Super Moons, Kendall (Jenner) + Jewels with Eddie Borgo: #NYFW Day 5

Eddie Borgo and some of his gorgeous new jewels

What day is it again? After toughing it out in the trenches — if braid bars and yoga and ogling gorgeous fashion can be called “the trenches” — for 5+ days, we’re starting to do things like sing, “What’s the day again,” to the tune of What’s My Age Again. Clever! We know.

BTW you can follow up through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro, @sarajanenyc, @emilyovaert, and of course at @blackbookmag.

Sara: Alyssa, where have you been at since we hung out with Eddie Borgo this morning., who I know you’ve hung out with before, but I LOVED him.

Alyssa: He’s great, isn’t he? It’s a treat to visit his showroom. There are always macarons… and I always try on jewelry. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to, but I can’t help it! It’s like playing dress up in your mom’s closet but with really cool, gorgeous, relevant jewelry, instead of, you know, pearls. Though I love pearls. June baby here.

And yes, I’m redoing my manicure as we type.

Sara: I remember saving up for one of his smaller bracelets when his line first came out so the fashion nerd in me was pretty psyched.

Alyssa: Yes! Same. So while Sara and I were hanging out with Eddie and his new collection, what did you get up to, Emily?

Emily: Saw Kendall, Georgia May Jagger, Alexa Chung, AND Anna Wintour.  Finally got some big celeb sightings in today.

Alyssa: Hanging’ with the big guns! I like how you don’t think Kendall needs a last name, but freaking Georgia May does.

Sara: Is it weird that I am significantly more excited by Alexa and Kendall than Anna? Anna sat in front of me at Bridges of Madison County a few months ago, though, and I did not watch it for a moment. Kendall (her agency?) decided she didn’t need a last name, which is so endlessly hilarious to me. Like, sweetie, we can’t forget 10 seasons.

Alyssa: BAHAHA. Yes. They’ve provided quality TV for some time now, and I say that without a hint of irony. I appreciate their contribution.

Emily: I feel like I can be on a first name basis with the Kardashians. But really, I was so excited to see Georgia. I’m a HUGE Rolling Stones fan, and she is rock royalty.

Alyssa: We can. There is no other Kim in the world. But also, Georgia May forever.

Sara: Actually just LOLed. One more celeb thing: Nicki (Minaj’s) video with the Alexander Wang models, dancing to Anaconda is one of the best things to come out of NYFW.

Anyway. My day was super chill. I spent the morning with Alyssa and Jacob for a hot sec with Eddie Borgo and then walked two blocks to the New Museum for a different kind of fashion show. They are showing an exhibit of Snoopy and his sister Belle, and shortly you will be able to read a whole article on this exhibit.

Alyssa: Hi, I did not know Snoopy had a sister.

Sara: Um, me neither, but they are an extremely well dressed sibling pair. Vintage Chanel, Gucci, and of course newer styles from the likes of DVF, VPL, Opening Ceremony, and more. I was actually really excited because I got a poster which someday, I will frame. THEN, I got a Snoopy manicure.

snoopy nails

Alyssa: But no framing today, because fashion is the only thing?

Sara: Not a chance. I walked west after the Phillipp Plein store opening and literally thought, wow, this is the first time I have been outside and not running to a show in DAYS. I was out late (for me, but I am 97) with Peyton List last night. By late, I really don’t mean that late. Like 1:30 a.m. But today I was so tired, I got a little weepy. Eek. Fashion-emergency.

Alyssa: Okay this is really important, but it’s the Super Moon. Full moon in full effect. Not even joking, be careful. There is a reason why it all feels nuts, aside from it being mid-fashion week.

Sara: Wait, that’s insane! I remember Lena Dunham ‘gramming bout that a few months ago, so I thought we were done with that ish.

Alyssa: My friend Cecilia (who is the coolest hairstylist ever so I trust her) actually just told me we have six coming up in 2015.

Emily: On that same thread, Stephen Hawkings also mentioned how the God particle he’s working with could destroy the entire universe AT ANY MOMENT HAHA. Just weird vibes all around today.


Alyssa: What.

Emily: Apparently (ginger kid voice) we don’t have the machines big enough for it to collapse the entire universe, but if Stephen Hawkings talks about potential universal doom, I’m going to pay attention.

Important alert: Watch this:

Alyssa: Well, apparently, we just all need to keep an eye out this week circa Super Moon. So now you know why you’ve been weepy. Someone (wish I could remember who) tweeted that her NYFW survival tactic was to pretend every day is Wednesday. So I’ve been trying that.

Emily: I had a more chill day today as well but really happy I got to see the Tommy Hilfiger show! The stage was set like the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and Beatles songs played before the show started. Then when the models finally came out the playlist changed to include songs by Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones with a live band playing. Maybe it’s because that’s some of my favorite music but I absolutely loved it and thought it gave an awesome energy to the show.

Alyssa: I love good show music. There’s so much about seeing a show in person that helps in understanding the collection. You gotta feel the whole vibe! I have so many good songs stuck in my head now from this week…

Okay so it wasn’t a show, but a presentation, but you guys, Theory was really good! So chic, really beautiful. Just simple, clean, so well done, so nicely staged. Just… sigh.

Emily: Yes! I loved Theory as well. It was presented really well and felt like a cool art exhibit.

Alyssa: So who wins, Snoopy or Theory?


Alyssa: My vote’s for Theory…

When Andy Warhol Walked In… & Walked Out (His Diary Excerpt Inside)

This past Monday would have been Andy Warhol’s 84th birthday. It’s hard to imagine a world without Andy, and it’s hard to imagine Andy at 84. He hasn’t been replaced. The concept of "downtown,” of art-influenced clubbing, has never adjusted to his loss. Going back before "back in the day” for most of you, there was a scene that was led by the creative crowd. In my club days, I started each night with the concept of having my joint cool enough "in case Andy Warhol walked in.” It was the way I set my goals, got up for the game. On occasion, he would walk in.

I can’t think of a celebrity that would define the "cool" in this era. I guess club owners were fawning over Lindsay Lohan until recently, and at one point it was Paris Hilton. Of course Jersey Shore peeps or Kardashians or basketball stars bring excitement to the hoi polloi. Maybe Jay-Z or Beyonce are the pulse. An art star like Julian Schnabel is often seen at downtown spots. Although he carries impressive credentials, he doesn’t influence the thought process like Andy did. I thought Banksy might create a stir – until we got used to his face.

Andy charged up a room. Any gathering he attended was defined by his presence. He hobnobbed at Studio 54 with Bianca and Mick and Truman and Halston and Elizbeth Taylor, but then snuck south to Max’s Kansas City for Lou Reed, The Dolls, and his crew. The profound difference of celebrity back then and now mirrors the profound difference of VIP, then and now. Then, it was the wonderful, the creative, the style-influencers. Now, it’s all about the Benjamins.

Until a few weeks ago I would catch Taylor Meade’s act at the now-shuttered Bowery Poetry Club. Stories about Andy would drift into his act – one day disdaining Warhol, one day adoring him. Taylor is 87 now. He’s still brilliant but very frail. I don’t know if and when and where I will see his schtick again. I miss my weekly dose of his and Andy tales. Just before his death, Long Nguyen and I produced a fashion show for Kohshin Satoh at Tunnel. Andy, Miles Davis, and Devo’s Gerry Casales were the celebrity models. Andy was complaining about the place being cold, although it wasn’t. He looked ill, so we forgo him walking up and then down the steps from the dressing room he shared with Gerry. We put him on the ground floor with Miles. We weren’t being mean, but we couldn’t make him comfortable. He smiled and waved on the runway and no one in the audience suspected a thing. We knew he wasn’t himself and we found out later that he was sick and in pain. He died a few days later, on February 22, 1987.

Here’s Andy’s own recollection of the event at Tunnel, straight from his diary:

Tuesday, February 17, 1987:

…Then went over to the Tunnel and they gave us the best dressing room,but it was absolutely freezing. I had all my makeup with me. Miles Davis was there and he has absolute delicate fingers. They’re the same length as mine but half the width. I’d gone with Jean Michel last year to see his show at the Beacon, and I’d met him in the sixties at that store on Christopher Street, Hernando’s where we used to get leather pants. I reminded him that I’d met him there and he said he remembered. Miles is a clotheshorse. And we made a deal that we’d trade ten minutes of him playing music for me, for me doing his portrait. He gave me his address and a drawing-he draws while he gets his hair done. His hairdresser does the hair weaving, the extensions.

      They did a $5000 custom outfit for Miles with gold musical notes on it and everything, and they didn’t do a thing for me, they were so mean. They could’ve made me a gold palette or something. So I looked like the poor step child.and in the end they even(laughs) told me I walked to slow…

Punching Glenn Danzig And Other Things That Will Get Your Book Published

Back in 2004, Danny Marianino of the band North Side Kings punched horror-punk icon Glenn Danzig in the face. Now, he’s writing a book about it, appropriately titled Don’t Ever Punch a Rock Star. In it, Marianino offers his perspective on the fiery moment of impact and "learning to shrug off one of the most opinionated events in music history." (There they are, folks: Dylan going electric, the advent of music piracy, and Danny Marianino punching Danzig in the face.) The book will be full of hate mail, dissection from the media and the public and the rather incensed dialogue around the fight, which Danzig says he let his opponent take. 

So, in honor of Marianino, here are some other things we’ve found will get your book out as of late. What are you talking about? We’re not bitter. Shut up. You’re bitter.

Be A Kardashian… No, the Younger Kardashians: Following in the footsteps of their older K-named trio of siblings’ novel, Dollhouse, Kylie and Kendall Kardashian will be collaborating on a young adult sci-fi novel. The authors have said their "dystopian" work will take place "in a world none of us have ever seen" and star two sisters (sounds familiar) on a quest of some kind, with Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games providing some inspiration. 

Be Married to the Woman Who Wrote 50 Shades of Grey: Let’s hope he’s nothing like Christian Grey. E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, also a writer who has mostly made his trade in scripts for television, has signed a deal to publish his novel, although this one perhaps is more geared toward the children whose parents are reading 50 Shades. Crusher, which Leonard began writing during National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as participants know it), tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes the main suspect in the murder of his stepfather and goes to crack the case. 

When All Else Fails, The Single-Serving Tumblr: If you can dream it, you can publish it, and they will put it on that first table when you walk into Urban Outfitters. On a rather fitting note for today, we were wondering whether or not Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ recently announced plans for divorce would impact the fall 2012 release of the book adaptation of one of the best single-serving Tumblrs on the Internet, the wonderfully witty—and sometimes claws-out brutal—Suri’s Burn Book.

Actually Do Something Legitimately Amazing and Inspiring: In 2010, Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand became paralyzed from the neck down following an on-field injury. He’s since spent the past two years working tenaciously to walk again, and inspiring many people in the process. His positive attitude and message have led to a deal from HarperCollins for two books—one for adults, one a YA-geared book—about persistence, hope and looking on the bright side. 

So uh, that’s where the bar is at right now, recent MFA graduates. Be a Kardashian, invent Twitter or punch a celebrity in the face. Go to it. 

Kim Kardashian Reportedly Bans Backstage Girls on Kanye West Tour

It’s been a while since we last checked in on the comings and goings of Kim Kardashian’s money-making no-no. What’s it been up to? Wreaking havoc across the United Kingdom and banning girls from going backstage at boyfriend Kanye West’s concerts, reportedly!

Kardashian is currently in the UK with West, who’s there with Jay-Z as a part of their Watch The Throne tour, and has been "barking orders at [West]" nonstop since their arrival, according to The Sun. Perhaps more interestingly, Kardashian’s jealous ways are reportedly taking over, and the paper reports she’s gone so far as to ban girls from going backstage to meet West:

A source said: “Kanye has a load of girls he’s friends with. Most are stylists or from the fashion set but Kim’s not happy about them being alone with him backstage.

“She sees how well he gets on with girls because of his sensitive side and has decided to rein in the entourage a bit.

“Kim is trying to put a stop to this as she doesn’t want to look or feel awkward at any point.”

She doesn’t want to look or feel awkward at any point? Too late, sweetie.

Kanye West Officially Meets the Kardashians

Happy Sunday! To get you started this morning, let’s review latest details of the comings and goings of Kim Kardashian’s money-making no-no. Because guess what? Homegirl went and introduced her new boyfriend, Kanye West, to the entire Kardashian Klan yesterday!

TMZ is out with a report this morning (it’s always TMZ, isn’t it?) stating that Kim introduced West to her entire family in New York yesterday. And according to TMZ’s source, the Kardashians "absoutely loved him."

More boring, uncorroborated details from TMZ’s anonymous source:

According to our sources, Kanye and Kim were excited for the family gathering and the opportunity to show them just how great they are together.

We’re told the meeting went great and the family thinks they make the perfect couple.

Why is Kim Kardashian?

(That was an actual question.)

Kim Kardashian to Press Charges Against Flour-Bomb Assailant

Remember when, after being flour-bombed on the red carpet of an event in Hollywood on Thursday, Kim Kardashian appeared to take it all in stride and even showed signs of possibly having a sense of humor? Yeah, about that.

In an even shorter amount of time than her marriage to Kris Humphries, Kardashian has completely changed her tune as it relates to her flour-bombing assailant, telling E!’s Giuliana Rancic:

"Now that I think about it and had some time to digest it. I think, ‘What if that was some other substance? What if that person had a dangerous weapon?’ It’s scary. And what’s even scarier is this woman acted as if she was a part of the press. She just came out of nowhere! And so we are definitely changing things up a little bit, amping up security, taking some measures, and…I’m gonna definitely deal with it because it is not acceptable."

And now, TMZ is reporting that Kardashian will move to press charges against the woman, because she clearly has nothing better to do.

Never change, Kimmy!