Tuesday February 15, 2010
Achoooo. Yes, it is winter in New York. I have a cold, but I will not miss my segment with Jill Zarin for EXTRA where we cover the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. At Madison Square Garden, Jill and I ran around and met a lot of new furry friends, from poodles to the IAMS bulldogs, we met them all. There were a few things that surprised me. First, the dogs are bathed with Pantene shampoo and conditioner just like I use. Secondly, it takes some of the groomers/handlers two hours to get a dog ready for their competition. And, I even met one handler who gets paid 2-3K a month to take some dogs to different shows around the country. The best advice of the day to train your dog is to learn how to say,”no.”
Oops it 1130, and I had to be at the Jill Stuart fashion show at the New York Public library. I ran into the Courtyard Marriott to change quickly into my denim grommet mini dress and raced back stage to the show. As I walked up the stairs, I quickly noticed all the other guests were seated. I sat next to my dear friend and photographer, Mr Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model, and ran across the runway to say hi to my friend Roxy Orlin who stars in MTV’s “the City”, and then the show started. Hot leather thigh high boots, velvet mini dresses, and sexy cargo pants. This season proves to love dark green, black, vintage, and menswear.
After a quick bite, I raced home to change into a vintage Geminola velvet dress, cowboy boots, and wear my new Bottega Veneta tye dye leather bag. Tomas Maier wins in my book for the accessory of the season award. And, designer Devi Kroell collection was brilliant. Her gold gladiator thigh high boots were so hot that the editors were speechless, even my god friend Nylon magazine editor, Dani Stahl (who has a killer jewelry line). I went back stage to say hi to Devi Kroell who juggles fashion, horse riding, and being a mother so effortlessly.
In lieu of another fashion party, I went to see Wolfman. the cinematography was amazing and the menswear costumes should inspire all menswear designers for fall10. Chic oversized white shirts with black trousers and black vests. The look was English countryside tough guy who during the full moon is a wolf.
Later at home, I indulged in a delicious Valentine’s meal. Crab legs swimming in Coleman’s mustard and butter sauce, and a green salad with creamy vinaigrette salad dressing. Did I mention the olives stuffed with provolone cheese as my appetizer? I sat on the counter and relished in every gastronomic moment with my hair in a low side pony wearing an old Ralph Lauren cashmere cable sweater and sweatpants that say,”montauk” on the bum.
Saturday February 13, 2010
My first show for fashion week was actually a presentation for Alice and Olivia designer Stacey Bendet. This was the first presentation which had a step and repeat, which I thought was clever. why not show off all the celebs who are wearing the amazing clothes. why not? A front row picture shows nothing ever. I thought it was brilliant and it got a lot of attention. I was not only observing the clothes, but also I was covering the event for US weekly. I got to interview Stacey Bendet, the designer who is know for her pants, but makes killer dresses, Kelly Osbourne who has great sense of style and beautiful skin, Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty who is as funny as she is pretty, Matthew Settle of Gossip Girls who will now be in Chicago on Broadway, and Ric Pipino who is a celebrity hair stylist and who has an amazing new product line out called Revolution in Cut, I love the hair mask. Just as I was leaving for another event, Mickey Avalon came out singing. his rocker attitude and notoriously fun song, “my.. is bigger than your…” among other great lyrics bolted out of Avalons mouth in the prettiest club in New York City,Provacateur.
I then made my way over to the Bryant Park tents to see Rachel Zoe present her line on QVC. The QVC party was packed with the likes of Kelly Rutherford, and a sea of girls from MTV’s The City, especially my good friend Roxy Orlin. Roxy and I then went to the UGLY BETTY/ELLE party at Capitale and listened to great rappers while I said hello to my friends at JOONBUG who hosted the Halloween party and the New Year’s party for me in New York. We all then went to L’Esquina where I drank beers an ate my favorite taquitos.
Sunday February 14, 2010
Happy Valentine’s Day
This is actually the first Valentine’s Day I have spent without my girls who are in Aspen on a ski trip with my parents. I miss my girls!!!!
Day 2: Back to Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz fashion week, I went to see LucaLuca show. I love Luca Orlandi not only because he’s a great designer, but also because we went to Columbia University together. I was in the General Studies program and he was in the Business School. His collection exudes ultra femininity and Old World glamour. I love watching his wearable collection that speaks to everywoman’s curves.
I then went over to Milk studios to they are hosting a bevy of new designers at the MAC and MILK Sunday brunch by the Suf Lodge. I walked in and stood right next to super chef, Sam Talbot. He looked up after cutting into a piece of foccacia and I nearly scared the life out of him for I was just standing there. He offered me a plate of polenta with chicken and cherry tomatoes dancing in olive oil and garlic. I stood next to him while he shuffled food back and forth to all the guests. Sam’s food , btw, is off the food charts. His fish tacos, flank steak, hamburgers, and fried chicken are beyond heavenly. He once made me a Caesar salad and now I can’t eat any other Caesar. Its’ just that good. Sam’s good friend and visionary behind GOOD UNITS, the Surf Lodge, and GOLD bar is genius Rob McKinley, who is also an awesome dj in his spare time. After feasting on Sam’s delicious food, I went to say hi to Rob, rock out, and feast my eyes on the beautiful sites of the WEST SIDE Hwy.
I stopped at Starbucks, got a venti soy chai latte, went home to change, and get my hair curled by my best friend and brilliant hairdresser, Bradley Irion and have my makeup done by Quinn Murphy who paints famous faces like Mariah Carey and Karolina Karakova. I am so lucky to have such amazing and talented people to make it beautiful. I could pinch myself. I then put my on DVF white jean dress, my Leg Avenue tights, and went to the “tents.” At the DVF show, I went to my seat and walked straight past my ex husband, Gilles Bensimon. “Keep being Kiki,” he said as I went to my seat to next to another famous photographer Ellen von Unworth who has shot the Guess campaign and many other famous campaigns and major fashion magazines. I then got ready to do my back stage interviews for USWEEKLY when I ran into Bravo’s own Andy Cohen and Rachel Zoe. I complimented Ms von Furstenberg on her amazing collection which bridged menswear and womenswear. After the show, I raced to ROCK of AGES to watch AMERICAN IDOL, a TONY nominee Constantine Maroulis. The show was one of the most dynamic shows I have seen in a long time. Waiters were offering beers, and the actors were singing music from the 80s that made everyone want to get up and dance or sing along.
Happy VALENTINES DAY. Everyone deserves to be loved.