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Fashion Week – Part II – Hervé Léger Show!

the photographer's pit and crowds before the show

the photographer’s pit and crowds before the show

Hervé Léger was a little disappointing.  The only celebs were teen stars, which didn’t interest me (Michelle Trachtenberg, Sophia Bush, Jessica Stroup).  Hervé Léger is known for bandage style dresses that the designer copied from Azzedine Alaia (anyone remember when Cher Harowitz in Clueless is held up and refuses to lay on the ground because she’s wearing an Alaïa?).  Max Azria designs the line now, in addition to his own line and BCBG.

Audience members in typical Hervé Léger dresses

Audience members in typical Hervé Léger dresses

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Instead of the usual bright colors, the show featured muted tones of Brown and dark green.  There was also a lot of black, which is said to be making a come back because of the recession (though it never went out of style for some of us).  Two models fell because they couldn’t walk in the absurdly high heels.

the Promenade is the smallest venue

the Promenade is the smallest venue of the three tents

sorry this is out of focus, but you get the idea...

sorry this is out of focus, but you can get the idea…

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I was seated at a bad angle for photos :(

I was seated at a bad angle for photos 😦

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Max Azria

Max Azria

Front Row – Check out Bill Cunningham of the NYTimes “On the Street” column, ?, ?, Julia Allison and Mary Rambing “Life Casting”

Front Row – Check out Bill Cunningham of the NYTimes “On the Street” column, ?, ?, Julia Allison and Mary Rambing “Life Casting”

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Fashion Week Part I – Inside the Tents

Front Row - Fall 2008

Front Row – Fall 2008

Sorry, this post is a bit outdated, but I had a busy week!

My parents are both photographers, so I have been attending Fashion Week for as long as I can remember (my mother actually threatened a PR woman that she would give birth to me on the runway if she was not give a seat at a show because she was working right up until she had me).  This year I could only go to one show because I had so much school work 😦  I picked Hervé Léger because I love the clothes and I thought there would be some good celeb sightings.  Before reviewing the show, I want to do a walk through the tents for those of you who have never been to Fashion Week.

Spring 2009 Collections (last fall)

Spring 2009 Collections (last fall)

Fashion Week is held in three tents in Bryant Park (the Promenade, the Tent, and the Salon).

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Crowds waiting to spot celebs

Crowds waiting to spot celebs

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the lobby can get zooish

the lobby can get zooish

Mercedes-Benz is the official sponsor of Fashion Week, so there are always cars at both sides of the lobby entrance.  They are random and ignored by the crowds, but I have sat on the carpeted areas to regroup/people watch when the cafe is full.  You can pick up an unlimited number of free fashion and news publications in the lobby.

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Mattel was a sponsor this year, so there was a huge Barbie at Fifty display in the center or the room, which also has TV monitors where you can watch shows if you didn’t make it in (you will also have a better view of the show from the screens than inside).

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (“CFDA”) Health Initiative booth is notorious for being empty.  I decided to stop by and see what they had to offer.  They were giving out Renfrew Center brochures and selling yoga mats for $40. along with some not so attractive scarves and other accessories.  While I think it’s well intentioned, I can’t see the booth having any effect on the industry, but maybe I’m just being harsh.

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Other sponsors have booths around the lobby where they usually give out free products.  There is always a coffee sponsor, which in the past has been Nespresso or La Columbe (my personal favorite).  This year’s caffeine fix was provided by McD’s, which is a sign of the times.  Although I am not a fan of the chain, I give them credit for having the most generous selection of free coffee drinks I’ve ever seen.  In addition to plain coffee, cappuccinos, and lattes, they had special drinks and a variety of syrups you could add.  I skipped the special drinks in lieu of iced espresso, but it was decent.

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The barista's shirts were hilarious!

The barista’s shirts were hilarious!

For the past few years you could design your own Havaianas at the Havaiana booth.  There was always a ridiculously long line so after the first year I never bothered getting them (I also prefer Reefs because cotton breaths better than plastic).  This year instead of doing something so time intensive, they had a wheel that you could spin for a Havaiana’s key chain or a bag of jelly candy.  I skipped it.

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MAC is a sponsor and in the past they have done make up touch ups at their booth.  This year there was just a sign.

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Tresemmé is also a sponsor and was giving out free products and styling at their booth.

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The Witchcraft Cafe is the only place to find food in the tents unless you’re backstage at a show where they have catering.  Although I initially thought the sandwiches were overpriced, I had the best tuna sandwich ever there and it was huge, so it was worth the cost (although I would have preferred it to be smaller and less money).

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Next to the cafe is the best booth, which is the open bar that starts after 5:00.  It is well taken advantage of by all.

the bar

Free bar

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People watching is the BEST part of Fashion Week

People watching is my favorite part of Fashion Week

more interestingly dressed people

More interestingly dressed people

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Beirut in Williamsburg

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This past week I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite Balkan-inspired indie rock band Beirut perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (thanks M.A. for the ticket!).  I attended with two friends from college, one of whom came all the way from B’more for the concert.  We arrived several hours early, so we had choice standing spots directly in front of the stage.

Tune Yards had tape across the front of her face (possibly for sound effects?).  The rest of her band also wore tape when they joined her later.  Has anyone seen this before?/know what the tape is for?

An incredibly talented musician named Merril Garbus, who performs under the name Tune Yards, opened the show.  She sang, played the ukulele, and made interesting noises and even more interesting facial expressions.  She was also sweet and seemed honored to be opening for Beirut.  After Tune Yards, the band Inlet played, which my friend aptly described as “Sufjan Stevens on codeine.”  Their music was pleasant, but they seemed spaced out and not particularly enthused to be there.

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Beirut went on at 11:06 (my friends made a bet) and Zach Condon and Co. did not disappoint.  They played a good mix of old and new music (although no Carousels:() and performed not one, but two encores!  I am happy to report that Zack also seemed nice.  He apologized to the audience when the band ran out of rehearsed songs from the set list and then scattered it over the crowd.  A more extensive review of the concert can be found here.

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Getting into it

Getting into it

Taking a break

Taking a break

Zach has identical French horn tattoos on both wrists.  They're a little large for my taste, but they looked good/appropriate on him.

Zach has identical French horn tattoos on both wrists. They’re a little large for my taste, but they looked good/appropriate on him.

My favorite Beirut songs:

* Elephant Gun

* Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)

*  Carousels

* Scenic World

* The Long Island Sound

* My Family’s Role in the Revolution

* Nantes

* Knives and Forks (La Fête)

* My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille

* A Sunday Smile

* Guyamas Sonora

* Santa Fe

* A Candle’s Fire

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