What We’re Seeing Now: Bursts of Cobalt at New York Fashion Week

What We’re Seeing Now: Bursts of Cobalt at New York Fashion WeekAs one of fall’s favorite colors, the high-impact blue speaks volumes – especially when saturating ground-skimming pieces like office-chic maxis and long, leggy trousers.


September 15, 2011

What We’re Seeing Now: Polka Dots at New York Fashion Week

What We're Seeing Now: Polka Dots at New York Fashion Week

We love a modern take on a retro staple, and the crowd at Lincoln Center had us seeing spots. The classic look keeps it cool with graphic blacks and whites in sophisticated silhouettes.


September 15, 2011

A Fashionable Wedding at IOC

Imitation of Christ Spring Show

I knew something was afoot when I arrived early to the Imitation of Christ show Thursday and saw interns scurrying around scattering rose petals on the stage (which was decorated with a garland-strewn canopy) and down the center aisle of the ballroom at the W Hotel in Union Square. As if that wasn’t enough of a tip-off, standing in the corner was a dude dressed as a priest. Turns out Father Andrew O’Connor is a real ordained Diocesan priest, and had agreed to officiate at the fanciful wedding dreamed up by IOC designer Tara Subkoff to showcase her Spring 2012 collection.

As the It Girl wedding guests (including Susie Bubble, Natasha Lyonne, Cory Kennedy, Byrdie Bell, Arden Wohl, and photographer Ellen von Unwerth) looked on, singer Natalie Rose LeBrecht sang a lovely a cappella version of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding,” and out came a tuxedoed groom and best man, followed by a flower girl in a pretty embroidered dress, who tossed more petals as she strode toward the altar. Several dozen bridesmaids followed, all dressed in beautifully ethereal IOC confections that recalled garden party frocks from the Thirties and Forties (think: floaty feminine dresses with delicate beading, lace, and lingerie-inspired details in dusty shades of blue, cream, and blush). Best of all, the models were actually smiling – a rarity at most fashion shows.
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September 9, 2011

VIDEO: Lauren David Peden on How to Dress for NYFW

Lauren David Peden, Rue La La Contributing Editor and the voice behind The Fashion Informer, stopped by our photo studio to chat with our very own D. Graham Kostic. The New York insider is beyond busy as she gears up for fashion’s biggest few weeks, when Lauren will be zipping around NYC covering show upon show. Here, she dishes on her fashion week uniform, her curated Boutique, and even how she de-stresses between shows (hint: it involves paddle ball).

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.


September 7, 2011

Cocktails with Reem Acra

Reem Acra

I’ve been invited to several parties hosted by designer Reem Acra over the years, but was never able to attend until last week. And holy crow, had I been missing out! Reem, who was raised in Lebanon and studied fashion design at FIT in New York and the ESMOD Ecole de Mode in Paris, is the consummate hostess with the mostest.

This became immediately apparent as my husband and I entered her Chelsea apartment – which was lit with twinkling votives and glowing purple trees for the occasion – and were offered glasses of champagne and red wine by handsome young waiters. The glass-topped tables were lit from below and adorned with small vases of roses and tall silver bowls overflowing with tasty snacks, while other waiters passed tuna tartare and foie gras hors d’oeuvres.

“Eclectic,” Reem said when asked to describe her décor. “I think it has my whole personality. I love coming home at night and enjoying the atmosphere I’ve created. It has a little bit of all my trips; wherever I travel I’ve collected things since I was a little girl. Things I love and adore – from the dishes to the candles. Everything I have, I have to love!”
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June 29, 2011

NYFW 2011: Trend Alert – Hats Off!

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Hats Off

OK, so we’ve already discussed most of Fall 2011’s major trends here on the Rue La La New York Fashion Week blog series and during our Facebook Live Chat on Thursday (to recap the biggies: the color red, layers, long skirts, black platform booties, statement coats, ‘90s/grunge influences, and lots and lots o’ fur).

In addition to the above, hats had a starring role on the New York runways this week. And while there were all sorts of toppers on display — berets, turbans, furry trapper hats — the style that got the most play and looked freshest to my eye was the wide-brimmed floppy hat and its distant cousin, the fedora.
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February 24, 2011

NYFW 2011: Trend Alert – Red Hot!

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

Red Hot

I first spied it at Wes Gordon’s presentation at the St. Regis hotel on Thursday afternoon. Sixty minutes later, it was standing on a podium at Mara Hoffman’s NYFW outing at The Box. Two hours after that, there it was again stalking the runway at Wayne’s show at Milk Studios. It made a brief appearance at the W Hotels Global Glam event at Lincoln Center later that evening, and reappeared yet again at Tess Giberson’s presentation (also at The Box) the following morning.

By the time it showed up on Costello Tagliapietra’s runway Friday afternoon — less than a full day after New York Fashion Week had officially begun — I knew we we’d gone beyond the “three’s a trend” rule and into bona fide fashion phenomenon territory.
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February 24, 2011

NYFW 2011: All That Glitters

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

House of Waris

At the House of Waris presentation, jewelry/scarf designer (and actor) Waris Ahluwalia debuted his Fall 2011 jewelry collection the Museum of Arts & Design to a crowd that included Chloë Sevigny, Tory Burch, Angelica Huston, Olivier Zahm, Suzy Menkes, Amanda Brooks, Inez and Vinoodh, Arden Wohl, Tara Subkoff, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Elise Overland, among others.

The jewels were displayed in cases throughout the room, and the scarves were worn by models (who were otherwise naked, save for bikini underwear). Ooh la la!

Lauren David Peden has been hired by Rue La La for her reporting at New York Fashion Week.


February 22, 2011

Your All-Access Pass to Fashion Week

OUR VERY OWN D. GRAHAM KOSTIC REPORTS LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER

We’re taking you into the tents and behind the scenes at Lincoln Center for an exclusive look at New York Fashion Week. Get an inside peek at some of our favorite runway shows, celebrity interviews (including the Fashion Informer, Lauren David Peden), and so much more.

Enjoy.


February 18, 2011

NYFW 2011: Hot off the Presses!

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

'ZINA CAVA

Meet ‘Zina Cava, the premiere issue of the new, ’90s-style black & white ’zine from Vena Cava duo Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, which was made with love — and a little help from their friends Andy Spade, stylist Kate Young, designers Shipley & Halmos, GAP’s Jane Herman and others (well-known and not) — and given to guests at VC’s runway show late last week.
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February 14, 2011