By: Anne Raso
Every New York Fashion Week is a rush of craziness, color and being crushed tight into the shows, both on site at the Lincoln Center "tents" and at the many off site shows. You kind of get used to having to sit tight to people from riding the subways here, but how close the seats are arranged at the NYFW shows gives the phrase "packed in like sardines" new meaning, LOL! My favorite shows never seem to be the "big" ones by the legendary designers such as Ralph Lauren or Oscar De La Renta, but rather the lesser-known designers who aren't afraid to put an edge to their designs. I also admit to a soft spot for evening wear, and that's why I love to go to Lela Rose and The Red Dress Collection each year.
Speaking of The Red Dress Collection, this year's show as always featured a bevy of beautiful female celebs of all shapes and sizes in glamorous (you guessed it) red gowns by designers both famous and obscure. The audience is always full of heart disease survivors sporting red gowns who head off to a special party presented by the American Heart Association after the show. My favorite moment of the show was seeing TV legend Barbara Eden doing the famous I Dream Of Jeannie arm movement several times. It made the audience go mad. The popular vocal group Fifth Harmony both modeled and performed at the end of the show with the other models dancing behing them.
It was yet another crazy NYFW but what makes it great is not only the fashions and the festivities but that in general, you never know what to expect!