WINONA, INC. Book 2 and KICKSTARTER

PROJECT ART 3

With help from crowdfunding platform KICKSTARTER, we’re throwing open the window to offer WINONA, INC. Book 2 for 30 days. I’M SO EXCITED!! And now’s the time for you to get in on it. With each purchase of Book 2, you also get a digital download of Book 1—both books for the price of one—plus a WINONA, INC. bookmark. And that’s just the beginning!

Don’t miss the opportunity to get both books for the price of one plus a whole lot more during our WINONA, INC. Book 2 KICKSTARTER Campaign!!

Sylvia Moves In

INTRO

Winona’s grandmother, Sylvia, is queen bee of the Grande Oaks Active Seniors Community out on Long Island. Her lovely cottage, purchased by Winona almost ten years ago, is a happy place and with Mr. Hines, her longtime boo, they wile away the hours playing Monopoly, sipping Chivas Regal, and running to Atlantic City whenever the mood strikes. But then Covid-19 hits with a vengeance. And Sylvia’s perfect world falls apart.

PANEL 1

I get the call just two days after breaking up with Riccardo. My grandmother Sylvia and her boyfriend, Mr. Hines, are both stricken with the Covid-19 virus. They’ve been taken by ambulance from their home on Long Island to Presbyterian Hospital on East 68th street. Within 24 hours, Mr. Hines is dead. Sylvia, on a ventilator, is fighting for her life. I can’t go to her. I can’t see her. All I can do is camp outside the hospital and argue with cops who refuse to wear masks but want to know why I’ve been sitting on this bench all afternoon. “My grandmother is up there. Where else would I be??”

PANEL 2

Sylvia is tough. She always has been. And she pulls through. But she can’t go back out to Long Island. There’s still more recovery for her to do. When a nursing home is suggested I don’t think twice about it. I make arrangements for her to come home with me. A hospital bed and a lovely nurse named Fiona is installed in my master bedroom and I sleep on the convertible sofa in the guest room next door. It’s also my office so it actually works. But WINONA, INC. hasn’t had bookings in three months. A handful at best. Who needs a fucking office?

Painting by GEORGE CONDO

PANEL 3

Sylvia starts to regain her strength. And a severe case of foulness that grows nastier every day. Nurse Fiona is replaced with Nurses Marguerite, Lucille and Cassandra. Sylvia’s chewing them up and spitting them out like pumpkin seeds and when she gets tired of shredding on them, she turns her high beams on me. But I’m missing my man and kind of in a bad mood myself so we’ve had some squirmishes, Sylvia and me. Don’t worry. I haven’t gone Baby Jane on her. Not yet anyway.

PANEL 4

But she’s pushing a bitch real close to the edge. At least one plate of food ends up on the floor almost daily and in less than a month, I’m rolling up and trashing the fine, Tibetan rug in my bedroom! I don’t know when she started this shit but I swear she’s putting the screws to me. Directly. Not her nurses. Me. And what in the hell did I do?? So the night a saucy plate of spaghetti and meatballs land just inches away from her pretty pink Dearfoams, I leave the mess right there. All night. She probably doesn’t sleep a wink but she asked for it. Right? Well yeah. Okay. That might be a little bit Baby Jane-ish. But that’s the last time food finds it’s way to my floor.

PANEL 5

I have Katz Delicatessen’s world famous chicken soup trucked up here from downtown. What does she do? Spits out the first spoonful. The broth is salty and the noodles are mushy. Fine. She used to love Melba’s on 114th Street. Couldn’t get enough of them. But now she says their braised short ribs are underseasoned and overcooked.
“Really?” I ask, chomping on a mouthful of fabulousness. Hmmmm. “Well I’ll just call them right up and issue a formal complaint, Your Majesty. Right after I lick this plate clean.”

PANEL 6

Once she acquires an Air Hawk power chair Sylvia becomes mobile. Yay! Now she gets to spread her joy all over the building. Whoever ends up on the elevator with her bunches her panties by the time they get to the ground floor. She argues with Caitlyn at the front desk, the doormen, the chauffeurs, she even fights with maids of the other tenants. And she never bothers to tell me she’s rolling out. Oh hell no. She just disappears while I’m in my office and then I get the inevitable phone call.
“Ms. Warner? Come get your grandmother. Please.”

PANEL 7

My circuits are jammed. I don’t know what to do. I ask her doctor if maybe she’s had a stroke. I mean, she’s always been feisty. But Miss Thing threw her shoe at me yesterday! What in the Naomi Campbell is going on? Dr. Nang shakes his head. “I see this type of thing with many patients, Ms. Warner. Your grandmother is angry. She misses her friends, being in her own home and living her life. How long was she and her boyfriend together? Over ten years? And now he’s gone. No funeral. No goodbye.” He shakes his head again. “She’s depressed and she’s angry. Who wouldn’t be?”

PANEL 8

While I’m sad and horny missing Riccardo, for all intents and purposes Sylvia has been widowed. And I’ve got to do better. The next day I select a caftan for her to wear, the bright and colorful kind she likes. I help her to put on earrings, her precious diamonds, her favorite gold cuff and a little mascara. In the foyer mirror, I tie a pretty head wrap over her hair and we head out with a picnic lunch to snag a table in the building’s gated courtyard. The fountain is on, the sky is bright blue, there’s a sweet breeze blowing, it’s a gorgeous day.

Winona’s CRUSH sunhat by LISA MCFADDEN MILLINERY                                                  Shoes by BOTTEGA VENETA

PANEL 9

Sylvia perks up once the sunlight hits her face. She’s come a long way in her recovery, in spite of her shitty attitude. And she’s looking mighty fine today, sitting here nibbling on cold chicken and pasta salad. Nothing like that scary old witch who rolled through the building lobby last week terrorizing everybody. Taking a sip from the small cup of scotch I’ve poured for her, she leans towards me and whispers, “A man over there is staring at me.” I turn to look but she stops me. “Don’t be obvious,” she says and then, “Oops. I think he’s headed this way.”

PANEL 10

I pull my mask up over my nose and mouth and tell her to do the same as the man, on a cane and assisted by a teenage boy, walks slowly to our table. His brown eyes are twinkling above his standard-issue surgical mask. I can almost see his smile behind it. “Aren’t you Sylvia Warner from CityMeals on Wheels? We volunteered at the same facility about ten years ago. I’m Simon,” he says before lowering the mask to his chin. “Simon Baladashi.”

PANEL 11b

Sylvia smiles. She remembers him right away. “How have you been, Mr. B,” she says. He sits down at the table next to ours and in-between bites from a super deluxe Z Grill sammie, he tells us all about his son and daughter-in-law, two bigtime cosmetic surgeons, and how he, a widower, moved in with them last year after a stroke. He leans towards Sylvia and admits, in a loud whisper, that he doesn’t care for the arrangement. She cocks her head and gives me the side eye.
“Go on and say it,” I tell her before excusing myself. “You don’t like living with me either.”

PANEL 12

It’s been a pretty good day. That evening, after lights-out for Sylvia, I open a bottle of pinot grigio and get ready to videochat with Belle, Desi and Lourdis. It’s been three months since our last Thursday night at the Peninsula’s rooftop bar—our spot—and I miss my sisters like crazy. Poor Belle is literally trapped out in Queens with her foul-to-the-core mother. Look. She’s smoking again. Desi is sequestered downtown with Truman, doing that monogamy thing whether he likes it or not, and Lourdis, in the Village, is rolling solo. She put her last squeeze out soon after I let go of mine. Such a copycat.

PANEL 13

When they ask about Sylvia I tell them how much she hates my lavender scented candles, how everything I watch on television is trash and how she complains every morning about the motor on my Thermador refrigerator keeping her awake all night. In the meantime, I can hear her snoring like Godzilla through the walls. “Her doctor says she’s mad at the world,” I tell them. “But today she ran into an old friend and that seemed to cheer her up.” I give them the 4-1-1 on the widower, Mr. Baladashi.
“That’s your answer right there, hunni.” Lourdis says. “What Grandma Sylvia needs is a man.”
“Stop,” I say. “She just buried one.”
“Well, now she needs another.”

PANEL 14

Mr. B invites Sylvia to lunch. “We’ll play Monopoly,” he tells her. It’s her favorite game. With his great-grandson Thomas, they drop by to scoop her up. That shirt, though! It’s crazy on the eyes. But Sylvia always did love a peacock so he gets extra points right out the chute. There must be an Old Dude’s code—never let a lady drive her own wheelchair—because he insists on pushing her, to the elevator, through the lobby and out to the table he’s got on reserve in the courtyard. It gets around fast and some are oooweee-pissed about it. Mr. B, apparently, is hot stuff for the ladies of a certain age in the building. Who knew?

Painting: REAL LIFE by COSTAL IARCA 

PANEL 15c

Sylvia orders several new caftans from Saks and goes through every bottle of perfume on my vanity before choosing Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. She polishes her toenails and rummages through my mask collection. Yeah. She’s still got game. After their third date, she rolls back in with a 24-piece box of Godiva truffles nestled in her lap. I call Lourdis and we can’t stop laughing. “That’s gonna be you, girl,” she screams. “That’s gonna be YOU!” Then there’s the flowers. Delivered almost every day. It broke my face the first time I read the card and realized they weren’t for me. Tulips. Big, colorful gladiolas. And lavender arrangements that smell like what? My scented candles. But guess who’s not bitching about that now?

PANEL 16

While in the kitchen early one afternoon, I hear the front door open suddenly and Sylvia’s power chair motor. She left with Mr. B and Thomas not even an hour ago.
“Hey,” I call out. “What are you doing back so soon? Have a fight with your boyfriend?”
She blows right by me and rolls toward the bedroom. All I see is the back of her head. She doesn’t say a word.  I start to follow after her when the doorbell rings. Oh-oh.

Painting: CHARITY by JOSEPH HOLSTON

PANEL 17

Through the peephole I see it’s Dr. Baladashi, Mr. B’s son. The scrawny doc is frowning at me over his black, space-agey N95. “I would like for you to keep your grandmother away from my grandfather,” he says when I open the door. This is how he kicks it off. But last night’s anger-management session with my support group has spared him. He doesn’t know it but Zoom has just saved him from the beatdown of his life.
“Whatever do you mean?” I ask calmly. “Has something happened?”
He hems and haws and then finally blurts out—“I just caught them upstairs. They were in his bedroom pleasuring one another!”

Painting: CHRYSALIS NO. 230 by CAT TESLA

PANEL 18

All kinds of kinky, geriatric shit go through my head and I just can’t help it. I burst out laughing! Get after it, Oldtimers! Then the elevator door opens. It’s Mr. B! He scurries out, sees his son and starts apologizing. “I’m so sorry, Winona. He shouldn’t be here. Benjamin, what’s wrong with you??”
But I’m dying to know all the dirty deets.“Mr. B, what were you and my grandmother doing??”
Benjamin cuts in. “Things they shouldn’t be doing!”
“Who says they shouldn’t?” I ask.

PANEL 19

Things heat up fast. We’re going back and forth about two grown people having the right to do what grown people do when Sylvia appears in the foyer. And OMG! Miss Thing is walking!
“Everybody just shut the hell up,” she says and holds her hand out to Mr. B. When he shuffles passed me I smell Flowerbomb all over him. He stands next to Sylvia and she waits, watching attentively as he buttons his shirt and tucks it in before cupping her hands in his.
“We’ve got news for both of you,” she looks at me and then at Benjamin. “When Dr. Nang says it’s okay for me to return home, Simon will be joining me. We’ve decided to become roommates!”

Wow. Leave it to my grandmother Sylvia to roll out of the Grande Oaks Active Seniors Community with one man and walk back in with another.

The End

Lockdown 2020

INTRO

They say you never really know a person until you live with them. When Winona and Riccardo decide to self-quarantine together at her luxury condo on Central Park West, each day brings a new revelation. A new truth. Some are sweet. Others not so much. It’s three weeks of mad discovery.

 

PANEL 1

Covid-19 has taken over the planet! Riccardo suggests we shelter-in-place at my condo and I agree to it although my gut is in don’t-do-it mode. Jumpy jittery. Is it just me being me? I’ve lived with only one man in my life, many years ago when I was still modeling. I was in and out of the country a lot so it didn’t seem like a full-time situation. This time will be different. We’re on lockdown for at least three weeks, going out only if absolutely necessary. Can he and I survive 24-7 of togetherness?

 

PANEL 2

One thing’s for damn sure. When sheltering-in-place, it’s nice to have an in-house piece to lock it down with. We eat, knock boots, order more food, knock boots some more, sleep, wake up and go at it again. But we’ve got to climb out of this bed eventually. Right? Maybe tomorrow? What day is it anyway??

 

PANEL 3

Riccardo is working on a new novel and my little salon-slash-media room has become his office. This man’s daily routine is whack! Lounging about in silk pajamas, he drinks tea, smokes weed and shouts at the tv while switching back and forth between CNN, MSNBC and the local news broadcasts at noon, six and eleven pm. He does manage to get some writing done, though. He’s old school, working out his story details in longhand, and there’s ledger paper all over my floor. It’s killing me.

 

PANEL 4

I dress and put on a face every morning before sitting down at my desk. Or better yet, pacing back and forth across the floor while talking on the phone with retailers, fashion editors, casting agents. My broker. The agency is closed, my models aren’t working, and all business is at a standstill. I’m losing a small fortune every single day. Riccardo’s barbershop emporium on Malcolm X Blvd. is shut up tight. So are the three food trucks he has parked outside The Met on 5th Avenue. Life as we know it has ground to a halt.

 

PANEL 5

Spreading out like a virus himself, Riccardo is occupying more and more of my space. Every day there’s another delivery. Clothes, gadgets, toiletries. My man comes with a lot of baggage. Literally. The frig is crammed with cartons of juice and jars and containers of I don’t know what. And the worse? Those white whiskers! They’re everywhere! I finally snap and not just about his beard hairs. I throw the media room mess into the mix, too. Things get testy. But then we discover a mutual love for J. R. Ewing. Who knew? Snuggling on the couch, we snack for three-and-a-half days while binge-watching DALLAS on Amazon Prime.

 

PANEL 6

One afternoon, on my way to the kitchen, I hear him in the foyer talking to someone. It’s a young woman. She looks Latina behind the mask. He hands her several bills and she extracts a plastic baggie of weed. They see me and freeze. He introduces her as Ariana, his “weed guy”. She’s giving me the sneaky side-eye but it barely registers on my radar, which is turned all the way on him and set on blast. Really, bruh? Pandemic or not, how about a heads up before inviting strangers into my space? After all, it is my space.

 

PANEL 7

After two and a half weeks inside, I’m just tired of the whole ordeal. It’s time to break out of here. I call for the town car to take me downtown to the agency. They assure me that the limo has been thoroughly disinfected, shields are up and in place, and my driver has a clean bill of health. Okay. Deciding on which mask to wear, I’ll confess that I’ve developed a thing about it. The mask must work with my outfit. Even just going downstairs for the mail. Silly? So what? It gives me something to do. But Riccardo is mocking me. He rolls his eyes and calls me the s-word. Shallow.

 

PANEL 8

At WINONA, INC., in blissful silence, I do a wellness check on each of my twenty-seven models. They’re scattered all over the world, trapped in Spain, Italy, France, and it takes hours to reach them all. Afterwards I stretch my legs and walk twelve empty blocks to Lourdis’ place in the Village. She’s been holed up for two weeks with a hunky twenty-two year old. We drink champagne and practice our social distancing while she tries on a shipment of new fashions from her favorite boutique in London. “How’s things uptown with the writer?” she asks. Should I admit that it’s been somewhere between sheer nirvana and a bad dream, depending on the time of day? Nah. Instead I laugh. “It’s like living with Hugh Hefner. His pajama game is insane!”

 

PANEL 9

It’s early evening when I return home. There’s a guy, real regular, standing outside the building. He’s one of those characters who’s made the willful decision not to wear a mask and Don the doorman is struggling to keep him at a distance. The stranger turns, sees me and extends his hand. “Hey girl”, he says. “I’m Tyrone.” I take a few steps back and he stops. “I just wanted to say hello,” he snarls. “Your man had me bring some of his things down here. You got a nice crib upstairs. You been living here long?”

 

PANEL 10

In the elevator, I’m reeling. He did it again?! He’s had someone else in my house? Just what part of don’t-invite-strangers-into-my-home doesn’t he get? No. Riccardo’s not stupid. He’s just acting like it, trying to impose his will on my territory. Pissing all over my boundaries? I’m the wrong one, boo.  And I can’t wait to tell him! The elevator door opens and I step into the vestibule. Hold up. What’s that odor? I put the key in the lock and open the front door. “What’s that I’m smelling in here?”

 

PANEL 11

Hef is in the living room, in a fresh pair of pj’s, holding onto an enormous glass bong. I can see from here how lit he is. Wow. He truly enjoys the ganja life. A lot more than I ever realized. Several beat-up cardboard boxes are scattered across the floor and a guitar leans against my coffee table. I’m relieved to see the Lysol spray and a roll of paper towels nearby. But wait. “What is that you’re cooking?” I ask again. He nods towards the kitchen. “Check it out.”

 

PANEL 12

When I lift the lid on the stovetop, it takes me a moment to figure out just what it is I’m looking at. How long has it been? Over thirty years? My grandmother wouldn’t allow them in the house. Not even on holidays. But I turn my back for one afternoon, just one, and this man is in my kitchen cooking pig’s feet! I almost vomit, but it’s rage that’s driving me now. I slam down the lid, grab oven mitts, snatch the pot off the burner and head for the front door.

 

PANEL 13

In the trash room, I fling open the garbage door and pour huge chunks of chopped celery, onion, garlic and five, no, six pig’s feet straight down the chute. It’s gonna stink. All the way down. But I don’t care, as long as this foulness can’t be traced back to me. “I live here, Riccardo. And I don’t want that kind of stench coming out of my crib! If you had just ASKED me, I would’ve told you that and saved you the trouble!”

 

PANEL 14

He follows me back inside and shuts the door. “Well excuse me, Miz Central Park West,” he throws it at me like a slur. “I didn’t realize I needed permission from you and the condo board to cook something that, in many places, is considered a delicacy.” His combination of address-shaming and epicurean mansplaining makes me ache to throw this pot at his head. “So you don’t do pig’s feet?” he asks. I count to five to calm myself. “What makes you think I do pig’s feet?” I hiss. “I don’t even do YOUR feet!”

 

PANEL 15

My gut warned me not to do it. I am a woman set in my ways. Having my own space means way too much to me. And it’s get-to-steppin’ for the man who tries to take it from me. Letting him go—again—hurts. It hurts more because this time, I gave so much more. But right now, watching him roll his accumulated crap out of my condo, I ask him with as straight a face as I can muster, “Think you can manage with all of your shit? Maybe you better call Tyrone—”

THE END

What She Wore During Fashion Week – February 2020

OPENING PANEL

Winona is to FASHION WEEK what fireworks are to the 4th of July. The show might go on but without her it sure won’t be the same. Back in the day she was in such high demand on the catwalk that designers were known to adjust their show dates to work around her schedule. And now, as the agency owner with six of the fashion industry’s top models on her roster, they still do! Ah…it’s nice to be on top. But hard as hell to stay there.

She shows up on everyone’s web page and blog site during FASHION WEEK. Covering her fashion choices for the next few days is just as important as anything happening on the runways so stay tuned. WHAT SHE WORE DURING FASHION WEEK starts NOW…

Day 7

WINONA 1

What was up with MICHAEL KORS sending his models out practically bare-face? At 10am?? Did the make-up crew not show? The girls looked tired and beat, especially those who worked all week. Have a heart, Mike! But he served up a collection of gorgeous, mouth-watering flannels and plaids. Leather straps and buckles. The boots and bags were Detail 1on point with heavy MK hardware. Sometimes it got a little Becky-bougie. I could’ve done without the extra set of built-in sleeves to tie around the neck. But all-in-all, his fine precision and master workmanship may have made this one of my favorite shows of the week.

I’m so tired of trashing the MARC JACOBS show. Season after season.  No rhyme, no reason, no theme. And more than most of it was just straight-up unflattering. I feel the Jackie Kennedy vibe with his head-to-toe monochromatic coats. I get it. But doing it over and over, season after season, doesn’t make it better. It’s just another do-over. I know Marc’s got his vision. Whatever it is. I’m just not gonna work that hard to try and figure it out.

So, my lovelies, another New York Fashion Week is done. But London’s Fashion Week jumps off tomorrow, Harlem’s Fashion “Week” happens on Saturday, Milan is next week and Paris is the week after. You know, I just might show up anywhere. SMOOCHES!

Winona is wearing DRIES VAN NOTEN

Days 5 & 6

DIOR

Guess what? I ragged on Jason Wu and his pantyhose but Tom Ford’s models out in L.A. wore hose, too. Well, I’m not gonna…

THE ROW was first thing Monday. Minimalist, relaxed, luscious knits and wools in jackets, trousers, capes and coats. Layered-up in three, four, five piece ensembles. Tailoring to die. The Twins have been doing this for 10 years now and they had us in and out in less than 15 minutes! They know.

I think CAROLINA HERRERA‘s Wes Gordon finally got the big message. This collection was by far more Carolina than any of his previous attempts. Ultra feminine, showy, sophisticated, colorful, all the stuff her customers demand. Give ’em what they want!

DIOR detail 1JONATHAN SIMKHAI featured lots of play on trench-coat styling. It was a weird reminder of the MONSE show from just a few days ago. They did a lot of the same thing. But Simkhai’s sharply pleated leather pieces were so scrumptious and worked to within an inch. Kinda made up for everything else.

DION LEE‘s style is evolving. And me likee! The skirts and trousers dropped from waist chains, neck chains, and pulley strings were sleek, hot, and original. But like last season’s garters, the thong straps seemed silly. Ditto for the double obi-type belts. The youngins will dig it, though. Dion is onto something kinda special.

Pardon my rant but I know Mr. DE LA RENTA rolled over in his coffin when the presentation bearing his name hadn’t kicked off by 9:30 last night! Held at the library, anyone who knew him knows how he despised a late showing. Maybe I was just pissy at the new designer’s disregard for his high standards but this collection left me cold. That is all.

COACH is trying to capture a younger market. I can appreciate that. But what they’re known for is their kick-ass leather craftsmanship. Don’t sleep on it. The sneakers and socks with everything threw me, and the group of striped pieces at the end was a refreshing touch, but it’s all about the skins at Coach. And they’d better not forget it!

Winona is wearing DIOR                Handbag by FENDI

DAY 7

Days 3 & 4

BV on the street

On Saturday, ULLA JOHNSON, a master with skins, showed several gorgeous ensembles during her presentation. The coat and trouser leather combos had a sweet retro feel. But the rest of her collection was kind of a yawn. I appreciate wanting to branch out but I always say, stick to what you know.

Detail 1CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS gave us a young and vibrant mix. He won the CFDA award last year so that pumped a few extra dollars into his shiny fabric fund. And he used a lot of it, too. His color palette was rich, bold, and I wanted to love it all but, maybe next season.

BRANDON MAXWELL at the Natural History Museum had a cheering section, literally. Two girls from the Netflix series CHEER was on the front row. He seemed inhabited by the spirit of Ralph Lauren with this super-tailored collection. It was gorgeous, but Brandon’s signature heat was sadly MIA.

LAQUAN SMITH was as sexy as always. Club wear all day long. But I’m still waiting to be knocked the fuck out by him. I know it’s there. I’ve seen it. Stop playin’, LaQuan.

BEVZA served up clean, minimalist looks. Slinky silks, recycled knits, sophisticated layering, sometimes the sweaters got kind of massive but her show shoe was the biggest hit. A sexy, square-toed thong sandal worn with everything. Yummy.

Detail 2ROMEO HUNTE was at FIT paying homage to Tommy Hilfiger, who actually donated pieces to recycle for this collection. Romeo recreated lots of denim, sweats, hoodies, big furry coats, fun street wear. And I get it. Sustainable fashion has its’ place. At the Goodwill. Or consignment shops. Just not feeling fresh on the catwalk, though.

JASON WU delivered beautiful jewel-tones and romantic pieces that were fluid, flowy and feathery. Interesting fabric treatments, too. But I couldn’t get over the models wearing pantyhose. Why??? It’s those weird little details that become very big distractions. Later—

Winona is wearing BOTTEGA VENETA . Handbag by PROENZA SCHOULER. Booties by SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

DAYS 5 & 6

Days 1 & 2

CHANEL ON THE STREET

Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2020 brought more shifts and changes to the industry. Many I don’t like. Tom Ford running off to present his collection in L.A. is one of them. There was no kick-off party! Not until Friday night. But we’ll get into that later. Here are some highlights from Thursday and Friday—

Detail 1Thursday afternoon with TADASHI SHOJI started out very interesting. Heavy on the Mongolian vibe, I loved his tapestries and brocades especially. But things tanked with the evening wear. Stuffy, with way too many sequins. What in the Liberace-in-Vegas happened there?

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO stepped completely out of his comfort zone this season. Sponsored by BIRDS OF PREY, the Harley Quinn flick, his collection was fun and loud, with heavy metal music and lots of heart-shaped beauty marks. Hated the pink lipstick! But loved that snappy signature wide-brimmed hat.

MONSE on Friday. Big safety pin closures, tartan plaids, but enough bare skin to sex it all up. Deconstructed but not as extreme as past seasons. James Turlington, Christy’s nephew, was on the catwalk. Still can’t believe he signed with IMG over Winona, Inc. That boy is prettier than his aunt.

Detail 2Marcus Wainwright and RAG & BONE have been off the Fashion Week scene for a minute. He’s back, with comfy sweater dresses and fabu slouchy boots. Clunky thigh-high boots with slinky little slipdresses, All nice. But boys in camouflage and dainty flowers patterns? That’s a NO from me, doll.

SERGIO HUDSON is new and fresh. He served up lots of monochromatic looks with big 80s hair and great color. Loved his bold houndstooths. And the tight skirts and belted jackets really took me back to my days with Versace. So hot. Keep an eye on him.

 DAYS 3 & 4

Winona’s jacket is CHANEL                       Handbag by SARA BATTAGLIA

What She Wore During Fashion Week – February 2020

OPENING PANEL

Winona is to FASHION WEEK what fireworks are to the 4th of July. The show might go on but without her it sure won’t be the same. Back in the day she was in such high demand on the catwalk that designers were known to adjust their show dates to work around her schedule. And now, as the agency owner with six of the fashion industry’s top models on her roster, they still do! Ah…it’s nice to be on top. But hard as hell to stay there.

She shows up on everyone’s web page and blog site during FASHION WEEK. Covering her fashion choices for the next few days is just as important as anything happening on the runways so stay tuned. WHAT SHE WORE DURING FASHION WEEK starts NOW…

I CAN’T WITH DESI (replay)

promo 2

There’s a lot of love between Winona and Desi. But when it comes to getting their own way, it’s a toss-up over who can be the biggest prick. Right now Desi is quite taken with the exotic Nova, a brand new WINONA, INC. protègè. Not only is he cheating on Truman, he’s getting in the way and threatening all of Winona’s big plans for her. That’s right. Nova is a woman. At least, that’s what they think.

I CAN’T WITH DESI