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DAHLINGS –

I had to put up something, so here’s the latest press release from the good folks at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

New York, NY (February 1, 2011) – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is proud to introduce some highlights from this season’s official sponsors. Each of these sponsors will be providing hospitality, services and amenities to make this exciting week of shows as enjoyable and pleasant as possible for all attendees. Detailed below is featured sponsor news for the Fall 2011 Collections.

Mercedes-Benz
Hervé Léger by Max Azria receives the distinguished title of “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer for the Fall 2011 season. As part of the Presents program, Mercedes-Benz is integrating designs by Hervé Léger by Max Azria into a display themed “Bound by Seduction,” which will feature the newly redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, as a way to accentuate the vehicle’s shape and alluring characteristics. The installation can be viewed by all attendees entering the lobby tent of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Force is going on patrol in the new 2012 CLS 63 AMG to spot “stylesetters” with fresh, creative design looks and alluring appeal. Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski and a team of Fashion Enforcers are on duty for five days during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week carrying out its mission. Each “stylesetter” chosen is awarded a ride to their next destination and a lucky few will receive an invitation to the culmination event in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.

This season’s Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge is getting its new look from the design team behind the newly launched DVF Home Collection. The Star Lounge, which caters to designers, celebrities, and Mercedes-Benz owners, is featuring a mix of DVF home furnishing and accessories to create a luxurious and chic experience during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

Lights, camera, action. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK is making its U.S. debut during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The roadster is positioned within an interactive photobooth installation in the lobby tent. Those bold enough to show off their style can be part of ongoing photo shoots each day with a chance to be featured in “THE FIX” section of The Daily throughout the week.
DHL

The Perfect Fit for Fashion, DHL is returning to the runways in New York for the ninth straight season as the official logistics sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
DHL’s capabilities targeting the fashion sector, including fashion week events worldwide, offers full customized, integrated logistics solutions, supply chain management services and door-to-door deliveries.
DHL’s global expertise, service excellence and international focus, which spans more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, helps customers in the fashion and apparel industry operate more efficiently and effectively.
This season, be sure to stop by the DHL lounge in the lobby of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the opportunity to win a trip to Miami to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in July 2011.

American Express®
American Express is proud to return for an eighth season to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, connecting Cardmembers with the fashion industry through unparalleled access and memorable experiences. Once again providing an unprecedented vantage point of the runways at Lincoln Center, the exclusive American Express Skybox serves as a sleek, chic hideaway to elevated fashion experiences. Between shows, stylish Cardmembers will mingle with a who’s who in the industry, while gaining expert tips and insights from some of fashion’s leading voices.
For the first time ever, The American Express Skybox Report will connect fashion lovers everywhere with access to all of this season’s best Skybox moments through an innovative and engaging multimedia experience. Debuting on February 10 at www.amexskyboxreport.com, the Skybox Report will include features such as video clips of designers, stylists and other notables; interviews with fashionable celebrities; slideshows of some of the best Skybox looks; a glimpse behind the scenes at some of the hottest boutiques across the country and much more. Plus, the report will feature daily Twitter contests to receive unprecedented access to the Skybox to experience a variety of the week’s best offerings- join the conversation now by following @americanexpress on Twitter and using hashtag #amexfashion.
This season, American Express is proud to present The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Cardmembers Show on February 10 at 8 PM in the Theatre. Bringing together the winning and finalist designers of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund over the past seven years, the show will feature over 60 looks from designers including Alexander Wang, Marchesa, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Peter Som and Libertine that will be current in store looks. Proceeds from the event will go on top of American Express’s annual $250,000 donation to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF), a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
To create a more seamless atmosphere for guests of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, this season’s Guest Services Desk with Concierge provided by American Express will provide up-to-the-minute fashion information and a variety of concierge-type offerings. In addition, guests will be able to stay cozy and chic this season with the introduction of a Coat Check destination within the Lobby that will add ease to the coming-and-going from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Maybelline New York
As the number one makeup brand worldwide available in 129 countries, Maybelline New York continues to be the proud official makeup sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Maybelline New York, the undisputed color authority, will bring their vast beauty expertise and inspired creativity to the world’s most respected fashion platform.
Maybelline New York’s Global Makeup Artist, Charlotte Willer, will lead the makeup teams of their sponsored designers’ shows, creating exciting looks translatable from the catwalk to the sidewalk.
Maybelline New York will partner with a selection of well established as well as up-and-coming designers including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Betsey Johnson, DKNY, Cynthia Rowley, Catherine Malandrino, Vivienne Tam, Custo Barcelona, Carlos Miele, Max Azria and L.A.M.B.
During two exclusive special appearances at the Maybelline front of house Lounge at the Lincoln Center Tents, come meet and greet with:o Maybelline spokesmodel and music artist Kemp Muhl on Sunday, February 13th from 6pm to 6:30pm.o Maybelline spokesmodel and trendsetter Erin Wasson on Monday, February 14th from 1pm to 1:30pm.
For Erin and Kemp’s special appearances, the first five visitors will receive signed copies of Maybelline’s exclusive 2011 limited edition calendar printed in only 1,250 numbered copies. All the other visitors can get limited edition postcards signed.
To discover Maybelline New York’s makeup looks for fashion week and find out about the latest and greatest spots in NYC, log on to www.maybellinelovesfashion.com starting February 10th.
To get the insider’s scoop on everything Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, follow the Maybelline insider on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MNYInsider.

TRESemmé
TRESemmé, the #1 styling brand in the U.S., is the official hair care sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The latest launch for TRESemmé, the new Climate Control Collection, is the stylists’ backstage secret to help keep hair looking salon-beautiful regardless of the weather.
TRESemmé will be giving fans worldwide a sneak peek at all the action at Lincoln Center, including behind-the-scenes photos and videos, celebrity sightings and hair how-tos, via the brand’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Check out TRESemme.com, Facebook.com/TRESemme, YouTube.com/TRESemme and @TRESemme on Twitter, for exclusive access to the trends straight from the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink
Starbucks® Frappuccino® coffee drink is proud to return as a the official coffee sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, ensuring that all attendees enjoy their coffee fashionably.
This February in our Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink Café, we’re celebrating how high quality ingredients blend together to create delicious results by featuring the essential ingredients in our Mocha Starbucks Frappuccino® Coffee Drink – the finest arabica coffee beans, lowfat milk and mocha. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week attendees are invited to stop by for a creamy, delicious break during the day and hand-crafted cocktails in the evening.
Attendees can also chat with our Starbucks Frappuccino® Style Correspondent, Amanda Garrigus, to express their love for the best looks of the season, share how they create the look that’s just right for their style, and be featured on www.frappuccino.com after February 10th. You’ve seen our Frappuccino® Style Correspondent, Amanda Garrigus, as a regular Fashion Correspondent for the E! Network, appearing on various programs, including “E! News” and “Countdown to the Red Carpet.” She has also appeared on a myriad of national talk shows with past editorial and stylist work for the likes of Flare Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, as well as Vogue, Glamour and Allure Magazines.
Starbucks Frappuccino® will extend the fashion experience beyond the runways to fashion fans across the country. At frappuccino.com, visitors will get a behind-the-scenes peek at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with photos, videos, exclusive events and start conversations with like-minded fashion fanatics. Plus, express their style and create and share their unique look with Polyvore.

W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels Worldwide is back for another season of its innovative, industry first initiative called Fashion Next, a program that fosters and supports emerging designers during and beyond.
This season, W Hotels has chosen five designers to be a part of Fashion Next – Frank Tell, MANDY COON, Mara Hoffman, Michael Angel and Tess Giberson.
W Hotels will take over the The Box venue during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center to host the official presentations of these exciting young designers, each of which was handpicked by W Hotels’ Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross.
In addition to partnering with W Hotels during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Fashion Next designers will have opportunities to travel to W Hotels globally for exclusive trunk shows, design limited-edition pieces for the next W Hotels Global Glam fashion and accessories collection, and collaborate with W on other fashion projects throughout the season.
W Hotels remains the first and only hotel brand to showcase its own collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. On February 10, W Hotels will formally present its Fall 2011 Global Glam collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.
Curated by Amanda Ross, this season’s collection is inspired by the unique design personalities of W Taipei, W London – Leicester Square and W Mexico City. The designers include Fashion Next designer Mara Hoffman, Clare Vivier, Eugenia Kim, Twinkle by Wenlan, Deepa Gurnani, Paola Hernandez, Noir, I-Luck, Sibilia, Yarnz, Shaesby, Contego Eyewear, Myne, Catherine Nicole, and Posse.
W Hotels’ Global Music Director, Michaelangelo L’Acqua, will create a soundtrack inspired by the collection, while Charlotte Voisey, the celebrated mixologist of W New York – Downtown, will create signature cocktails inspired by each destination.
Following the presentation, W Hotels will hold a VIP after party with a special live performance.
W Hotels is an innovative, contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the hotel category buster with 38 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world.

AOL Inc.
As part of its sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, AOL will return as host of the AOL Media Lounge. A full-service working media space in the center of the action, the AOL Media Lounge will provide a unique environment for press attendees covering Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Once again, phone chargers, printers, and hard Internet lines will be available to members of the media, as well as an enclosed interview booth.
AOL’s StyleList.com editors will be covering Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a number of exciting ways, including: o Runway Reviews of the hottest fashion showso Backstage beauty reports of the next beauty trends as they come off the runwayo Video interviews with celebrities at AOL’s Media Loungeo Coverage of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week by modern-day beauty icon Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie nail polisho A mobile makeover bus, which will give New Yorkers and New York City visitors runway-inspired beauty, translated for every-day wear

Diet Pepsi
Diet Pepsi is debuting a sleek new look as an official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
In partnership with acclaimed fashion designers Charlotte Ronson and Betsey Johnson, Diet Pepsi is front and center in the fashion space with the introduction of the new skinny can to celebrate the sexy, confident icon of women.
Diet Pepsi invites Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week goers to refresh at the Diet Pepsi Booth in the Grand Lobby February 12-February 15.
Beyond the tents, Diet Pepsi Skinny Can and Simon Doonan, fashion commentator, will unveil the Diet Pepsi Style Studio, a creative pop-up window and public art installation, during the week’s activities Located at 362 West Broadway-check the Diet Pepsi Facebook Page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diet-Pepsi/110128929013753, for timing details.
Looking taller and sassier than ever before, the new Diet Pepsi Skinny Can offers the same great taste, with zero sugar, calories and carbs.

Kim Crawford Wines
Kim Crawford returns as the official wine sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hosting a striking wine bar in the main lobby celebrating the individual in all of us.
A brand built by forging its own path, Kim Crawford has gained critical acclaim around the globe for its expressive style. Guests of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week are invited to taste Kim Crawford’s award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines from Marlborough, New Zealand.
New this season, the Kim Crawford Wine Bar will host a series of exclusive events throughout the week with special designer appearances and previews.
Raise a glass with us and toast to a week of style with Kim Crawford Wine at Mercedes–Benz Fashion week. To learn more about Kim Crawford, follow @kimcrawfordwine on Twitter, become a fan of Kim Crawford on Facebook and visit www.experiencekimcrawford.com.

ideeli
ideeli (www.ideeli.com), the fastest-growing members-only online shopping site in the U.S, is the first and only flash sale website to be brought on as an official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
ideeli will bring the excitement of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to its nearly 4 million members by providing incredible “front row” access to the shows at Lincoln Center through: o A week long Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week online “shop in shop” featuring curated daily sales from designers including Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson, Adam, Adrienne Vittadini and more. o Editorial coverage straight from Lincoln Center and the runways, along with the return of “My First Fashion Week,” ideeli’s editorial series that will again spotlight one first-time Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week guest correspondent. o Live runway updates on Twitter and special Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week features on Facebook, including giveaways and polls.o To join ideeli, visit www.ideeli.com/mbfw.

The Heart Truth® Campaign
On Wednesday, February 9, The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show will return to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to unveil its newest collection of red dresses designed to celebrate the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. More than 20 of today’s hottest celebrities will walk the runway in dresses created by America’s top designers to inspire women to take action to protect their heart health. For more information about The Heart Truth, visit www.hearttruth.gov.
Throughout the month of February, a selection of designer dresses worn by celebrities in The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Shows will be auctioned off through a partnership with Clothes Off Our Back. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health on behalf of The Heart Truth in support of women’s heart health education and research. To learn more or bid on a dress, visit www.clothesoffourback.org.

FIJI Water
FIJI Water is proud to be the official bottled water of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. As some of the most revered designers send their creations down the runway this season, FIJI Water has teamed up with Christian Siriano for the ultimate front row experience. On Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m., the beauty and drama of Siriano’s fall collection will be streaming live on http://www.fijiwater.com. Immediately following the show, Siriano and FIJI Water will be giving away an exclusive look from the collection to one lucky winner.
As the week gets into full swing, FIJI Water will be hosting a special appearance by famed performance artists, “The Bumbys” on Friday, February 11th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Stop by their table in the lobby to receive a “Fair and Honest Appraisal of Your Appearance.” A little bit snarky and a lot sweet, Jill and Gil Bumby will be the real fashion critics this season in the tents at Lincoln Center.
FIJI Water loves keeping fashion’s finest hydrated, please make sure to drop empty bottles in the bright blue recycle bins strategically placed throughout Lincoln Center. After all, Recycling is the new black.

The New York Times
The New York Times will display a 42” inch touch-screen kiosk in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week lobby that will be a photo-driven history of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as seen through the lens of The New York Times. This co-branded experience celebrates Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York by looking back at some of the most stunning runway, behind-the-scenes and never-before-published images captured by Times photographers throughout the last few years. This artfully curated retrospective will be a vibrant look at the fascinating world of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week—from the frenzy of preparing for the shows to the striking collections of great Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week designers. The installation will be onsite throughout the duration of the show.
The New York Times is celebrating New York Fashion Week with a wide array of editorial and digital offerings designed to bring readers into all elements of the shows. The Fashion section online (http://www.nytimes.com/fashion) serves as a launching point for readers to find all that The Times is offering.

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This Sunday in the NY Times: Plus-Size Wars

DAHLINGS –

New York Times reporter Ginia Bellafante will be publishing a provocative article on the rise of plus-size images in fashion and the media, titled “Plus Size Wars.”

Some morons insist that photographing women who are–gaspsize 16 is fetishizing fat. It mentions the plus-size model who posed nude for Glamour. At 5’11” and 180 pounds, she is hardly representative of most plus-size women, but whatever.

Overall, this article provides a relatively balanced look at the issues involved. And when you first see the picture, you’ll groan, “Great. Obesity represented by yet another faceless stomach.” But it is actually the photographer’s self-portrait!

If you don’t want to wait until Sunday to read the article, you can find it online here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01plussize-t.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Until later. After I’ve downed some coffee, I shall be penning my thoughts on the season premiere of Project Runway.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Random Musings On Fashion Week S/S 2010

DAHLINGS –

I have a few moments to sit quietly at home, sipping a cappuccino. Bucky is in my lap; he’s been in a deep funk because I have left him at home this time. In February, his lunging at Anna Wintour was not to be tolerated. Bad enough he’s already bitten Andre Leon Talley! (Search this blog for the entire story.) I’ve been musing over the first four days of New York Fashion Week.

THE AUDIENCE

Cathy Horyn wrote a brilliant front-page article in The New York Times on Friday, about high fashion falling to earth. As much as your dutiful correspondent adores the shows, one has to ask oneself at this time: is it worth it?

On the one hand, the spectacle, the showmanship, the exquisite workmanship of some of the clothes is simply breathtaking. Some garments have brought tears to my eyes for their sheer beauty. Some outfits have made me wonder what drugs the designer was consuming when he created them.

On the other hand, the voracity of the media is one thing. But observing the same voracity in the eyes of desperate “people of the moment” and want-to-be “people of the moment” is another thing altogether.

For instance, last night, backstage at the Custo Barcelona show I was SQUASHED between Mr. Dalmau, who is tiny, dozens of PYTs and show-crashers. Some of them leaned back on my capacious bosom as if it was an armchair. (One knows they have an exaggerated sense of entitlement, but my breasts are not included, thank you very much.) Somehow one simply could not escape being next to Mr. Dalmau; the crowd simply carried me across the dressing room.

Moi, trapped behind Custo Dalmau (and holding onto a dress rack for dear life)

My face was also pinned by the back of a television camera. When I howled, the swine of a cameraman was completely unapologetic. If it had been Tori Spelling, who was at the Christian Siriano show, he would have been groveling. God knows she probably wouldn’t have even felt it through the Botox and the heavy makeup.

Backstage Tori glued herself to poor Christian’s side until he grabbed his bodyguard and ran out of the room. True story, dahlings.

My dear friend funkoma wrote a blog post on a related topic, “To Be Young, Pretty And Stupid.” http://funkomavintage.blogspot.com/2009/09/oh-to-be-young-pretty-and-stupid.html/

The shining exceptions to this behavior, besides my wonderful on-site assistant Bella Fierce, have been the darling Tim Gunn (who remembered me, causing a girlish blush to rise to my cheeks), the ever-gracious Fern Mallis, Marc Bouwer, Jack Mackenroth, Christopher Straub, and many of the bloggers I have been fortunate to meet this time at the rodeo.

Tim Gunn Greets His Public

THE UTTER LACK OF FOOD

It should not come as a surprise that, in addition to the paramedics outside the tents with crash carts of Ensure and methamphetamines, there is no food served inside the tents. Free cocktails abound, as does some sponsor’s water, Muscle Milk (blech) Coke and Diet Coke, and “mocktails” served up at the Fashion Week juice bar by Belgian restaurant Rouge Tomate, prepared by Rouge Tomate’s mixologist, Rainlove Lampariello. I have no responsibility for the person’s name, but let me tell you, the drinks are actually quite delicious. The lemonade with cucumber and mint was an absolute lifesaver before getting back on line for a show. (Your faithful correspondent holds off on the liquor until after the shows are over…one must keep a clear head.)

However, backstage at the Vivienne Tam show, there was an array of goodies. I was so surprised, I photographed them. Then I grabbed a goat cheese sandwich and broke the symmetry of the display.


REMARKS AND RESPONSES

Overheard at the Wednesday night Saks Fifth Avenue celebration: “Saks is a legend,” gushed Rachel Zoe. “You come to New York, and this is where you go! It’s been around forever, and it’s one-stop shopping. Plus, it’s Saks! It’s Saks Fifth Avenue.”

Stylist Philip Block on clients with bad taste: “I’ll dress them, but they’re not to give me any credit on the red carpet!”

Tim Gunn after the Christian Siriano show: “I feel like a proud papa!”

Half the people one stood next to, usually to a bored, footsore security guard: “Don’t you know who I AM?” Invariable response: nothing. They hear it all day.

Almost any designer save Marc Bouwer when I ask, “Would you ever consider designing for a woman my size?” Invariable response: a frozen stare, and then a few gulps.

That’s all for now. I’m off to prepare myself for my interview with Frazer Harrison, celebrity photographer, so I need to write out a list of rude questions.

Ciao,

Elisa & Bucky the Sulking Wonderdog

All photographs Elisa DeCarlo

Now Cintra Wilson Knows How It Feels To Be Fat

DAHLINGS –

Poor Cintra Wilson. Since writing her cruel, snide review of J.C. Penney for The New York Times a few days ago, the Internet has been roiling with rage. Directed at her, for the most part. (If you need more information, please read my previous entry.)

She apologized on her blog three times, first mentioning she’d interviewed Beth Ditto (“Some of my best friends are fat people!”), then telling her readers to get the knot out of their panties. When neither of those apologies assuaged anyone, the Times apparently ordered her to take a big-girl pill (pun intended) and issue a radiantly insincere apology:

Because of my personal beliefs as a Buddhist, I very much regret that my JC Penney article in the Times caused any wounded feelings whatsoever, particularly to people who already feel they take more than their share of abuse from our very shallow and ridiculous society.

Your faithful correspondent admits to her lack of knowledge about Buddhism. It’s something to do with not owning anything and staring into space while uttering profound aphorisms, I think. Because of my personal beliefs as an atheist, I very much regret that Ms. Wilson, as an abusive member of our shallow and ridiculous society, writes for The New York Times.

As does nearly everyone else with a keyboard, apparently. The blogosphere is filled with rants; everything from calling Ms. Wilson a horse-faced crack whore to calling her critics fat slobs in sweat pants who drive up the cost of health care.

One hastens to add that I have written neither of these things. I prefer civilized discourse. Although yes, I have contributed to the discussion on a number of blogs.

What fascinates me, because I am the center of my universe, is the amount of hate mail I have received since my previous entry. Since I have been dictating this blog-thing for three years or more, I have long since become inured to being called a “fat twat”, a “retard”, a “stoopid snob who dont know anthing”[sic]. Perhaps I should have published the comments I have received, since they have veered quite far from the standard insults I receive.

Two commenters are convinced I am actually a man.
One commenter said I was robbing Mr. Blackwell’s grave. I still don’t know what that means. Should I be offended or proud?
Three commenters wrote [paraphrasing] that I should shut my fat hole up/stuff my mouth with food and write about something I know something about.

In a way, I actually feel bad for Ms. Wilson. Now she’s having a double-sized portion (again, pun intended) of how most plus-sized women feel treated by society all of the time. Especially by the fashion establishment and the media.

Her mistake was to publish an article in The New York Times that was the equivalent of those signs one sees in taverns of the the more sordid sort: “No Fat Chicks”.

I promise to move on to happier topics, such as the lovely holiday line coming soon from Silhouettes!

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Cintra Wilson "Hates On" Normal Women In The New York Times

DAHLINGS –

Two days ago, Cintra Wilson, a writer for The New York Times, wrote a perceptive yet deeply insulting article about the opening of (gack) J.C. Penney in the Manhattan Mall. In her “Critical Shopper” column, “Playing To The Middle,” Ms. Wilson quite accurately writes about the cheap designer knock-offs the store traffics in:

Since the 1970s, J. C. Penney, like a retail Island of Dr. Moreau, has been doing a sinister experiment with various designers, turning them into something … not quite human. The plot is a fashion democratization known as “masstige,” which sounds gynecological, but is a marketing term created by a fusion of “mass” and “prestige.” It refers to a downward brand extension: designers compelled to put their good names on down-market lines of “affordable luxury.” (Read: items in cheaper materials, sold at lower prices.)

She goes on to name the various designers, some of them completely obscure, who do “masstige” lines for the store, including Kimora Lee Simmons.

However, the majority of Ms. Wilson’s article takes deadly aim at the, er, larger-sized customers that flock to J.C. Penney’s. She laments the lack of size 2s in stock, but is shocked, shocked to find clothes in 10, 12 and 16! She sees this as a stroke of diabolical marketing genius, particularly where the displays are concerned:

It has made a point of providing clothing for people of all sizes (a strategy, company officials have said, to snatch business from nearby Macy’s). To this end, it has the most obese mannequins I have ever seen. They probably need special insulin-based epoxy injections just to make their limbs stay on. It’s like a headless wax museum devoted entirely to the cast of “Roseanne.”

Purely gratuitous fat-bashing, don’t you think? This sort of unthinking “skinny superiority” absolutely enrages me, I do not mind telling you.

Ms. Wilson is a body snob of the worst kind. Of course, most fashion people are body snobs (pace Karl Lagerfeld), but to me, “Playing To The Middle” hits below the belt. It makes me want to slap Ms. Wilson and then force-feed her a giant chocolate cannoli from Veniero’s. And then not let her go to the gym to work it off.

Oh, she throws in how delighted shoppers are to vote with their money for a store not for exercise-crazed skeletons. (Of which, apparently, she is one.) But she still cannot keep herself from making more snide comments about the customers:

No matter how many Grand Slam breakfasts you’ve knocked out of the park, Penney’s has a size for you. Ladies will find kicky little numbers that fit no matter how bountiful the good Lord made them; in the men’s Big & Tall section, even Voltron could find office casuals.

The Good Lord may have made many women bountiful, but He has certainly made Ms. Wilson’s mind tiny, petty and mean.

I welcome your comments, dear readers, both pro and con.

Ciao,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

You can read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/13/fashion/13CRITIC.html?_r=1&ref=style

Fashion Week 2009 Wrap Up Part One: Cathy Horyn Calls It!

DAHLINGS –

Fashion Week is over at last.

I am having to write this blog-thing myself. I cannot reach my assistant, damn the woman. I’ve had no rest at all, I tell you, no rest at all, and neither has Bucky.

In a rare moment of confession, I have to tell you that Cathy Horyn’s article in The New York Times yesterday (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/21/fashion/21REVIEW.html?_r=1) sums up much of my thoughts. I was not allowed into Marc Jacob’s collection, I shall not lie to you. Your high opinion of me means too much.

Your faithful correspondent enjoyed Ralph Lauren’s collection more than Ms. Horyn, but I am a bit more of a traditionalist than that fine critic.
(All photos by Marcio Madeira)

Note that this one example of the Omnipresent Silhouette (above) is covered by a gorgeous coat!


And yes, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein knocked it out of the park for yours truly. Cathy and I are in agreement. Creativity and elegance, my favorite combination.

Although even the great Mr. Costa could not resist the lure of the Silhouette…I was asked repeatedly what it means: youth, hope, optimism? To tell the truth, mon cher lectuers, I have not the foggiest idea. But that’s fashion. Silhouettes happen.

More later,
Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog

Fashion Week 2009 Wrap Up, Dahlings!

DAHLINGS –

I am simply wrung out, exhausted, barely able to move. I am dictating this blog-thing to my assistant while getting a foot message and pedicure (there is another masseuse giving Bucky a full-body message…the poor little dog had been banged around in so many different bags by frantic crowds! I do hope she remembers to put a muzzle on my darling before she paints his nails).

Because of my extreme weariness I shall simply give some thumbnail descriptions of various shows I visited during the past week. First of all, Diane von Furstenberg’s show was delightful, the dresses flowing, airy and comfortable. And many of the models were SMILING! Mon dieu! How refreshing! (Methinks Diane has found a man to have sex with, unlike her husband?) DVF even created a way to conceal Coco Rocha:

Brava, Diva!

As regular readers know, Marc Jacobs is not one of my favorite designers. However, one must reluctantly admit that his collection was…yes, I can say it…marvelous. Over the top, colorful, but so well-edited and with a sense of humor. It was at the Armory, and actually started on time! Last time spectators had to wait hours, and then MJ went ballistic, as they say, in the newspapers no less. One must do some reconsidering.

I am not usually a woman who is wrong, but in this case, I won’t say I have been wrong, but I will say that I have reconsidered. It was one of the best collections of the week. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times mentioned, that in this year of women in elections, perhaps some of Jacobs’s outfits were referencing turn-of-the-century suffragettes. Of that, I can only approve. And Cathy is simply one of the best, if not the best, fashion interpreters out there today.

Out of sheer curiosity, I would have gone to Michael Kors’s show, but participating in the New York Reality Television School the night before (how ironic!) left me reluctant to leave my bed until the Oscar de le Renta show.

And of course, your faithful correspondent was in the front row, across from the luminous Jennifer Lopez, who for some reason was wearing a black strapless ball gown for early afternoon (I mean, there are photo ops and there are photo ops, but really.) and Rachel Zoe. About the latter, my lips are sealed, friend-snatcher. Of course I wore Oscar from head to foot (well, not foot, because I have to have my shoes custom made, but I had managed to color coordinate my stilettos). So that I wouldn’t look too—I despise the phrase—“matchy matchy”, I carried a Louis Vuitton carrier for Bucky and a bright yellow Toblerone, extra large. One of those bars can get one through an entire day, provided one also brings a Red Bull or two. Yes, I do get a bit snappish at times—

WHY ARE YOU ROLLING YOUR EYES? WHAT AM I PAYING YOU FOR, YOU IDIOTIC SWINE? GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY FEET AT ONCE! GET OUT! NO, LEAVE YOUR ASSISTANT HERE! BUCKY’S TOES HAVE NOT BEEN PAINTED YET!

Ahem. Je ne souffrent pas des imbéciles heureux.

Absolutely beautiful, dahlings. One can always count on Oscar to deliver the goods.
And while we are at it, compare Oscar’s swimsuit to Yigal’s

Francisco Costa’s collection for Calvin Klein seemed a wee bit bizarre to your faithful correspondent, but he was going for an “architectural” look. For those of you who criticize moi for suggesting many of the models might have Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, Serena Williams and Tyra Banks were in the audience… what a relief to see “real” women!

Christian Siriano executed a marvelous collection. He is truly growing as a designer, even though he’s almost as small in person as Bucky. (Seeing him stand next to my ex-friend Andre Leon Talley is seeing Mutt and Jeff personified, pardon the antique reference.)

As for the Project Runway show, my lips are sealed. You’ll simply have to wait, dahlings.

Ciao,

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog