Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New York Fashion Week: Two Disappointments and One Good Thing

New York Fashion Week starts tomorrow and runs until February 17. I’m sad to report I won’t be joining any of the fabulous people at the shows to see what designers have dreamed up for Fall 2011. Okay, I didn’t actually try to get into any of them, although I did send my resume to IMG, the producers of Fashion Week, because they use volunteers to help put the shows together. They didn’t accept me because either a) I’m not fabulous enough (entirely possible), or b) they really did, as they claimed in their nice rejection letter, fill all the available spots and would I please try again for the Spring 2012 shows in September. Maybe I will.

Then I learned that tickets for the Independent Fashion Bloggers Evolving Influence Conference, on February 10, are sold out. I’m disappointed because I so wanted to meet Vahni of Grit & Glamour, who will be moderating “The Business of Blogging” workshop. I would also love to hear what Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler have to tell fashion bloggers in their keynote speech. I guess I will be live-streaming it like everyone else who can’t attend.

Making up for everything is the wonderful invitation I received to attend the February 17 Press Preview at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the exhibit Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels. I’m so excited! Millions of dollars' worth of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on display, including Grace Kelly’s engagement set, an amethyst, coral and diamond bracelet owned by Elizabeth Taylor, and pieces commissioned by the Duchess of Windsor. I can’t wait, it’s almost like I’m going to be in an episode of The Rachel Zoe Project, Season 3, the one where Rachel and her assistant Brad are selecting jewelry for their clients to wear to the Golden Globes and they clean out the entire tray of Van Cleef & Arpels on loan.

Look for my full report on February 18, the day the show opens.


sacramento said...

I will also watch the whole thing from afar, so you are not along there hehhe.

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, did you watch the Evolving Influence conference? I was so busy yesterday that I didn't have time. I hope it's available on the IFB site. I loved the feature about you on The Citizen Rosebud!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

The livestreaming kept shorting out so I missed loads of it. they are reposting them today-

There was so many interesting points that were made, I can't wait to watch again.

I see you live in NY, so totally sucked that you couldn't get tickets. IFB is really growing fast- who would have thunk it would have sold out?

Thank you for your sweet comment, by way- And I see you've met Sacramento (above) Isn't she lovely?

Veshoevius said...

The Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition sounds divine! You know in London if you have a fashion blog - even a small one - they will give you a press pass to attend London Fashion Week, at least the trade shows and then getting tickets to shows is a matter of contacting designers. All we had to do was submit a link to our blog to the British Fashion Council. Maybe NYFW has some similiar arrangement?

jill815 said...

Hello Citizen Rosebud, thank you for stopping by! I was surprised IFB tickets sold out so fast, I should've jumped on them right away. I am going to revisit the IFB site and see if any of the workshops are available for view. Regarding Sacramento, she is divine! I feel lucky to have met her online. I hope I can meet her in person one day.

jill815 said...

Veshoevius my dear, thank you for this piece of information! I am going to do more research on the topic. The media made it sound like security would be tighter at Lincoln Center, where they have NY Fashion Week now, no more tents in Bryant Park. And tighter security would mean no sneaking into shows, boo hiss! I am happy to bug the PR departments of all the NYC museums to let me come to press previews of costume/jewelry exhibits. I wish you were here so we could go together!

Grit and Glamour said...

Aw, sorry we couldn't meet! So flattered that you'd want to meet me. Next time, right?!


jill815 said...

Hi Vahni, I definitely wanted to meet you but the conference tickets sold out so fast! It looks like your workshop was a hit, I'm so not surprised. Maybe you'll be back in September? If yes, let's meet up for a glass of champagne somewhere fun in the city.