The most surprising thing about fashion week so far has been the surfeit of calories found in the snacks on offer. Sugar has been the most popular nosh, with the macaroons and chocolate biscuits at the Bumble and bumble space leading the way in terms of tastiness. We also sampled scones at Charlotte Ronson; bags of sweet and salty popcorn at Cynthia Rowley; organic macaroons at Organic; chocolate-covered almonds at Julia Jentzsch; hand-painted cookies at Susan Cianciolo; and M&M’s, jelly beans, and rock candy at Anya Hindmarch. If this persists, it will be just as well that wide-legged jeans are back.
Back in the late 1990s, before the shotgun weddings, the baby, and the reality show, Tori Spelling made a few cameos at New York fashion week. Between each show, she’d hustle into her limo and change her clothes according to what designer was next on the schedule, thereby giving rise to the less than flattering expression, “pulling a Tori.” The modern fashion professional doesn’t have the time to make that kind of desperate effort—moreover, most feel that a good look should last all day. Last night at Proenza Schouler, however, some of the members of the front row were asking themselves whether or not it would be okay to trade in their daytime attire for an evening look. Victoria Traina deemed it just fine: “Of course I’m changing,” she said. Following her lead were her sisters Vanessa and Samantha, gallerist Amy Greenspon, and Lauren Davis, who all donned special Beatrice Inn-appropriate garb. Thus it seems that while pulling a Tori is still declassé, dance frocks are a whole other story.—Derek Blasberg
Blame it on global warming or perhaps this season’s earlier fashion week, but unlike previous years, when one boarded up one’s Hamptons home after Labor Day, Long Island’s sandy beaches have remained enticing into September. “In three hours, I’m going to be far from all this hoopla,” Fabiola Beracasa said while weaving through traffic looking for her car after the Thakoon show yesterday, adding that she made sure to keep the lease on her summer rental through the month. “And I have to say, breaking it up will make the week seem much smoother.” But not that this girl about town—who took the grand prize at last month’s Cartier-sponsored Princess Race in East Hampton—will just be lazing about while the rest of the fashion community continues to hustle to their seating assignments. “Every time you ask for your seat,” she joked. “Think of me wake-boarding at that very moment.”—Derek Blasberg
Naturally, divas (famous and not, male and female) were out in full force for the Baby Phat show Friday night at Roseland Ballroom. Kimora Lee Simmons, a.ka. the queen of fabulosity, sent her usual Hamptons-meets-Miami look down the runway, much to the pleasure of the front row, which included Victoria’s Secret stunner Selita Ebanks, Olivia Palmero, Ivana Trump, Star Jones, and Russell Simmons, who sat next to Kimora’s new boyfriend Djimon Hounsou. Before the show—which we waited an hour for—two divas in the truest sense of the word recounted their Friday show picks. "J. Mendel," said Mary J. Blige. "It was awesome—everything was flawless. Amazing." Mya, on the other hand, was able to narrow it down to a single item at Tracy Reese. "The high-waisted, wide-leg sailor pants in navy blue with white buttons," she said. "They were really sexy without showing skin." So where does she come down on the skinny vs. wide-leg debate? "I’m not really a fan of skinny leg pants," she said. "But I still like skinny leg jeans—with stretch, of course."
It’s not up there with the wavering stock market or Fred Thompson’s stump speech, but the headline-grabbing news in fashion this autumn is the return of the waist. Yet despite the best efforts of the fashion press, the smock dress remains a fashion-week favorite. At Sari Gueron’s show Friday morning, it seemed like every second woman had one on, including Jessica Joffe, whose loose-fitting black frock was from the designer’s previous collection. “It’s that awkward phase,” Joffe said. “The pronouncements have been made, so if you’re wearing a smock you’re either being deliberately contrary or you’re an idiot. Or you’re opting for comfort. This one, for example, is as comfortable as a housecoat. But Sari’s clothes are elegant. It’s not a tent dress; that would be really bad.”
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