Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fashionably Late

(via the Wall Street Journal)

Yes, yes, I know that, as a blogger interested in food and fashion, I’m a  bit late in the game when it comes to New York Fashion Week coverage, so I’m going to forgo the usual analysis (ex. “His collection was so FIERCE this season!”). Instead, I’ll just focus on my usual ramblings and observations as a Fashion Week virgin.

Today, I rolled into NYC on the uber-luxurious Megabus (only the best) and, after dropping off my stuff at my editor’s place, headed out to Chelsea to catch the Sophie Theallet show. And who should  I see five feet away from me but the back of Anna Wintour’s perfectly coiffed and bobbed head? (Also, Andre Leon Talley was in attendance, sporting a huge, Snuffleupagus fur coat).  An entire front row was dedicated to the Vogue team, which is generally a good sign that the designer who’s showing is in the big leagues.

The back of Anna Wintour’s (in)famous head

I first heard about Sophie about a year ago when we pulled her stuff for some magazine shoots, but if there ever were a rising star, she’d be it. Recently, Sophie won a Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award, and for good reason–her stuff is beautifully designed and made for the posh set, while being perfectly accessible (design wise) to the regular girl on the street. Hell, even I, the fashion wallflower, wanted most of the Red Riding Hood and enchanted princess-inspired looks that came down the runway.

At any rate, you can read more about her and the show here. It was an exciting show from start to finish, with hundreds of camera lights flashing, impeccably dressed, beautiful people buzzing, the presence of fashion’s biggest celebrity, and rail-thin models sporting gorgeous clothes. All in all, it was an affair to remember. What a way to break myself in to this circus called Fashion Week!

Tomorrow’s shows: Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Anna Sui. More updates shortly!

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All hail McQueen!

(via Style.com)

Today is the first day of New York Fashion week, and the sudden death of British designer Alexander McQueen has undoubtedly cast a pal over the festivitiesl. According to the Guardian, he was found dead in his London home today, just before the start of London and Paris Fashion Weeks; updates are pouring in now that he has committed suicide.

He was one of the original bad boys of the fashion world, creating controversial collections and lavish, over-the-top runway shows that polarized audiences and fashion critics alike. I mean, when you send your models down the runway in tattered lace dresses and kilts splattered with blood for a collection entitled “Highland Rape,” you’re bound to raise a few eyebrows. You can read more about his meteoric rise to fame here.

I’ve always enjoyed his out-of-this-world fashion shows from afar. While most of his clothes seem unwearable to the average woman–his spring 2010 collection, for example, looked like it came off a spaceship, or Lady Gaga’s closet–you could almost always count on him to present a crazy cool show that leaves you thinking “WTF was that all about?” Even though some critics say his designs and aesthetic are inherently misogynistic (if you’ll notice in the W magazine profile linked above, he’s got a table with S&M women’s legs for, well, legs), his designs were impeccably tailored to fit and, at times, exaggerate the female form. One of my favorites is the dreamy, Victorian-on-acid spring 2007 collection–there are some looks here that even I would totally rock.

The fashion world just lost one of its modern day fashion royalty. Whether you’re a diehard fashion lover or an occasional observer, whether you love him or hate him, one thing’s for sure: The sartorial world just won’t be the same without Alexander McQueen.

(all photos via Style.com)

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Colombia’s own Giorgio Armor-ni

This fascinating profile of a tailor who crafts bulletproof couture for high-end targets–er, I mean clients– just goes to show there’s a market for everything. Also, apparently at this company, the boss shoots his employees on a regular basis. Talk about working under the gun! (Ok, ok, I’ll stop with the puns). This video is courtesy of the innovative team at VBS.tv

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