Wow, there are nothing like fashion week lounges and parties even if the dim economy has put the kibosh on companies who previously had events at past Fashion Weeks and had to pull the plug this time around. I started out the partying early by checking out hot food, clothing and accessories at the GBK Super Bowl Direct TVLounge at the Gansevoort Hotel. In the past, GBK did a Fashion Week Lounge but this time they opted for a Super Bowl-themed one because so many athletes were in town--and celebrities who flew in to watch the Super Bowl. I got to hang out with Charger Dwight Freeney as we both checked out every booth--and he seemed to have the same "sweet tooth" as we both devoured cupcakes from Cake That! In Manahawkin, NJ and SAAS Hot Sauce of Upper Montclair, NJ. As the smoke cleared from our ears and we took away bottles of both types of SAAS, we headed to the Promax table to check out the new Promax LS (Lower Sugar) Peanut Butter Cookie Dough bars--it's the latest flavor and it's gluten free!
|IRC New Roots Popup|
I also spent a bit of time in the Empire at the Refresh Lounge Two, where I previewed gorgeous jewelry from Alessandro Vitalle and got a hair touchup from Gloss And Glam. I also admit that I tried on some of the megaglam Shoes From Last Night pumps. I don’t think I will ever be able to wear six-inch heels but I sure felt like a diehard fashionista for a New York minute!
Shortly thereafter, I checked out all the new B-Glowing.com products at a luncheon at Tipsy Parsons in Chelsea. It was the perfect way to ease into Fashion Week by learning the makeup looks the models would be sporting with some of the wonderful, innovative products on display. I enjoyed the demo of the new Anastasia brow products including their Dipbrow Pomade, which is currently being raved about as the longest lasting brow color currently available by many beauty writers.
|Dr. Steven Pearlman with Angelina Pivarnick of The Jersey Shore and Gina Marie Zimmerman of Big Brother|
Another great break came on February 9th when the Visit Liverpool PR folks invited me and about 40 other editors to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the four mop tops coming to America and amazing the world via the Ed Sullivan show. A lot of the fashion week writers from out of town turned up and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar greeted us all on the way in. During a performance by The Liverpool Beatles, guests got to hang out with John Lennon's half-sister and author Julia Baird and longtime fan club secretary Freda Kelly, who worked for the Fab Four from 1962 to 1972 and is the subject of the 2013 hit documentary Good Ol' Freda. Plenty of Liverpool natives who have since been transplanted to the New York tristate area were also in attendance.
|Iris Apfel interviewed at HSN Fashion Week Lounge|
The Panasonic Beauty Bar was two days of non-stop services for editors at the Upper West Side's SCK Salon. Lots of teen stars came through including Zendaya and best bud Bella Thorne. I spotted Angela Simmons as well...not to mention Kelly Rutherford and countless models. Bondi nail polish was applied to all the editors’ pretty fingertips while hair stylists used products from Kerastase. The latest models of Panasonic Lumix cameras were scattered about the different hair stations so that visitors can post selfies after their makeovers. This was one of the most popular lounges and the kind of place you could plotz on a couch in the back and just check your emails or have a yummy Skinny Girl Sparkler with a frozen Kefir and get away from the rush of Fashion Week.
|Vogue Runway Retreat|
|Mercedes Benz Fashion Week VIP Press Lounge|
The Nolcha Fashion Week brunch is always fun and sponsored by Rusk, everyone's favorite hair products. Their event got kicked over to the next week due to snow and I was not available on the make up date, but thanks for thinking of me, guys! See you at the next Fashion Week...and until next Fashion Week, I will be resting as much as possible...because it just takes the wind out of your sails even though it is fun and glamorous!
Take a look back at Part 1 of our New York Fashion Week Roundup: The Shows
All photos by Anne Raso except shots of Dr. Pearlman with Gina Marie and Angelina at step and repeat courtesy Social Done Right.