There was no need for a full-fledged subway beauty routine on Sunday, just a quick polish change (love that Jackie Oh My!) and a cab to the SoHo Grande hotel to watch the solid, feminine collection of H. Fredriksson (see below). I especially love her dresses and skirts. Perfect for church and brunch and dinner and drinks. Lesley and I quickly befriended Waylon of the Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street (Waylon and I bonded over designer Budweiser before the show. Yes, designer Budweiser).
Back at the tents, we were just in time for "standing" at the Reem Acra show. You literally get a ticket for standing room behind the chairs (an index card marked with a black marker - ha!) but it's really not bad and you don't have to crane your neck to see the show.
After Reem Acra, we parked ourselves in the Moet champagne lounge with Lauren, Rachel, Kristen, Julia and her friend Daphne of Warm Spirit to watch the Diane Von Furstenberg show on the monitors. From my perch, I watched Andre Leon Talley bring Terry McMillan into the show and Alek Wek, Chanel Iman and Liya Kebede were among the models that walked the runway.
Although we were having a ball in the lounge, I did manage to put my champagne glass down long enough to slip over to the DHL booth to pick up a bag of popcorn from Dylan's Candy Bar (who said there's no food at Fashion Week!) and to sign up to possibly win one of Zac Posen’s new limited edition "Tote for Teachers". Tina from Bag Snob approves and I also saw several women during the course of the week wearing the bag. DHL is donating 100% of the proceeds of this all natural Italian leather bag to Teacher's Count.
My Fashion Week ended with a reception and light supper to celebrate a collaboration between Cynthia Rowley and eBay at the Bryant Park Hotel. Constance White, ebay's Style Director was the host and you're not going to believe the elegant, funky one-of-a-kind jewelry Cynthia designed for her runway show. The jewelry will be available starting November 15th at 7thonSale.eBay.com and will raise money for various HIV and AIDS organizations.
Overall, I had a great time but I did miss a few friends who were there like Katherine aka The Budget Fashionista, who spotted a luminous Mary J. Blige at the J. Mendel show and Chanel of Hip Candy, who has a fabulous giveaway (which ends on September 19th!) where you can win the gift bag from the Tracy Reese show! Also, don't miss Tia's beauty wrap up of the shows which includes a quick interview with model Selita Ebanks. I saw Selita - sans Nick Cannon - across the way at the Rosa Cha show a few seats down from a shorn Mena Suvari.