My New York Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Here are a few highs and lows from my week at New York Fashion Week. It’s comes later than usual due to my server crashing on Monday and Tuesday.

Below are my top 11 looks from the shows I attended in no particular order, but the Oscar de le Renta dress was my number 1 favourite look for Fall 2011.


Funniest Conversation:
Friend – Shall we go to Vacca
Me – Isn’t it too early to be drinking?
Friend – No Vacca, Domenica Vacca
Fits of hysterical laughter

Favourite places to eat: When I had the chance Fred’s at Barneys and The Standard Grill.

Brad Goreski: As you know I had lunch with friends who invited Brad Goreski. I was super excited to meet him and I was so touched that upon being introduced to me that the feeling was mutual. Seeing Brad get beyond excited as the picture of his client Jessica Alba in Atelier Versace at the BAFTAs appeared on his Blackberry was so cute. It’s good to know we are the same red carpet fashion obsessed person.

Best celebrity sighting: Patti la Belle, who played a short set at The Box

Random celeb sightings: Helen Christensen on Hudson Street entering her home. A blonde Evan Rachel Wood causally walking past me on Broadway. Bumping into Brad Goreski after he had finished styling a shoot on Mercer Street. Will Farrell at the Standard Hotel.

Most Valuable experience: Flying Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic. For the first time in my life I was able to sleep on a plane thanks to their flat beds

Nicest celeb: Rose McGowan. I meet Rose at the Preen show. I told her that she was included in my Top 10 dresses of the year for wearing Issa. To my surprised she said she’d seen it. She then went onto tell me that it was actually her second choice as her first choice hadn’t arrived to her in time. InStyle recently did a feature on her and Kate Middleton wearing Issa dresses to which she joked, “who knew I would have something in common with Kate Middleton.”

The next time I saw her was at the Max Azria show. She came and said ‘hi’ to me telling me that she had been to so many shows that day and all she wanted to do at that point was eat a steak and potato. A girl after my own heart.

Mercedes Benz Star Lounge: The Star lounge was an invite only area which celebs go prior to shows and where fashion folk can mingle. It was in the fashion lounge that I got to meet my idol Iman.

In the lounge they served breakfast, lunch and dinner which came in handy in between shows when you didn’t have a chance to pop out to eat.

Bryan Boy: Every season Bryan Boy comes up with one gimmick to keep the paps happy. Last season it was Minnie Mouse ears, this season it was a full blown out Afro.

Catching up: Every season my blogging buddies and I promise to meet for drinks, coffee, dinner, but this season we actually did it. As the blogging world becomes increasing catty with egos going out of control and blogger agents trying cash in on the blogger phenomenon and promising bloggers things they don’t deliver, it was great to sit down with professional bloggers like Tina from Bag Snob who shares the same work ethic as me.

Making new friends: After having twitter conversations with so many people I’d never met before it was great finally meet them.

Reaching my 30k twitter followers goal: I set myself a personal goal to reach 30k twitter followers by the end of Fashion Week. I managed to do this by Wednesday the day before the end of the event thanks to extra support from my twitter followers the Fug Girls, Tom & Lorenzo and Bag Snob.

Being spotted: It was really nice that so many people I had never met before would say to me, “I love your blog.” It’s great that so many people appreciate my blog and take the time to tell me how much they appreciate my work.


Having to move hotel rooms: For the first time in my life I unpacked all my suitcases and put everything away nice and neatly. After all that effort I had to move rooms because my door wouldn’t close probably. Needless to say I then too tired to put in the same effort in the second room.

Celebs count: Fall fashion week is usually celeb light because of the cold weather. Michael Kors had the best front row. Like many others at fashion week I’m still wondering why Vanessa Hudgens attending so many shows.

Internet: For some reason the Internet was either very slow or didn’t work at all the first few days of fashion week. Us fashion folk seemed to put AT&T under a lot of pressure whilst blogging and tweeting.

Seat Stealer: Fashion Week is notorious for people taking seats not allocated to them. After working my way up from standing and paying my dues, my allocated seat is sacred especially after the mileage I travel in heels. On the last day of fashion week I asked the girl sitting in my seat at L.A.M.B. to vacate 4 times. She boldly refused. Eventually I got one of the PRs to move her.

Worst celeb: Alexa Chung. As you know I’m very critical of Alexa as I like my celebs to hit the red carpet with non-greasy hair. I met her in the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge before the Christian Siriano show. I asked to take a picture of her and she flatly refused. I took this gracefully as karma for being none too complimentary about her on my blog, but she did the same to at least 2 other people. For some who failed in the US she has a very snotty attitude. She should’ve been grateful I recognised here because many people didn’t.

Cold weather: I thought I was going to lose my fingers at one point to frost bite.

Katy Perry In Christian Dior - Vogue Eyewear Dinner Party

Katy Perry In Christian Dior – Vogue Eyewear Dinner Party

The Vogue Talents Corner Event

The Vogue Talents Corner Event

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

  1. Chisyelda February 27, 2011 at 08:42 #

    I love this blog! It’s the best celebrity fashion blog there ever is! I literally can’t stop browsing my mom even threatened to take away my blackberry,thanks to this blog. I live in Indonesia where a lot of people love Alexa’s style,but it’s just really not for me. Tell Alexa to wash her hair next time,FC!

    • Fashion Critic February 27, 2011 at 12:23 #

      thanks. I will tell her that x

  2. Sydne February 25, 2011 at 21:21 #

    What a fun read! I enjoyed bumping in to you during the week. Hopefully in September we can grab a drink. Impressive coverage as always! xo

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2011 at 01:01 #

      It’s always a pleasure bumping into you.

      I hope all goes well with your big decision to take the plunge.

      See you next season. Hopefully New York will be a lot hotter

  3. Fanny February 25, 2011 at 21:13 #

    Wow it sounds like you had a great time in NY! But what do you mean when you write that Alexa should be glad that you recognized her? I didn’t really understand that.

    • Fashion Critic February 26, 2011 at 01:02 #

      Meaning that only about 3 people recognized her (1 being me), so she shouldn’t be acting like a big star in New York when she clearly isn’t

  4. Badaboum February 25, 2011 at 19:44 #

    Wow! I love your honesty. This is why I love your blog so you are really honest and I get the sense that you are really dedicated and have a great work ethic.

    I always had the feeling that Rose McGowan was a diva. I heard that story ages ago that once for a red carpet premiere, she asked all her female co-star to not wear a specific color (red I think…) so that she could be the centre of attention. It left me with a really bad opinion about her. But I have to be honest I started to change my mind a little since the green Issa dress…

    Alexa Chung?! Alexa Chung, seriously?! Who is she anyway?! And what does she do?! (not washing her hair that’s for sure…). If Lady Iman can spend a few seconds of her time to take some pictures, Alexa must have a serious ego problem… And also, unless she is on your blog I never hear much about her anyway!
    I am sorry to hear you wear treated so badly 🙁 but it seems that you met much more interesting people anyway!
    Fashion world looks like fun, glamorous but rough at the same time!

    Thank you so much for your coverage of the Fashion weekS (New york and all of them)! I cannot wait for Monday morning!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 19:48 #

      You are very welcome…hopefully there will be many drop dead gorgeous looks for you on Monday xxx

      • Badaboum February 25, 2011 at 20:02 #

        Looking forward to it
        Sorry for the length of my comment I go carried away!
        “Great blog, great work, great coverages” should have been enough!

  5. Fashion Friend February 25, 2011 at 18:35 #

    Oh FC – I used to work at Us and Alexa was a total B to a reporter once – wouldn’t even acknowledge her. We all were like “Your show just got cancelled in the US – shouldn’t you be begging to have your ‘Best Style Tip’ or whatever published in the magazine?” So tragique for her and her bad attitude.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 19:45 #

      Wow so many stories about her behaviour

  6. lee February 25, 2011 at 18:06 #

    FC, u kick ass and u keep it real. u already know i love ur blog 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 19:46 #

      Haaa…thank you

  7. em February 25, 2011 at 16:55 #

    thank you for this post! and your work period
    it is wonderful hearing the week summarized and seeing your top picks

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 19:46 #

      Glad you enjoyed it

  8. robbie February 25, 2011 at 15:30 #

    lovely round up. you are so down to earth and professional, it is so strange seeing how your site has grown from the start.

    as for alexa she probably didnt want to be pictures beside someone beautiful, stylish and elegant.

  9. Ally February 25, 2011 at 15:08 #

    Aww. I love these types of posts. It sounds like you had a blast and I’m so glad that you are finally getting seats! 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 15:22 #

      Me and my feet are happy too 🙂

      • Ally February 25, 2011 at 16:45 #

        Haha. Good point!

  10. Suyin February 25, 2011 at 14:32 #

    Hi! I absolutely love your blog, im on it practically every day! it’s been great reading all your adventures in new york, and that alexa story is really funny, she actually does seem like that so im not really surprised

    glad you had a fun time!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 15:24 #

      Thank you…glad you could virtually come along for the ride xxx

  11. meimei February 25, 2011 at 12:06 #

    You must had had the best time during NYFW. Thanks for the updates, I love your blog, I check it everyday without fail. If I met you, I would’ve compliment you, ask for a picture and an autograph.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 13:19 #

      thank you.. 😀

  12. Kaz February 25, 2011 at 11:28 #

    Fantastic post! I really felt like I was there with you 🙂

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I love it more every day.

    In that year I have definitely become a lot more fashionable – plenty of inspiration!

    Keep up the great work.

    And I think Alexa’s show flopping in the US is karma for being a cow!

    Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Kaz February 25, 2011 at 11:29 #

      P.S. That Donna Karan is total heaven – no-one works it quite like Karlie!

      • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:33 #


    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:34 # too x

  13. Erini February 25, 2011 at 10:40 #

    You do such a wonderful job and in giving us the highs and lows really felt like I was there with you, the first thing I do when going online each day is to see your site, keep up the amazing work and thanks,x

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:05 #

      thank you. Glad you are enjoying my work. x

  14. nthiran February 25, 2011 at 10:22 #

    Hahahaha im still not over the alexa chung story, guess shes as greasy as her hair!! loved the hotel shampoo bottle idea as well!! im dying to see your post on Oscars, 3more days!!! cant live without your blog!!! its the best thing tht ever happened to me 😀

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 10:39 #

      aww you’re sweet

      Thank you x

  15. Kitty February 25, 2011 at 09:21 #

    Great coverage of fashion week and all the red carpet events! I check in everyday to get my fashion hit. What a b*tch Alexa sounds.
    On a different topic so interested to hear what you think of the new Aniston do as I know her hair is your pet peev? x

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:04 #

      I seen it, but I don’t think much of it tbh

  16. May February 25, 2011 at 09:09 #

    Why do i think the Derek Lam dress looks like Lanvin~~~

  17. nina February 25, 2011 at 08:56 #

    Thank you for great coverage of NYFW FC,I really enjoy in it.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:04 #

      you’re welcome x

  18. Pablo February 25, 2011 at 08:47 #

    Hey FC!! Madness has started: NYFW, LFW, MFW and Oscar Night!! Get some rest to make it through Sunday!! 🙂

    I’ve been so overwhelmed by your awesome coverage I’ve barely been able to comment!! 🙂 I really don’t know how you do it, with so many shows you’ve attended this season!! Four hour sleep nights, i guess!! 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for your hard work and for posts like these, which make us feel fashion so close and help us share the passion you have for your work!! It is so much appreciated!!

    Have a great weekend!! xx

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 11:04 #

      thanks you.. I will have a great weekend with the Oscars.

      I hope you have a great one too.

  19. Vicky February 25, 2011 at 07:57 #

    Thank you for sharing with us! You deserve everything that’s coming your way (invited to all the fabolous shows).

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 08:40 #

      Thank you so much xxx

  20. Sue Jin February 25, 2011 at 06:16 #

    THank you for sharing your experience! You really must be a an organized person with good work ethics.. you still manage to keep your site updated while doing all of the above! Oh, and Rose seems like a wonderful and nice person.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:36 #

      thank you and Rose is so so so nice.

      Really went up in my estimation

  21. Nithya February 25, 2011 at 05:08 #

    Well done FC! I’ve been a follower of your blog for ages, it’s my go-to source for who’s wearing what. I loved your coverage of fashion week. Thank you for working so hard. I can’t wait for Oscar coverage. Each year, even before I check to see who has won, I check your blog to see what they wore.
    From India.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:47 #

      thank you for your support.

      it means a lot to me xxx

  22. Jamie Sanford February 25, 2011 at 04:43 #

    I’m so glad that I tweeted Rose’s appearance on your blog to her now! I don’t know if that’s how she knew but I love her so much and have been thrilled to see her looking fabulous and showing up on RCFA!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:43 #

      Oh yes, I remember you doing that. Thanks so much

  23. Jen February 25, 2011 at 04:19 #

    good for you for standing your ground with the seat!

    re: the Rose/Kate/Issa link
    Kate Middleton also has to wear shiny panty hose, poor girl.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:44 #

      sucks to be her 😉

  24. Rita February 25, 2011 at 03:55 #

    that’s so weird I always though Rose McGowan is a huuuge diva and Alexa is a nice person

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:44 #

      Strange how things work out 🙂

  25. Thomas Monks February 25, 2011 at 03:14 #

    I wish I could be you, in fact it was you who inspired me to start blogging in the first place. I want Annette Bening to wear that Jason Wu gown to the oscars. i made a wish list on my blog

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:45 #

      That’s nice to hear.

  26. Teleholic February 25, 2011 at 02:22 #

    UMMMM If science ever figures out a way for people to switch bodies you better watch your back because I will come after you 😉

    Gosh… I was on this site when there was still that red high heel on the banner, I can’t believe how much you’ve grown since then and I’m so glad all that hard work’s paid off! I don’t comment too much but just so you know I check this site about 7 to 10 times a day, every day, even on the weekends just in case you post something, as I’m sure we all do. I love going through the archives.

    Like everyone here, the only reason I know who Alexa Chung is is because you feature her on your blog. And you actually give her credit when she looks nice! So I don’t buy the karma thing. Some people are just [censored] and nothing’s gonna change that.

    You rock, FC! I’m so glad you got to meet all those people! I would DIE. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:47 #

      ha ha…I remember that you are one of the ‘early adopters’

      thanks for your continued support

  27. Aisha A. February 25, 2011 at 02:20 #

    I have to say it seems like you had a blast and i haven’t missed a single day in the whole of last year reading your blog! love ur sense of style and i’m loving how you mentioned karma…lol the LOWS of your fashion week shows fashion can bring out the worst in people also..:)

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:48 #

      every day I have a blast….even when I work through the night for the Oscars I will be having the time of my life.

  28. easyBlake February 25, 2011 at 01:10 #

    Just wanted to add my appreciation for your tireless coverage of all things Runway to Red Carpet. You do such great work!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 01:16 #

      It’s my pleasure xxx

  29. Tania February 25, 2011 at 01:06 #

    You are so humble and real and your career will last a long time! The Alexia experience made me chuckle thanks for all the courage it made me feel like I was there. My favourite dress is the Jason Wu I hope someone wears it on sunday!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 01:16 #

      Thanks Tania. You are so sweet. I still remember the day we met 😀

      I hope someone wears it on Sunday too

  30. Matt February 25, 2011 at 00:45 #

    I never liked Alexa Chung anyway, you should have lit a fire in that witch’s broom. You being critical of her is not Karma, her style sucks, point blank, at least now we know she has an attitude to match.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:49 #

      You are right. I won’t feel so guilty about telling her to wash her hair LOL 😉

  31. Mary February 25, 2011 at 00:42 #

    Well, I only know Alexa Chung because you blog about her 😛

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:50 #

      Riiiight girlfriend 🙂

  32. Linda February 25, 2011 at 00:36 #

    Great post! Love all the details you shared with us. Very cool. I too think you’ve got the best blog on the web.

    I too love that Oscar De La Renta dress more than any other I’ve seen. I really hope Nicole Kidman wears it…

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:50 #

      thanks Linda…I do try 😉

    • Rebecca February 25, 2011 at 03:19 #

      I so agree on the Oscar De La Renta dress, and all these positive comments and compliments to FC. You never would have known you were having trouble posting things–your blog was buzzing the whole week!

      • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 06:45 #

        thank you. I’m glad you weren’t interrupted

  33. Laura February 25, 2011 at 00:32 #

    Well done FC! Been a follower since forever and your blog is the first thing I read every morning before I start work (I’m living in South East Asia). Keep up your good work and as for Alexa, a girl who can’t stand straight is never fashionable to me. xoxo

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:50 #

      thanks for your support Laura

      Love ya xxx

  34. Crystal February 25, 2011 at 00:29 #

    who is Alexa Chung?? what does she do? let me google it …….practically nothing lol

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:30 #


  35. Hisadora February 25, 2011 at 00:03 #

    so glad you enjoyed your fashion week!!!
    Seriously FC, I was shocked when I read that she refused to take a picture with you because you posted some things she disliked in your blog. I think she MUST understand that that’s your job… and, I’m sorry but I didn’t like her before, but now… now I see how are some of these famous people…

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:17 #

      I don’t think that was the reason, I said that I saw it as Karma

  36. Grégory De Vos February 24, 2011 at 23:58 #

    I love reading your stories about fashion weeks and today isn’t exception! Thanks for sharing your opinions and I appreciate the fact you don’t seem to censure yourself (the Alexa case)… 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:17 #

      censuring isn’t fun 🙂


  37. Lei February 24, 2011 at 23:54 #

    Absolutely loved your coverage of NYFW FC! i lived it vicariously through you and your tweets!!

    Thanks a million & keep doing what you are doing as you do it better than any other fashion blogger in my opinion!

    • Fashion Critic February 24, 2011 at 23:59 #

      That is extremely high praise indeed and very much appreciated.

      It comments like this which will keep me blogging until 6am on Oscar night ;D

      Thank you xx

  38. dada February 24, 2011 at 23:53 #

    I still don’t get it why some people appreciate a girl like alexa, Imean she has some good clothes choosen for her…that’s it , I think!

  39. Rachel February 24, 2011 at 23:36 #

    It’s so great that you share this experience with us! Thank you FC!

    • Fashion Critic February 24, 2011 at 23:59 #

      my pleasure

  40. mm February 24, 2011 at 23:26 #

    Love your recaps! Shame on Alexa she should’ve been asking for your picture. : )

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:00 #

      LOL..true 😉

  41. Eighty Jane February 24, 2011 at 23:26 #

    maybe Alexa just didn’t feel like taking pictures… she might be snotty, but i don’t think anyone should ever be obligated to pose for photos – unless they are paid models

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:02 #

      I never said she had to, but she is in the a public arena and shouldn’t act the way she did.

      She wasn’t at a grocery store she was at an event. She without question was paid to be there. She should’ve done what she was paid to do which was smile and act nice.

      None of the American actresses act like that. They would see it as professional suicide.

      I’ve told many UK PRs about this experience and the all say that its how she is with everyone.

      • Iris February 26, 2011 at 06:01 #


  42. Abena February 24, 2011 at 23:26 #

    That got a few chuckles from me. Fashionable and a good sense of humor.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:02 #

      thank you x

  43. Giuseppi Giraffe February 24, 2011 at 23:09 #

    What a cool post- one of my students today asked me if we had cars and televisions when i was a kid… I think I’m gonna switch careers. (No, I’m kidding- I love my job, but fashion blogging sounds so fun right now!)

    I love that the Blonds line made your fav list and that Donna Karan dress too- also, I’m sad about Alexa Chung being snotty. 🙁

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:04 #

      thank you.

      How old do your students think you are 😉

  44. mol February 24, 2011 at 23:06 #

    I love your honesty F.C. – you really bring home the work and dedication it takes for you to do this blog, you are so down to earth! All your various insights into the fashion scene make me feel as if i too were there – it is so appreciated, as I know you are working your butt off!!
    p.s. In your top ten, I have to say the Preen outfit gives me great joy!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:04 #

      Thank you so much.

      I know you’ve been coming to my site for a long time so you’ve seen the growth.

      I want that Preen look so bad I think I may skip rent to get it.


      • mol February 25, 2011 at 00:37 #

        I say go for it, the Preen would look awesome on you!

  45. Kaylie February 24, 2011 at 22:30 #

    Great post, FC! It’s always a pleasure to follow along with your adventures on Twitter. I also loved the Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Monique Lhuillier gowns you posted above.

    As for Vanessa Hudgens… I’m not a fan of hers, but she does have 2 movies coming out in March — Beastly and Sucker Punch. So she may have been on the hunt for some dresses.

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:09 #

      OK…I’ll take back what I said about Vanessa, but at the time everyone was like…”say what? What is she doing here?”

  46. Marvel February 24, 2011 at 22:29 #

    OMG! It sounds like you had a blast and I l’ve always liked Rose McGowan ever since Charmed so its nice to hear that she isnt some Diva.

    I seriously cant believe that person who sat in your seat on the LAMB show, you handled it a lot better than me, I would have went all Rambo on her ass 😉

    Pardon my French, but Alexa always seemed like a b!tch.
    I’d expect Vanessa Hudgens is going to be the next Camilla Belle as she has a non-exisistent career.

    It sounds like you had a lovely and I am so PUMPED about the Oscars. Can NOT wait!!

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:09 #

      LOL I was tempted to go Jackie Chan on her ass 🙂

  47. J February 24, 2011 at 22:17 #

    Could you put VB’s new collection? would love to hear your view on it! x

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:10 #

      After fashion week or after the Oscars I will x

      • J February 25, 2011 at 16:32 #

        Thank You 😀

  48. Mario February 24, 2011 at 22:14 #

    Who does Alexa think she is?

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:10 #

      lord knows

  49. k February 24, 2011 at 22:12 #

    I think you are far too kind when it comes to Alexa Chung’s wardrobe. I don’t understand why anyone is interested in her sense of “style” Boo on her for refusing your request. You should have handed her a hotel room sized bottle of shampoo and walked away. = )

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:11 #

      I like the hotel room size bottle of shampoo idea.

      I’m gonna carry them around next season. LOVE IT.

  50. @MsChidubem February 24, 2011 at 22:09 #

    Lmao at the Alexa story.

    You should have stolen a front row seat when yours was taken, just saying. lol.
    I really like your blog 🙂

    • Fashion Critic February 25, 2011 at 00:11 #

      thank you 😀

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