After 16 years in the biz, Monique Lhuillier opened her first New York flagship on 71st and Madison last night. The designer referred to the boutique as a 'jewel box' to highlight her designs, and the gorgeous Waterford chandeliers and grey suede walls certainly did just that. Housed in a 19th century townhouse, the 3000 square foot, two story space actually feels quite intimate thanks to small rooms and nooks throughout. We caught a quiet moment with Lhuillier, who juggles being a mother and wife with her super successful bridal and mainline collections. And she looks utterly glamorous while she does it.
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Fendi held a fashion show at their Fifth Ave. flagship store yesterday to celebrate the domestic launch of their first kids collection. They used 34 boys and girls aged four to six to model the sweetly chic collection. Celeb guest Kelly Rutherford took a walk down the runway, too, kids in tow (despite that fact that her son, Hermes, looked like he didn't want to be there at all). The kids and the clothes are toothache sweet, but a toddler runway show is still a little bit off-putting. Just like it made us feel awkward to look at kids posing all sulky and sultry in Vogue Enfants, it feels a little weird to see a four-year-old with his hands on his hips strutting a runway--especially when that four-year-old is modeling a bathing suit. At the same time, it's totes adorbs. Take a look.
The prize for most stunning presentation venue this season must be awarded to Catherine Malandrino. Despite an ominous looking sky, she perched her models outside on pedestals surrounding the Paul Milstein Pool, just north of the main tents at Lincoln Center. The presentation was fenced off, but approximately a zillion gawkers swarmed through the area trying to get a peek at some fashion. Or models. Or celebs. There were a lot of all these things. Hamish Bowles, in a trench coat stamped with images of giant eyes, strolled around the pool. Kelly Rutherford and (I think) Jessica Szohr ran around taking silly pictures with the models, who didn’t seem that amused. Two off duty models in the audience commented, “The girls look really cold standing up there. I hate presentations.” Kristin Cavallari was fending off giggling girls snapping iPhone photos.