"What did I sign up for?" a model asked as she stepped out onto the ice at the rink at The Standard for Elise Øverland's Fall 2011 show. It was a good question. She and the 10 or so other girls who modeled Øverland's collection were escorted onto the ice in six inch platform stilettos and then had to stand on little bath mats for the next half hour in freezing temps while real life figure skaters (also wearing Øverland's creations) twirled around them as they trembled. Because, while the collection is intended for Fall/Winter, Øverland's cropped jackets with furry centers and cuffs were not proper outer wear for sub-zero conditions. I swear I saw tears in the eyes of one miserable looking model. When Johnny Weir, the main draw of the show, finally performed a good hour after the show was set to start, I was so cold it distracted from his lutzes and ice humping (yes, that happened). Perhaps it was Scandinavian born Øverland's way of telling us New Yorkers to toughen up against the cold. But it didn't work. As hard as it was to focus on the collection with frozen digits and chattering teeth the clothes were out-there in a good way--especially on the figure skaters who looked like they were actually having a good time.
Fashion's Night Out is two weeks from tomorrow! There is more going on than we can even wrap our heads around. Having trouble deciding where you want to go and who you want to see the most? Well, if you're interested in catching a peak of one of your favorite designers, here's a roundup of where some of the biggest and the best will be on September 10. We've excluded most of the people we've already reported on. Also, it's almost safe to say that if someone isn't on this list, they will probably be at Barneys. Michael Kors Michael will be at his lifestyle store on Madison and 61st in New York City. He will be joined by TONY Award winner Idina Menzel, whom Michael will accompany on a selection of songs. Michael will also make an appearance nearby at Bloomingdale’s 59th street, where the “World of Michael” will be created to kick off a new Michael Kors handbag shop-in-shop. Tommy Hilfiger Tommy will be kicking off FNO and his brand’s 25th anniversary at Macy’s Herald Square. As we’ve reported, Macy’s will house “The Ultimate Tailgate Party” as inspired by Tommy’s most recent ad campaign. Tommy will be accompanied by Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren. He will also make an appearance at his Fifth Avenue store, where shoppers can have their purchases personalized with an exploding monogram while they shop, listen to DJ Toddlerone and drink up.
We need to talk about velvet--the fabric is everywhere. It first reared its ugly head at Cushnie et Ochs and Jen Kao. Then, on Saturday, it was like
This fashion week's been surprisingly laid back--less celebrities, no drama, fewer raging parties, but there's always a bit of gossip to report. 1.
Elise Overland's expecting quite the front row next week But in between Zoe Saldana and Kelly Osbourne will be, what one source calls, "An amazing, p