Olympus Fashion Week officially begins on Friday the 9th, but the pre-parties and hype have already started. This is my first year registered as press, and I’m finding the experience fascinating, and humbling. Most people will never attend a single fashion week event,let alone an entire week+ of the shows and promotional parties. The clothes and trends that are displayed to the fortunate few who become instant “insiders” as attendees, will start the process of ordering, production and promotion that will most definitely effect what we all wear for the next season and beyond.
Feel free to join me here on my blog, where I will check in as often as I can (hopefully, daily) and chronicle my little taste of Fashion Week – the mega-media circus that amuses, amazes, and sets trends around the Country for the upcoming season!
My first, fashion week-related event was last night–a preview of the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Charity Auction preview at the chic, W Hotel in Times Square. Music by DJ Cassidy filled (actually, boomed) throughout the spacious, lounge/bar while fashionistas and designers mingled and sipped “Floot” (a sparkling wine beverage in single-serving cans) through straws to look at illustrations drawn by noteables such as the Thom Filicia (Queer Eye), Jennifer Lopez, Betsey Johnson, and even Joan Rivers. I didn’t recognize anyone, but there were a lot of flashbulbs proverbially popping for a tall blond with a mop of blond curls, and a man with a bulldog on a leash.
The crowd was what you’d expect, mostly under 30, thin, Hamptons-tanned, and seemingly everyone knew everyone else. There was one, sophisticated woman who was over 30, sitting all by herself on a couch. She looked bored and when we made eye contact, I longed to go over and introduce myself (the other over 30 woman in the room) but the music was too loud to make conversation, so I smiled, and kept moving. We couldn’t really get a good look at the original drawings up for auction (I saw them better on the Portero web site -see below) and so after one of those strange-tasting Floot drinks, we decided that although the setting was glam, and we had put in our appearance for a very worthy cause, it was time to move on. We went to the decidedly UN-chic, but quiet and relaxing Columbia University club just a few blocks away, and had real drinks, and dinner.
But the auction is really worth bidding on. After this September 6th preview, the general public will be able to view and bid on the illustrations online at Portero.com (a luxury auction web site). For information about DIFFA, visit http://www.diffa.org/home.html For information on the W Hotels, visit: http://www.whotels.com
Tonight I’m attending a runway show and a few parties IF I can make it through the scheduling from place to place. So stay tuned! I’ll be back for more.