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Backstage at BCBG, Dinner at Craftsteak

Matthew Williamson

Fabiola Beracasa with Max Azria backstage at BCBG.Photo: Patrick McMullan

Socialite and CIRCA creative director Fabiola Beracasa will file regular reports on her experience of the front rows, backstages, showrooms, and Champagne lounges of Fashion Week. Here is her diary from Friday, February 2.

9:30 a.m. I arrived in my office.

10 a.m. I met with an editor from a Japanese magazine called Glamorous. She wanted to shoot me during Fashion Week, so we agreed to have the camera crew come to a fitting at J. Mendel on Tuesday and also to shoot me at home on Thursday morning.

Noon I ran downtown to the Yigal show. I wore the cute white dress and jacket that we picked out on Thursday, and it was soooo cold! Why would I rather look good than be warm? I got to the show and sat next to Meredith Melling Burke from Vogue and Bergdorf’s Roopal Patel, who both have back-to-back shows because of their jobs. I don’t envy them. I mean I love fashion, but it’s really exhausting to run around like that!!!

1:30 p.m. I went back to my office, changed into my BCBG outfit and by 3 p.m. was back in the tents for the BCBG show. When I walked in, I was stopped for photos so I took a few, and then a few more, and as I walked away, I realized the tag was hanging off the BCBG jacket I was wearing! I was a little embarrassed, but it was a busy jacket so maybe it just blended in?

The show was energetic and uplifting; the clothes were fun and flirty. Afterwards, Derek Blasberg and I went backstage and then off to the W lounge where we swapped schedules and gossiped.

5 p.m. We were still at the W lounge and I had a meeting with Jeremy Kost (such a cutie) and three people from Japanese Vogue (not to be confused with Glamorous !) who also want a Fashion Week party story and they want Jeremy to shoot it, so we coordinated our events. At this point I felt like I should at least speak some Japanese!

6:15 p.m. I went home to change and then went with my mother to the debut collection of Vionnet at Barneys. I didn’t get to see the clothes because we went straight to La Grenouille for the drinks before the dinner, but I did run into Amanda Brooks who was wearing a beautiful Sophia Kokosalaki–designed Vionnet dress — it was powder pink with the most delicate rosettes twirled in bunches. I also ran into Victoria Traina, who was wearing the most amazing Proenza dress ever! (I must admit at that point I did feel a tad underdressed in my black jeans and vintage YSL jacket.)

9 p.m. I met a group of friends and my boyfriend at Craftsteak. I had a wonderful meal, an amazing time with my friends. That restaurant is great!!

Midnight I decided to go home to bed while they all continued the night at the Gramercy.

Backstage at BCBG, Dinner at Craftsteak