On the Street: Levi’s design team brings its creative style to New York Fashion Week

By Patty Lee Levi’s is making their New York Fashion Week debut. The popular denim brand is showcasing its first ever global line on Feb. 15 with members of their San Francisco-based design team. Though the collection is for the fall, we got the scoop on what they think everyone will be wearing this spring. JILL GUENZA Guenza, 37, sums up her style as “three parts California, one part New York.” “When in doubt, I usually revert to my childhood custom of dressing like the boy Id like to date — fitted buttondown, oversized cardigan and broken-in leather boots — with a few modifications.” The senior design director for women’s is always visiting unique shops. Her favorite is Tokyo’s Kapital. “Their stores and the people working there create a West-through-the-eyes-of-the-East dimension in which I want to curl up and never leave. No detail is left unexplored.” Here’s what she predicts will be hot on the racks this spring: “Highrise shorts, anklelength skinny jeans in color and breezy dresses with waist definition.” LEN PELTIER For Peltier, 49, a trip to New York means opportunities for creative dressing. “The West Coast is more casual and laid-back, primarily because of weather. You melt with layers and buttoned-up looks,” he says. “I love dressing up on the East Coast. I can wear all my heavy clothes and play around with layering.” In keeping with his rugged, yet refined style, Peltier, vice president global creative director, opts for brands like Junya Watanabe, Stone Island and Bottega Veneta. Though he can’t reveal too much about Levi’s show, Peltier ensures it will be unique. “It will be a whole new take on the traditional runway show. Youre going to see a more refined point of view from the brand and a lot of non-denim from us this year.” ORONDAVA MUMFORD Op en up Continue Reading

Fashion Week 2012: Gossip from the tents

Anna Wintour will not be happy when she hears this: A new daily paper by AleXsandro Palombo, the artist behind humorchicart.com is targeting the New York fashion elite. Distributed by a group of renegade tentgoers, masked as the Vogue editrix herself, the publication features Palombo’s works — images like Wintour as Medusa — which he also sells as T-shirts and prints.   Trouble in paradise? A grumpy looking Zoe Kravitz, who is dating “Gossip Girl” guy Penn Badgley, was less than enthusiastic about her Valentine’s Day plans while sitting front row at Rebecca Taylor. “I have no idea,” she sighed when asked. “I’ll see what happens.” Our front row spy dishes that while Olivia Palermo and Louise Roe happily posed for the cameras, Kravitz kept her sunglasses on and smile stiff.   Brad Goreski was too busy focusing on his future fashion career to pay attention to his college football team, the USC Trojans, even when the team was making national headlines. “Are you serious? Me going to a football game?” the new Bravo star and stylist replied in disgust when we asked him about his alma mater. “Yeah, right!” he scoffed.   “Real Housewife of New York” Ramona Singer never fails to amaze us. The loudmouth jewelry designer dished on her most memorable Valentine’s Day dinner, which wasn’t with her husband, Mario. One year, she went to high-end eatery Per Se with eight girlfriends, and the crew was so loud, staffers had to use a curtain to separate them from other couples trying to enjoy the romantic evening. “We were just getting a little out of control, and one of my girlfriends actually got on a chair and started dancing,” she laughed. We’re sure the staff and other diners didn’t find it quite as amusing.   Gotta collect them all! Nail polish that is. Showgoers are the only ones with access Continue Reading

2012 Fashion Week: MAC customizing nails for Zac Posen, Nicholas K., Ohne Titel, and ICB by Prabal Gurung

With the first presentations for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York kicking off February 9, here is a roundup of the latest beauty news from New York City. It looks as though fingers on the runways are set to get even more stylish as MAC senior artist Keri Blair recently revealed the beauty brand will be doing nails for New York Fashion Week for the very first time. Blair will be custom designing nail art creations for shows including Zac Posen, Nicholas K., Ohne Titel, and ICB by Prabal Gurung. "For me, as a make-up artist with an intense passion for all things nails, I think it seems like an obvious choice," Blair was quoted as saying in Refinery29, before offering her tips on what trends to keep eyes peeled for. "We're known for color, so be on the lookout for some great shades ranging from nudes to deep jewel tones to even some of our most beloved lip colors that will soon be available in polish form," added the beauty expert. Blair and other MAC pro artists will be revealing backstage news from Fashion Week via Twitter accounts @MAC_Keri_B and @MACCosmetics. Other New York Fashion Week beauty favorites such as Bobbi Brown and Maybelline will also be keeping fans up-to-date via Twitter, while a behind-the-scenes video from BCBGMax Azria, whose show was one of the first presentations to take place February 9, has also gone online and can be seen here: http://youtu.be/vpyLBmW589g. Maybelline's global make-up artist Charlotte Willer worked on the make-up looks and told Fashionologie about the low-key concept. "It's about beautiful skin; a soft, dewy look. Then, it's a lightly filled-in eyebrow, a simple smudge of eyeliner on the top eyelid, and a little bit of brown-gray shadow smudged on top of that. Then lip balm, and that's it," said Willer. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York runs until February 16. For details on live streamed shows visit http://www.youtube.com/liverunway. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Fashion Week Spring 2012: Nicholas K, BCBG, Tadashi Shoji, Richard Chai show loose, flowy pieces

Designers have a message for shoppers come spring: Time to loosen up! On day one of Fashion Week, runways billowed with breezy dresses, sheer layers and fluttering gowns. Nicholas K set the tone in the opening show at Lincoln Center. The edgy looks had an appealing slouchiness. Comfy capes draped shoulders. Layers were slashed, loosely woven or sheer, revealing other layers underneath or skin. At BCBG Max Azria, often the realm of tight and tiny outfits, the clothes were as light as air and as brightly colored as flags. Floor-length sleeveless dresses were a sigh of relief in muggy weather. A windbreaker with sheer green sleeves and yellow pockets looked like it could barely withstand a breeze. From left to right: Chinie Et Ochs, Nicholas K, Tadashi Shoji. (Getty) Likewise, Kimberly Ovitz proved that loose and lightweight can be slinky. Electric orange and icy white tunics caressed the models and opened in demure side vents. Richard Chai's pink and purple floral prints wrapped like sarongs, and his tropical ease extended to orange and turquoise jackets worn with sleeves scrunched up above the elbow. Even Chai's more basic looks had playful touches, like a neat blouse in a blue print with slits to reveal the collarbone — a hint of sexiness, plus room to breathe. Tadashi Shoji took the flutter theme sky-high, elevating warm-weather wear with stunning goddess gowns inspired by a garden of flowers. Barely-there prints and floral appliqués recalled primroses and petunias. The grandeur of lace and chiffon mixed with taffeta cocktail dresses in youthful pops of wildflower pink and yellow, suggesting that, no matter your age, spring is the time to let constraints blow away. Tadashi Shoji showcased bold colors in chiffon and lace. (Getty)   WENDELL HILAIRE is a bright guy - especially when it comes to color.Trinidad and Tobago and lives in Bed-Stuy, has clothes in every shade of the rainbow. "I'm always in an outlandish color," he Continue Reading

Fashion Week 2011: B Productions’ Bill Marpet and Russell Quy talk live-streaming shows

When the Fashion Week runway shows at Lincoln Center begin, you can watch them live through streams found all over the Web — on your favorite designers' own websites, Twitter and Facebook and sites like Fashioncomesfirst.com. Behind much of the online action is B Productions. Headed by Bill Marpet, who began his career filming Bill Blass shows, the company will live-stream more than 20 shows this season. Along with Russell Quy, the two will oversee their busiest Fashion Week to date, live-streaming shows from Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta and Thakoon. Is live-streaming a sign that fashion has become more accessible? Marpet: Yes, definitely. People who resisted last year are coming in. Roughly a year ago, we did five and now we're doing probably five times that amount. The streaming is a cousin to how big the event has gotten and how much more accepting it is of the public. It's not as exclusive. The demand for the event is what's driving the videos of the shows. With everything going live, there must be so much pressure. Quy: People that do live stuff definitely do this for the rush. Marpet: It definitely gets you into the moment. Climb a mountain, dive deep in the water — directing six cameras, it's all the same. All exciting. How long is preparation time for a show? Marpet: I haven't had much of a life for a few weeks. Early in December, we start staffing up, making contacts with designers. By mid-December, we are in full mode contacting designers, what they need, how to shoot it, do they want the streaming. Any horror stories? Quy: Missing Anna Wintour on the preshow. That was horrific. At Donna, we were not live when we thought we were. Marpet: We had a model fall in a show last year — kind of a bummer and bad for the model. What's the future of live-streaming Fashion Week? Marpet: There will be more interaction with the viewers. What we're trying to do is have controlling camera angles and Continue Reading

Fashion Week 2011: New York fashionistas find a way into the front row even without tickets

Fashion Week sashays into town this Thursday with its semiannual circus of designers, models, celebrities and paparazzi. And it all happens behind closed doors. "It's torture," wails Maria Alexa Gee, a Pace University junior forced to join the majority of local fashionistas in admiring the city's most fabulous event from afar. "It's like the Greek myth about the guy [Tantalus] who is always hungry, but he can't reach the fruit," she says. "It's right uptown, but I can't get into it." A little detail like not having a ticket isn't stopping true fashion junkies from drooling over every look that comes down the runway, however. Die-hard devotees will stay glued to their computer screens and watch live feeds streaming from the tents, or pore over blogs and glossies for gossip items and interviews with their favorite designers. Gee wants to take it even a step further. "I'm trying to find some friends who will stand in the cold with me outside the tents," says the 20-year-old communications major, who blogs about campus fashion at StudentStyleNYC.blogspot.com. "I've never been to a fashion show before, but I don't want to stand around alone, because I'm going to feel like such a creeper. "If I could go to Lanvin's show, I'd be in heaven," she adds wistfully. Sophia Aloia (l.) and Maria Alexa Gee (r.) are avid Fashion Week followers. (IP; Santos for News) That, of course, will require a plane ticket to Paris, too. Tiffany Martinbrough, 35, has a more homegrown plan. "I do what I do every time Fashion Week comes around: stay glued to my TV, and then every single day I read Women's Wear Daily in Barnes & Noble so that I don't have to buy it," laughs the lower East Side fashion junkie. "I feel like kind of a loser," admits the freelance TV producer, who looks anything but while rocking a faux fur coat and perfectly coiffed bouffant. "I am not in any way affiliated with the fashion industry, but I still obsess over it and do everything I Continue Reading

On the Scene: Ke$ha parties with ‘Real Housewives of New York’ star Kelly Bensimon at Fashion Week

As the tents at Bryant Park shut down Saturday night, the Fashion Week parties in the Meatpacking District started opening up -- and the alice + olivia presentation at hot spot Provocateur was certainly the place to be. It Girl Ke$ha and "Housewife" Kelly Bensimon were on hand to celebrate with famed designer Stacey Bendet, while wacky singer Mickey Avalon put on a performance with the help of some scantily clad dancers. But even girls in bikinis (on a freezing night) couldn't keep all eyes off the very pretty Ali Wise: A+o's new publicist (who faces a court date for allegedly stalking one of ex-boyfriend Jason Pomeranc's new girls) was seen having a "friendly chat" with her former beau at the exclusive fete.With Carson Griffith Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Paris Hilton a year older, but no wiser at Fashion Week

Fashion Week cannot escape the celebutard whirlwinds that are the Hilton sisters. First came the intense and deep conversation Paris and Nicky had with "American Idol" loser Kelly Pickler at Monday's Tracy Reese show. "It's my 28th birthday party tonight at Butter," Paris cooed as they sat in the front row. "Ooh, fun! What's Butter?" Pickler asked. After Paris gave details about the downtown hot spot, the three blonds moved on to headier topics - like the star tattoos that adorn the country singer's arm. "You should totally have one! You're, like, such a star," Pickler gushed to Paris. The Hiltons then multitasked via BlackBerry, Googling and demanding free dresses while the show was underway. Nicky even e-mailed one poor staffer to say that none of the bags of free things sent to their hotel room "worked" for her, and she'd be needing more. Later, at the Alice Olivia show, Paris got personal with fellow guests, saying she's "just friends" with "Hills" star Doug Reinhardt and debunking the rumor they've been dating. She then shared she's been in the studio "working on my second album. It's going to be fierce." We'll ready our earplugs. Finally, at her birthday dinner, Paris treated the main floor of Butter as if it were a runway, vamping back and forth before heading downstairs to dance on a banquette. Also wandering about was Brandon Davis, who came complete with his now-famous layer of grease. The oil heir, who famously made Paris cry at her 26th birthday, didn't spend much time with the heirhead this year; she was too busy shaking her tiny ruffled skirt at the crowd. Davis did shoot a withering glare in the direction of Paris' ex-fiance, Stavros Niarchos, who was holding court in a nearby banquette. And while Mickey Rourke showed up later, we're pretty sure he wasn't there to help Paris blow out the sparklers on her gianormous pink birthday cake. Noticeably absent from the fete? Kelly Pickler. Maybe she couldn't find Continue Reading

11 questions for a Fashion Week deejay

Javier Peral AGE: 43 JOB: Deejay for runway shows and designer boutiques HOURS/WEEK: 15 hours a day during Fashion Week TIME ON THE JOB: 12 years How did you break into the deejay business? I always had a passion for music since I was kid. I went to school and studied law in Madrid, where I'm from. While I was in school, I started deejaying to make some extra money. After that, I moved to New York with no intentions of staying, and I never left. But instead of being your standard nightclub deejay, you've carved out a niche as the go-to music guy for designers. I had an interest in fashion as a consumer. Then a couple of friends happened to be working at [fashion] production companies or they were designers. Badgley Mischka was my first big show in New York. I booked the job through friends. Within a couple of seasons, I was booked by Oscar de la Renta and Patrick Robinson. What's your schedule like this Fashion Week? I'm doing 14 shows this season in New York. Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Luca Luca, Badgley Mischka, John Varvatos. ... It's difficult to manage all of them. Do you get to pick out the runway playlist? It's a collaboration. I see the designers' photographs, color fabrics and tailoring, then I go to my place and start creating playlists. Sometimes the designers have one idea. John Varvatos picks most of the songs, and then I remix them on the computer. So, gone are the days of two turntables and a microphone? Everything's done on the computer now. The music we select gets edited into bits, to make cool transitions when the models pose on the runway. If the designer knows they want the song to hit around a certain [place], I'll make a note. Shows are very short and audiences are ADD, so there's more fast music changes these days. What kind of music can we expect? Justin Timberlake was [played in] every show last summer. If I play pop, I play intelligent pop, like Chungking. They have an interesting album that Continue Reading

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson announce ‘Zoolander 2’ with Paris Fashion Week runway strut, Eiffel Tower photo shoot

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson took Paris by storm to announce some major movie news. The stars made a surprise appearance at the Valentino show during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday to announce the release date for “Zoolander 2.” The sequel to the hit 2001 comedy will arrive in theaters Feb. 12, 2016. Stiller and Wilson strutted the catwalk as their ridiculously good-looking characters Derek Zoolander and Hansel, drawing cheers from the surprised audience. Midway through his walk down the runway, Stiller snatched a fan's phone and filmed a quick video selfie. After making a splash on the runway, Stiller and Wilson posed for a backstage photo with Vogue’s Anna Wintour. “Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil. Derek #Zoolander and #Hansel are back!” the Instagram pic was captioned. Stiller also showed off his best Blue Steel in taking a selfie with Wilson, which he posted on Instagram following their runway appearance. “Apparently Derek and Hansel have come to terms on #Zoolander2,” he wrote. Stiller remained in character as the male model even after leaving the runway, snapping photos with a selfie stick before departing the Valentino show. He and Wilson later turned up at the City of Lights' iconic Eiffel Tower for a photo shoot. Stiller, Wilson, Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell will return for the follow-up to the hit comedy, and will be joined in the sequel by Oscar winner Penelope Cruz. Just as he did for the original, Stiller will direct and star in "Zoolander 2," which was written by Jennifer Aniston's fiance Justin Theroux. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading