Fashion Week Flashback—A Round-up of the Chicest Runways

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There’s little that is more inconvenient during New York Fashion Week than a winter storm like the one that doused the first half of the Fall/Winter 2013 collections in shoe-destroying slush and rain. Nonetheless, winter storm Nemo did little to dampen the turnout at Lincoln Center – particularly for some of AVENUE’s favorite designers.

Michael Kors has plenty to be celebrating this season. In addition to stellar reviews for his sporty chic collection and a major surge in his stock price, his front row was one of the hottest tickets at New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. In fact, to eke out as many seats as possible, he extended the center section of front row seats practically into the backstage.

In one section of the runway, Aerin Lauder, Lauren Dupont, Renee Rockefeller and Marjorie Gubelmann sat together, while the next generation of genetically blessed socials was seated in another section that included Amanda Hearst, Lily Kwong, Alexandra Richards, and Amber Le Bon among a slew of other pretty young things. Kors also drew in a couple celebrity coups. While attendees Jada Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow Smith were Fashion Week fixtures, Zoe Saldana, Hillary Swank and Michael Douglas (sans wife Catherine Zeta-Jones) bestowed their presence exclusively upon Michael Kors.

Carolina Herrera pulled in an impressive group of supporters herself. Ivanka Trump, who came on her own, was pleased to find herself seated next to friend and model Julie Henderson, who were both just a few seats down from Elettra Wiedemann. “Now that I’m married, I’m trying to dress up more,” said Wiedemann who married James Marshall this past August. After taking off most of her baby weight, Molly Sims was excited to check out some glamorous red carpet gowns and wasn’t seated far from fellow new mother Julia Restoin Roitfeld. Making a rare fashion week appearance, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter came out to support Carolina Herrera, seated between wife Anna Scott Carter and sunglass-clad photographer Fran Lebowitz. Also in attendance were AVENUE friends like Alina Cho, Lorry Newhouse and Lauren Remington Platt.

“We so rarely get to see each other that we’re making an entire girls day out,” said opera legend Renee Fleming of friend and seatmate Christine Baranski who attended Vera Wang’s show. A bit further down the front row, photographers went crazy for singer John Legend who sat with fiancée Christine Teigen and this Fashion Week’s most omnipresent attendee, Jada Pinkett Smith.

And no New York Fashion Week would be without its fireworks. Whispers went through the show of furrier Dennis Basso that Joan Rivers was refusing to be seated next to Joan Collins. Instead, Rivers found herself seated between Star Jones and Martha Stewart, the latter of whom she chatted animatedly with through the show. No need to worry about Collins who was seated without incident, as were supermodels Carol Alt and Coco Rocha—both rocking spectacular Basso furs.

The list of bold-faced names at Lincoln Center goes on and on. From New York’s social set to Hollywood’s A-list, the tents were packed to the brim. But, alas, the tents have come down and the crowds have moved onto London. We’ll be watching when they return in September.



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