BJ on the Runway, Miley Cyrus, and Breaking for Art: #NYFW Day 7 Highlights

Miley Cyrus with Jeremy Scott via @itsjeremyscott on Instagram

Wednesday! Tomorrow is the last day in NY before troves of editors head overseas. We are happily staying in NYC and sleeping. From Olsen-less viewings at Elizabeth and James to the dreamy Delpozo, and of course, Betsey Johnson’s infamous runway cartwheels, things are at once busy but also concluding. We are already planning our detoxes, cleanses, binge viewings, and more.

Sara: Emily–Any MK+A sightings at Elizabeth and James today?

Emily: NO actually, and I was pretty bummed. I’m actually a big fan of both their clothing lines but not gonna lie, I was really looking forward to seeing them. It would’ve fulfilled some childhood dreams.

Sara: I know. I love them, their style, and both lines as well. This is my dream bag.

Emily: Backpacks are so hot right now.  But yeah, Elizabeth and James had some good pieces, noticed some more normcore sandals.

Sara: Yeah, even though I really like Elizabeth and James clothes, I’d still want some Olsen action. The clothes were very theatrical today. In fact when I woke up, I even thought, well, if there was ever a day to wear something crazy, because I headed to Jeremy Scott where Miley Cyrus caused a massive traffic jam and some attendees received pretty cool Jeremy Scott Longchamp bags. Scott grabbed Miley from her seat and the two strutted down the runway probably causing iPhones to freeze around the room–or maybe mine is the only dysfunctional one.

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At Betsey Johnson I was given three Baked By Melissa cupcakes and I ate them in about 10 seconds total.

Emily: That’s absolutely doable with Baked by Melissa cupcakes. I hear you on the theatrical clothes though–Greg Lauren had some interesting pieces come down the runway that looked like they came off the set of the Hunger Games. Everything was a little rough around the edges and utilitarian, very District 12.

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Alyssa: Ooh, more entertainment themed collections.

On a different note, my absolute favorite collection that I’ve seen so far this fashion week was Delpozo today. It’s unreal how gorgeous it is. I would do illegal things to get my hands on it.

Sara: Delpozo looked BREATHTAKING. I’m still lusting over these from last year.

Emily: I LOVE those. RIGHT.

Alyssa: Oh girl, I know. But the shoes today? Best shoes I’ve seen all week, too.

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Sara: I’m a shoe girl over a bag girl forever.

Alyssa: Same. Also into jewelry recently. Today was just dreamy in general. I started out the best possible way. I feel so lucky, Monique Péan held her presentation so that we each had a private viewing of Walter De Maria’s The Broken Kilometer at a Dia space… and then saw her beautiful jewels. I’ve never felt so grounded and calm going into a fashion anything. Thank you, Monique! (Who is so sweet.) We couldn’t take photos, but you should go.

Emily: Definitely have to check that out.

Sara: I got to see Betsey’s infamous cartwheels down the runway today.

By the way, the show was called Prenup and opened with two grooms and then two brides, one of whom was SoulCycle star Stacey. Betsey closed the show with her DWTS partner, Tony Dovolani and then a seriously impressive cartwheel-into-split situation with one of her adorable granddaughters. She is FIT. ALSO: I don’t watch Real Housewives, but them ladies were half the models!

Alyssa: SoulCycle instructors, so hot right now! The invite was a bag of rice. I knew it’d be wedding themed!

Sara: Wait–a. have Soul instructors made other appearances, because that’s a semi-unexpected job perk and b. did you make stir fry?

Alyssa: Sara, it is fashion week. There is no time to cook. But hello did you not see Ben Bruker on Keeping Up with the Kardashians? The cult of SoulCycle and the cult of celebrity collide…

Sara: No, but please refer me, I need some quality pre-bedtime TV tonight.

Alyssa: Ta da:

Think of it as a bed time story.

BJ KICKS A: Betsey Johnson Launches Workout Gear

Say what you will about athletic wear, but it’s certainly having a moment. Denim, All-American staple that it is, feels threatened by yoga pants, and in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a spinning studio on every other block.

It’s simple logic: If I’m going to spend a solid seven hours a week working out, I best be looking cute. So thank you Betsey Johnson for your new line, BJ KICKS A, for giving us barre-flies a solid excuse to shop. It’s a natural move for the 72-year-old designer known as much for her punk princess prom dresses as her ever-spry cartwheels down the runway.

The line is true to the Betsey Johnson aesthetic, but amped up to meet the needs of a hardcore sweat-session. Betsey describes the look as a perfect combination of “performance, prettiness, and punk.” Think details like pink tux stripes, fishnet-inspired patterns, and my personal favorite, mesh-accented tanks.

Ready to shop? On your mark, get set, go!

The Day After Birthday Bash: Feeling Like a Million Yen

My birthday bash at Avenue last night proved to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I am limp and drained and wonderful. I feel like a million yen.  Avenue asked me to throw my party there and I couldn’t say no. The good people at Avenue/ Tao Strategic Group have been work associates, friends, and family from the good old days when I was that maniacal Steve Lewis guy. They put up with me then and celebrated me yesterday… in style.

Wass Stevens in a leg and foot cast, making it look sharp, greeted my mixed bag of guests and let most of them in. We chatted at the front door, where he counted his blessings, which included surviving his terrible motorcycle accident, good doctors, and the love of a great woman, Lydia Rivera. Lydia slept on the hard hospital benches, waiting to be there when he woke up. They have been dating for a while now and I am so happy. I have known Lydia for years and she is simply wonderful. Guys like Wass need women who will be there when it counts. Lydia is a keeper.
 
Inside, I was greeted by a giant silver mylar "STEVE" balloon which made me laugh and smile and swell. The Avenue staff all were expecting me and all took the time to say hey, tell me they were there for me and mine. A flashing Mr. Lewis sign designated my tables. Their tech person had everything I needed for my DJ set. In short: it was perfect.
 
Every operator talks service and organization, but few come close. Sometimes they are organized but miss the most basic necessity for success. For me, that is the family or team spirit that is instilled in the entire organization. Noah Tepperberg sat next to me, introduced me to his fabulous friends, and told me that the staff was excited that I was having my party there; it showed. Andrew Goldberg was the point man. I asked him to sum up his approach to throwing a good party. He said, "We focus on passion, enthusiasm, and we strive to have the team concept which we hope will translate into a great guest experience."
 
The cake was amazing. They sent over some Artichoke Pizza (Noah is a partner). They delivered bottles with a fun, not forced demeanor. The honchos in the organization took the time to send me an email or text congratulating me and thanking me for doing my party there. My DJ set was 30 minutes of raw, hard rock. The equipment, booth, tech support and sound in general were perfect. Club God Danny A introduced me to Stella Keitel and told me about his new movie project. Promoters seeded tables near mine, to mingle some beautifuls in with my crew. They all paid respects. I felt…respected. This is the art and science of nightlife at its best. I chatted up Lulu Johnson about her new line and her famous mom who I have always loved. Dean Winters, now known to the world as "that Mayhem guy" came by and hugged and chatted and promised to meet up for dinner soon. Blasts from my distant past chatted up new friends. I went home all warm and fuzzy.
 
For one week in a row, Le Baron is the greatest club in New York, the world, the galaxy. I know they  will thrive and lead us to a better place and mindset. These guys are pros. The New York nightlife bubble keeps expanding with fabulous places opening up in every corner, catering to all sorts and situations. Players from everywhere and lifestyle are plotting for a bigger piece of this Big Apple pie. I go out almost every night and I observe a great deal of mediocrity making great deals of money. I think everybody in the game right now is doing well. This may change. As real players open up more and more new spots, the phonies will be left more alone. I walk into places and the staff is miserable, being treated like slaves by owners or operators who think thats how things work. It may work for a minute or two longer, but those that run a place like it’s an army will soon lose to those that run things like its a family.

10 Cyber Monday Fashion Deals to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

Happy Cyber Monday! Also known as the one day that you can spend unmentionable hours online shopping at work and not feel bad about it because you know that everyone around you is probably doing it too. It’s a time when top brands and retailers reward their computer-bound consumers with deep discounts across the web, creating the most convenient shopping experience, ever. Since this is also a perfect time to tackle some last-minute holiday shopping, we’ve rounded up ten stellar sales that are guaranteed to satisfy just about every fashionably inclined friend on your gift list.

1. AllSaints: Take 20% off all merchandise, including menswear, womenswear, and accessories when you enter promo code ALLSAINTS at checkout.

2. Shopbop: Spend $250 or more, take $50 off your order; spend $500 or more, take $100 off; spend $750 or more, take $150 off; spend $1,000 or more, take $250 off; or spend $1,500 or more, take $500 off. Use promo code BIGEVENT at checkout.

3. wonderMode: Take 20% off final purchase when you use promo code KZN6C2F1V at checkout. Deal ends at midnight.

4. DKNY: Take 28% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping.

5. Esprit: 40% off all items, including accessories.

6. Betsey Johnson: Take 40% off your entire purchase.

7. Ralph Lauren: Take 25% off reduced items, plus free shipping.

8. Adidas: Free shipping on all purchases, plus $15 off order $80 or more, $25 off orders $100 or more, and $40 off orders $125 or more.

9. Converse: Take 20% off all items, plus free shipping.

10. Nike: Take an extra 25% off clearance items with promo code ADVANTAGE. Sale ends Wednesday.

Betsey Johnson Designs The Plaza’s First Christmas Tree

Fashion designer Betsey Johnson is known for her vivacious personality, color-happy runway shows, and amazing cartwheels. Her fanciful eye has charmed the iconic hotel, The Plaza, which is why they’ve tapped her to design their very first Christmas tree, which is set to unveil at a family-friendly tree lighting ceremony at the end of this month.

The Plaza first teamed up with Betsey last year when she designed their Eloise Suite, inspired by the imaginary character that lives in the hotel and has been their mascot since 1955. Like the suite, the tree will also be Eloise-ified by the designer – see the original sketch above. This collaboration also includes the just-opened Betsey Johnson holiday pop-up shop, which hosts a variety of festive gifts and Betsey-centric tchotchkes.  

The tree will debut to the public on November 28 at 5pm in the hotel’s legendary Palm Court. In addition to viewing the lighting, guests will enjoy Palm Court’s new holiday tea menu that includes all kinds of sweet and savory goodness. Tickets for The Plaza and Betsey Johnson’s "Tree Lighting Tea" event are $79 per adult and $45 per child, and reservations can be made via phone (212-546-5300) or via email: palmcourt@fairmont.com.

Photos courtesy of The Plaza

NYFW Day 5: Rachel Roy, Chris Benz, & Betsey Johnson Awesome Cartwheel

Now that we’re halfway through NYFW, fashion’s most celebrated veterans are emerging to present their latest collections. While designers like Rachel Roy (one radiant look above) and Chris Benz opted for a fresh, intimate feel, Betsey Johnson couldn’t wait to roll out her signature glammed-out runway show – and damn, was it flashy. Peep a few key moments from all three collections – and a bonus Betsey cartwheel video! – after the jump.

image Romantic minimalism was the name of the game for Roy’s SS12 collection. The modern simplistic looks exuded femininity, but with smart contrasting touches like nude belts and footwear. I couldn’t take my eyes off this gray-red knit number.

image Chris Benz brought his signature cheekiness for spring by mixing granny prints (complete with gray-haired models) with retro-vintage footwear. The 3D floral platforms by Alejandra Ingelmo for Chris Benz are destined for It-shoe greatness. image Betsey Johnson’s spring collection was all about ’40s glamor and sex. Vamped-out models strutted down the catwalk in Burlesque-style looks with naughty cutouts showing the designer’s classic peek-a-boo hot pink lingerie. Being that I sat behind the fantastic doo-ragged Patricia Field, and looked on as a blue-coiffed Nicki Minaj (whose song opened the show) and Lynn Yaeger shot the shit, I really couldn’t complain.

It wouldn’t be a Betsey Johnson show without the designer’s signature cartwheel finale. I captured her rad cartwheel fake-out that transitioned into an actual cartwheel-split combo below:

Cheers to Life & Fashion in 2010

It’s been an incredible year for fashion. We’ve seen new stars explode and old one’s go belly up, but one thing is certain, it’s time to celebrate. I hope someone has taken the liberty of making rum-spiked apple cider because it’s time for cheers! Cheers to family, fashion, shoes, love, accomplishment, and life. And in case you need help getting into the holiday spirit, cheers to a few of these jolly goodies that will make you smile—like this Kate Spade Gold “Cheers” Necklace for $75. Happy New Year, everyone!

Lauren Moshi Happy Face Tee, $84 image

Philosophy Cheers! Bubble Bath, $16 image

Betsey Johnson Toggle Bracelet with Charms, $125 image

New Year’s Eve: The First Dress for the Rest of Your Life

Christmas hasn’t even passed and I’m already thinking about New Year’s Eve. I historically have an incredible time on New Year’s. There’s an excitement in the air that only comes once a year. Everyone’s thinking about the changes they want to make, setting resolutions. NYE is the last night before they quit all their “bad habits.” Next year they’ll go for their dream job, end a bad relationship, start working out, etc. That being said, it’s a pretty important night—shall we say, the first night of the rest of our lives. So be prepared to ring in the fresh year with the right dress. Put the black away and go for something fun and festive. Remember, this is your last night to be naughty. The one time you can be a disco ball and it’s perfectly acceptable! With the sequins/sparkle trend in full swing, you’ll have plenty of styles to choose from. Here’s a few that I dig. Starting with this Elie Tahari Isla dress, $598.

Betsey Johnson Goldie Pleated-Waist Strapless Dress, $306. image

Velvet Poppy Tube Dress, $129. image

BCBG One-Shoulder Crisscross Sheath Dress, $158.76. image

These Animal Alternatives Are 100% House-Trained

Here are some adorable alternatives for those of us ladies who are pet-less and/or aren’t into fur or animal prints. I love animals. Unfortunately, I have zero time to care for one, so I’m just going to have to buy animal jewelry to make up for it. At least that’s what I like to tell myself. Owl bags, bulldog rings, elephant bangles, bird scarves—I’m a softy for all things animal. Lucky for us, animals are popular in fashion right now and there’s plenty of species to choose from. Kenneth Jay Lane is probably the most recognizable of animal-jewelry designers. His funky pieces and unexpected creatures like hedgehogs and elephants are quite collectible to jewelry lovers. So if you’re unable to go on a safari or rescue a homeless pet, adopt an accessory instead. Like this Kenneth Jay Lane elephant bangle, $126.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bird Scarf, $178. image

Betsey Johnson Bulldog Ring, $45. image

Timmy Woods Owl Bag, $172.50. image