Hello-Hello, we are ever-so-tickled that it is Friday, the promise of a slightly more relaxed pace over the weekend holds great appeal.
As we have mentioned, Fashion Week is officially underway, kicking off Wednesday with the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection. The fashion show is part of the month-long effort to raise awareness about heart disease, the #1 killer of women.
Above we show Denise Richards, Dita Von Teese and Suzanne Somers. Below, Julianne Hough in a Swarovski embellished gown.
Here is more on the event:
“….reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action. Each February since its launch, The Red Dress symbol has come to life on the runway with the support of the fashion industry and celebrity models at the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.”
The scene backstage before the show officially started:
Below, several people attending the Red Dress event, left to right, Kat DeLuna, Bill Rancic and Matthew McConaughey.
Is it just us, or do all three people in that photo look a little… off?
One can always look forward to a full slate of social events tied to NYFW, including the amfAR gala headlined by President Clinton Wednesday night. Below left we see the President’s daughter Chelsea, as well as Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in Alexander McQueen.
One of last night’s hot tickets was GQ’s menswear bash at the oh-so-chic Ace Hotel. Ms. Lively’s co-star Penn Badgley was in attendance at that party, along with Tommy Hilfiger and Jessica Alba.
Shifting our attention back to actual fashions, we offer a few images from yesterday’s Steven Alan show.
Before offering any
bloviations thoughts about the styles, it should be said that we seem to be having a bit of a Crankenstein moment; the words ‘fall fashion’ bring to mind images of wintry weather, and the very. last. thing. we want to see are runways overflowing with fall colors, fabrics and designs. We are eager to embrace the bright, vibrant colors of spring, not autumn’s earth tones. (Insert ‘harrumph,’ crossed arms and world class pout here.)
Back to the Steven Alan show, described by several reviewers as “rugged preppy,” the pieces are always cut with classic lines and also very well constructed. We generally find lots to like when seeing this line, but just didn’t have that reaction this time.
The Spring 2011 line seemed far more appealing, if interested in seeing that collection in its entirety, click here for the lookbook.
Wondering what models do when it is time to hurry up and wait?
Fashion Week crowd shots are always entertaining, here is one that caught our eye:
In the “will they never learn?” category, we take a peek at yesterday’s Christian Siriano show. Below we see model Alexa Chung with actresses Gabrielle Union and Mena Suvari at the show.
In speaking to the ‘will they never learn?’ issue, a look at the shoes; keep in mind Mr. Siriano is an experienced footwear designer with several collections for Payless under his belt.
“It was like Christian went a little too overboard trying to balance the chiffon and floral theme with big angry shoes. I love a big shoe, but it’s time to take it down a notch, never mind the peril to the models.”
One of several models losing the struggle with the sky-high shoes. More from Fashionista:
“The shoes at Christian Siriano’s show were killer. No, that’s not a compliment. They nearly killed at least four models. One girl took a tumble and multiple others tripped, faltered, or stumbled; one was so completely irritated by them that she took them off during the finale walk in a huff.”
While it is unlikely any of Mr. Siriano’s work will ever be seen here at The Prepatorium, we do admire his talent, below, two gowns from the designer’s fall line.
That is model Ryan Carney getting ready backstage before the presentation, we look forward to sharing more from this collection Monday.
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We leave you with two items qualifying as Friday Fun, the first comes via the Shiny Sheet, the paper mentioned a segment on Lilly Pulitzer vintage fashions airing in today’s Martha Stewart show, this fab photo accompanied the story.
That is Ms. Pulitzer in the amazing pink headdress, she is wearing one of her own designs at a 1968 party she hosted. A reminder that the show now airs on the Hallmark Channel, and while it aired this morning at 10am, we presume it will be repeated at some point.
Our other item is also a Pretty in Pink:
Do you think it would make an acceptable Prepmobile? (Heh, heh, heh.)
Until next time, we hope everyone is able to enjoy a restful, restorative weekend.
ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:
- Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Payless
- Andrew H. Walker/Getty
- Jamie McCarthy/WireImage