One of the challenges of New York Fashion Week is the sheer number of capable designers trying to mount their own work. Since over a hundred catwalks and presentations get rolled out during the week, it's inevitable that some very stylish traffic jams will occur, and as of now, the first takes place on Thursday, January 31st. At 5 pm, young designer Catherine Holstein (left) mounts her first full presentation at Milk Studios in the Meatpacking District. Ms. Holstein is a Teen Vogue darling with the personal style of a rock star's girlfriend and the posse of a regular Miu Miu shopper - Victoria Traina, Mary Kate, and the rest of the blondes too fabulous to be believed. But also at 5pm is the second showing of Jen Kao, a recent design graduate whose beadwork and black eyeliner has also caught the eye of Teen Vogue, as well as Nylon and a steady stream of Beatrice-going socialites, not to mention the model Darla Baker, who's one of the designer's muses. She's also friends with Ryan McGinley, who was enlisted last year to shoot the look book. And again at 5pm, there's Band of Outsiders, the ridiculously cool / successful / buzzy label by Scott Sternberg, a former Hollywood agent who's since garnered a CFDA nomination and a steady following of celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Vogue editors like Sally Singer, and... well really, if you have those two people in your clothing corner, you don't really need that much else. Then at 6 it's time for EarthPledge, the eco-fashion show to boast clothes by Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and just about every label from Barneys. Are you tired yet?
One of the challenges of New York Fashion Week is the sheer number of capable designers trying to mount their own work. Since over a hundred catwalks