With over 200 presentations during fashion week, it would be impossible for even Anna Wintour herself to attend every show. If you couldn’t make it to Bryant Park, here is a breakdown of the best, the worst and the fabulous from New York’s Fashion Week:
Best overheard tidbit from a celebrity: Star Jones saying her favorite thing to do in New York is to go bowling.
Best goody bag: Karen Walker (beer, makeup and a $300 pair of Karen Walker sunglasses)
Most original/creative show: Samantha Pleet’s short movie shown in the Gershwin hotel, complete with open bar and movie theater popcorn.
Best star sightings: At the Zac Posen show: Demi Moore, Lucy Lui, Bette Midler, P. Diddy, Martha Stewart, Ivana Trump, Bernadette Peters, Anna Wintour and more.
Most enjoyable moment: Getting a makeover from Jane Iredale Cosmetics at The Daily Suite.
Most fun show: Betsey Johnson’s prom themed soirée, complete with hunky prom date and lust-worthy dresses. Her invitation featured Johnson’s own 1958 prom-night photo from Terryville High School in Connecticut, and the show was organized decade by decade from the ‘50s through the ‘60s, ‘70s and now. It consisted of playful party dresses donned with sparkles, sequins and tulle. Held on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, the show closed with looks representing the country today. There was a red-white-and-blue “Miss America” dress and flowered headbands with paper flags stuck in them. For a surprise finale, four models came out and took off their shirts. Each had a letter on her back, together spelling out V-O-T-E. Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete if Betsey didn’t do her signature cartwheels down the runway after the show, causing the audience to erupt in applause.
Favorite celebrity: Tim Gunn. After almost getting mauled by Star Jones’ entourage at the Tracy Reese show, Tim Gunn seemed approachable and down to earth. I went up to him and congratulated him on his new show, and he was genuinely nice and appreciative.
Most down to earth designer: Cynthia Vincent. She showed her collection, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, at a hotel across from Bryant Park. Editors were invited to see the clothes and talk to the designer. I got the chance to do a short interview with Vincent on her inspiration for her new line. The seriously sweet designer showed me her inspiration wall, which channeled disgruntled youth via images from the cult hit movie Running With Scissors and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, paired with ‘80s punk rock photos and Madonna. Her inspiration led her to create wearable clothes in super-soft fabrics like jersey, silk and chiffon with feminine details like jeweled necklines, crochet and ruffles galore.
Most surprising: Lil’ Mama’s impromptu performance and guest appearances by Jenna Jameson and Kim Kardashian at Heatherette.
Least favorite part of fashion week: The waiting: in lines, in the heat, in the rain…
Favorite part of fashion week: Impossible to pick just one. The clothes. The excitement. Also, it’s the best opportunity to network. Everyone in the fashion industry is gathered in one space for one reason, which rarely happens.
Best accessory: Huge headphones on baby Kingston at mommy Gwen Stefani’s show.
Trend that is sticking around from fall: Prepare to get high and waisted. Your shorts and pants that is.
So, what Fashion Week comes down to in the end is the trends. You may be asking yourself how that matters to you. You may not be able to afford big name designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar de le Renta and Zac Posen, but the clothes they show during Fashion Week will definitely influence what you wear. Retailers take what they see from the big designers and scale it down to mass produce it for the everyday person. Don’t be surprised if come Spring 2008 the Gap is featuring floppy hats and Old Navy has high-waist shorts in every color.