Rebecca Minkoff is best known for the ubiquitous Morning After bags loved by frisky coeds and finicky editors, alike, but at yesterday’s show, it was hard to stay focused on the accessories.
A celeb-dotted front row featured Nikki Reed and her American Idol hubby, Paul Macdonald, a chatty Abigail Breslin (“I used to be really obsessed with the 80′s, you know, like, arm warmers,” she enthused), Olivia Palermo, Kristin Chenoweth and Blue Bloods starlet, Sami Gayle.
Perhaps because all I’d eaten was a Fiber One granola bar, which I actually found so delicious it scared me, I was feeling feisty. When I spotted Palermo in the front row, I went for blood, but The City alum wasn’t taking the bait: “I honestly couldn’t tell you, because I really try not to focus on it,” she demurred regarding any misconceptions of her personality. “I’m so consumed with focusing on my website that I try and stay out of it.”
Perhaps the cutest front row interaction was one between Gayle and stylist Robert Verdi, who seemed smitten with the braces-adorned cutie. “How old are you?” he inquired, astounded when she admitted to being born in 1996. “I assume you work in fashion?” she asked innocently as the lights dimmed.
The show started off with an impressive performance by on-trend rapper Theophilus London, whose impressive wiggle has 10x the swagger of Jagger. “The clothes don’t man the man/ The man makes the clothes,” he trilled ironically as models boogied down the catwalk in clashing prints, shiny nylons and garbled knits. But while highlights included two-ply outerwear, a zipper-lined bolero and fur (yes, fur!) t-shirts, the dip-dyed knits seemed a little too familiar. As in, Proenza familiar.
As the models did their final walk, London seamlessly got in line, trotting with the crew–that is, until model Wang Xiao told him to talk to the hand.