Oh No He Didn't
There’s a simmering fashion feud percolating between New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn and Hedi Slimane, the designer who has taken over Yves Saint Laurent and is widely credited with Dior Homme’s skinny silhouette. The beef led to Ms. Horyn not being invited to the YSL show, which didn’t stop her from reviewing it in The New York Times on the Runway blog using publicly available photos. Needless to say, her take wasn’t overwhelmingly positive.
“I was not invited. Despite positive reviews of his early YSL and Dior collections, as well as a profile, Mr. Slimane objected bitterly to a review I wrote in 2004—not about him but Raf Simons,” wrote Ms. Horyn.
As best we can tell, the deliberate non-invitation was a result of Ms. Horyn’s doubts about the origins of the skinny-silhouetted suit.
The Eight-Day Week
Tonight brings the first presidential debate, moderated by the unflappable Jim Lehrer—but for those who have already determined whom they’re voting for, skip the partisan pandering and come gab with Oscar and Annette! The de la Rentas, along with Mercedes Bass and Mrs. Julio Mario Santo Domingo, are hosting opening night at Carnegie Hall. The Read More
The Eight-Day Week
It’s Fashion Week! The twice-yearly celebration of the best and most outré garments you almost certainly won’t be wearing come fall opens today with the Couture Council Luncheon at Lincoln Center. Oscar de la Renta is to accept an “Artistry of Fashion Award” from Mayor Bloomberg—hey, the man gave himself a third term, he can Read More
Fashion Week Observed
New York fashion week has finally come to a close. Amen! For those less-fortunate editors and fashion authorities (or perhaps we are the lucky ones) that have not jetted off to London or Milan, we finally get a moment to recover.
In retrospect, we relished the young talents of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. The Observer will never forget the spectacle and grandeur of Alexander Wang—or the impeccable quality of Simon Spurr’s suiting. With such a busy social schedule and so many shows, it’s hard to remember all the garments we evaluated with a careful eye.
With Fashion Week only a few days away, a flood of big-name designers are relocating from their long-time midtown home. Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Alice + Olivia have all announced plans to leave the Garment District in the past month, according to DNAinfo. The news comes as a further blow to the languishing Garment District, which the city has been trying to rezone for years in fits and starts.
In a scene reminiscent of an Edith Wharton novel, the patrons of the Museum of the City of New York descended on the Grand Ballroom in the Plaza Hotel for 25th Annual Director’s Council Winter Ball.
The evening began with cocktails and Champagne in the frescoed Terrace Room under the crystal Read More
Manhattan Transfers Cheat Sheet
– It’s not quite Eloise at the Plaza, but Olivia the Pig had a good thing going in the Village. The star of the children’s book (and now television) series, and her author Ian Falconer, had been living in a townhouse at 45 West 9th Street for the past three years, purchased Read More
El Museo del Barrio held its annual gala on the rainy evening of May 27. The cathedral-like entrance of Cipriani’s, just across from Grand Central, signaled right away that the soiree was a far cry from the barrio, not to mention the 40-year-old museum’s earliest fund-raisers, held on its roof on the Upper East Side. Read More
“In fashion, you’re either in or you’re out.” So says Teutonic temptress Heidi Klum at the beginning of every episode of Project Runway, currently unspooling its seventh season on Lifetime.
Achtung! If Heidi were correct, I would be out of a job and so would vast numbers of other fashionably employed New Yorkers. Thankfully, Mrs. Read More
At Oscar de la Renta‘s noon show today, attended by designer Zac Posen, photographer Patrick Demarchelier, and Mr. and Mrs. Graydon Carter, the Transom spotted Vogue‘s publisher, Tom Florio, a few rows behind his editor, Anna Wintour, and her now superstar creative director Grace Coddington. The Transom thought Mr. Florio could use some much-needed attention. Read More