And We’re Off And Running….(Fashion Week Begins)

So my fellow fashionistas, our semi-annual homage to fashion has begun. And as always, I will be bringing an insider’s view to some of the top shows at New York’s Fashion Week thanks to my work with the famed production company, the Ground Crew.

This year’s kick-off event was the eco-friendly fashion showcase, Earth Pledge Future Fashion Show which was held on Thursday night at New York’s Gotham Hall (just steps away from Macy’s).  The evening’s designers included Behnaz Sarapfour, Bottega Veneta, Boudicca, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Doo.Ri, Doro Olowu, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Isabel Toledo, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Martin Grant, Martin Margiela, Michael Kors, Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Rodarte, Rogan, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Threeasfour, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent who united to celebrate FutureFashion™ by creating garments that are made of sustainable materials like sasawashi, piña, bamboo, organic cotton and wool, corn-based fibers, recycled fibers or fabrics and biopolymers. And no show would be complete without a gift bag which reinforced the idea of going green with handbag utilizing Pure & Natural(TM)’s biodegradable bar-soap packaging that is actually embedded with seeds and when planted, will sprout baby’s breath. The bag also featured a cherry and almond oil body wash, grapefruit hand wash, a bamboo bar board, and an issue of Organic Spa magazine. Check out the contents below.

Earth Pledge and Pure & Natural gift bag

I had the pleasure of dressing three of the sweetest models I have come across in a long time. My first model was Bruna, who graced the runway in a red evening gown by Martin Grant (see below). Next came Julie who wore a beautiful Donna Karan creation (second image). But the showstopper was Vlada in an amazing (amazingly heavy as well as beautiful) cream-colored evening gown made of silk and hemp by Versace (the sketch is amazing).

Bruna in Martin Grant for Earth Pledge Future Fashion ShowJulie in Donna Karan for Earth Pledge Fashion ShowSketches of Versace’s silk hemp creation.

Today hearld the official start of Fashion Week Fall 2008. Starting things off slow, I headed to Cipriani’s (across from Grand Central) for one of my favorite shows…Rag & Bone. This season’s design inspiration was Blade Runner meets WWII– a military chic. A twist on fashion inspired by the 1940s, this season’s collections featured cashmere, wool, skinny pants and jackets. The stylings were very sexy and sophisticated with very fall/winter colors such as grey, navy blue, black and white. Below are the images of the models I dressed for the show. For the full collection, check out the images as captured by New York Magazine.

Rag and Bone 18Rag and Bone 19Rag and Bone 21

Well, I’m going to turn in and get ready for Z. Zegna tomorrow and the swag that will be offered at the tents. Stay tuned for more!

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