By: Anne M. Raso and Finance Foodie
When one thinks about Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, one thinks of models, runways and the celebs in the first rows of shows. We find that the parties happening around Fashion Week to be as exciting as the shows, if not more so in some cases. Some parties we attended had nothing to do with fashion, although many of the guests or even the honorees made a point of taking in some shows.
The week (which is really ten days) kicked off with the opening of the very pink Georgetown Cupcake in Soho, where guests enjoyed Moet, endless cupcakes, a great deejay and a gift bag that included six cupcakes with candy New York City icons on them (including subway line numbers and little taxi drawings). Needless to say, this made it difficult to fit into any clothing put aside to wear to the New York Fashion Week shows.
|Anne (center), with Mario (left) and Elettra (right)|
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Mob Wives star Karen Gravano's party at Greenhouse for the publication of her autobiography Mob Daughter, which she co-wrote with Lisa Pulitzer. Since the daughter of the legendary "Sammy The Bull" Gravano is used to always having cameras following her, she was unfazed that every movement she made at her party was being filmed, and all guests had to sign waivers that is was okay to televise any footage of them. The whole Mob Wives gang was there including Rene Graziano, Big Ang and Ramona Rizzo and they were accessible to all party attendees--they were not in the back in some roped-off VIP room, which we find admirable. We got the inside skinny on the fact that Karen's starting her own skincare line with the help of the same doctors who invented Hydroxatone, and she says that her Soho spa will be done being built in just a couple of weeks. No doubt there will be a grand opening for that which will also wind up as footage for Mob Wives.
|Karen Gravano at Her Book Party|
As for the shows (which is why we all conjure together in the first place!), one of our favorites this season was Stephen Burrows, who did his show in the Audi showroom at 46th and Park again and who had several celebs including model/actor Tyson Beckford looking on and seemed to draw inspiration from Halston classics of the 70s (the music seemed to all be late 70s funk as well). The Red Dress Heart Truth which is the best all celeb show and this year included Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Christie Brinkley, Patti Stanger and Linda Evans. Michael Phelps was on hand in the front row of the Hammerstein Ballroom to cheer his mom on, and it was refreshing that that show featured such a diversity of women, from country stars to supermodels of yesteryear.
Anna Sui was her rock and roll self, and her line mixed Boho Chic with 60s chic--and she was nice enough to grace all audience members with a gift bag that included a small fragrance, a frosted pastel eyeshadow set and a pair of flowered socks, all from her own line. Spotted in the front row: the still dapper playboy Russell Simmons eying the leggy models from his prime seat.
|Russell Simmons at Anna Sui|
Carlos Miele used the inspiration of his culture of Southern Brazil in his Fall / Winter 2012 collection. Gold embroidered boleros and natural toned evening gowns all were reminiscent of the landscape of Brazil (and made us want to book a trip there ASAP)!
Zang Toi's theme this season was "Glamour in Gstaad" and he did not disappoint. Set to the soundtrack of the oh-so-soulful Adele, Toi's use of rich velvets, cashmere and wools had the audience cheering at every few looks that came sashaying down the runway. Spotted in the front row: Real Housewives Cynthia Bailey, Alex McCord and Ramona Singer. Rolando Santana's show took place at Eyebeam Studios--this year there were no Baldwins on the premises, but he had about 600 guests and each ensemble was more glamorous than the next. He is building up to becoming the Givenchy of the 2010's!
Whew and we are still tired from Fashion Week. The best thing about it is that you don't have to go to a gym because of all the running around that you do...and just looking at all those skinny models just sort of curtailed one’s appetite! So until next season, Team Finance Foodie is signing off!
[Photos: Anne M. Raso / Finance Foodie]