ISTANBUL--Istanbul Fashion Week may be new, but it's not lacking for bold faced names in the front row.
Pat Field is a fixture, which makes sense, since Istanbul Fashion Week's press kit says she "aims to introduce the Turkish brands and designers to the world and to turn Istanbul into an effective fashion center." It's a tall order, but if anyone can make Istanbul happen, it's Pat Field. The vibrant colors and energy of Istanbul are right up her alley.
In addition to Field, fashion stars abound. Anna Piaggi is here, and she gets a deserved applause when she enters the venue. So is ELLE's Kate Lanphear, Lynn Yaeger, Alexandra Richards and Olivier Zahm (with daughter in tow). Alek Wek has also been spotted. And according to twitter, LOVE covergirl Alessandra Ambrosio just touched down at Ataturk Airport hours ago, where she was surprised to find paps waiting for her at immigration. We're looking forward to seeing her walk tomorrow. As for the celebrity presence? Understandably, it's a bit more limited. Anna Kournikova, described in the aforementioned release as "newly transferred to the fashion world," is here. We also noticed on the Twitters that Khloe Kardashian is in Turkey, so we thought she might make an appearance at the shows as well, but it's more likely she's here to support hubby Lamar Odom at the World Basketball Championship which is apparently happening here too. Who knew?