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The Beginning

And with the Golden Globes behind us, Award Show Season is officially underway.  I have always liked the Golden Globes because it mixes both television and movies which in my opinion makes for a less serious, fun environment.  The Academy Awards are of course my favorite, but it often seems a bit tense and everyone takes themselves quite seriously.  The Golden Globes are supposed to be a bit less dressy, and often more playful, but not to the extent of the Grammys.

Sunday night I was happily surprised by the clothes on the red carpet.  There was experimentation and some very sleek and sophisticated gowns.  There were only a handful of dresses that I really disliked, and a few lackluster ones, but other than that the show made me very excited to see what is planned for the Oscars!

My Absolute Favorites:

Michelle Williams in Valentino, channeling Twiggy.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein

Julianne Moore in Lanvin

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Claire Danes in Calvin Klein

Honorable Mentions:

January Jones in Versace

Scarlett Johanson in Elie Saab

Nicole Kidman in Prada

Leighton Meester in Burberry

Julianna Marguiles in Vintage YSL

Jayma Mayes in Alberta Ferretti

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

Anne Hathaway in Armani

Angelina Jolie in Versace

And the Bad:

Jennifer Love Hewitt in Romona Keveza

Julia Stiles in Romona Keveza

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Christina Aguilera in Zuhair Murad

Milla Jovovich in Armani

 

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2010 FNO

Scene: Fashion’s Night Out, New York City, September 10, 2010.

I really (really) wanted to see (meet, talk with, ogle) Daphne Guinness and Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, now none of that happened, I didn’t even get to catch a glimpse of any of their infamous crops of hair, but I still had a worthwhile time.

Admittedly, last year was more exciting, it was brand new and not nearly as crowded or corporate, but it is still an amazing opportunity to meet famous fashion folk that you might not ever get to see.

I first went to Bergdorf Goodman, and after standing in line for a while (read: cutting the line of a few hundred people) I made it inside only to find out I missed all the food and drinks, and Sarah Jessica Parker was scared to come out of the elevator because there were so many people.   I did, however, get to be about a foot away from (and smile at) Linda Fargo and Robert Verdi.

Bergdorf Goodman window

Linda Fargo has one of the most amazing jobs on the planet and I am supremely jealous of her.  She is Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Women’s Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman.  Her taste level and creativity is like none other.  And Robert Verdi, is a lovely eccentric stylist.

Linda Fargo

Robert Verdi

Robert Verdi

After that I went over to Barney’s, with the hope of bumping in to Daphne, but as we know that didn’t happen.  However, I was able to meet Simon Doonan (Creative Director of Barney’s and one of my favorite people on the planet) again.  We had a cute little photo shoot and then I went on my way up to the 5th floor where Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were supposed to be, but it was so crazy and not worth it in my mind so I left.  And according to Twitter they didn’t show up for like an hour.  I did get a picture of the Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington dolls though. . .

Anna and Grace dolls

Simon Doonan and I

Simon Doonan and I

So, I started wandering around New York City without a plan, heading into stores I thought looked interesting, and I ended up having pretty good luck.  At Fratelli Rossetti, Behati Prinsloo (Victoria’s Secret model) was showing her photographs, which were actually really good.  I got a few pictures with her and a talked with a photographer for a while.

Behati Prinsloo and I

Then I went over to the Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store where a ping pong, air hockey, and foosball table were set up where you could challenge famous designers to a match.  When I was there Henry Holland was facing off against Georgina Bloomberg (Mayor Bloomberg’s youngest daughter).

Henry Holland

Then I went over to Prada, where I knew Grace Coddington was holding court, but of course she left right before I got there.  There was an amazing mannequin made up to look like her.  There were amazing mannequins everywhere, with wigs that must have been done by Julien d’Ys.  Oh yes, and the floor was fake grass, which was super fun to walk on in heels.  On the second floor Michael Urie (Mark on Ugly Betty) and Tessa Thompson were sitting on a bench completely undisturbed and deep in conversation.  Why no one swarmed them is beyond me.

Mannequins at Prada

Grace Coddington mannequin

Michael Urie and Tessa Thompson.

I popped over to a much too crowded Versace where I just took a picture of the models and then headed over to Saks Fifth Ave where as I was walking through the door Anthony Williams from Project Runway was leaving with a camera crew.

Versace Model

Anthony Williams

So all in all I would say a pretty successful night.

(All photos were taken on the newest addition to my family, the iPhone 4, my digital camera died this summer, but hopefully I will get a new one soon so that I can show better quality photos!)

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Bring on the Couture!

The next few days will be entirely devoted to something I hold very close to my heart, couture.  This is the greatest art form in fashion, it is the medium in which fashion designers are their most creative and experimental.

First a definition to clear up a few misconceptions.

Haute Couture:  French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”.  It is custom fit clothing of the highest quality with the most expensive and luxurious fabrics and more often than not hand sewn, always with extreme attention to detail by the best and most experienced seamstresses.  The term is protected by law in Paris and defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. And only companies listed by this elite group are technically allowed to call their designs “haute couture”.

The end.  No Juicy Couture or Romeo and Juliet Couture.   Only four designers are not French, and others show their collections as “Guest Members”.  The members come and go, like Donatella Versace, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent no longer show couture collections but the houses once did.

There are also jewelry and accessories designers included in the group, but not too many.

The most famous current official members are:  Anne Valerie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier.  And the four foreign members are, Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela, and Valentino.

The shows began this week in Paris and I have compiled my favorite looks from the collections.  Some I found absolutely amazing (Dior and Givenchy) and others were underwhelming (Chanel) but each of them offered exquisite craftsmanship and beauty, which is rarely seen anymore with our fast-paced, over efficient, busy world.

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