The parties are the lounges are really what some fashionistas live for—especially for those dying to strut their stuff on a “step and repeat” and get their names out there in the press. I personally prefer the more low key events where I can sip a cocktail, get my nails done and mingle with friends.
|Christian Siriano Fragrance Launch|
The Jordana PR Pre-Fashion Week Pop-Up Fete was held at Millesime Lounge in the Carlton Hotel and it got the ball rolling for NYFW parties. There were fantastic and highly creative fashion and accessory designers but I fell particularly in love with Black Lace Skin Jewelry, an elegant temporary tattoo that can look either glittery or velvety here. The owner Mary Anne Richman comes up with the flowery Goth designs herself and had a team applying them to guests. (Her designs also ended up in several runway shows including Malan Breton.) At Jordana’s party was a fabulous silent auction table that included a framed copy of Abbey Road signed by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and a white Gibson guitar signed by all the current Stones. The same night Christian Siriano launched his first fragrance at a storefront in the Meatpacking District to a fun house of VIP guests and models wearing his most flamboyant gowns.
Black Lace Jewelry ended up having their own soiree the last night of Fashion Week at The Attic on West 48th right next to another party I was invited to by newbie NYC-based evening bag designer Kamran Ali. To say these bags are elegant is an understatement. Ranging from $300 to $600 each, they combine semi-precious stones with gorgeous beadwork.
Angelo David Salon near Grand Central held a full week of hair and nail services for press and celebrities during Fashion Week, presided over by Angelo David himself. It was nice to actually find a lounge that did haircuts and not just blowouts, especially since their work is very cutting edge. This is a salon that does a tremendous amount of work for charity and has been of especially big help to ladies who have lost their hair due to chemo treatments.
Outdoors in front of the NYFW tents was the popular lounge called the Zappos Recharge Station guests walked the runway wearing items sold on the popular website and enjoyed gift cards, clothing and accessories raffles every half hour. Blue Print Cleanse provided their fabulous naturally healthy juice blends to everyone who attended, and it was nice that this retreat was open to the public.
Other lounges that were around but that I did not have time to attend. But there’s always the next Fashion Week!