Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Every Woman Needs a Boudoir Vanity

Because the ritual of preparing to meet the world every day deserves a little decadence, however humble...

Grandma's porcelain top table, typesetter tray jewelry chest (prototype), etched glass mirror, 1970s cat planter brush holder, spice rack lipstick organizer.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Fashion Week, FW 2010

Ahhh, the magic ticket!!
I was so excited to be attending my first Fashion Week event, and what a wonderful time my friend Lisa and I had!  The layout of the venue was well planned, with not a bad seat in the house.  Small bit of irksomeness in having to check my digital camera, personally speaking, the rule against cameras was rather stupid, as the minute Giselle stepped off the double decker bus everyone whipped out their cell phones and began snapping away.  Those in the Premiere seats were fortunate to observe the headliner models up close and personal, as they primarily strutted down the main aisle and circled those inner perimeter seats.

The show started on time, and for the next 15 FABulous minutes it was as if the pages of September Vogue had come to life.  The segments which captured my fashion heart were the sinuous lines of Jazz Age Cool and the textural feast of Go Global.  The event was a true celebrity-fest, and I spotted Diane Von Furstenberg (surprised how petite she is in person) and Julianne Moore, among others, while Lisa was quick to point out Roger Federer (I'm not tennis savvy) and couldn't believe I didn't recognize Blake Lively standing next to me at the coat check when I retrieved my camera (guilty of not watching Gossip Girls either).

However, it wasn't hard to miss some of the models as they boarded the subway back:  Egle Tvirbutaite (Look 40/Tartan Twist) and Giedre Dukauskaite (Look 127/Go Global).   Sorry it took so long to post these, ladies, but I'm delighted you took the time to chat.  Happy Holidays to you both!

Giedre and Egle
Believe this is Aminata Niaria catching up on her Blackberry
Then it was onward to Fashion's Night Out.  My look, albeit a bit less runway-ready, was styled for comfort.  I'm wearing the Kalinger bracelet as a necklace by stringing it with a Miriam Haskell chain.  That's the Rodarte shower slicker over my lean-to Old Navy T and Jaclyn Smith cropped pants.  The turquoise/ onyx statement ring was purchased at Printemps in Paris a few years back and is one of my favorite pieces.  As you can see, I'm getting better at using my camera's self-timer.

My night started in front of Macys, where Neal Patrick Harris was filming the FNO for a CBS Special.  I then boarded the double-decker bus heading uptown to take in the festivities and do some seasonal window-shopping (and list-making).  Lord and Taylor was obviously looking to update their image with a DJ mixing tunes out on the sidewalk (Club L&T, perhaps).  There were mimes and freeze models performing in windows, the DKNY boutique was swamped with revelers spilling out to the street, and a trio of kimono-clad fashionistas attempting to hail a cab.  My last stop was Barneys, where I was pleasantly surprised to see the marvelous cloth art dolls of Andrew Yang prominently featured in their windows.  A special collection of OOAK dolls dressed in couture miniatures was displayed on the 4th floor, and how I wish I could find the Isabel and Ruben Toledo set under my Christmas tree (dreaming is good for the soul, keeps one motivated, yes?).  Then there was the thrill of seeing the Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington dolls being auctioned for charity.  According to Andrew's site they went for a whopping $4000 and $1000 respectively.  Way to go Andrew!  Be sure to visit The Cottage Couturière to see some of Andrew's magical Kouklitas.

While checking out the dolls who should I meet than 14 yr old wunder-blogger Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie.  As I'm a fan of her fresh approach to fashion reporting I was sure to scoop up her limited edition Barney's tote.

Fashion's Night Out will be back again next September (see sidebar), but for now please follow the link to my Kodak Gallery album and enjoy the photos from this year's event.

Fashion's Night Out 2010