Fashion Week Observed
Today, as we stumble across the halfway point of the Blackberry-clutching, cab-stealing marathon known as Fashion Week, we’ve invited some friends and experts to join us in a lunchtime conversation, using discussion tool Branch, on Fashion Week etiquette: In a week so schedule-crazed and tailored to larger-than-life personalities, does civility even exist?
Peter Davis, editor-in-chief of Scene magazine
Scott Lipps, president of model agency One Management
Mary Alice Stephenson, style and beauty expert
Kelly Cutrone, of the fashion PR world and America’s Next Top Model judge
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.
The Daily Transom
Tyra’s got a new sidekick.
Kelly Cutrone will take over as the newest judge on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, taking the place of André Leon Talley, the former Vogue editor-at-large.
The Observer received confirmation during a chat with the People’s Revolution head honcho herself.
“I’m really excited,” Ms. Cutrone told The Observer via Read More
Kelly Cutrone, the fashion publicist turned reality-TV personality (The Hills, The City and Kell on Earth), self-help author and Dr. Phil protégé, is still diversifying. She recently announced plans to start her own fashion line, Electric Love Army, backed by Christopher Burch, which will launch with three stores in New York next year. And now Read More
This week’s episode of gritty PR docudrama Kell on Earth saw the firing of Stephanie Vorhees, an underling at People’s Revolution. But, the Post reports, Vorhees seems to have landed on her feet: she’s now a broker at Halstead.
Her new boss told the Post, “I do not often hire someone without experience, Read More
When Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley arrived at the Chado Ralph Rucci show last Friday, he was, as is typical, dressed to impress. He wore a long white kimono with a stripe across the top.
The air outside was extremely humid–more so inside a tent overfilled by about fifty people.
When the Transom Read More
“We’re in a hyperbolic type space, which is fitting despite the market conditions,” said Lauren Zalaznick.
It was Tuesday morning and Ms. Zalaznick, the overseer of various NBC Universal cable lifestyle channels, was standing in an ornate banquet hall at the Russian Tea Room, kicking off Bravo’s annual upfront presentation to Read More
Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone is writing a book. The as-yet-untitled volume, which will be published in January 2010 by HarperCollins’ West Coast– based spirituality-and- inspiration-focused imprint HarperOne, will be aimed at young women who have their sights set on power and success but lack the know-how to attain them.
“It’s kind of a pop culture Read More
By the start of Andrew Buckler’s men’s wear presentation at 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, the news had already spread that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer‘s costly paramour Ashley Dupre had been venturing out for Fashion Week.
The previous morning, Ms. Dupre had shown up unexpectedly at Yigal Azrouel’s women’s show. Mr. Azrouel’s Read More
Peter Som, who canceled his runway show earlier this year, will pull together a capsule collection of about 16 looks that he will show to editors and buyers by appointment only. [WWD]
For her show this season, Elise Overland will drape models in jewelry by artist Alexander Calder, provided by his grandson. Read More