Category: Fashion Week


LIM College’s First Class Fashion Show

April 12th, 2011 — 4:26pm

Friday night, my cousin Carla and I headed over to Roseland Balloom in NYC’s midtown for LIM College ’s annual fashion show.

My cousin Carla and me were front and center

Thanks to complimentary front row seats, we had a perfect view of the runway action. Stylist Derek “Fabulous” Warburton of “Real Housewives of New York” fame opened the festivities.

Derek Fabulous entertained the standing-room only crowd

LIM’s fashion show production club spent seven months organizing the show, which was as well executed as any I’ve seen during Fashion Week. Entitled Kemet and inspired by Ancient Egypt, the lineup featured thirty models sporting a dazzling array of metallic and richly colored clothes with a retro feel. 

The show's Egyptian-inspired theme dazzled

Green was a big theme of the night as well, with programs made from recycled paper and GrowNYC on site educating guests about the importance of textile recycling.

Kemet ended with a rousing dance performance that had everyone in the standing room-only crowd applauding ferociously. Truly a first-class night of stylish fun.

For more behind the scenes action, visit Kemet’s Facebook page.

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Paper Magazine’s Rooftop Party

February 24th, 2011 — 3:04pm

Last week, I headed over to the Empire Hotel on NYC’s Upper West Side for Paper Magazine and Tumblr’s Fashion Week soiree.

Held at the hotel’s spacious, swanky rooftop bar, the party gave me a chance to catch up with friend and fellow blogger, Giuseppe, in town from Sydney.

Catching Up: Giuseppe and me at the Empire rooftop

Giuseppe and I first connected a few years back, at the DVD launch of the first Sex And The City movie. His fabulous Cosmo Guy site about SATC has led to great success as a fashion blogger — Giuseppe was among a select few flown from Oz to cover various runway shows.

Over cocktails, we talked about the excitement and allure of New York (Giuseppe and his sweetheart are considering a move here). I admitted that, for as much as I still adore my hometown, all the traveling I’ve done over the last year has made me realize there’s much more to life than hustle and bustle.

Following your bliss, of course, is a big part of that, a subject that came up when we ran into Xavi, a friend of Giuseppe’s.

A native of Barcelona, Xavi told us about a chance encounter long ago on the subway with one of his favorite Spanish writers. That meeting produced an opportunity which eventually led to Xavi handling social media for one of pop biggest international superstars. If you believe and are willing to work hard, he said, everything is possible.

Good advice in both life — and love.

Comment » | Cosmo Guy Online, Empire Hotel, Fashion Week, following your bliss, SATC, Sex and The City movie, Sydney, Upper West Side

Boy Meets Girl Show: Part Two

February 20th, 2011 — 11:46am

Tuesday night, the Fashion Week continued after the Boy Meets Girl show ended.

First, I had the pleasure of meeting Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub, whose daughter was one of the models.

Celeb Schmoozing: Danielle Staub and me

Then, while galpals Caroline and Meg chatted with representatives from show co-sponsor AKA Hotels, Telo and I roamed around the Metropolitan Pavilion, sampling some of the other sponsors’ goodies. Telo took a breather at Trident’s oxygen bar, which according to him is all the rage now in Vegas.

Flavored Oxygen: Telo sampled all four of Trident’s varieties

“Clean, sexy, freshness!” he raved about the four different flavors.

I was less enamored when I tried it. Something about putting on a nasal breathing tube and inhaling menthol-flavored oxygen wasn’t quite relaxing.

As we made like fashionistas and tried on some mod Polaroid sunglasses, we spotted singer Natasha Bedingfield approaching. She couldn’t have been nicer when we asked for a photo.

Pop Star Charmer: Natasha Bedingfield and me

Once the post-show festivities winded down, Telo and I joined Caroline and Meg at the afterparty at trendy Avenue nightclub in NYC’s Chelsea.

Over vodka cocktails and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres (pizza slivers, chicken satays), Meg and I talked about how dating in Gotham is different from other parts of the country.

A twentysomething bachelorette originally from the Midwest, Meg is finding that Gotham men aren’t nearly as chivalrous or straightforward as their counterparts in the heartland. Case in point — a man she dated for weeks who disappeared without a word, then resurfaced in a text message months later saying hello like it was perfectly normal. Dating ettiquette when it comes to goodbye is truly a lost art these days.

Still, Meg wouldn’t trade where she is to be back in her hometown. She says all of her old friends are married and she’s in no hurry, appreciating the freedom to focus on her career and other things that New York gives her. Thirtysomething dating fatigue notwithstanding, I couldn’t help thinking that I feel exactly the same way.

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Boy Meets Girls Show: Part One

February 18th, 2011 — 11:53am

Tuesday night, I headed down to NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion for Boy Meets Girl’s show, co-sponsored by luxury extended stay brand AKA Hotels.

Caroline and me beside the runway

Joining me for the Fashion Week festivities were my good friend Caroline, her style savvy pal Telo and my former colleague Meg. As we took our seats in the second row, we spotted pop star Kat DeLuna and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub.

Danielle Staub and Kat DeLuna

The show opened with a rousing performance from singer Natasha Bedingfield.

Natasha Bedingfield wowed the crowd

Of the handful of Fashion Week shows I’ve been to over the last few years, Boy Meets Girl was by far the best. Chic yet wearable clothes and a diverse group of models that looked like real women and not the androgynous waif type that’s so popular on the runway.

BMG models strutting their stuff

Coming up…rubbing shoulders with celebs at the show and catching up with a Sydney-based friend who’s taking the blogging world by storm.

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Backstage At Fashion Week: Halston

February 16th, 2010 — 11:21pm

Last night, I headed over to Stage 37 near NYC’s Garment District for legendary designer Halston’s Fashion Week presentation. 

Backstage At Halston: Dashing Diva’s Patti Yankee and me

Backstage, I caught up with the team from nail spa Dashing Diva, responsible for manicuring more than 250 models during Fashion Week. Halston’s models fancy fingers were decked out in West Village, a taupe color from DD’s existing line.

“Colors that match skin foundation are big for spring and fall,” head technician Patti Yankee told me, adding that metallic shades are still all the rage.

After witnessing lots of expert primping from head to toe – including two stylists flat ironing a pricey hair extension and meticulously fastening it in place – I headed into the showroom for the main event.

Presentations like Halston’s are completely different from the shows at the Bryant Park tents. Cheaper to stage, they replace catwalks and assigned seating with standing room only and models in repose.

Models Or Mannequins: Halston’s presentation made it difficult to tell

About twenty impossibly tall (and impossibly thin) models in sleek, structured clothing stand perfectly still while the crowd rotates around them. It’s kind of like a haute couture zoo exhibit. I much prefer the glamour and movement of the runway – not to mention a little more variety in the mannequins, ahem, models.

 Coming up…partying with the folks at eflirtexpert.com and a new professional chapter begins.

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More About The Great Dating Blitz

February 13th, 2010 — 7:11pm

As I gear up for my two-month dating tour across the U.S., I’m having fun delving into what each of the 8 cities on my itinerary has to offer. 

Cleveland – my first stop – is home to much more than just the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Museum. It’s also the location of Road To The Red Carpet, a swanky black tie annual Oscars party that I can’t wait to attend. Especially since it attracts upwards of 600 guests.

Watch for updates here, as well on Twitter and my Facebook Fan page, as I fill up my travel calendar with other fun events and, of course, plenty of dates. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of where I’ll be and when:

  • Cleveland – Week of March 1
  • Atlanta – Week of March 8
  • Kansas City – Week of March 15
  • Houston – Week of March 22
  • Denver – Week of March 29
  • Portland – Week of April 5
  • L.A. – Week of April 12
  • Mystery City – Week of April 19

Don’t forget to cast your vote on where I should end The Great Dating Blitz. And, to help spread the word, I’ve uploaded a YouTube video with all the details of my trip.

Up next…the true meaning of Valentine’s day and behind the scenes of Halston’s show at Fashion Week.

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Fashion Week Encore

September 22nd, 2009 — 9:55pm

Last week, I ventured backstage at Fashion Week once again with the crew from fabulous nail spa Dashing Diva.

Backstage at the Bryant Park tents

While the team made sure every Tibi runway model was perfectly manicured, I caught up with one of Dashing Diva’s delightful PR reps. We talked about the unceremonious timing of exes who decide to resurface and the search for a perfect apartment in NYC.

I also had the pleasure of meeting veteran beauty blogger Jamie Allison Sanders, who was off to another show – but not before making me smile when she said she’d heard of Single Gal In The City.

Just before the show began, I surveyed the crowd of perfectly coiffed fashionistas and decided it might be time for me to update my shoe and accessory repertoire. Who knew big, pearl-finished watches were all the rage?

The Tibi models strutting their stuff

Tibi’s Spring 2010 show served up a pretty and feminine mix of, as the tip sheet put it, abstract florals in icy pastels mixed with intensely saturated colors. One thing I would’ve liked to see more of – models with at least some degree of décolletage. One thing I would’ve enjoyed seeing less of – their bony backs. To paraphrase my best friend, these girls need some cheeseburgers stat.

Coming up…a jazzy night out for a good cause with a couple of Aussies and an outrageous request from a long ago ex.

1 comment » | Bryant Park, Dashing Diva, Fashion Week, runway models, Tibi spring 2010 collection

Fashion Week Encore

September 22nd, 2009 — 4:55pm

Last week, I ventured backstage at Fashion Week once again with the crew from fabulous nail spa Dashing Diva.

Backstage at the Bryant Park tents

While the team made sure every Tibi runway model was perfectly manicured, I caught up with one of Dashing Diva’s delightful PR reps. We talked about the unceremonious timing of exes who decide to resurface and the search for a perfect apartment in NYC.

I also had the pleasure of meeting veteran beauty blogger Jamie Allison Sanders, who was off to another show – but not before making me smile when she said she’d heard of Single Gal In The City.

Just before the show began, I surveyed the crowd of perfectly coiffed fashionistas and decided it might be time for me to update my shoe and accessory repertoire. Who knew big, pearl-finished watches were all the rage?

The Tibi models strutting their stuff

Tibi’s Spring 2010 show served up a pretty and feminine mix of, as the tip sheet put it, abstract florals in icy pastels mixed with intensely saturated colors. One thing I would’ve liked to see more of – models with at least some degree of décolletage. One thing I would’ve enjoyed seeing less of – their bony backs. To paraphrase my best friend, these girls need some cheeseburgers stat.

Coming up…a jazzy night out for a good cause with a couple of Aussies and an outrageous request from a long ago ex.

1 comment » | Bryant Park, Dashing Diva, Fashion Week, runway models, Tibi spring 2010 collection

Fashionable Night Out

September 17th, 2009 — 12:54am

Last Thursday, I joined the crew from Dashing Diva — my favorite nail spa — for the Rosa Cha show at Bryant Park.

Strike A Pose: Backstage at the Bryant Park tents

From a crush of photographers to waif-like girls getting primped for the runway, there’s plenty of action backstage at Fashion Week. Dashing Diva’s team, led by celeb nail artist Pattie Yankee Williams, was busy doing manicures for all of the models.

Pattie used Miranda’s Law, a bold, bright coral polish, for the Rosa Cha models

Pattie mentioned some of her favorite famous clients (Rachael Ray and Brooke Shields are among them) and shared a few tips for making a manicure last longer — buff your nails first and use a top-notch base coat. With more than 25 years in the fancy finger business, Pattie knows what she’s talking about.

The show started fashionably late and featured a look at Rosa Cha’s 2010 beachwear collection. Only one front row celeb sighting here, “The Bachelorette” star Jillian Harris.

On The Catwalk: Rosa Cha’s leggy models

My next stop was Saks Fifth Avenue, which had festivities on every floor as part of Fashion’s Night Out. A packed crowd of shoppers enjoyed complimentary makeovers, blowouts and the opportunity to mingle with some of the biggest names in the world of style. I met legendary designers Carolina Herrera and Elie Tahari.

How Chic: Designer Elie Tahari and me at Saks

With more than 800 FNO events around the city, I was tempted to see what other bold-faced names I could encounter. I opted instead to head home, to get ready for a last-minute blast from the past.

What a night.

Comment » | Bryant Park, Carolina Herrera, Dashing Diva, Elie Tahari, Fashion Week, Fashion's Night Out, Jillian Harris, manicure tips, Rosa Cha, runway models, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Bachelorette

Fashionable Night Out

September 16th, 2009 — 7:54pm

Last Thursday, I joined the crew from Dashing Diva — my favorite nail spa — for the Rosa Cha show at Bryant Park.

Strike A Pose: Backstage at the Bryant Park tents

From a crush of photographers to waif-like girls getting primped for the runway, there’s plenty of action backstage at Fashion Week. Dashing Diva’s team, led by celeb nail artist Pattie Yankee Williams, was busy doing manicures for all of the models.

Pattie used Miranda’s Law, a bold, bright coral polish, for the Rosa Cha models

Pattie mentioned some of her favorite famous clients (Rachael Ray and Brooke Shields are among them) and shared a few tips for making a manicure last longer — buff your nails first and use a top-notch base coat. With more than 25 years in the fancy finger business, Pattie knows what she’s talking about.

The show started fashionably late and featured a look at Rosa Cha’s 2010 beachwear collection. Only one front row celeb sighting here, “The Bachelorette” star Jillian Harris.

On The Catwalk: Rosa Cha’s leggy models

My next stop was Saks Fifth Avenue, which had festivities on every floor as part of Fashion’s Night Out. A packed crowd of shoppers enjoyed complimentary makeovers, blowouts and the opportunity to mingle with some of the biggest names in the world of style. I met legendary designers Carolina Herrera and Elie Tahari.

How Chic: Designer Elie Tahari and me at Saks

With more than 800 FNO events around the city, I was tempted to see what other bold-faced names I could encounter. I opted instead to head home, to get ready for a last-minute blast from the past.

What a night.

Comment » | Bryant Park, Carolina Herrera, Dashing Diva, Elie Tahari, Fashion Week, Fashion's Night Out, Jillian Harris, manicure tips, Rosa Cha, runway models, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Bachelorette

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