Photo Courtesy of Bakerella

Sure, we’d love first-row seats at New York Fashion Week, but let’s be honest, it’s not always in the cards. The next best thing in my book? Cookies. And not just any cookies, I’m talking NYFW-worthy morsels.

Simply take your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, follow the steps here, and add chocolate. Good taste with conversation-starting design? It’s a guaranteed win-win at every party.

By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer

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September 12, 2012

W Hotels Fashion Next Celebrates New Designers

The fashion world may look glamorous from the outside, but as anyone who’s watched Project Runway or All on the Line knows, being a designer is far from easy. In addition to creating the actual collection, you also need the resources to show it, produce it, publicize it, and deliver it to stores – and then do it all over again (and again…and again) every three to six months. Whew.

The fashion cycle is tough enough for big-name designers with major corporate backing – it’s even harder for emerging talents who are working on a shoestring budget with little to no outside help.

Which is where W Hotels’ Fashion Next comes in. Launched three years ago, the Fashion Next program was created to discover and support young designers by sponsoring their New York Fashion Week presentations.
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September 22, 2011

NYFW Beauty: Runway, Backstage and Beyond

The Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week shows may be over, but the trend spotting continues. On the beauty front, the looks ranged from the don’t-try-this-at-home to the perfectly poised and polished.

Erickson Beamon heightened the drama of its jewelry by way of false-eyelashed, rainbow-hued glitter lids accompanied by matching multi-hued nails. Bright pink, red, and turquoise eyeshadow turned up at Richard Chai Love, Katie Gallagher, Pink by Douglas Hannant, and Faster by Mark Fast, among others (Fast, Chai, and Gant by Michael Bastian even did blue lips, making it look as though the models were very chilly, indeed). And several shows, including Marchesa, Fast, and Jeremy Scott, featured models with bright pink hair.
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September 19, 2011

What We're Seeing Now: Leopard Prints at New York Fashion WeekAs the epitome of the urban jungle, it makes sense that Manhattan is crawling with feline-printed fashion. While the rules of too-much-leopard are long gone, we’re loving the look when worn as a pop-of-print accessory.

September 16, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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