Fact: If you're not in the fashion industry, you probably think most people in it are bitchy. But, if you are in the fashion industry, you know that while some are, most aren't, (just like any industry) and a handful are pretty extraordinary. So meet Nikki. She's 14 and her mother teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design. She made friends with some of her mother's students who eventually moved to NYC. And when Nikki was diagnosed with cancer, her New York pen pals flew her up to New York to take fashion obsessed Nikki to the Superhero exhibit at the Met. The story spread and soon Nikki was touring Marc's studio, lunching with Andre in Oscar's showroom, getting her own WWD cover and chilling on the Ugly Betty set. If you need your faith in humanity restored, read this.
What to Wear to the CFDA Awards if You're On a Budget
Earlier this week we received a great e-mail from a reader who didn't know what to wear to the CFDA awards next Monday: Hi Lauren, I'm basically in the most amazing predicament of all time--so I can hardly complain, but I do have a question to submit to your (and possibly other Fashionstas) expertise. I just found out that I'm going to be going to the CFDA Awards on June 7th as a guest of an attendee. Like any person with a pulse, and a proclivity for fashion, I am positively exploding with glee. The models! The designers! I don't know how I'll maintain regular breathing. But on to the conundrum. I have absolutely nothing to wear. I've never been to an event of this fashion caliber, and I feel like I need to "dress the part." But, I'm eighteen, and not about to drop several thousand dollars on a fully designer ensemble. Do you have any suggestions for wardrobe? I'd be willing to wade through New York's vintage shops if you think that would yield a good outfit, but which ones to try?