21.09.09 Interview

My Interview With Becki Newton Backstage @ Brian Reyes

Backstage at the Brian Reyes Spring 2010 presentation I introduced myself to Becki Newton.

Her eyes widen as she asked “You’re the one who shows everyone one the red carpet That’s you? Oh my god.”

I started to search through my memory bank wondering if I had said anything bad about Becki, but I assured myself that I hadn’t and she continued, “Oh my god, you do such a great job.”

She introduced me to her stylist Annie, who also works at Elle, as Becki informed me that she introduced Annie to my blog. Annie told me that everyone in her office reads my blog.

Wow. My mind was blown. It was a real OMG moment.

Becki had said to Annie that my blog is a good way of tracking what everyone else is wearing.

Just when I thought she couldn’t compliment me anymore Becki said, “We love you. Do you understand that it’s the go to reference, you do an absolutely great job.”

“It’s dignified, but it still has humour which I really like because it’s funny, you don’t take it too seriously.”

With a twinkle in her eye she said, “Even when you’re not feeling it, you’re usually right…even when it’s me, so great job.

Whilst I was picking my jaw off the floor from her glowing praise, I asked Becki about her personal style as she seems to have fun on the red carpet and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

She agreed “As times gone by I’m having more fun, it used to be a separate uniform for the red carpet, then when I go out and have fun with my friends I would take it all off and wear something more normal. Now it’s sort of blending together and more laid back, but still a bit lady like which is why Brian Reyes is so perfect”.

But I also really like to have fun. I’m not really scared what people say, as I wanna feel good whatever I’m in.”

I complimented her Jimmy Choo’s to which she thanked me and informed me that she had worn them, plus her leather jacket with everything that week.

She also talked about her love for waistcoats informing me that she had a collection of them.

During New York Fashion Week Becki was front row at Altuzarra and Boy Band of Outsiders.

Rag & Bone really impressed Becki. She thinks designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright are really cool. “It’s great stuff you can wear both on and off the red carpet.”

Preen was also another show Becki attended and it appeared to be her favourite show as she said she LOVED it. “I feel like more people should wear Preen on the red carpet.”

“The pieces are an event in itself, you don’t have to clunk it up with a bunch of other stuff.”

She also attended Jason Wu show saying with a huge smile “It was the best hour of my life.”

My camera blows, but she looks so cute in the picture.

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79 Responses to My Interview With Becki Newton Backstage @ Brian Reyes

  1. heather ♥ September 21, 2009 at 15:59 #

    Wow! That must have been so incredible for you FC! You totally deserve all of the praise you’re getting! You’re blog definitely seems to be leaving a mark in the fashion/celebrity worlds, so congratulations!!!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:02 #

      It was mind blowing to get such praise from her. I’m still in shock

  2. REEZY September 21, 2009 at 15:59 #

    That’s really cool !!
    Your hard work is payin’ off !! Congratz.!!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:01 #

      thanks Reezy

  3. Parvati September 21, 2009 at 16:05 #

    This is great!!! It must be amazing to hear more and more people praise your work!!! Congratulations!!!

  4. ber September 21, 2009 at 16:06 #

    I’m so happy for you! What an amazing moment.

  5. mol September 21, 2009 at 16:12 #

    I’d say Becki’s comments were spot on – congratulations!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:13 #

      :* thanks Mol.

  6. zzarazza September 21, 2009 at 16:12 #

    So cool to get acknowledgement ‘from the other side’ :) congrats! Happy for you.

  7. Ally September 21, 2009 at 16:14 #

    Aww, so sweet of Becki! Her character Amanda and her friend Marc are pretty much the reason I watch Ugly Betty. So awesome that you are getting well deserved respect from stars and their stylists. Hopefully a few of them will read it and start taking your advice (*ahem* Amanda Bynes).

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:20 #

      LMAO…yes someone please send the link to Amanda Bynes

  8. whitestroke September 21, 2009 at 16:15 #

    Well, if you ask me, I completely agree with Becki and her stylist. They should have interviewed YOU and not the other way around. You definitely have more relevance. Becki who? Yeah, I know who she is. But totally not relevant whatsoever.

    This was just a humble little blog I started reading few years back for writing about things I was always obsessed with… and look at you now! Who says making an effort and being passionate about what you do doesn’t pay off sooner or later?! 😉

    • Jules O'C September 21, 2009 at 16:30 #

      amen =)

  9. Jules O'C September 21, 2009 at 16:27 #

    Dayum! Finally someone told u how great a job ur doing here.
    It was about time 😉
    If u don’t listen to us mortals, u betta listen to Mrs Chris Diamantopoulos
    Go Catherine! Go Catherine!
    This is so cool there has to be a new word for cool.
    Enjoy it!
    I think we are all equally grateful for your work and the most wonderful things are you always being fair & ‘normal’ and that it really is the ‘Go-TO’-page
    wuv u

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:46 #

      thanks sweets

  10. marvel September 21, 2009 at 16:29 #

    I hate you FC!!

    You met Becki Newton and I havent!!!

    lol, she seems really nice and its also great to see a one woman blog rech so high!

  11. Stuti September 21, 2009 at 16:39 #

    Oh, this is gooood. :)
    And my, I love that picture. :)
    Who are YOU wearing FC? 😉

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 16:45 #

      :) It’s a vintage dress, with a Zara belt

      • Stuti September 21, 2009 at 17:11 #

        I like. :)

  12. Mimi September 21, 2009 at 17:05 #

    So pleased for you FC. I feel a lump in my throat for you. And BTW, you look really pretty.

  13. alex September 21, 2009 at 17:29 #

    One of these days it’s gonna be YOU walking the red carpet, so who’s gonna comment? lol

    seriously, you deserve every praise (even though we don’t agree on the opaque tights issue) ; )

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 17:38 #

      oh lord no :)

      I would be terrified.

      I don’t know how these girls do it. Those flash blubs are blinding

  14. Hellwafashion September 21, 2009 at 17:35 #

    Wow!!! Congratulations – that’s amazing. I love her in Ugly Betty. You’re blog’s brilliant, a lot of fashion people in middle east read u. She’s right what she said, you do everything with a sense of humour, you really would be forgiven for letting it all go to your head!
    What/who are you wearing???!!!!! – love it.

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 17:37 #


      it’s a vintage dress

  15. nisha September 21, 2009 at 17:38 #

    i am so happy for you fc i literally could not stop screaming omg while reading this.i love becki newton.its so cool that she reads your blog.she seems really nice and you both look great in the picture.thanks for posting

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 17:39 #

      Imagine what I was like :)

      I was trying to be professional, but inside I was screaming OMG OMG lol

  16. Regina September 21, 2009 at 17:49 #

    You deserved!CONGRATS!
    and you such a beautiful lady!)

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 18:04 #

      I’m blushing. Thanks you are too generous.

  17. jennyw September 21, 2009 at 18:08 #

    I’m so glad this blog is getting some well deserved recognition! I have read it at least twice a day for the past year and a half and although there are small things which i don’t always agree with ( we obviously can’t all have the same taste!) I love hearing your point of view instead of just the celebrity and the designer. May this be the start of bigger and better things FC!!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 18:13 #

      thanks jenny. At this point I’m just happy for the recognition.

      It’s incredibly flattering

  18. Mai September 21, 2009 at 18:35 #

    Congratulations! you deserve to get recongition! you do such an amazing job!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 19:41 #

      I do try, so thanks for your comment.

  19. Dominika September 21, 2009 at 18:43 #

    You shouldn’t be suprise, we – “regular” people – love you, so why wouldn’t They? You are an amazing bloger and, as far as I can tell, amazing person.
    You’re my fashion Guru, my love for fashion began with your blog, so tell me – what’s not to love?

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 19:40 #

      I hear what you are saying but when your blogging from your bedroom, you don’t get a sense of that the reaction is other than those close to you.

      It’s only after this trip that I get it. NYFW was a huge eye opener for me.

  20. Naomi September 21, 2009 at 18:54 #

    Ahhh! That was awesome! She is so sweet and totally right about you. Congrats on all the praise!

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 19:39 #

      thanks :)

  21. justme September 21, 2009 at 19:32 #

    Becki is right. It’s like you take fashion seriously but you don’t take yourself too seriously, you know? I love that. And I’m happy other people are loving that. This is a great blog, you deserve it.
    Also, I didn’t know you were black. Random but yayyy lol.

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 19:38 #

      thanks just me

  22. babii.doll September 21, 2009 at 20:41 #

    Aww, I am a dedicated reader of your blog but I have never commented before and it makes me very happy to hear Becki praising you like she did because you most definitely deserve it. =]

    • Fashion Critic September 21, 2009 at 21:01 #

      thanks for taking the time to comment and for your kind words. :)

  23. Tiffany September 21, 2009 at 21:48 #

    I love Becs she has the best style

  24. Tiffany September 21, 2009 at 21:49 #

    congrats on the recon you deserve

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 07:09 #

      thank hon. x

  25. Sally September 21, 2009 at 23:00 #

    Oh my God.
    I was reading that and had goosebumps.
    I’m so happy for you. Your blog brightens my day every when I check it every hour.

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 07:08 #

      Awww bless you for that.

      I’m glad that I can brighten you day. It’s amazing what fashion can do.

      • Martin September 22, 2009 at 14:54 #

        That’s the thing though Fashion Critic – it isn’t just the fashion and the celebrities who wear it that makes this site so amazing. YOU are the critical component in making this site work.

        I have no doubt that this site would be so much less interesting if it were just a straight runway to red carpet site without any commentary or insight or narrative.

        It is your commentary that makes this site so exciting and that generates the dialogue that is such a brilliant feature of Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

        Such recognition is long overdue if you ask me, but I feel that you’ll be getting much, much more of it in the future. And all of it incredibly deserved.

        • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 14:57 #

          Martin, you are so incredibly sweet.

          Your words are like poetry to my ears and I’m so flattered.

          I feel like even I have learned a lot about fashion from doing this blog, so I happy to share my geeky passion.

          Like I said before none of my friend, not even my sister shares my passion for fashion, so I’m glad you all do too.

  26. Lexa September 21, 2009 at 23:25 #

    Wow FC, congrats! really well deserved! :)
    You look lovely in that picture, great smile! :)

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 07:06 #

      Thanks :*

  27. Jen September 21, 2009 at 23:57 #

    Becki and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Fashion Critic, and we frequently discuss things that you have said. I remember Becki saying to me several months ago “I wonder who the Fashion Critic really is? I love her Blog”.
    Wonderful job.
    -Becki’s Mom

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 07:05 #

      Oh Mrs Newton, thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

      Becki made my trip New York Fashion Week so worthwhile when she expressed her love for my blog.

      It gave me a lot of confidence and made me want to work even harder.

      Thanks again, FC x

  28. ella September 22, 2009 at 01:50 #

    im so happy for you FC you really deserve it because i cant possibly imagine how hard your job is and I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE SOOO MUCH

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 06:59 #

      thanks for your support 😀

  29. pixiepixel September 22, 2009 at 02:56 #

    hey FC thats a great post you did here, i think Becki said the right thing about you. i visit your website everyday without fail…from Singapore

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 06:58 #

      I so glad you are enjoying my blog

  30. N September 22, 2009 at 05:55 #

    I’ve followed this blog for soo long now, your blog is the first site I check everyday! You are awesome. Much love FC [:

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 06:57 #

      much love back to you :*

      Thank you

  31. Mariana September 22, 2009 at 06:44 #

    You know what? When I was driving home today I was thinking about how lucky you were to get the chance to be in NYFW and meet such amazing people, see such amazing clothes.

    Then I thought: That is not luck. It is not fair to say that you are lucky.
    That is a lot of talent put into a good use and a lot of hard work.

    You deserve it.

    I’m also glad to know I’m not the only girl addicted to your blog!!!

    If you ever stop (please don’t!!!) I will have to star a support group.


    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 06:56 #

      Awww…that is so sweet. Thank you. :*

  32. Kish September 22, 2009 at 09:19 #

    Epic moment for you :) Congratulations, you MUST have been so on top of the world – you’re one of my fav blogs. So much fun on the red carpet !

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 10:38 #

      Epic moment? so very true.

      Thanks Kish

  33. Laveena September 22, 2009 at 09:23 #

    Its so great to see you Catherine, you look adorable, love what you are wearing.

    Addicted to your blog..sending you love

    from your fan in Mumbai :)

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 10:37 #

      thank you :*

  34. Lei September 22, 2009 at 10:05 #

    I used to read lots of fashion blogs, but now yours is the only 1 I need.. you truly deserve all the praise for doing such a superb job.. Congrats!

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 10:37 #

      I glad I can be your one stop shop, so to speak

  35. Adrien September 22, 2009 at 10:18 #

    Yeah!! Congrats FC… what else can we say, you are just GREAT!!

    Thanks again for the site!!

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 10:33 #

      you are all too kind

  36. shubby doo September 22, 2009 at 13:16 #

    omg, you so deserve this moment…great praise…as a mere mortal i worship your site…i’m on it like 6 – 8 times a day…i’m not suprised beckie loves it too!

    if i were a celeb i’d be scared of the who wore it better polls though!!

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 13:22 #

      Thanks Shubby Doo.

      From my conversation with Becki, I don’t think celebs really mind about WWIB, well she didn’t seem to mind anyway.

  37. Malena September 22, 2009 at 15:35 #

    Congrats fashion critics, I agree with everybody that u deserve all the praise, and actually for me u are a bigger star than Becki (but I get your point of view, and u explained it so well saying that blogging from your bed you don’t even know how “big” u are). I’m fascinated by your blog and though I could NEVER afford almost anything these girls wear (ok, maybe Zara or H&M) I keep saving photos thinking one day I’ll go to my tailor and have a dress like this made for me (don’t know what would I do with all of them, since I don’t have any red carpet invitation, anyway…) So, for me this is like an escape to a great fashion world which I would not be able to see if not for you. Not to mention how many web sites quote you or pick up the same photos and publish the article after you, as a big news, and so many others have the wrong information, and so I always say to myself, they are so wrong, she is not wearing that designer, Fashion critic said different. That also fascinates me, your ability to ID every dress, and I was wondering do you have a day job, ‘couse just reading your blog takes so much time. Gee, a long message, gotta stop… Bye, from a fan!

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 16:57 #


      I blog full-time after being made redundant in January. Best thing that ever happened to me.

      I’m glad you have also notice that some others sites have suddenly been able to id what celebrities wear.

      It’s funny because it those very publications that wouldn’t give me a job as I didn’t have a fashion background.

      It’s strange old world

      thanks for your comment, and I happy to provide your escapism.

  38. Landy September 22, 2009 at 17:35 #

    that’s awesome. I know its the “go to blog” for me! LOL! You are doing such a fabulous and classy job! Keep up the good work!

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 20:02 #

      Thanks Landy :*

  39. maji frm maldives September 22, 2009 at 19:46 #

    i am so addicted to your website.. great work!! v really appreciate your passion for this work..
    love all the from maldives

    • Fashion Critic September 22, 2009 at 19:54 #

      Hmmm the Maldives, wish I was there now.

      Thanks x

  40. Wen September 23, 2009 at 12:11 #

    I am also addicted to your blog and check it whenever I can to see if there is anything new posted! You do an awesome job!!!

    Now I just have to ask though, does anyone know where to find that cute blue and white striped dress Becki is wearing in the 3rd picture?

    Love from the netherlands

    • Fashion Critic September 23, 2009 at 13:15 #

      Thanks Wen. I’m guessing Altuzarra, as that is the show she attended

  41. Flixer September 29, 2009 at 19:58 #

    Oh FC, I’m so proud of you. It feels like my best friend met Becki Newton and got the most awesome feedback on her hard, hard work that anybody could ask for. It feels like my friend is famous herself now! Thank you friend for making us all so happy! Most importantly, congratulations friend!! YOU ROCK!!

    • Fashion Critic September 29, 2009 at 20:49 #

      thanks so so much, that was a really nice comment you left me.

      I’m happy my hard work is paying off and recognised by people like Becki

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