April 20 2014

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Ready. Set. Show!


Marc Jacobs Spring '14

With New York fashion week less than a week away, there’s a lot to look forward to. The glitz! The glamour! The street styles! But we can’t help but feel a slight panic attack coming on as well. The mammoth show schedule ensures that the fashion set will be uptown at Lincoln Center one minute, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the next (ahem, Alexander Wang), and over in West Chelsea just moments later. We’re not even sure that Uber will be able to manage the hordes of requests. Of course, despite the crosstown commutes and subzero temps, you’re expected to be at the top of your game—and look it, too. i-D magazine compiled fifty pieces of useful advice for surviving, nay, thriving during the freezing, sleep-deprived, party-packed week ahead. More important, though, it reminds us to embrace it all with a wink and a smile. We’ve called out our five favorite tips below, and will be putting the entire list to use come Wednesday.

1. Being clean is unfailingly chic.

2. Boys who dress like girls are a grand tradition that must be preserved at all costs. Ditto, girls who dress like boys.

3. Words like “edgy” and “directional” should be used sparingly, otherwise you sound like the tacky fashion “expert” off breakfast telly.

4. If you are going to blog about fashion, make sure you can string a sentence together.

5. All the best avant-garde looks will get you arrested—for example, women wearing trousers in Paris, back in 1800.


Fashion Week Countdown: A Super Sabbatical


Ready or not, here it comes. New York fashion week is just over two and a half weeks away, and while the non-fashion world enjoys the last gasps of summer, we at are busy ramping up for the Spring ’13 shows. For the next few weeks, we’ll look forward by looking back—at our favorite moments from fashion weeks past.

Gisele confirmed today what everyone already more or less knew: The world’s most photogenic woman is pregnant, again. Great news for Bündchen and Tom Brady, less great news for runway obsessives, who may have been hoping to see her on the runway this season. (She presumably will be sitting this one out.) We’ll always have the memories.’s Gisele directory has over 500 of her best catwalk moments. And hey, there’s always next season.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Fourteen Days And Counting


The invites have started pouring in, but one in particular so far has stood out: It’s a tiny letter-pressed card wrapped in lo-fi brown wax paper with our name and address hand-typed on—get this—a manual typewriter, from Araks. We were so charmed we called up to ask how long it took to do all of them. Two interns spent 15 hours at the task, it turns out. Here’s one of them hard at work. The collection itself, we learned, takes pointers from the work of Rachel Feinstein Currin and pics of street style faves like Giovanna Battaglia and Vika Gazinskaya.

And Now An Important Message From Sean Combs And Co.


If you aren’t all jazzed up about Fashion’s Night Out yet, the PSA, which just went live on, should do the trick. With Diddy rapping, “Come on, let’s do it for the people, baby,” how could it not? Speaking of music, we hear that the Rodarte sisters have recruited the drag queen Justin Bond, a.k.a. Kiki of Kiki & Herb, to perform at their personal appearance at Barneys. It seems as if every square foot of the Madison Avenue store will be covered with designers, models, and showbiz types, but in particular we’re looking forward to catching the premiere of Coco Rocha‘s “Fashionista” video, dropping by the Alabama Chanin sewing circle, and getting our copy of the new book Isabel Toledo, Fashion From the Inside Out, signed by the woman herself. For more details about the goings-on at Barneys and at stores across the city, click here.

Blasblog: A Fashionista’s Guide to West Chelsea


While I completely understand my colleagues’ frustration with the prospect of having to heave up to Lincoln Center for the Spring/Summer 2011 collections, what I can’t understand is why more people aren’t baffled by this season’s major migration to Chelsea for venue space. Sure, that part of the isle isn’t new to fashionable folk, but it seems I’ve got more West Midtown addresses in my book now than everbefore. From Rodarte to Proenza Schouler to Thakoon— is anybody left at the tents at all? But instead of merely moaning about the lack of taxis and subway lines (which are always faster than a taxi anyway) in that part of town, I’ve decided to perform a service—for once—and come up with a mini Chelsea survival kit. So, polling my friends—mainly chic Chelsea art dealer acquaintances—here’s what I’ve come up with.

Food: Company, a new restaurant from the owners of the Sullivan Street Bakery, is foodie paradise, and while Tenth Avenue institution Empire Diner might not have the best grub, the Gagosian’s Barbara Wilhelm swears by the late-night piano player’s fashionable panache. Txikito, which opened a few months ago, has great tapas and is so tiny you’re pretty much guaranteed VIP treatment. Vegans, fear not: Blossom will tend to all your dairy-free needs. But vegans, could you maybe make an exception for a cupcake? Billy’s Bakery is still giving Magnolia a run for its money.

Sports and Leisure: Feeling sluggish? Chelsea native Claire Bernard suggests Shelia Kelley’s S Factor studio; who can’t resist a pole-dancing classbetween shows? Jen Brill, the saucy brunette who manages the careers of fine art photographers, makes the best suggestion: Instead of texting friends across the runway or playing BrickBreaker, why not take up the novel idea of reading a book during the many moments of preshow waiting? Her suggestions: Printed Matter Bookstore and 192 Books.

Retail Therapy: It’s hard watching all those looks go down the runway when you know you won’t be able to get your hands on them for months. I know. Lauren Santo Domingo recommends Beyond 7—Showroom Seven’s well-curated retail space in West Chelsea’s Terminal Warehouse building—for its selection of Erickson Beamon pieces, while Wilhelm likes Ellen Carey’s showroom (in a town house on 22nd Street) for the jewelry. Meredith Darrow, who used to work at the Bortolami Gallery, had a more practical suggestion: Tekserve on 23rd Street ( Forget a fashion emergency, what happens if your computer breaks down? To which I say the gas stations on 14th and 23rd streets are perfect for snacks and cigarettes. Try the New London Pharmacy, too, for some freshening up.

Libations: And when it’s all done, why not treat yourself to a Chelsea cocktail? For that, Amy Greenspon suggests Trestle for its impressive wine list, or Izakaya 10 for its sake.

Did I forget something? Tell me below.

Photos, clockwise: Je_roen_D via Flickr, robobby via Flickr, Courtesy of Izakaya 10, Courtesy of Showroom Seven