Fashion Week Observed
Backstage at the Lincoln Center, designer Mara Hoffman emerges behind a black curtain in printed pajamas, rings like amulets and half a sleeve of henna crawling up each long arm. “I got them two days ago,” she says, holding up her hands to show a sienna brown tat made up of zigzags, teardrops and dots. They mirror the sequin-ry on some clothes hanging on a rack behind her. She explains that she had someone come over to ink them in her house. “I said, I think I just need to sort of embrace this a little and get into the mood.”
An hour before her show, the print-tastic womenswear designer talked to The Observer about her bedouin-inspired collection.
Menace to Society
Rebecca Taylor was not at Lincoln Center. Had we not been slammed with events, emails, editorial projects, tweets and social babysitting of our entourage, we would have easily noted this. Rebecca Taylor was scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Highline Studios Downtown. Yet we had eagerly arrived at the Mercedes-Benz complex, bewildered and irritated. Read More
Fashion Week Observed
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.
“You’re going to write nice things about my daughter’s show, right?” Monte Hoffman asked The New York Observer. We were sitting in the front row of Lincoln Center’s stage, where rumors of Mara Hoffman’s Fall designs had already booked the house to capacity and given way to rumors that J.Lo was in attendance.