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Before Fashion Week officially got started, HARLEM’S FASHION ROW held their 12th Annual Fashion Show and Style Awards downtown at One World Trade Center. And I couldn’t miss it. I’d just gotten sprung from the slammer and barely had enough time to dash home and get dressed. The challenge was to wear a Black designer. Hardly a challenge. I grabbed another CUSHNIE while Riccardo owns several fabulous OZWALD BOATENG suits. His only challenge was to choose which one. After the reception and fashion show, a few of us were invited to the Vogue offices on the 25th floor for a private soiree. They served Kaluga cavier, the Zyr vodka was ice cold and I took hits left and right. By then everyone had heard how I’d spent my afternoon and the jokes just kept on coming.
So that’s it. NYFW is officially done. There were glimmers of hope amid the many disappointments but that’s fashion, right? They might love it. You might hate it. And vice versa. But we all keep coming back for more. So ’til next time… SMOOCHES!
For the MICHAEL KORS presentation, I pulled out an old en-som from a few years back. He’s Mr. Americana, you know, but this season was so heavy into the red, white and blue, there were moments when I forgot where I was. Is this Ralph again? Not saying that’s a bad thing but… MARINA MOSCONE‘s collection was very mature. Again…not a bad thing. It’s her tailoring, though. So fine. That’s what makes some of her pieces almost essential. The BROCK Collection was very SENSE AND SENSIBILITY in their big, balloony, bosom-baring dressing gowns. Beautiful. But I don’t know who would wear them outside of a movie set? BADGELY MISCHKA gave us deep jewel tones, citrus-y brights—oh so good! But sadly, their final evening wear segment went flat. And that’s always been their ace! Big drag. Now, things are changing on the catwalk. The days of traditional shows with segments and themes, and all focus on the clothes, are done. But MARC JACOBS? He paid homage to everyone from Doris Day to Karl Lagerfeld. And much of it was beautiful. But totally disjointed. I think they need to come up with a new term because ”collection”? It no longer applies.
I was looking forward to VERA WANG‘s show yesterday. It was her first in two years. But it seemed she was trying to make up for lost time, throwing everything on the catwalk with no glue to make any sense of it. A couple of her models toppled off of the sky-high platforms. I walked away scratching my head. After NAEEM KHAN‘s lady-like evening wear presentation in the lobby of his condo building, it was a mad dash downtown for the OSCAR DE LA RENTA show at the Cunard Building. While still holding onto the master couturier’s handbook, things are starting to evolve. His touch still comes through, though. In the caftans especially. Not my favorite ODLR collection. But I didn’t hate it. And then out to Brooklyn for SAUVAGE X FENTY. My heart, Rihanna, put on a hell of a show. There was theater, drama, celebrity, all of that. BUT…I come for the fashion. And I hate when that gets lost in the spectacle. The cynic in me begins to question the possible reasons for diversion. I won’t speculate here but, it leaves way too much to ponder.
Monday morning, 9am, we’re down in the Village for THE ROW. Mary Kate and Ashley Olson have the answer and the only distraction in their studio was yummy coffee and the clothes. As it should be. Clean. Well-tailored. Their monochromatic snakeskin pieces wore me out! Wes Gordon, presenting CAROLINA HERRERA down in Battery Park, finally got in line with her legacy. Lady-like dresses, great swing coats, a little fru-fru at times but that’s Miz Herrera. Valentina from Drag Race and Angel B. from Pose were front row and drooling. PHILLIP LIM yanked us out to a warehouse in Brooklyn. At 3pm. Right? Puppet-masters. Just pulling strings and dragging us from borough to borough. His country-club funk is always interesting, though. Artful and tastefully controlled. But I’ve got some sad-ass news to report now. For the first time ever, my darling TOM FORD has disappointed me. In spite of the clever subway venue, from the very first look, I was unmoved. Perhaps being on the throne of the CFDA isn’t such a good place for him? The bright idea of cramming so many shows into six days was one mistake. This collection, I’m afraid, is another. Sob!
The first show I could manage after Ralph’s Club last night was STAUD at 11AM. I carried one of her cool handbags yesterday. That’s her specialty in my book. And it’s apparent on the runway. While most of her fashions are very pretty and move like water, it was the leather pieces that brought me back to life. So what can I say about LAQUAN SMITH? His promising hot-chick-in-the-office look from last season swung back to regular-chick-in-the-club with this collection. A slutty Western thing, there was denim, thongs, french-cuts and snakeskin everything, some of it transparent. Do YOU, Laquan. PRABAL GURUNG showed bit and pieces of his usual brilliance. But the Gurung dress I wore out-performed anything on the runway. A major yawn. Go figure? And PYER MOSS gave his big crowd a political sermon AND a choir. It was 10pm. In Brooklyn. Kinda tough after a long day. His theme was musical instruments, sporting curvy hemlines, chunky jewelry molded with the faces of Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill, and guitar-shaped handbags. Interesting. But I couldn’t get out of there and into my bed fast enough. Goodnight.
RALPH LAUREN knows how to do this. He’s been doing it for a long time. Last night he rented the ballroom down on Wall Street, tagged it Ralph’s Club, and called in celebs including Cate Blanchett, Luka Sabbat, Henry Golding and Indya Moore from POSE. They served us cocktails and corned beef sandwiches. And cutie-pie Janelle Monae put on quite a performance, climbing on tables and sliding across the floor while singing Sinatra tunes. But the fashion presentation? That was the least exciting part of the night. I’ve always defended Ralph’s classics. His bugle beads and tuxedos for women. But I guess I’m snoozing on his same ol’ same ol’ now, too. We love Ralph. We do. But as luxurious as it all is, I think it’s finally time for something new.
Winona’s jacket is DOLCE & GABBANA.
It was a beautiful morning in Soho at the Elizabeth Street Garden for KATE SPADES‘s presentation. Everyday-type chicks were on the catwalk in everyday-type fashions, carrying houseplants and flowers as if on their way home from running Saturday morning errands. Lovely and very, very safe. Later in the day, CHRISTIAN SIRIANO served up shiny metallics in crazy hues, on both women and men. Unless you’re Lenny Kravitz or Harry Styles, that just doesn’t work for me. Big miss. Big disappointment. And BRANDON MAXWELL, presenting in Brooklyn, had us on those fucking metal bleachers again. But his dresses and separates were on point. The silver pieces were my favorites. His introduction to menswear? A little off. But promising. He’ll get better at it. Bet. Fighting my way back across the bridge to change for the RALPH LAUREN party was Game-Of-Thrones crazy! But that’s 24-7. All week long…
I tell you. Miss one day and it can really throw you off. TAHARI‘s presentation on Thursday came and went at about the same time that I was making Corky’s acquaintance in the 1st precinct lock-up. But by Friday, I was back on track and happy that she joined me at JEREMY SCOTT‘s show. There were poofy, crayon-colored wigs, thigh-high boots, everything was electric, sci-fi and way outer-spacy! Offset was front row minus Cardi B. And Heidi was there, too. Full of jokes. “I leave you alone for five minutes and you get arrested??” Ha-ha bitch. Afterwards, Corky and I jetted to The Plaza for the HARPER’S BAZAAR ICON PARTY. We were both a little under dressed but that didn’t stop anybody’s curiosity about her. She smiled shyly and looked utterly adorable all evening long. Oh yes indeed. Her ho’ing days are officially over. Meet my Next Great Face.
Winona is wearing ALESSANDRA RICH
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 seven days is just as important as anything happening on the runways so stay tuned. WHAT SHE WORE DURING FASHION WEEK starts now…