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.