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Let the fashion begin!

Talk about hitting the ground running…arrived yesterday morning on the red-eye, groggy and a little disoriented.  After a quick nap (way too short) I headed over to the tents to make my first show at 10 am.  It felt familiar and electric all at the same time!  Lots of fashionista and wannabe milling about ready for the action to begin!

BCBG Max Azria was first on the list.  This was a pretty popular show to attend.  They had chairs in the middle of the runway facing each direction.  I would imagine that it felt like you were part of the show.  The famed Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue (purported to be the inspiration for the Meryl Streep character in “Devil Wears Prada”) was front row with her beautiful banged bob haircut and large sunglasses.  Also spotted was Vivica A. Fox, Nigel Barker, judge from America’s next top model, and some past contestants from Project Runway.

The show started with a very muted palette of grays, taupes and tans.  The fabrics were jersey and the main construction was draping.  The dresses were very short and bare, as one would expect from runway-worthy clothing.  After the more somber colors came some dresses in very bright melon, raspberry, blueberry and teal.  Forget wearing a bra with any of these beautiful creations!

Next was a show by Rubin Singer ( more on him later).  I was very surprised by this collection…in a good way.  His creations were the very opposite of BCBG.  His dresses were very architectural and made with more structured fabrics like satin.  He used an abundance of black and white stripes and polka dots, together and separately.  He used very constructed details like super wide lapels in his jackets and dresses along with very dramatic collars.  I thought that his clothing was very wearable and appropriate  for the New York or San Francisco markets.

After a short break and some unpacking, I set back off for the Erin Fetherston show.  Erin is a Piedmont native and Cal Berkeley alumni.  After graduation, she set off for Paris and lived and worked there to hone her design skills.  She seems to be a current media darling and designs for many of the red carpet celebs. 

Much to my 10 year old daughter’s delight, Emma Roberts (niece of Julia and daughter of Eric) was the much photographed celebrity du jour.  She was front and center for this show.  Fethereston’s designs were uber feminine.  She used a lot of chiffon in creating very flowy and ethereal pieces.  Her colors were very muted peach, tans and beiges.  She used sequins very beautifully in her wide leg trousers and sheath tops.  Her gowns flowed away from the body with exaggerated “poufs” and gathers around the mid-section and bottoms.  I really like seeing a collection that was so ”girly” and wearable at the same time.

The last show of the day was San Francisco’s own Academy of Art University MFA student show.  Don’t be fooled by the “student” moniker..these people are TALENTED.  There were 11 collections, including 3 menswear.  There was textile designs, and Missoni-inspired knitwear.  Each of the collections was unique and wearable in its own way.  Oakland resident, Anne Jones, collaborated with textile designer and student, Michelle Clarke on a wonderful collection.  They used very vibrant blue hues with oversize sequins that almost looked like colored glass!  Their collection was very evening  with a microfiber dress, jacket and skirt along with grey silk pants and a pink printed sequined dress.  Anne and Michelle did a wonderful job of merging interesting textiles and cutting edge fashion.  AAU just launched their new magazine called “180″ referring to the street number of the fashion school.  There was a copy on every seat…

It’s a rainy day today (Saturday) in Manhattan and museums and possibly a show are on the agenda.  More to come… stay tuned!

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