Last Night, I saw Peter Som at the American Express Cardmembers only show, in which he previewed his Spring 2008 and Fall 2008 collections. But this morning, Mr. Som was back at the tents, hard at work backstage in Bryant Park, getting ready for his first show for Bill Blass.
The Creative Nail Design team were already hard at work when I arrived, adding a brown/burguny shimmer polish called “Baroque” (you can get it now if you like) to both fingers AND toes of the model. This color is elegant enough to stand up to the strong, architectual, and sophisticated designs of the clothes, and complimented the colors. The toes were also painted, explained Cherie from Creative Nail Design, because the models were wearing sheer stockings and chunky sandals and peep-toe shoes by Christian Lamboutin for Bill Blass. The bold burgundy nail color looked beautiful on the runway and especially with these shoes.
I asked: what can my readers do to make nails new, this Fall? Cherie replied that the trend is still for very strong hits of color, like burgundy or deep plum, or dark blue. As with last year, these are going to stay in style (but many are super-metallic instead shimmery or glittery). You can also make your nail polish look new by coordinating the color of polish with an element in your outfit. For example, if you’re wearing a hot pink belt, make your polish, match. But don’t overdo….blue from head to tips of your toes, for example, is just TOO much!
It was getting pretty crowded backstage, so I wandered up to the racks of clothes, just to take in a few details. The models, the lights, the music…it all look so wonderful on the runway, but when you look at just the clothes without models, lights, or music, you realize that each is a little work works art–a work of art meant to be worn by a discerning clientele. If you can’t afford a Bill Blass original, you can still take away some design elements from the collection. FOR DO IT YOURSELF-ERS. This slinky blue evening gown was wrapped around the waist with a black, velvet ribbon belt –try a velvet ribbon as a belt or around your neck to freshen up last year’s party dress. Features (ostrich, in particular) and fur (faux or otherwise) are big for Fall. Festoon a substantial cardigan like the grey one in the photo with either to dress up any outfit, especially eveningwear. Also try wearing luxurious hats and gloves to “citify” your outfits. The ones in this show were gloves by Lacrasia, hats by (the often daring) Philip Treacy.
This card, situated right outside of the catwalk entrance, shows all of the looks!
A-listers slowly filled their seats in the large tent venue, including Roll Call: Tinsley Mortimer (the only one I really could see and recognize) is in this photo in the green. Also there were Jamee Gregory, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Helen Schifter, Nina Garcia, Gilles Bensimon, and Linda Fargo. Anna Wintour was supposedly there too, supposedly…who could find anyone in the crush of people schmoozing and photographing others on the runway before and after the show?