by Erin Yogasundram & Matthew Brown

Things We Liked So Far:

  1. The Rachel Antonoff Presentation.  Hands-down the greatest presentation I think I’ve ever been to.  It brought some of fashion’s biggest behind-the-scenes players (Andrew Bevan, Susie Bubble, Alexa Chung, Tavi, Brad Goreski & more), to LaGuardia High School (where I almost attended!).  Models were all high-schoolers who danced to live music from The Likes.
  2. Meeting Derek Blasberg, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung &  Bryanboy.  Uhm what an amazing group of people.  Everyone was surprisingly super sweet and very inspiring to chat with!
  3. Front row goodies at Nicholas K, (and a priceless moment with Kelly Cutrone). We were blessed with a beautiful huge leather bag valued at some ridiculous amount.  We got to talk to Kelly who said she uses it whenever she travels.  Oh yeah, and we also loved the collection.  The show was quite the way to start off Day 1 of NYFW at 9am.
  4. Getting the Square for iPhone by Vivienne Tam at Vivienne Tam. Matt was especially excited about getting the Square since we had both recently heard about the new iPhone app.  Now we have a cool black & red Square to swipe your credit cards with!  Give me your money now please.
  5. The front row at Rebecca Minkoff. I was very, very teary-eyed when viewing Minkoff’s presentation.  I have been following her for a while and have really seen her grow so much.  She is one of my favorite people in the industry.  She got a ton of support at her show, (Agyness Deyn, Jessica Szohr, Michelle Tractenberg, Tika Sumpter, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth, Albert Hammond Jr., and Katrina Bowden) and it was well deserved!
  6. Everything at Mara Hoffman. Love, love, love.  This is so my style.  And Mara was quite the sweetheart.
  7. Getting invited to Herve Leger! This is our first season attending after being denied the previous two!  We must be doing well…
  8. Princess dresses at Lela Rose. I will take one of each of them.
  9. Complexgeometries presentation at a strip club. We LOL’d when we got this invitation.  But it was quite the location for the presentation, and it displayed the clothes…well?
  10. Buckler shutting down Grand Street for the presentation. I cannot believe they got the permit to shut down the whole street, especially since AWang is opening up their store there soon.  The presentation was open to the public who stood around as guys walked the “runway”, which was really just the streets of New York City.  Classic.
  11. Christian Siriano’s new line of shoes for Payless. UHM MAJOR.  While typically compared to Alexander McQueen, Siriano is growing his line for Payless shoes and McQueen inspired or not they are pretty major.  Mena Suvari already had the runway shoes on as she sat front row!
  12. Gold zebra coat at Timo Weiland. This was our favorite piece at the show.  It gleamed from across he room.
  13. Cape Cod Leather leather backpacks at Mik Cire. These backpacks are the PERFECT accessory for any man.  So sleek.
  14. Wine at Kim Crawford. I don’t think any more has to be said.

What We Didn’t Like:

  1. Absolute chaos at Milk. We arrived on Saturday at 7pm for the Illesteva presentation only to walk into a lobby full of ants, (not literally).  But ants are what the massive sea of (fashionable) people looked like all standing ontop of each other trying to push towards the elevators. There must have been 1,000 people submerged together in the small lobby of Milk Studios.  It was pretty smart to have Pamela Love, Illesteva, Altuzarra, Billy Reid, Erin Fetherston and Suno all going on at the same time, right?
  2. The line at Simon Spurr. We trekked down to Simon Spurr early after being at Lincoln Center only to be turned away after waiting in the cold for some time.  The line hooked around the corner.  We made it to the front of the line, with maybe 5 people ahead of us only to be told that they were at capacity.  There were nearly 100 people behind us.  People were FURIOUS.  Not pleased.
  3. Designers packing everyone in The Studio. Nicole Miller, Duckie Brown, Tory Burch…etc. why must you show in the smallest runway venue in The Tents?  It is impossible for anyone in standing to see what is going on.  How am I supposed to cover your shows?
  4. The disorganization of Elise Overland. Everyone was confused at this presentation.  it was very cold.  Very confusing.  Very hard to look at.  I couldn’t see the clothes.  The skaters kept coming up to me and smiling in my face.
  5. Not getting into Rebecca Taylor. After getting to the show ON TIME, there is no reason to deny the whole standing line at The Stage, which is a huge runway venue.  Very upset that we couldn’t cover the show.
  6. The ridiculousness at Mandy Coon. We are not the biggest fan of presentations at the box, although they can go over well like at Mara Hoffman and Timo Weiland, but Mandy Coon was just a mess.  The setup was ridiculous and we could not get any images, let alone see the clothes.
  7. Everyone picking on Anna. Poor Anna Wintour. She gets so much shit from everyone.  First from Donald Glover at Band of Outsiders, now from Eric Wilson.  LEAVE.  ANNA.  ALONE.
  8. The security guards at Lincoln Center. While I am typically fond of the security guards, who are regulars and patrol the area every year, they were not too kind on multiple occasions.  Made me sad.
  9. The AOL Media Lounge. Urgh.  Although, a much better setup than last time in terms of use of space, it was nearly impossible to score a seat.

What We’ve Learned:

  1. Be a little late to the show. Not a single show at Lincoln Center has started on time.  Don’t check in until 15 minutes after it is slated to start.  It hasn’t started yet and probably won’t for another 15-30 minutes.  Don’t wait in line to check in.
  2. Go very late to The Box. Presentations are the BEST during the last 10 minutes.  Get your shots in clear view of the models.
  3. Don’t accept your standing ticket. Sit down!  Seat fill as soon as you get in.  Whenever they let standing in that means the show is about the start.
  4. Don’t wear heels. You will regret it.  That’s all.
  5. Eat. The best thing you can do is eat, even though everyone seems to claim NYFW is the time to miss meals.  You will feel totally energized and have much more motivation.
  6. Sleep. We missed a ton of parties this week, but it was well worth it.  After a 16 hour work day, you need to get some rest.  There will always be another party.
  7. Don’t get too drunk. You don’t want to make that 9am show with a hangover.

The Rest of the FW Schedule:

It gets a lot less hectic now.  The first 4 days are always hellish.  SUPER excited for Chris Benz, Karen Walker, Rad by Rad Hourani, Herve Leger, Dennis Basso, The Blonds & Adrienne Landeau!

Monday, February 14th

9am-  Jenny Packham

11am-  Carlos Miele

4:30pm-  Chris Benz

5pm- Pamella Roland

5pm-  Alice + Olivia

7pm-  Anndra Neen

Tuesday, February 15th

10am-  Karen Walker

10:30am-  Rad by Rad Hourani

1:30pm-  Bibhu Mohapatra

2pm-  Herve Leger

3pm-  Dennis Basso

5:30pm-  Bodkin

7pm-  Tibi

7pm-  A Detacher
9pm- Mackage

Wednesday, February 16th

9am-  Yigal Azrouel

11am-  Nanette Lepore

3pm-  Milly

7pm-  The Blonds

Thursday, February 17th

3pm-  Adrienne Landau


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