My New York Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Here are a few highs and lows from my week at New York Fashion Week.

Below are my top 10 looks from the shows I attended in no particular order.

The Lincoln Center: I was never fond of Bryant Park. The new home for fashion was more spacious, had more natural light and was more organised with a hassle free check in system. The real bonus was that is was right next door to my hotel.

New additions to my schedule: Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Mulberry, Isaac Mirahi, Diane von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, Cynthia Rowley and The Blonds.

Presentations with a twist: Asian prints at Philosophy. Models rotating in and out of the William Tempest presentation. The cabaret girls at The Blonds. The live singer at Carlos Miele. Models walking on a smoke filled runway at Sally LaPointe.

Best Party: Mulberry Party

Random celeb sightings:
Kelly Cutrone outside Starbucks on 63rd Street with a queue of people waiting to take their picture with her.

L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger at the Standard Grill having lunch after her Spring 2011 presentation.

Elisabeth Moss walking near the Apple store on 66th Street alone wearing jeans and a khaki jacket whilst wheeling her suitcase and carrying a Victoria’s Secret shopping bag looking very happy with herself.

Riding an elevator at the Empire Hotel with Stephanie Pratt.

Kelly Rowland in the Spanx suite at the Empire Hotel.

Best/Only Gift: From the lovely Tory Burch team took a few bloggers to lunch (one of the few sit down proper meals I had all week). They kindly gifted us with accessories. I got an olive bag and Sydne aka Think Thru Fashion got some killer booties with neon pink laces.

Shopping: Picked up an iPad, a silk Adam taupe shirt dress, a Helmut Lang tee, J Brand jeans and Madewell jeans.

Cab Sharing: Some times it was the only way to ensure you got to a show in time. It was always easy to spot a fashion damsel in distress. Well dressed, high heels with a pained expression on her face.

Funniest moment: Fashion editors sprinting in their 6ins heels towards their town cars after J Mendel’s 9am show to get to Ralph Lauren’s 10 am show on time. Everyone made it in time.

Sweetest moment: When Suzy Menkes was push out of the path of Sarah Jessica Parker by her over zealous security after Narciso Rodriguez’ presentation, SJP embarrassingly apologized on their behalf.

Fashion Editors in the front row: They were just as entertaining as the runway show. The look of the week was the Celine Spring 2010 beige skirt with chocolate leather trims. I saw two in one day. I hope they didn’t bump into each other.

Meeting the Allure Fashion editors: Had I not seen them holding their Jason Wu invites I would’ve continued to go the wrong way down Mercer Street and would’ve missed the show as I was late enough as it was.


Shows missed due to scheduling: Editions by Georges Chakra, Suno, Bensoni, Naeem Khan and L.A.M.B.

Traffic: There were so many fashion folk, so few cabs, so many shows across town and a LOT of traffic. Almost missed Marchesa due to traffic.

I missed my flight back to London due to the worst traffic I had seen in my life. Storms the night before had up rooted trees all over the streets enroute to JFK.

Time: Not having enough of it to see my NY friends. But it’s a great excuse to take another trip back to the big apple.

Missing out on: The Chanel party. It would’ve been epic.

Sleep: Not having enough of it.

Leigh Lezark: Despite Leigh Lezark sitting front row at many shows for the past 2 or 3 seasons, I still get people sitting next to me asking, “Who is that?” when photographers are taking her pictures. At this point I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I know.

Gustavo Cadile Spring 2011

Gustavo Cadile Spring 2011

House Of Holland Spring 2011

House Of Holland Spring 2011

70 Responses to My New York Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

  1. LeeAnn September 18, 2010 at 20:06 #

    well done!

  2. Hannah September 18, 2010 at 20:18 #

    wow thankyou for this recent adittion to your blog. it is fascinating to know all about fashion week, and I cannot fault your top ten, excpt that i would have about a million more looks. How people cannot know who leigh lezark is is beyond me, why are they at the fashion shows if they do not know that?
    I hope you had a great fashion week, adn you really deserve that yummy bag!

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 21:10 #

      Thanks and I love the bag x

  3. nina September 18, 2010 at 20:23 #

    Thank you F.C. for your great work during NY fashion week.I really enjoyed in your every report!Thnak you again.

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 21:10 #

      my pleasure. Can’t wait to bring you guys the rest

  4. Z Fashion Blog September 18, 2010 at 20:35 #

    Great review!
    My own favourite shows were Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung and Carolina Herrera.

  5. Marvel September 18, 2010 at 20:48 #

    I ♥ this Post!!

    I LOVE how in depth you go into the details and the little anecdotes e.g. SJP, bless her!

    Im glad you got back in one piece and I think I speak for everyone when I say thanks for the AWESOME coverage. Get some sleep :)

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 20:57 #

      thanks my dear. will try, but don’t see that happening until after fashion month

  6. Ruth September 18, 2010 at 21:06 #

    i would give serious consideration to breaking with tradition and wearing that beautiful pink monique lhuillier to my wedding.

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 21:09 #

      it would be AMAZE

      • niya September 19, 2010 at 00:35 #

        *nods head vigorously* please do!!!

  7. Ally September 18, 2010 at 21:10 #

    Love your top ten. Especially the Donna Karan and Jason Wu. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jennifer Aniston was brave enough to wear the Donna Karan? I feel like DK suits her more than Valentino… I think the Jason Wu would look best on someone who is tall so it wouldn’t have to be shortened.

    Thanks again for your amazing coverage. :)

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 21:12 #

      I would faint if Jennifer wore it and you are very welcome

  8. mm September 18, 2010 at 21:15 #

    Awesome Coverage. I see your Karl Lagerfeld moment coming soon.

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 21:18 #

      I pray for that moment 😀

      • Clover September 20, 2010 at 00:08 #

        Maybe some pics of you FC? I bet you looked amazing.

        • Fashion Critic September 20, 2010 at 07:23 #

          Some street style bloggers took some pics of me, so if I find any I will share

  9. Linda September 18, 2010 at 21:25 #

    Very cool feature…great job, FC!

  10. mol September 18, 2010 at 21:53 #

    I love this summary and how it pulls your whole NY fashion week experience together for your readers – you must be exhausted, but the you always go that extra mile for us! I can’t believe you have to jump right back into it…..

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 22:38 #

      It’s lovely comments like this that make me go that extra mile


  11. Alex September 18, 2010 at 21:54 #

    FC you’re some kind of cyborg! I have no idea how you managed to post it all for us during lastt weeks. First Emmy’s, then Venice, and then fashion week and TIFF and you also had time to bring some pretties from other parties, premieres! And I’ve been looking through some fashion blogs earlier, but now I don’t need to, because I can find it all in your site!

    And I’m really glad you enjoyed your time in NYC. From your description I feel that it wasn’t only work and rush all day long for you, because you love what you do.
    Amazing coverage!

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 22:38 #

      I go into overdrive during awards season, film festival and fashion week.

      Funny how they all came at once 😉

  12. michelle September 18, 2010 at 21:56 #

    i hope your not offended but, woman i love you. and that bag * inser tyraism* is all types of fierce. thank you soooooo much for nyfw coverage. *pops champagne for FC*

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 22:37 #

      not at all :)

  13. Jarrold September 18, 2010 at 22:20 #

    THANKS FOR THIS! You should do this on the regular for every city! I wish I had your life *dreams*

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 22:36 #

      I will do :) but Paris is looking a bit thin at the moment

  14. Lali September 18, 2010 at 22:21 #

    Thank you FC! You’re the best!

    • Fashion Critic September 18, 2010 at 22:36 #

      xxxthank youxxx

  15. Sally September 18, 2010 at 22:47 #

    Your NY coverage was AMAZING! My best friend and I were commenting all week that you mustn’t have had a minutes sleep with keeping up with all your posts from Fashion Week, VMA’s etc.
    Well done! So good!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 00:23 #

      thanks Sally xxx

  16. Tania September 18, 2010 at 22:55 #

    I love the Jenny Packham and Jason Wu. Thank you for all the hard work you hve done I really have enjoyed the nyfwc x

  17. Bella September 18, 2010 at 23:23 #

    Thanks for all the great work and coverage!

  18. staramour September 18, 2010 at 23:38 #

    Sounds like a hectic and amazing week. Thanks for all the hard work. I can’t wait to see the runway come to life on your blog!

  19. alannah September 18, 2010 at 23:51 #

    thanks fc, id eagerly pop on here first thing every morning for your fashion updates/coverage!

  20. Jennifer September 19, 2010 at 00:10 #

    LOVE the Monique Lhuillier. Dianna Agron would rock it at the Oscars. Oh and excellent post by the way FC, one of my favourites xx

  21. pipsqueak September 19, 2010 at 00:17 #

    I love this recap as much as the daily posts in this past week. I’m envious of your TB bag and … the fashionable job/life you’ve earned for yourself!

  22. niya September 19, 2010 at 00:32 #

    Well not sound like a broken record – but it’s been a pleasure reading your blog, and I am amazed at your energy to keep up with all this. I am dying to ask you what Stephanie Pratt was like in the flesh, but I fear that would sound a lil gossipy…I’m looking forward to the rest of your coverage of spring2011 and wish you all the best! – hope paris works out.

  23. Fiona September 19, 2010 at 00:42 #

    Thanks for the fabulous recap, and for your insights and anecdotes, it must have been a wonderful week. I love the Prabal Gurung look also, and all of Oscar de la Renta’s looks – I will be waiting to see how many make it onto the red carpet this season.

  24. Naomi September 19, 2010 at 01:04 #

    FC, your coverage of NY fashion week was amazing!
    Thanks so much for all the effort , I really love this site, it always brings a smile to my face.

  25. Rosie September 19, 2010 at 01:43 #

    Thanks for all your coverage! Love your top 10!

    Thank you again for all the effort you go to every day!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:37 #

      Could do it without you support so thank you

  26. Rosie September 19, 2010 at 01:59 #

    you. are. amazing. I’m so jealous of your life getting to see all these gorgeous clothes!!
    P.S. Your pictures from the Marchesa presentation were better than the ones on style.com, wish I could add them to my lookbooks! Also did you see that Marchesa gave you a shout out on facebook?

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:34 #

      I didn’t want to boost, but I also think that my pictures are better than the ones on style.com :)

      Do you think that’s why they linked to my review? 😀

  27. Paulo September 19, 2010 at 02:45 #

    FC I am so living vicariously through you! Thanks for all your hard work!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:32 #

      I’m glad to share my incredible journey? Sometimes knave to pinch myself x

  28. Yerdeh September 19, 2010 at 03:38 #

    you have an awesome job, even without the freebies just doing smth you love everyday is amazing in itself!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:28 #

      the rewarding part is loving every second

      Thank u x

  29. Pablo September 19, 2010 at 04:26 #

    Well this article was just spectacular!! Loved it!! 😀 xx

  30. Jessica September 19, 2010 at 05:50 #

    Thanks for all your hard work! I visit this site twice a day! it is so fabulous and i love reading your insight on fashion :)

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:26 #

      Thanks for your support

  31. Sindhu September 19, 2010 at 06:19 #

    I am a regular on this site, but don’t post usually… You keep me updated abt the fashion et el n I eagerly look forward to the updates as I am based in India. What is most endearing abt you is that you reply to the posts of the members which most other bloggers don’t care to do…It adds a personal touch and ensure they are back for more on your blog.. Last but not the least, the coverage is wonderful…. Work and pleasure in the same breath is very rare to find:) and u are one of those…


    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 07:25 #

      Thanks for your comment.

      It’s really people like you who make me strive to work hard and update so often.

      It so rewarding to be appreciated, so thanks for your comment

  32. Ayesha September 19, 2010 at 08:43 #

    fantastic coverage,you’re the best :)

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 09:16 #

      thanks sweetie x

  33. Juliet September 19, 2010 at 08:47 #

    What you have done at NY fashion week is amazing! Thank you,thank you,thank you for all the hard and beautiful work!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 09:16 #

      thank you x

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 12:15 #

      my pleasure. thanks Juliet

  34. Parvati September 19, 2010 at 11:50 #

    Wow, you’re so lucky!!! I loved your “New York Fashion Week highs & lows”!!!

    By the way, I love the Oscar de la Renta gown and the colours on the Prabal Gurung rynway look you picked!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 12:07 #

      I do feel lucky. thank you x

  35. iona September 19, 2010 at 16:02 #

    amazing post!!!! thanks for all the hard work, and for bringing all the amazing experiences in NY… following you since the beggining has been a pleasure, so it’s so nice to see u have earned the right to be in all this amazing shows!


    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 17:12 #

      wow that’s a long time. thanks for your support xxxxxxx

  36. Sydne September 19, 2010 at 20:47 #

    Incredibly impressed with all your coverage. Can’t wait to see pics from Milan and Paris!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 21:44 #

      thanks Sydne. It was great to see you again x

  37. confeteria September 19, 2010 at 21:11 #

    It was lovely to read this post. I had a positive laugh about your comments and just wanted to let you know that I feel very happy for your success and the chances you have got.

    Your blog has been my most favorite one for years now and I want to thank you for the nice work you do.

    Good luck!

    • Fashion Critic September 19, 2010 at 21:45 #

      thanks confeteria. I love that I have so many loyal readers x

  38. Rach September 20, 2010 at 04:28 #

    I just wanted to say thanks for your AMAZING coverage as well. All the photos have been really beautiful. Keep up the good work (but don’t exhuast yourself too much in the process!) :)

    • Fashion Critic September 20, 2010 at 07:21 #

      Thanks Rach.

      I’m enjoying every second despite working so hard :)

  39. Sharon September 20, 2010 at 15:32 #

    Your descriptions of the shows have been so good, and reading about the schedules, traffic, cabs, etc., left me out of breath. I can’t imagine how you kept going, FC, but I am so appreciative that you did. You’re an amazing woman – thank you!

    • Fashion Critic September 20, 2010 at 17:00 #

      awww thanks Sharon. it was exhausting but loved every second and I’d doing it all again

  40. mariana September 21, 2010 at 04:56 #

    you should do this more often!! loved!!
    great coverage, great opinions as always!!
    i want to see pics of you too! please let us know if u find them!

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