>> Jessica Stam has no problem getting backstage at a show when she's working, but when she's attending? That's another story.
This morning, when Stam and Tara Subkoff tried to go backstage at Charlotte Ronson before taking their front row seats for the show, they were told by PR they're weren't on the list. "Jessica Stram? Stam? No, not on the list . . . Tara who? Nope, sorry."
Jessica, clearly less than thrilled — she was front row at Charlotte Ronson last year and is a friend of the designer — finally called in reinforcements, and was led backstage.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Like mother, like daughter: Anna Wintour's been known to reuse dresses and shoes for events, and now Bee Shaffer's done the same. She donned a minidress and chunky yellow shoes to Fashion Rocks last night — both the same as she wore to the Costume Institute Ball after party in May. Speaking of daughterly similarities, Bee was also caught making the patented Anna grimace on the Fashion Rocks red carpet (left). [FWD]
If there is anyone you can count on to throw a party its MAO Public Relations and Patricia Fied. Its a little before 10pm and we are rocking with a crowd at the Edison Ballroom waiting for her collection. After a hectic day nothing quite takes th edge off like club kids and drag queens. We hate to use the term fabulous since so many seem to prefer to apply it to aspirational blighted urban women but you so know that Patricia Field is fabulous. Sure we wish she hadn't given so much ammunition to all "those" women but you can't deny that this woman is a force of stylistic nature. We can't wait to see what she turns out for us tonight at Destination Style but until then we leave you with her smiling face. And no we can't believe we climbed on the catwalk to get it either. And you now how we feel about that sort of behavior.
Even with the rain coming down outside on day two of Fashion Week, the Rosa Cha Spring 2009 Runway Show set the tone of what was to come with Caribbean steel drums. As the lights dimmed we were transported from rainy NYC to the shores of Rio with Brazilian melodies wafting through the tents.
The show began with an Optical White Bikini with interlaced straps and we were presented with additional hues of Leaden Brown, Green, and Reds that were perfect reflections of gemstones.
Rosa Cha’s swimwear collection showed how diverse one and two piece looks could be with monochromatic and duotoned looks (love the use of chevron throughout the show). In addition, we enjoyed various styles including one shoulder, v-neck, cutaways, corselets and more. This collection began on the shores and transitioned to afternoon cabana parties with sheer kaftans, jumpers and dresses and finally for an upscale conclusion, Rosa Cha included bikinis that were encrusted with Swarovski Crystals which showed how it could be interpreted as evening wear or at the very least, luxurious loungewear. Finally, the perfect compliment to this show was the use of accessories. From cuffs, hoop earrings and rings that were encrusted with various gemstones.
Ashleigh Verrier never ceases to inspire us here at Coutorture, her feel for textiles, her intellectual inspirations, and her love of whimsy are a knockout combination in a sea of light weights. Often when interviewing designers we feel that all is required is a basic "so, how about them inspirations" and a monologue of media training pours forth. Not that we are complaining, we need those sound bites! But with Ashleigh it is always a conversation as she touches lightly but articulately on her work process. The fact that she is a perfect porcelain doll probably doesn't hurt matters any. But as we grow frustrated with a culture that encourages a kind of celebrity from designers, replete with parties and photo opportunities, Ashleigh steers clear of her young peers by sheer tint of talent and intellect. She is no light weight!
We've just returned from a quick backstage interview and runway show by designer Adam Lippes, and now we're back at the Altman Building for Karen Walker. Adam's show, per usual, brought out his friends and colleagues, and, (as we said last season) the best dressed crowd in town. This season, Adam was inspired by, among other things, the color chart exhibit that premiered at the MoMa earlier this summer. So, we saw neons galore and some truely remarkable combinations in texture. Adam also premiered his own shoe collection which will go on sale with the Spring merchandise. Last season's collection was inspired by the Berkshires and this season, though entirely different, still calls up that beautiful, relaxed ease that Adam fans seek in his designs.