Mercedes-Benz NY Fashion Week redux: Monday and Tuesday
Before I start gibber-jabbering and free associating about god knows what, let me just say that I have a new respect for bloggers. It’s a full time job especially if you are a one man/woman show. I would have liked to cover more shows and do more interviews but at the end of the day 4 or 5 is the absolute maximum I can handle before dropping dead of the bird flu. Anyways–KUDOS BLOGGERS!! Thanks god for you so we all have something to read while we pretend we are busy at work in our cubicles.
So Monday the 16th was the first day that I had a video crew in tow to interview some of the designers for LOGO’s PopLab. You would think the tents are Fort Knox by the way they stop everyone at the front gates. They wouldn’t let our make-up guy in because he didn’t have a white badge and they actually kept John Bartlett waiting outside the tents for 10 minutes while we scrambled to get him inside. The ridiculous thing is that all we do is take of our credentials and then bring them out to those waiting outside. Handled. The whole tent situation is quite the circus. Often the PR check-in girls will just write your seat assignment on note cards. I’ve heard of fashion students who come armed with sharpies and note cards of all colors and basically forge their own invite into each show. Genius.
We began the day backstage with Carlos Miele, a Brazilian designer, who was not even remotely interested in speaking with us. He was noshing on a bagel during half the interview and his accent was so thick I couldn’t understand his responses to me questions so I just bobble-headed my way through the interview. After 3 disinterested responses I cut the interview short knowing that we would not use the footage anyway. I took a quick look at his collection on the racks and since I couldn’t understand his explanation of his collection I can only assume it was rock ‘n’ roll meets 80’s prom meets the Gap. There were a few beautiful evening pieces but the collection was all over the place. Note to Carlos: Always be gracious to your reporter. You may not remember us but we remember you.
I have to say, however, that he does make a bad-ass vacuum cleaner.
On the light side I did get to meet one of my idols, former supermodel Angie Everhart. She was delightful. Angie is quite pregnant but still looks amazing. And that hair. Gorge!!!
We also chatted briefly with Katherine McPhee from American Idol. I was a huge fan before the interview but not quite so much afterward. She clearly didn’t want to be bothered either. Note to Kat: Embrace the gays. We will keep your career going long after the rest of the world has forgotten about you.
Though I don’t even begin to imply that I have the level of fame as most of my celeb run-ins, I have had my tiny brush with fame and I always greet whoever comes up to me with a big smile an introduce myself. It takes more energy to be snarly and you never know who you might be talking to. Like a reporter perhaps.
Next we popped across Bryant Park to the New York Public Library for the Jill Stuart show. It’s an amazing space for a show. Once again we were slated for an interview with Jill but dismissed at the last minute. Oh well. The show was decent with a few memorable pieces. Lots of black and ivory dresses and a lot of sheer fabrications for a fall show. Overall a good collection. Thought the most memorable moment was when one model walked the entire runway with her boob hanging out of her dress. Oops.
The show was also a celeb studded event. I find that too many celebrities tends to detract from the show because the paps are all over them. Paris seems to have lost an earring.
Next we interviewed Dutch designer Tony Cohen. He was very gracious and had a cool vibe. Look for the interview on PopLab. His design studio is near the Red Light district in Amsterdam so he said that’s why he included a lot of short dresses. Subliminal inspiration I guess. Dark, muted palette with an edgy feel.
After Tony Cohen’s collection we were off to Terexov by Alexander Terekhov.
His english is not great and he didn’t want to be asked the stock question ,”What was your inspiration?” so we didn’t have much to chat about. I was losing interest quickly until his Russian interpreter came over to help with the interview. Alexander looked like he needed a snack and I wanted to snack on his interpreter. Awkward.
Tuesday I had to pull back from the fashion frenzy. It all sounds really glamorous when you are not in the thick of it but its really a lot of running around and chasing after people and dodging security. It’s all just too much after a while. So I opted to only attend 2 shows: Diesel Black Gold and Narciso Rodriguez.
At Diesel I went with Kevin Christiana and we discovered a new trick. If you are not a celebrity or with a celebrity then make sure you sit right behind one. We sat directly behind Nicole Richie, Singer Roisin Murphy (who I ADORE), Common and Kate Bosworth . We just pretended all the flash bulbs were for us.
The show was cool. Kate and Common were chatting it up and Nicole seemed genuinely kind to the people around her. We are BFF’s now of course.
Here are a few of the looks.
Narciso Rodriguez did not have time to speak to me in person but he was gracious enough to answer a few brief questions via email. Here they are:
What was you inspiration for this season? THERE IS NEVER JUST ONE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION BEHIND A COLLECTION FOR ME. I GATHER EVERYTHING THAT I LOVE EVERY SEASON AND BUILD A WALL OF PICTURES THAT SOME HOW COMES TOGETHER TO CREATE AN ABSTRACT THEME.
How are you making adjustments for the economic spiral? I THINK IT IS A TIME TO BE MORE CREATIVE THAN EVER BOTH IN BUSINESS AND ON THE RUNWAY.WE NEED TO INSPIRE PEOPLE INTO THE NEW COLLECTION AND FIND NEW WAYS TO DO BUSINESS.
What was it like working with Michelle Obama?
I AM TOTALLY HONORED TO SEE THE FIRST LADY IN MY CREATIONS. SHE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ME AS SHE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD.
Tell me about your biggest fashion disaster or celeb nightmare. LUCKILY I HAVE NEVER HAD A CELEBRITY NIGHTMARE. I HOPE BY SAYING THAT I DONT JINX IT!
Anything else you want to add? I AM VERY EXCITED TO HAVE RECENTLY LAUNCHED “ESSENCE” MY NEW WOMANS FRAGRANCE. THE REACTION HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS. IT IS AN EXCITING MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF MY CAREER.
I love Narciso. And I loved his collection. More images to come.