New York Vogue Week, the biannual whirlwind of runway shows and shows (the fruits of months that American designers have spent to create their imaginative and prescient for the following season), is upon us, and the big questions are too: what to wear in the snow? How lengthy will it take to get to Brooklyn Saturday night time? And, will the Marc Jacobs show start three minutes early as traditional? As patrons, editors, bloggers, stylists and celebrities descend upon New York City from everywhere in the world, it is a transparent reminder of the energy and pleasure that style creates on each the runway and the street. It is February, which suggests we’re seeing fall 2014 collections, and at ELLE, we’re already planning for our huge September fashion issue. Here is a look at what I noticed and did on Monday.
10 a.m. If it weren’t so dark within the tents you possibly can make out the army of dashing younger men clad in @houseofherrera #herreralive t-shirts greeting us on our approach into the Carolina Herrera show this morning. A refreshing method to start a Monday! A gorgeous collection full of rich, earthy tones, pops of purple, geometric prints, the most gorgeous opening silhouette and hints of transparency from someone who is really probably the most elegant girl I do know. She’s so good, charming and funny, and really understands what women want once they get dressed.
eleven a.m. At Tommy Hilfiger. The skirts are short, the jackets are lengthy and every little thing, the whole lot, is plaid. Including the long finale blanket dresses. The set is piney and snowy and that i had the charming company of Michael Clinton (President, Advertising Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines) who advised me he’s training for a marathon — in Antarctica, in three weeks! I was additionally comfortable to see my good pal Heather Vandenberghe from Tommy, but realize it’s definitely time for a drinks date with her as you’ll be able to solely cowl a lot territory standing next to the runway earlier than a present. Facet note; search for our upcoming piece in ELLE on Tommy Hilfiger’s impressive CMO Avery Baker.
12 p.m. Alas, the real snow is tripping everyone up in Manhattan — it is curtains up at my noon show, which is all the way downtown, however I am nonetheless on 67th and Park, in entrance of the Armory where Tommy had his show.
12:30 p.m. At the office since there was no option to make it downtown in time. I work on finalizing our April cowl, have two impromptu hallway meetings the place we really get rather a lot executed, answer as many emails as I can, eat a grilled cheese sandwich (in solidarity with my 11-yr-outdated son) and run back to the automobile to get to my next present.
2:50 p.m. Arrive at three.1 Phillip Lim, really early for a 3:00 show, which is at Skylight at Moynihan Station, contained in the iconic James A. Farley Submit Office throughout from Penn Station. I really like the way in which Phillip performed with proportions; the bold hits of coloration he injected in the gathering and the big vests and belt buckles.
4 p.m. Rachel Dratch and Alan Cumming open Kenneth Cole’s present with a humorous quick movie through which Kenneth Cole — gasp — invokes the title of one other designer. The show was styled by ELLE’s own artistic director Joe Zee and i should say he did such a great job — displaying how slightly styling can take beautifully minimize fundamentals and turn them into something avenue, sexy and sophisticated suddenly. I spot my former neighbors Chris and Christina Cuomo having fun with Michael Strahan and Jon Bon Jovi, who have each coincidentally told us their secrets in our Cherchez la Femme column.
7 p.m. Zac Posen’s show is in a small, intimate venue: virtually hushed in a manner. The hair and the styling both ship me on a visit to the previous of my very glamorous stepmother (the first of three — is a fourth at present in the works? I digress…) who wore caftans to the country membership through the day and smoked cigarettes out of lacquered holders and wore her platinum hair as high as attainable — however with no seen hair pins. Zac’s dresses all have a sweeping quality to them, the gowns in fact, but even the physique-huggers: you need to sweep into a room if you’re wearing one of those.
eight:15 p.m. This present marks Donna Karan’s 30th anniversary within the enterprise, and her spectacular body of work over the previous three a long time is definitely something to be celebrated. The clothes are feminine and sexy, but mixed with that urban edge and grit that is both very New York and very Donna Karan. Our vogue news director Anne Slowey tweeted that it was “the Vagina Monologues.” (The invite mentioned The Journey of a Lady. Being one, I was completely satisfied to journey alongside.)
9:30 p.m. Barneys New York dinner to celebrate their amazing spring 2014 marketing campaign — Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters, which options 17 transgender fashions — and the accompanying movie, each shot by Bruce Weber. The film is incredibly touching and thoughtful, and lovingly shot. It was inspiring to listen to their tales and such a pleasure to be there and assist this vital undertaking. After watching the movie, I sit all the way down to get pleasure from a late supper with my beautiful and serene seatmate designer Maria Cornejo.