I think I’ve discovered the difference between New Yorkers and us. When it snows in Wisconsin, we just grin and bear it. In Manhattan, people pull out umbrellas and act as if a few flurries are acid rain. I don’t think I have ever seen so many umbrellas out for a little snow shower, something that would be out of place in beloved Miltown. The snow this morning kind of made the Times Square area a lot like a giant snow globe, with the neon and the swirling movement of the people contributing to the urban magic that is New York City. The two blocks to the tents were a dash between bumbershoots as I made my way to Bryant Park for the first show of the day. Later into the Garment district for a visit to MOOD fabrics and a meeting with a Wisconsin girl, who is a newly minted New Yorker. After a quick lunch and chat, back to the tents for two shows and on to Hammerstein Ballroom for another show. Energy is flagging, but I am taking vitamins! Once again, I return to the tents for the last show of the day and then across the street to the Bryant Park Pub for the after party.
2. Celebrity sightings/Who’s who?
After yesterday’s barren fame landscape today, I hit the mother lode! At Pamella Roland, Brooke Shields, Mena Suvari, Alfre Woodard, Nigel Barker, Miss Jay Alexander, Ramona Singer and Alex McCord from “Real Housewives of NYC.” Some posed for me and were very nice. Others were across the runway (Brooke and Nigel), so I did my best to zoom in on them. Check out the video below and see them in the front row. I sat behind Mena and Miss Jay. One of my idols was at the Thuy show, Tabatha Coffey of Bravo TV fame. Lovely gal! (See picture above.) At the G-Star show, I spied “American Idol” first runner-up extraordinaire Mr. Adam Lambert. (Look closely in the video at the front row, next to the guy in the purple shirt.)
Elie Tahari – “Mad Men” menswear in somber gray tones and a black-and-gray palette for women as well.
Pamella Roland – Known for red carpet glamour and glitz, she did not disappoint. Also showing some upscale ladies who lunch day/cocktail wear.
Thuy – Sorry, but I think she took the remnant bin from MOOD fabrics, sewed it together and belted it. It’s hard to make New York models look fat and ugly, but she came close.
G-Star – Huge production off-site at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Vibrant royal blue, yellow and Kelly green mingled with denim and knits in this hip, urban show.
Toni Francesc – Innovative and futuristic but ultimately something someone could wear. Structural details like slightly exaggerated shoulders don’t take away from his sleek almost 2001 silhouettes. All models wore the same wigs. (See video.)
4. Must Haves
Hoods of all kinds.
Boots with furry trimming.
Fitted leather pants, dresses and skirts.
Humongous scarves. Got that yet?
Metallic in bronze, silver and gold.
Sequined and beaded boot covers.
Capes and capelets layered over jackets.
Firemen type jackets for guys.
Brightly colored shoes and accessories for men.
Strongly defined shoulder-padded coats and jackets for both sexes.