7 AM - Wake up and finish yesterday’s diary before even brushing my teeth. I sense in my heart today’s one of those sleep deprived days when you’re hyper emotional basically today I’m one giant adult baby.
9:55 AM - Throw on the same shirt I slept in, American Apparel skirt, Levi’s Jean jacket, Frye boots. Essentially the world is lucky I even took the time to put on a bra.
10 AM – Fly out the door lest I be late to my backstage interview with Kaelen.
10:03 AM – Pit stop at the deli for my usual breakfast: a Think Thin bar, apple and a large coffee. No time to eat but do manage to spill coffee down the front of my shirt. End up going totally 80s and knot the corner of my shirt where I spilled.
10:10 AM - Subway’s running late because why wouldn’t it?
10:25 AM – I hate when you’re in a rush and a couple is walking towards you hand in hand as if the sidewalk is one giant game of Red Rover.
10:33 AM - Make it to Drive-In Studios for Kaelen.
10:45 AM - Designer Kaelen Farncombe surprises me when she explains that her collection was Inspired by a tornado chasing trip she took with her brother in Oklahoma and six other through Tornado Alley states. With her trip pictures as her driving inspiration, Kaelen created a collection that doesn’t focus exclusively on a tornado’s destructive path but rather the calm before the storm as interpreted by her color palette and softly draped pieces. “There are however elements of destruction. For instance the hem on that dress is undone and the leather of the vest has a unique speckle treatment that makes each one unique,” adds Farncombe.
10:55AM – As the models line up for the presentation, I think about the movie Twister and hope Helen Hunt is happy wherever she is.
11:14 AM - Nab a cab and book it towards the Hostfelt Gallery on the west side for United Bamboo.
11:35 PM - Narrowly make it to United Bamboo and rush to my seat. Fight the urge to cross the runway, fall to Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs feet and openly weep my love for her. Kind of like that part in Wayne’s World when they meet Aerosmith.
11:40 PM - United Bamboois so cool without ever forcing their cool attitude it’s much more subtle than that. I love the quirky additions of peek-a-boo bloomers and suspenders on otherwise prim pieces definitely a fresh and individual perspective on traditionally preppy pieces. Gimmeh.
11:50 AM - Muster the courage to ask Karen O for a picture. Manage not to throw up on either of us. Success. However manage to f*ck up the photo. Fail.
11:55 AM – Jump into a cab and head to Lincoln Center for a backstage peek at Prabal Gurung.
12 PM - Prabal Gurung backstage is jam packed but what do you expect when you’re backstage at one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the season? Prabal Gurung himself however looks calm, cool and collected.
12:20 PM - Head downtown to the Meat Packing District for the Tess Giberson presentation.
1:00 PM - Tess Giberson preview. In yesterday’s phone interview, Tess explained her presentation and art installation. She detailed, “It’s an installation. It’s not on live models which is a different kind of energy and different from the runway shows that I normally do.” That “different energy” is definitely felt as the space (Tess commissioned artist Carol Bove to design a setting for the presentation) feels like a museum art exhibit. It’s refreshing to take in the clothing as a piece of art and appreciate the subtle detailing. Honing in on the literal definition of the word shift, Tess created seemingly layered pieces by inverting a tank top or looping together two different necklines on the same garment.
2:15 PM - Stop by the office for a quick lunch: egg salad sandwich (because I’m a creature of habit) with ketchup (because I’m gross).
2:20 PM - Catch up with everyone about Fashion Week and prepare for tomorrow’s schedule. (By prepare I mean, “Brace ourselves as if we’re on the boat from The Perfect Storm.”)
3:33 PM - Set out to Central Park/Midtown for the Philosophy show.
3:50PM - Happy I gave myself the extra travel time considering I have to pass by tourists taking pictures in front of The Plaza Hotel and the Abercrombie where they have topless boys as doormen.
4:10 PM - Meet up with Emily Finkbinder at Aeffe for Philosophy and enjoy the wickedly bright floral carpeting installed just for the show.
4:30 PM – Philosophy begins and the collection is a wildly bright spin on Chinese garb including spruced up rice paddy hats. The mix of wild prints feels a tongue in cheek as they are mixed, matched and mix-matched with one another.
4:45 PM - Emily and I stop off at a Starbucks on our way to backstage preview of Charlotte Ronson at Lincoln Center.
5:20 PM - Run in to Kerry Pieri while waiting to head backstage for Charlotte Ronson.
5:25 PM - Backstage at Charlotte Ronson. The hair and braids are so cute that it almost makes me wish I didn’t chop off all my hair but then again I’m saving so much on shampoo and conditioner it’s like not even funny.
6:00 PM – Head downtown for the A Detacher show at Pier 59.
6:15 PM - Spot a familiar face outside Band of Outsiders around the corner from Pier 59 and wind up chatting for 20 minutes.
7:30 PM – A Detacher show begins and I am living for the softly sculpted shoulders (especially the one shoulder pieces). The black splotched with tan print is fantastic and I can’t say enough about the mind blowing crocheted dress. I really liked that the pieces walked the fine line between accessible ready to wear and experimental garb.
7:45 PM – Dart out of A Detacher and power walk like an asshole to Milk Studios for SUNO.
7:50 PM - Narrowly make it before the presentation ends! Quickly take in SUNO’s famously fun bright mixed prints which this season are a little breezier. Even if you aren’t one for mixed prints, SUNO looks feel so accessible and natural. I really love the white leather dress. And the shoes (a collaborative effort along with Loeffler Randall)?!? Daaaang girl! I’d twist my ankle a thousand times over to wear those SICK platforms!
8:10 PM - Nab a post-presentation interview with Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis. After due congratulations I ask them how they’ll celebrate. Max Osterweis replies, “First talking to reporters… And then dinner…” “At The Standard with a few friends,” finishes Beatty. In unison, “Tweet it!”
8:20 PM - Get stuck on the elevator in Milk and am buoyed up and down a floor at a time. It’s awful and afterwards I needed Dramamine.
9:00 PM - Home and soba noodles for dinner.