Why Heatherette Missed Fashion WeekAt the launch party for Heatherette’s makeup line for M.A.C, we got sparkly designers Traver Rains and Richie Rich to talk to us about their absence this past February. Alas, it was all the ugly business side of things.
Confessions of a Cross-dresserBeing a straight cross-dresser isn’t easy for one 23-year-old Brit, especially because he’s about to move in with his girlfriend of two years who has no idea how much he likes high heels.
Heatherette: Fashion Is Like a Frolicking UnicornIn between digging up our best glitter eye shadow and glossiest lip goo in preparation for tonight’s launch party for the Heatherette M.A.C makeup line, we did some research. And the we stumbled across the most amazing thing.
Christian Siriano Dresses Heidi Klum, Dates a BrooklyniteChristian Siriano has been rubbing elbows with celebrities on the West Coast, but he’s finally back in New York. Last night, at the Mercedes-Benz BlueTec Auto Show kickoff party, we caught the Project Runway winner when he wasn’t chatting up fashion-world insiders like Fern Mallis and the Heatherette boys.
The Image Guru’s Black MoodMontgomery Frazier is an image guru, which he says means he’s a publicist, marketer, and stylist all in one. These days he’s working with Julie Brown (née Downtown) on a new TV show. So what does Frazier like at Fashion Week?
Fashion Week Is All Fugged Up
We were such innocents a mere eight days ago. Times were much simpler then; we had hope in our hearts and an unfailing optimism that our job covering celebrities in Fashion Week’s front rows would be like shooting fish in a barrel, minus the ricochet.
Even though not as many famous faces showed up as we’d have liked, we managed to come out the other end a very happy, sated pair. After all, we love clothes, Champagne, and sandwiches, and we got a lot of all three this week. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of our second stint covering the celebrity turnout at Bryant Park and, yes, of the 37 shows we saw, we did like a lot of the clothes.
Bush Twin Misses Seeing Amanda Lepore NakedThere was a sort of joy in the air at the Proenza Schouler after-party at Beatrice Inn. (And a lot of smoke — even the dubious Romanians who’ve been everywhere this Fashion Week had to take their cat and go home.) The designers had all shown and were drinking merrily. Upstairs, the dance party went on under disco lights till the wee hours of the morning.
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Eye of the Storm: Backstage at HeatheretteFrom the outside, Heatherette may have been a total fiasco, but our Jada Yuan found that inside was nothing but love. Backstage, Richie Rich’s aromatherapist was dressed like Dorothy but didn’t seem to know why. A misty Lydia Hearst remembered the boys from back in the day (“I really consider them part of my family”) while Omahyra favored Heatherette for the bloodlust: “This is the shit. Everybody’s fighting to get in here.”
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Heatherette Sponsors Up the Class FactorAn army of writers, reporters, and bloggers is chronicling Fashion Week. Here are a few things we learned from them:
• Of course K-Y chose the Heatherette after-party to introduce its new lubricant, “Intrigue.” [Heard on the Runway/WSJ]
• For the rest of this week, the Payless on Fifth and 39th has the Abaeté for Payless shoes that showed on Monday. [Fashionista]
• If Ashley Olsen is in New York this week, so far she’s skipping Fashion Week. [PopSugar]
• Can’t find Proenza Schouler on Target’s Website? You can bet it’s on eBay. [FlyPaper]
• Who are the Top Ten New Faces at Fashion Week? So far, we know three. [Of the Minute]
• Could Diane von Furstenberg have scuttled out of that CFDA panel on models’ health any faster? [Off the Runway]
Amber Tamblyn, Life of the (Admittedly Crappy) PartyIs it just us, or do the parties this week totally blow? Thankfully, Amber Tamblyn, who is just one whirling dervish of former teen-talks-to-God-dramedy fun, doesn’t appear to know this. We love everything about the 23-year-old Joan of Arcadia alum, from her flirty sense of style to her dry quips answering stupid press questions (Q: “How are you handling the madness of Fashion Week?” A: “Quaaludes. Lots of quaaludes”).
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How Long Will the Tents Tolerate Heatherette?
Another Fashion Week. Another Heatherette show that was a complete, soul-sucking mess. And that was outside the venue. Like last season, we had seats. And like last season, that didn’t matter because the setup was such an unmitigated disaster. Somehow every other show at Bryant Park manages to make it pretty easy to get all ticketed parties in distinct lines and in their seats without screaming pandemonium. Not Heatherette. Never Heatherette. And certainly not at a Heatherette show that promised a Wizard of Oz theme complete with socialite Lydia Hearst as Dorothy.
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Fashion Week’s Exit ReturnsTuesday was Primary Day, and New Yorkers went to the polls to pick their favorite Democrats. At Bryant Park, capital of the Republic of Fashion, we asked some citizens if they’d chosen a candidate that day.