Alex and Simon enjoy Fashion Week!


Fashion week began with a snow day!!  Our two boys, aged 4 and 6, love clothes almost as much as my husband and I do, but they love snow more.  I took them outside after lunch and we made a fashion week snowman – Frosty the Fashionista – whom I thought looked a bit like Patrick McDonald from Bravo’s Launch My Line, complete with artfully tilted fedora.  Later that afternoon, I ran over to the Mott Street store with old STA friend Derek Warburton to play in the racks and choose a few outfits for fashion week.  This season I decided that I’d either wear the designer whose show I’m seeing, or something from Second Time Around, and the first look we pulled was a really adorable pink satin and black lace Nanette Lepore, topped with a gray suede jacket by Torn.  Why this outfit in the middle of a snowstorm?  My snow boots are pink and black leopard, and you never know whether there will be time to change before the photographers find you…so just in case I wanted to match.

First stop was John Bartlett’s show, and I really couldn’t wait to see it as not only do Simon and I love his menswear, but this was the first time in years that he’d offered a women’s collection as well.  The work for both genders was polished, elegant and so very wearable, with sassy touches such as a leather t-shirt under a scarf and metal studs on the cuffs of a sweater.  As we waited for the show to start I spent a few minutes staring at Simon who had been decked out in head-to-toe Bartlett with a long coat and vest over a turtleneck – very nice!  After congratulating John and catching up with the other Simon at the show (Doonan) we headed out into the blizzard that ate New York.  5 minutes, 10 minutes…where, oh where is the car?

Frosty the Fashionista!

During fashion week, everyone shuttles from venue to venue and you don’t always get to eat properly, so the money you save on meals is well spent on a car service to get you from A to B.  In this case, the car was stuck in New Jersey, so after a few minutes of Simon valiantly trying to hail a cab, our friends Joe and Ed from decided to get their car out of a nearby lot and just drive.

The snow continued to fall and we had a near miss with an unleashed dog who couldn’t see where the sidewalk ended and the road began…thank goodness we missed him as it would be a very bad idea to start fashion week with a pelt!  We arrived at the GenArt presentation featuring four new designers, and were thrilled with the winning collection by WesFeld utilizing recycled plastics.  After admiring the eco-friendly collections and chatting with friends, we repaired to Morimoto for some tasty Japanese before putting the boots back on, finding the car (finally!) and heading home.


Spent most of the day working, but did catch the ClaudiaE show on the way home – she’s a brand new designer who is very accessible to STA shoppers.  Her looks were a bit Annie Hall crossed with sexy young things – think long button down shirts, perfectly cut, over fishnet stockings, knee socks and heels.

Stay tuned for the next chapter – the weekend is always fun as Simon is able to attend shows with me!