Weekend Update, #NYFW Style: Hanging with Peyton List, Travi$ Scott, and Happy Models

Peyton List and BlackBook’s Sara Spruch-Feiner at Nanette Lepore. Via @sarajanenyc on Instagram.

Alyssa: Hey girls!

Emily: Hello!!  What’d you get up to today?

Alyssa: It’s so bad but every time someone asks me that I have to look at my calendar. I’m losing my mind. Hopefully not really. Hold please. Where were you today?

Sara: Today has been insane. Honestly these are the moments I remember why I love fashion. There is a frenetic energy in this industry that is essentially inimitable. The people, their creativity is truly one-of-a-kind. I’m writing to you guys from Queen of the Night at the Paramount Hotel which is insane. We just cleared out table by THROWING dishes across a room. We are here for the new Noble collection by William Rast. It is a huge acrobatics show. The woman next to me is a horse vet and has been here before. She is showing me the ropes. It’s very interactive. We were fed short rib and wine and grapes. It’s an acrobatics show. The seats are upholstered in leopard velvet.

It was also the last day of Linda Honan’s FFF at the Highline hotel.  I dropped by Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful class. So that obviously necessitated a trip back to the Zappos braid bar and this time I got pics! #obsessed

Emily: Cute! I was at Alejandro Ingelmo’s presentation at Robert Miller gallery–the shoes were beautiful and it was awesome having the event at a gallery.

Alyssa: Ooh, a little art and fashion. Who was showing?

Emily: Peter Sacks. The shoes were so polished and it was cool to have them set against the backdrop of rough, texturized, modern art.


Alyssa: So cool. I started out with DKNY, which I love loved. Coolest shoes, kind of platform sneakers… great clothes that were sporty and street but chic. Styling was great. Totally a celebration of New York and real New Yorkers. Basically I want it all.

And then I spent some time with the dudes today… Mark McNairy then the men’s presentations at Milk. Mark McNairy was so fun. Everyone (models included) had a beer in hand, and Travi$ Scott opened and closed the show. Kid is energetic. There was also a shirt that read: M*A*S*H Potatoes — I mean… Fun vibes at McNasty.

Sara: That’s funny — I raced to William Rast from the tents where I saw Nanette Lepore. I was there with actress Peyton List who is just the best. (More on her later). She sat with the cast of Orange is the New Black in the front row. And then with Carmen Electra in the MBFW lounge.

Nanette’s final model was her daughter, Violet, who drew huge cheers from the crowd. The finale was a spectacular dance party/conga line led by Nanette and Violet. The models looked like they were having so much fun!!

Alyssa: Love a good model dance party. Everyone was having fun today, including the boys at Pyer Moss, who paused mid-presentation for the all important #selfie. Usher was there… if only we’d gotten him to dance, too.

Sara: I did not have my dancing shoes on today. My feet are killing me–I put on 6 inch heels to hang out with Peyton who still towered over me 🙂

We had so much fun! She wore a blue suit by Nanette Lepore and looked unbelievable.

Emily: I feel you on the foot pain (glamorous), I’ve sworn off them for the remainder of fashion week.  Pretty sure the only people wearing heels have drivers.  That or flip flops in their purse.

Alyssa: Today at Eckhaus Latta I saw a girl carrying Timbs in clear plastic bag, the kind I use to organize stuff in my styling kit. Not so chic… but practical? Ooh and our girl Hari Nef was there, modeling in the show. Hari was in Hood By Air before that, too. BlackBook on the runway, bbs!

(P.S. you can follow us through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro@sarajanenyc. And of course, @blackbookmag.)

The Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald, If You Keep Track of These Things

Design junkies, rejoice (or recoil). Pantone hath spoken, and in the wake of the bright, “spirited” Tangerine Tango that served as the chromatic marker of 2012, they have announced Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, chosen to promote “insight” as well as “balance and harmony.” And green is usually associated with calm with these things, right? That might be good. Everyone could use a bit of calm right now.

In the announcement from the Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted that in addition to its place in the natural world, “the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. She adds:

"As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."

For color trend junkies (is that a thing if you’re not in the design world?), Pantone will be collaborating with Sephora on a beauty line and jcpenney on emerald-tinted home-wares and linens, and in the fashion world the color will appear in some works in the spring spring collections from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.

So, there you go. Emerald is the new “it” color. It’s been a good run, Tangerine Tango. Ride off into the sunset, where you will probably blend in quite well and be difficult to distinguish. 

Lepore LBD Attracting Attention at Thompson Hotels

Waitresses at Thompson Hotel bars recently began wearing a dress Nanette Lepore created exclusively for the boutique chain, and the sexy little black dresses are drawing plenty of attention. The designer frocks feature exposed silver side zippers, a cutout back, and ruching all over—the better to flatter every cocktail waitress body type. You can see the waitresses and the dresses at the Thompson LES in New York, the Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, and the Donovan House in Washington DC. Thus far, they’re generating plenty of chatter. “A lot of people ask if it’s Dolce & Gabanna because of the zippers,” Katy Lernihan, a waitress at the Donovan House’s rooftop lounge, tells USA Today. “They ask where they can get it and who it’s by.” Of course, the Lepore-Thompson collaboration is just one of a growing number of hotel+fashion mashups.

Earlier this year, W Hotels named its own fashion director to help create a “fashion point of view” for the hotel chain; the Missoni fashion clan opened the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh last year, and a Kuwait City property is set to open this fall; the first Gucci hotel is slated to open in Dubai later this year, and Elisabette Gucci, daughter of Paolo and fourth generation style clan member, has plans to build 40 luxury boutique hotels in the next decade and a half, with a focus on properties in developing countries, from Russia to Brazil. And, earlier this year, Armani opened his 128-room namesake luxury hotel in Dubai, and there are also plans for a Gianni Versace Spa in Dubai. Sounds like perfect locations for Sex and the City 3.

New York Openings: Nanette Lepore, Derek Lam, Renaissance 57

Nanette Lepore (Upper East Side) – Bohemian-inspired brand scores New York’s best retail real estate. ● Derek Lam (Soho) – Lam’s first foray into flagships says a lot. ● Renaissance New York Hotel 57 (Midtown East) – Hotel and brand undergo boutique transformation.

Las Vegas: Top 5 Places to Buy a Fabulous Outfit

imageSuddenly everything in your suitcase seems so … blah.

1. Barney’s New York (Shoppes at the Palazzo) – Quirky flagship store where the sculpture and décor are as fabulous as the clothes. An entire floor of handbags! 2. Bettie Page (Miracle Mile Shops) – If your idea of stunning is more Ava Gardner than Mischa Barton. Lace petticoat dresses and vintage-inspired lingerie. 3. Prada (Bellagio) – Their shop window compels women toward the craps tables in hopes of a big win. “Mama needs a new pair of shoes” has never had more meaning.

4. Annie Creamcheese (Shoppes at the Palazzo) Dress like a Hollywood fashionista in designer vintage. 5. Nanette Lepore (Forum Shops at Caesars Palace) – Queen of the pretty summer dress has a Vegas outpost.