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A Week in Madeline Andrews-Escudero's Off-The-Runway Rag & Bone Booties!
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional stylist, a powerful editor or a Hollywood heavyweight? Every Friday, Fashionista will ask an inspirational industry professional to fill in the blanks with their own words and photos. When it comes to being a Market Editor, Fashion Week is sort of like the Olympics. Just ask Glamour's Senior Fashion Market Editor, Madeline Andrews-Escudero, who, when she isn't attending 16-18 presentations a day (wh-WHAT?), is kindly indulging lowly reporters from the back of a town car. So while you may think all of that racing around would take all the pretty out of the NYFW experience, a week in Maddie's versatile Rag & Bone platforms, which she (gasp!) has worn more than once this week, is full of beautiful sights-- from bags and babies to...bacon. Click through to check out her candids:
Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012: The King of Prep Reinvention
If you closed your eyes and wished for a dream fashion show, that's what Tommy Hilfiger's women's fall/winter collection was: a hushed fairyland of imported gray gravel, autumn ripe trees and a confidence you could feel upon entering the Park Avenue Armory. It wasn't only the sumptuous offerings for fall—precise military detailing, lush textures and literal equestrian accents in rich navy, caramel and the season's most-pervasive hue, burgundy—it was the tasteful spectacle that was so moving. From the cavernous space to the soundtrack (Lana Del Rey and The Beatles for Hilfiger's bow), the presentation felt like a veteran designer's willing acquiescence to a new guard.
A Week in Kate Young's Buckled Givenchy Wedges
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional stylist, a powerful editor or a Hollywood heavyweight? Every Friday Sunday [fashion week exception], Fashionista will ask an inspirational industry professional to fill in the blanks with their own words and photos. Is there a career more dynamic than Kate Young's? From styling Teen Vogue's very first cover (a young Jessica Simpson cradled in the arms of then-boyfriend Nick Lachey) to dressing A-listers including Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, the Brooklyn-based stylist has seen it all. When I checked in with Kate early last Friday morning, our chat was nearly thwarted by my long distance phone number. "Sorry," she apologized airily when we finally connected. "I thought you were calling from the Democratic Party to collect money." Remind me to ditch those DC digits ASAP. From behind the scenes as Macy's INC's Editor at Large to receiving personal tokens from Giambattista Valli himself, Kate filled us in on a typical week spent in her industrial Givenchy boots. Click through to check out her candids:
Rebecca Taylor Fall 2012: A New Downtown Direction
When the music started pulsing at Rebecca Taylor's fall/winter 2012 show, everyone's heart skipped a beat. Perhaps the impactful opening was on purpose as the new Rebecca Taylor girl is anything but shy. Gone were the frills and frippery of the brand's heyday, replaced by a veritable army of Lower East Siders. And while the proportions sometimes missed the mark, often coupled with unfortunate lace-trimmed leggings, the new RT gal is confidently styled, unafraid of tweed peplums, velvet sweats and illusion frocks.
Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2012: Fur T-Shirts and an Exercise in Front Row Diplomacy
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.
Milliner Gigi Burris on Her Fashionable Friends, Being an 'Alligator Guru,' and Her Sleep No More Inspired Collection
The scene at Thursday night's Gigi Burris presentation at the dungeonous Electric Room was something out of a subversive dream. Handcrafted hats, headbands and fascinators dotted the room, breathing life into moss and feather-adorned cages. The place smelled vaguely of brewing potions and guests, sipping on Kanon Organic vodka, looked more than a little bewitched. Despite the foreboding atmosphere, the incredibly accomplished attendees were more than happy to gush over lady of the night, milliner Gigi Burris. "Girls in their twenties will start adopting hats," enthused WWD's Senior Accessories Editor Roxanne Robinson-Escriout. "You can thank Kate F*cking Middleton for that!" A sentiment with which ELLE Style Director Kate Lanphear heartily agreed: "I definitely predict a resurgence of glamour," she told us. "That whole ritual of getting ready is somewhat of a lost art and that's what this collection represents—a return to caring." And while it was easy to get lost in the scene, the hats, if you can even call them that, so painstakingly constructed and reminiscent of countless films, iconic women and more than a few fetishistic references, the true highlight was chatting with Burris herself, who was warm, girlish and downright delightful.
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BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012: Color Blocked and Furry with a Loose-Lipped Front Row
When attending a show like BCBG Max Azria, you can expect an onslaught of pseudo-celebs, advertising-friendly editors and of course, a whole lot of color blocking. Yesterday's 10am show was no exception. And while the crush of photogs angled for a glimpse of front row showgoers including Giada de Laurentiis, Maria Menounos and Erin Wasson, the beauty of the show was in the delicious details:
A Week in Brad Goreski's (Plaid, Embroidered and Studded!) Christian Louboutins
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional stylist, a powerful editor or a Hollywood heavyweight? Every Friday, we will ask an inspirational industry professional to fill in the blanks using their own words and photos. For our very first profile, we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than Rachel-Zoe-protégé-turned-star-stylist, Brad Goreski. From uncovering untapped talent (hello, Linda!) to lending a fellow stylist some last minute "blanky blank," a week in Brad's world is basically one giant P.O.C (that's Pop of Color, for the uninitiated.) When we caught up with the talented Mr. Goreski in L.A. Thursday evening, he was prepping for four upcoming fittings. Ever the gentleman, he indulged us by recapping a week spent zigzagging the country in a pair of gingham (and gifted!) Louboutins. Click through to check out his candids: