Mercedes Benz Fashion Week - Fall 2010
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has hit NYC! And in full, full force! Having worked in the fashion industry, I have always loved this time of year... its excitement that can't quite be truly explained properly through words. I love it so much because we're getting ready to see what the true fashion experts have deemed "in fashion" for Fall 2010. Isn't that crazy? We're already into Fall. I actually write this as I'm sitting here in a scarf, fleece, jeans and UGG boots - truly anything to keep me warm, so it's an easy connection to see Fall's upcoming fashions because I'm (living in New England) still in the "staying warm zone."
I'm excited to be writing this piece before I've hit any shows. My expectations are high. My giddiness level is through the roof. And my desire to see what's "in" is at its peak. Will shoulder pads be back? Will purple still be gracing the runways? Are we done with the boyfriend jeans yet? Or the skinny jean? Is plaid still going to be hot and sexy? Can I keep all my ruffle tops for next season? It's these questions that go through my pre-fashion-week mind. And it's these questions that I will be basing all of my post-fashion-week articles on.
You see... it's different being at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as a Mom Fashion Voice. I write about fashion advice for moms every single day. I hone in on the easy, doable and practical fashions. I absolutely keep every woman in mind when I write. I know some moms are in their 20s, some in their 30s and 40s and 50s... and beyond. I know that some are short like me. And that some aren't! I know that some are looking for maternity fashions, others for career fashions, plus size fashions and/or affordable fashions. It's why I love what I do - because I get to have a fashion voice for every woman. So heading to Bryant Park (the last year Mercedes Benz Fashion Week will be held here), I'm heading in with an open mind. I look at a Collection and see the possibilities for a mom - every mom. Let's face it - I adore, adore, adore Donna Karan. And I am beyond excited to be heading to her show - but I know not every mom can jump into a $2000 tight-fitted gown. It's just not "normal and ordinary" life. But to see that dress and to see a possibility, a function of something like it. This past September, Donna Karan's Spring Collection had lots of nudes and reds and creams... so, I see it like this - I may not be able to wear one of those long silk gowns to preschool with my sons - but I certainly can fill my wardrobe was some "it" colors and styles for the Spring - which I actually have done!
Fashion Week is simply amazing because you're seeing the possibilities of life through clothing. Each Collection tells a story of the designer. They are personal. They are emotional. They are raw. And they are real. The stories make the garment... it truly goes beyond "just a dress on a rack." It's beauty. It's art. It's function. It's fashion.
Some of the shows I can't wait to attend are Donna Karan, Jill Stuart, Norma Kamali, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera and Isaac Mizrahi.
I'm beyond excited to bring these stories to Lifetime this week! Stay tuned...