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August 31 2014

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Fêtes For Fashion’s Must-See TV

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As if there weren’t enough fashion swirling around this week, two new TV shows about the biz threw kickoff parties last night: HBO’s How to Make It in America and the Sundance Channel’s Web-based documentary miniseries Catwalk Countdown. The latter invited its featured designers to take a break from last-minute preparations at the Standard’s new poolside lounge and, er, wet bar on the 18th floor, where Erin Fetherston was haunted by visions of the impending blizzard. “We need to get models in the door,” she fretted. “And we need those boots! Last I heard, they were in Kentucky.” The countdown had begun.

Vena Cava’s Sophie Buhai revealed to us that she and Lisa Mayock have small roles in a fashion-oriented zombie movie (written and directed by photographer Elizabeth Lippman) that’s contending for a spot at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The designer pair didn’t have a whole lot of time to talk about it, though. “We’re leaving after this to go have a pricing meeting—back to being a garmento,” Buhai said.

That busy mixture of work and fun is the subject of How to Make It in America, an ensemble drama about young creative types in New York. The cast (which includes Lake Bell and Bryan Greenberg) joined some big-time suits and HBO players Adrian Grenier and Chloë Sevigny (pictured with Greenberg, above) for a Cinema Society screening and after-party at the Bowery Hotel. Did current Angeleno Ian Edelman’s new series pass the New York authenticity test? “Ian knows his stuff,” native Upper West Sider Leelee Sobieski decided. The series—whose major plotline at this point revolves around two friends trying to launch a denim line—comes courtesy of the producers of Entourage, and Grenier half-jokingly declared himself a wee bit jealous. “They better watch their back!”

Plus, check out our Q&A with How to Make It creator and writer Ian Edelman here.

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

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