After the Runway
As New York shovels up the Fashion Week embers around town after the onslaught, The Observer still has a few loose ends. One thing we wanted to know in all the ruckus was how the new comers had fared.
Kara Laricks, the winner of NBC reality show Fashion Star, is certainly a new face in the crowded sea of designers. Under the tutelage design mentors Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie, Ms. Laricks convinced the buyers’ judging panel from H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue that her creations were worthy of the $6m capsule collection award. The show was a hit: Nielsen TV Ratings Data reported 4.81 million viewers for the finale, and NBC has already renewed Fashion Star for a second season and begun casting. We caught up with Ms. Laricks after her first presentation at Runway@Pier 57 last week to get all the buzz about her début. Were her masculine-feminine-meets-1920s-Japanese matchbox looks a triumph or did she she fall flat?
What did it feel like to finally present your first bona fide fashion week presentation?
I felt vulnerable! In the past, if my collection was not well received, I was under the protective wing of The Academy of Art University, NBC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, H&M … this time, the pressure was all on me. However, there was never any question as to whether or not I would continue designing post Fashion Star and I knew “sticking my neck out there” would be worth the risk no matter what the response. Now that my first collection has been shown at New York fashion week and the reviews are rolling in, I feel exhilarated, proud and accomplished. Can’t wait for the next!
“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
The guest list of the Marc Jacobs show on Feb. 16 is being cut from 2,000 (1,100 seated and 900 standing) to 700 (with 500 seated and 200 standing), making it an even more exclusive affair than usual with only "one or two" celebrities attending. [WWD]
Nicole Richie put an end Read More
Victoria Beckham‘s designs look a lot like Roland Mouret‘s because Mr. Mouret mentored the former Spice Girl through the entire design process. But now there’s chatter that the veteran designer’s influence went beyond mentoring. [Vogue UK]
French label Cacharel is the latest fashion house to cancel its spring Paris runway show Read More
It’s no longer enough just to wear a headband–now everyone wants to lay claim to having started the ubiquitous trend. According to PopCrunch.com, actress Mischa Barton, who has been working on a line of headbands (apparently in lieu of a successful acting career), is peeved that her friend Nicole Richie has announced Read More
After a two month trial, designer Anand Jon was found guilty of sexually assaulting seven aspiring models, the youngest of whom was 14. [LA Times]
Billionaire Ron Perelman and ex-wife Patricia Duff will return to court next month, this time to discuss the order of protection daughter Caleigh filed against her Read More
Yawn. What? Right. Here’s the gossip round-up for Nov. 23, 2008, Thanksgiving Friday and possibly the slowest news day ever.
An eight-months-pregnant Nicole Richie and her friend, the society disc jockeyess Samantha Ronson, volunteered at a Hollywood soup kitchen yesterday.
Jennifer Aniston recently attended her 20th high school reunion at Read More
The tots came at the rate of 63 an hour—or 1.05 a minute—gliding by in a haze of Pirate Booty and stroller dust.
It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in early October, and all up and down Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue, women were busy being mommies. There were a few nannies, and four fathers Read More
The Anna Wintour seal of approval is more elusive than catching a model feeding in her natural environment. At the BCBG Max Azria show in the main tent at Bryant Park on Friday, the Vogue editor-in-chief was seated quietly in the front row with a scrum of assistants towards the end of the first runway. Read More
ERICA: I spoke with my lovely contact at Carolina Herrera the other day and apparently my dress is in. This is normally exciting news for a bride-to-be, but for me, it kicks the weight loss pressure into super duper high gear.
“OOOOH, your dress!” squealed my friend Liz. “Let’s go see it.” Read More