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2011 February 28
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Rebecca Minkoff is heading to London and Paris this week, which makes us selfishly delighted because she'll have more material for her column. But before heading off, she shares some memories from one of her favorite trips of all time.
"This week I want to talk about the most important trip I’ve taken to date – my trip to Lincoln Center Fashion Week. It may have only been a quick cab ride uptown, but considering I took the subway after my Spring Fashion Week presentation, (seriously, I couldn’t get a cab!) I appreciate these moments and try to soak in every lucky second.
The twenty-four hours leading up to the show were a veritable hurricane of fabric, models, hems, and safety pins - but I survived to tell my tale. It started with an interview for Fox News, followed by a fabulous reception at Circa Lounge in Lincoln Center to launch Fall 2011 Fashion Week. I toasted alongside Elie Tahari, Veronica Webb, and Chris Del Gatto – the man responsible for the fabulous jewels on display!
But naturally it wasn’t all champagne and caviar, quite the contrary. By 7:30 I was back at the office making final fittings and putting the run of show together – I thrive under pressure, fueled by both Shake Shack cheeseburgers I ate. The calories don’t count during Fashion Week!
Before I knew it, I was back in the office – I had a pre-interview first thing in the morning. Then there is the process of hair and make-up, thank goodness for professionals with the skill to make me look so refreshed for the show – smoke, mirrors, and concealer… voila!
I arrived at Lincoln center at 1:00 pm for interviews and sound check. Words certainly won’t do the show justice – so just watch it here. Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl set the ethereal mood for the girls to glide down the runway, bringing to life my vision for your most fashionable Fall.
After the show we had our after party at Griffin, where Becca Diamond continued the killer playlist of 80’s jams – Madonna never sounded so good! It was so nice to kick back with my team who helped bring me to where I am – and cheers to where we are about to go! It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime… maybe I’ll have to write a book rather than just guest blog…
Lincoln Center, I love you – see you next season!
2011 February 28
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Vanity Fair's Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower hosted some of our favorite designers last night. How did they look? Check out our Gallery to see how Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford and Donna Karan turned it out on the red carpet. Click here to see their looks.
2011 February 28
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What really went on during London fashion week? Designer and Chic columnist Savannah Miller of Twenty8Twelve reports from across the pond.
"Last week, as I'm sure you are aware, was London Fashion Week. This season instead of getting involved in a show frenzy we decided it would be far more effective for us to have intimate one-on-one appointments with our favourite fashion editors from home and abroad. It was so calm compared to a show and was really well received which was fantastic. This collection is very textural and we have used some beautiful, sensual fabrics that really need to be touched to be appreciated. Here are some pictures of our look book for your pleasure. This collection won’t be in store 'til July though so this is a sneaky peak.
After our very busy weekend I hot footed it over to my dear friend Matthew Williamson’s show at the stunning Phillips de Pury gallery in Victoria, which is where we showed our SS10 collection. It was so great to be able to take in a show and have fun with friends during fashion week! Normally I am a complete zombie from weeks of sleepless nights preparing my own show, so it was a welcome break!
On Monday, we had a full-on day of designing SS2012 with our team in between Sienna's crazy rehearsal schedule. She is starring in a play directed by Sir Trevor Nunn opening on the 10th of March called Flare Path about the British bomber command in the second world war. If you have a trip planned this way I highly recommend you book tickets, it’s going to be amazing.
Then, the highlight of the week by far, was a trip to 10 Downing Street, our equivalent of the White House, where Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron, our first lady, were hosting an evening in celebration of British fashion. Walking through that famous front door was a moment I will cherish forever! The idea behind the event was to introduce up and coming young British designers to the most influential international buyers. My favourite buyer from your side of the pond, Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, was there in all his glory. We laughed a lot and compared notes on our puppy dogs. All the movers and shakers of the British fashion scene were there, including Christopher Bailey of Burberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Charlotte Olympia, Phoebe Philo, Kate Moss, Mario Testino, Louise Wilson of St Martins, and Stella Tennant. Everywhere you turned there was someone more fabulous...
Then I went for steak at Dean Street Townhouse with my best friends Francesca Burns and Chris Simmonds, who are also our Twenty8Twelve look book stylist and art director, respectively. Dean Street is part of the Soho House group of hotels and I think it is the best one by far. Why don't you go there for dinner after you see Sienna's play? Now there's an idea...
Until next time,
2011 February 27
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No chauffered Mercedes-Benz? No problem. The thrifty Suzy Menkes, who famously keeps a taxi on retainer during Milan Fashion Week, has the more luxury-hobbled editrixes beat when it comes to efficiency. If you were wondering why a cab zipped out of Bottega Veneta's freight entrance merely seconds after the show ended...you know who got him the access.
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