September in New York City means it's time for the fashion-week tents to go up in Bryant Park. And it means I am bound to geek out. Fashion week is a hot mess of fancy clothes, models, Anna Wintour, celebrities, fashionistas and drag queens. It's my dream come true!
This year, I had a very short time span to get myself, along with my fabulous fashion week crew, credentialed for the shows. I wouldn't have the opportunity to hit up my usual four shows a day, but it gave me the opportunity to chill with some of the coolest people around: MTV News' Jim Cantiello, Christina Garibaldi and our lovely shooter Mary Taylor, as well as our celebrity correspondent, the amazing Sweet P from the fourth season of "Project Runway."
We all finally hit up the tents on day six of fashion week (that'd be Wednesday). Although we got uninvited from the Phillip Lim show (I'm going to remember that, Phil!), we did have the opportunity to film Jim and Sweet P in a pedicab discussing fashion. Is there any other way to discuss fashion except in a green-friendly pedicab? I thought not. We also hit up the Mercedes-Benz lounge, where I indulged in cheese, while Jim and Sweet P talked shop — clothes!
Thursday, oh fabulous Thursday! I spotted Alex and Simon from "The Real Housewives of New York" and Whitney's sister, Alexis Houston (OK, those sightings were only mediocre). But — wait for it — FABIO was there! This all went down at the Malan Breton show. The clothes were amazing! Beautiful, feminine, soft, wearable. The florals, and I am not a floral kind of gal, rocked my socks. And those black cocktail dresses — to die for! I want something, you hear that, Malan? I did manage to wrangle myself a gift bag, which is one of the best perks of fashion week.
Next, we went off-site to hit up Christian Siriano — the show, not the man. The scene was full of downtown fashionistas and "Project Runway" fanatics, including MTV News' very own "PR" blogger Rya Backer. For a fan of the show, it was the place to be: Tons of past contestants graced our presence, and the amazing Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn stopped by to chat us up. Although most of the posse (myself included) couldn't get into the show, we went backstage beforehand, and I got a peek at the clothes. They were beautiful and soft. There were tiered gowns and lots of slate gray and black with peeks of wild colors like lime green. It was a fabulous collection for the ladies who lunch. Hey, Christian, I want to be one of those ladies.
I was disappointed that we didn't get into the show because it meant we couldn't get a gift bag. I took two at Malan's show, and karma caught up with me, I suppose! I left the rest of fashion week (more "PR" stuff, including the season-finale show!) in the very capable hands of my crew! Mostly, because I had real work to do. Until next season, Bryant Park! Au revoir!