer Estates Stables, where Jessica Alba and other luminaries gathered for a Ralph Lauren girls’ fashion show.
That is, unless you’re deadly allergic to horses and, to a lesser degree, hay. Shindigger, qualified in both categories, with multiple anaphylactic episodes and ambulance rides under our belt, had taken great precaution before boarding a motor coach to the Hamptons for the merriment. A double dose of Benadryl and a few Epi-Pens clutched to our side served as armament.
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
While the Met was swarmed by A-listers Monday night, we only heard news about Beyonce‘s dress this morning. Upstaged by the attendance of Tim Tebow, these celebrities dispersed to three locations the Met in order to fully dance away the pain: the Ukrainian Institute of America, the Boom Boom Room, and Crown all hosted parties that were hit up by roaming models, actors, and musicians.
By 9:50am Michael Kors was a mob-scene! Kors’ publicists attempted to keep the clutter to a minimum, but how can you with Jessica Alba, Anjelica Huston, Katie Couric, and Debra Messing in the front row?
“Can you make sure we get this specific shot of the seating?” The Observer begged publicist Savannah Engel…
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When we think of Versace we think of couture. We think of cutting-edge design that costs us more than our annual paycheck. We think…H&M? That’s right: last night Donatella Versace unveiled her line of disposable affordable fashion for the retailer at Pier 57 in meatpacking district.
Last night was the Met’s annual Costume Institute Gala, and this year’s theme was “The American Woman.” This meant Oprah, who cohosted, plus lots of designer collaborations with the Gap, whose Patrick Robinson was the evening’s third cohost.
Further reflections on Americana: The American Woman is polite–according to Cathy Horyn, most guests Read More
On Monday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will once again swell with celebrities, socialites and fashion editors for the annual Costume Institute Gala to kick off the this year’s exhibit titled “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” But since this year Gap is the official sponsor and Gap creative director Patrick Robinson is honorary co-chair Read More
“I’ve been sporting braids for years now,” said Allison Pottasch, 20, who—stopped in Union Square on Monday, May 25—was wearing a loose-fitting purple shirt, jean shorts and a silver nose ring, her thick brown hair parted down the center and arranged neatly into two of spring 2009’s ubiquitous Heidi-esque braids (the Swiss orphan, not the Read More
In this week’s New Yorker, Tad Friend (we’ll read anything by him since that awesome 2003 article Jumpers about suicides off the Golden Gate Bridge) has written a totally bananas and utterly fascinating article about movie marketing, focusing particularly on Tim Palen, who is really good at it as co-president of Lionsgate’s theatrical Read More
As regular people partied in the streets last night, the city’s Hollywood imports gathered at the Public House in Midtown, where producer Harvey Weinstein, GQ editor Jim Nelson, Borghese CEO Georgette Mosbacher, and Glamour editor Cindi Leive hosted a bipartisan election night party. (On the bar was a bowl of Obama/Biden pins alongside a bowl Read More