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Say It Ain’t So Fern!

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IMG senior VP Fern Mallis, who helms Fashion Week, is stepping down to start her own consulting company! She’s calling it Fern Mallis LLC, and today is her last day at IMG. Mallis has been Fashion Week’s planner since the event began eighteen years ago, when she was executive director of the CFDA. She said the move had been a long time coming. “When we were planning the move to Lincoln Center, it felt like closure, like the end of the cycle,” she toldWWD.

With IMG Fashion as her first client, Mallis won’t abandon Fashion Week entirely. But with her stepping down from IMG as the veritable face of the event, Fashion Week moving to Lincoln Center, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff signing on as Fashion Week director (a brand-new position), it sounds like we’re in for a hugely different Fashion Week come September.

(via The Cut)

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Christian Siriano is ‘Having a Moment’

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“Guess who’s bizzack?” The most successful, memorable and one of my Project Runway faves EVER will star in a one-hour special — Christian Siriano: Having a Moment airing Monday, April 5 at 10PM ET/PT on Bravo.

Christian Siriano — notorious for introducing his Siriano-isms like “hot tranny mess”, “ferosh” and “fierce” to the masses — will oversee his fashion line and Payless Shoe Collection, prepare for New York Fashion Week and fit celebs–all while maintaining a healthy balance of work, friends and family.

Be sure to keep an eye out  for me when they show Fashion Week clips. I may have brief appearance. That means no blinking because you’ll probably miss it. I covered Christian Siriano’s show last season and managed to get backstage. Yes, I’m claiming my five minutes of reality TV fame. Please don’t judge me.

Check out this sneak peek:
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Tracy Reese: F/W 2010

Without a doubt, Tracy Reese is one of my FAVORITE designers and it has absolutely nothing to do with her being from Detroit, but it’s a factor. Haha! If you remember my crazy #nyfw tweets, I was hyperventilating when I received an invite to her show. She’s one of the few successful, African-American designers who showed at Fashion Week.

One thing about Tracy, she’s not afraid to be a girly girl, and goes over the top in doing so. Floral prints, flowy skirts, and feminine silhouettes have been front runners in her fashion collections for years, but for her fall line, Reese attempted to make “an eclectic mix of urban and rural style.” Her fall collection proves that you can you look stylish—and warm—in the cold. I loved every piece from beginning to end. 🙂

Images courtesy of Style.com

Celebs spotted: Julia Stiles (actress),  Kristin Bell (actress and Detroit native) and Michelle Williams.

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Jill Stuart: F/W 2010

Jill Stuart showed her collection at the New York Public Library alongside Bryant Park. The library was way cool and provided the perfect backdrop for the collection.

Her runway collection was rebellious and confident with some military-esque inspirations. There were lots of thick knitwear, over-the-knee boots, metallics and plaid prints, and velvet –an unfortunate big trend for fall.

Out of all the shows I attended this season, paparazzi seemed extra obnoxious than usual. After the media storm calmed, there was a slight glitch in the music where there was 10 seconds of silence.  Now in regular time, 10 seconds may not seem like a lot, but in runway time, it seemed like an eternity. I thought it was hilarious when some of the paparazzi started singing random tunes to make up for the lack of music. But kudos to the models because they worked it, even in awkward silence.

Spotted celebs: Nigel Barker & Miss Jay (America’s Next Top Model judges), Jessica Szhor & Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girls) Samantha Swetra & Roxy Olin (The City), Mena Survari (actress) Shantel Vansanten (One Tree Hill), AnnaLynne McCord (90210) all sat front row.

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Vassilios Kostetsos: F/W 2010

Red hot pants? Check. Patent leather shorts? Check. Reptile and futuristic dresses? Check.

Greek Designer, Vassilios Kostetsos gave a whole new meaning to the runway for his unique collection. Unlike many shows this season, there was an element of futuristic styled garments. Calling his collection “Eros Anikate Mahan,” Kostetsos found inspiration from Sophocles’ 442 BC drama, “Antigony”.

From fabulous dresses with snake skin panels, trench coats with patent leather corset belts, he used different textures and fabrics in bold colors to embraced lux details of the designs. Not every look is suitable to wear off the runway, but his show was certainly memorable. 🙂

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Rebecca Taylor: F/W 2010

Yes! This is the Rebecca Taylor that we know and love!  Most known for her sweet and girly styles, this season was no different. The collection consisted of feminine frocks, silky blouses, mini skirts with dashes of menswear, which made for the perfect staple. Faux-fur jackets, vests, ruffled sweaters, animal prints, sheer blouses, and a few fringe details were also thrown in the mix for the fall collection.

Hollywood went gaga over Rebecca Taylor! And it seemed like every celeb except for Lady Gaga was there. Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Michelle Trachtenberg (actress), Carmen Electra (actress), Whitney Port (The City and The Hills), Olivia Palermo (The City), Kristen Bell (When in Rome and Detroit native), Alexis Dziena (Entourage) and Kelly (Real Housewives of New York) all graced the front row.

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Lela Rose: F/W 2010

While most couples celebrated Valentine’s Day, I spent mine at the Tents with Lela Rose. She went ‘out of this world’ with intergalatic, space age style pieces inspired by a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. Made strictly for the girly girl, the collection was mixed with one-shoulder party dresses, sparkly tweeds, playful minis, and delicate blouses–uber feminine frocks.

Spotted front row: Suze Yalof Schwartz (Glamour Magazine Fashion Editor), Carol Alt (model/actress), Alison Brie (Mad Men) and Ken Downing (Neiman Marcus Vice President and Fashion Director).

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