Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fashion Week

Last night, I attended my first two Fashion Week shows (insert squee! here). My boss had two invitations but couldn't go at the last minute so I got to use one of his invites. It was totally cool and very different than I thought it would be.

The first show was the Chado Ralph Rucci show in the big tent. Please don't judge, but I had never heard of Rucci before arranging for my boss to go to the show. I assume that's because I'm too young and poor to be in his usual target audience.

Celebrity sightings included Martha Stewart, Miss J from ANTM and Andre Leon Talley. Sadly, I didn't get to tell Mr. Talley how much I enjoyed his tennis scene in The September Issue.

The show was absolutely gorgeous. If I was insanely (or even sanely) rich, I would have been marking down things to buy. Instead I was just sitting there in awe. Some of my favorite pieces (sadly, the pics don't do them full justice) are below. The detailing on the back of the red dress and the burnt yellow (is that a color?) dress was fabulous.

Next, we went to the Vivienne Tam show. Pretty show and I loved how she styled the models but most of the clothes weren't really my personal style.

Some things I learned at the shows:
1) The music they play is sometimes extremely loud. Like you're in a club. This was the case at the Rucci show. It was a little jarring for me to be looking at such exquisite dresses while surrounded by booming music.
2) I thought I'd get some real swag. I didn't. I got this cool notebook from the Vivienne Tam show but that was it. I think if I would have had the opportunity to walk around more maybe I could've scored something else but I was really hoping for some goody bags on our seats.
3) The flooring in the lobby area is straight Bryant Park. They don't deck over it in that area so you get your heel caught and it makes for a little awkward walking when you're trying to rock high heels.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What amazing thing did I get to do today?

I attended the Walter Cronkite Memorial. Why was this especially super freaking cool? Because President Obama and President Clinton both spoke. Only time I've ever seen a President speak in person and I got to see two in one day. It would have been even better if I'd remembered to wear my glasses so I could actually see their faces.

Also, Wynton Marsalis' New Orleans-style jazz funeral march around Avery Fisher Hall was simply awe inspiring.

(Photo courtesy of The New York Times. The one I tried to take with my iPhone is just pathetic. It looks like my iPhone also forgot his glasses today.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Two weeks from today...

I have my final dress fitting. If I was a good bride, that would mean that I wouldn't have just inhaled a tasty shrimp and rice dinner with lots of cream and some cookies for dessert. But, I'm evidently not a good bride because that's what I just did. Oops!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The September Issue

Today, I left work a couple minutes early to watch The September Issue.  Good research for my current project at work ;)

Not the greatest documentary I've ever seen, but it had some good moments.  I think the main problems were a lack of real tension/conflict and a feeling like Anna Wintour was really controlling herself for the cameras.  

Keep an eye out for a couple gems.  There's one scene with Andre Leon Talley on the tennis court that is absolutely hilarious.  Who knew Louis Vuitton made tennis racket cases?  Not me!  Also, I can't be sure, but I think Sienna Miller referred to her assistant as "my assist".   And, of course, it's got some great fashion. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Deep breaths

So, I'm getting married. 1 month from today. In fact, at this time 1 month from now I will be lawfully wedded to my husband and all that.

I started making a list today of absolutely everything we have to do between now and then.  It's two pages.  And I thought our small, nontraditional wedding was supposed to be easy and stress free...