OMG, Alber Elbaz Is Moving to the Upper West Side!

Guess which one is Alber?

Our fashion cred here on the Upper West Side just got a major boost: Alber Elbaz, the genius and congenial designer behind French label Lanvin, just purchased a pied-a-terre at the Apthorp.  According to the New York Times, (via Racked)  Elbaz bought a one  bedroom pad which was originally listed at $6.2 million. It’s almost 2,400 square feet, which is quite a spread for a one bedroom apartment. (How big is that bedroom, for heaven’s sake?)

Elbaz moved to NYC from Israel in the mid-80s and has had rentals here, though his main residence is in France because of his gig with Lanvin. He’s supposedly a very sweet guy—and how can you not like someone who has  a penchant for floppy bow ties? I think he’ll be a lovely addition to the Upper West Side. And with those three fashion editors  who live up here and New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, we are finally fashion heavy-hitters, right? RIGHT?

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Not One, Not Two, But THREE Major Fashion Editors Live On The Upper West Side

Robbie Myers, Glenda Bailey, Joanna Coles

This morning I was flipping through WWD and came across an article about three editors-in-chief who head up three of the most popular fashion magazines in the country: Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire.  Imagine my surprise when I learned that all three of them live on the Upper West Side.

Yes, it’s true. If that doesn’t lend our neighborhood a bit more fashion cred, I don’t know what does. Robbie Myers (Elle), Glenda Bailey (Harper’s Bazaar), and Joanna Coles (Marie Claire) all live in our fair neighborhood. Now, perhaps I should have known this, since I’m a long-time fan/student of the fashion world and now lucky enough to be a very tiny fish in that big stylish sea. But I’m chalking it up to the fact that I don’t have stalker tendencies. While I care what these women say professionally via their mags, I never really thought about where they do their laundry and chop vegetables. But I’m throroughly delighted!

I hope I see them in Fairway one day.

**Photo: WWD

New York Fashion Week, Fall 2011: A List

Christian Siriano's gowns from my front row vantage point

I like to write lists. I have them all over the place: on my Blackberry, on random slips of paper, in my calendar/planner–which yes, is still paper. So I’m going to take the lazy way out and summarize New York Fashion Week in a top ten list. It’s in no particular order actually. Here goes:

Matthew McConaughey at the Heart Truth show

1.  Seeing the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection on the first day. It’s basically a parade of celebs wearing red dresses in support of heart disease prevention/awareness in women. The nurse in me can get behind that cause. Plus I saw Matthew McConaughey there because his wife was walking in the show. I bravely sauntered right up to him and snapped the side of his head. I totally could have chatted with him, but what does one say to such a man? “Oh, I see you’ve decided to wear a shirt for this occasion.” Seriously. Read More

Fashion Week At Lincoln Center: Malandrino Puts Models On Display

I saw four shows today at Lincoln Center: Derek Lam, Lela Rose, Rebecca Taylor, and Catherine Malandrino. I’ll write about these eventually but wanted to share some pictures from Malandrino. Catherine Malandrino, an ex-Parisian now based in NYC, quite literally incorporated Lincoln Center into her show. The models were perched on pedestals all around the Paul Milstein Pool. 

The area was fenced off but this didn’t stop hundreds of curious gawkers. And the ones who came definitely got an eyeful. Kindly proceed to the slideshow: Read More

New York Fashion Week At Lincoln Center: Day 1 Gets Off To A Fun Start

 

All hail! It's Fashion Week

 

I’m hyperventilating because I had such a fun day today. It was, of course, the official first day of New York Fashion Week, and I was lucky enough to attend some shows at Lincoln Center.  

I saw the Nicholas K show, and you can read about my first impressions of Lincoln Center and that show here. I also got to see the Project Runway finale show. They actually showed decoy collections from ten of the designers, because of course in TV world,  it is still several weeks before the finale will actually air. I took pics of the many celebs and pseudo celebs at that show, including guest judge Jessica Simpson. She was quite unfortunately dressed in a sparkly tent, and I won’t question why “Mom Jeans Scandal of 2010″ was chosen to judge a fashion show. But anyway….kindly click through for the inner sanctum of the Lincoln Center tents, some street style, and some color from the runways. Read More