I've wanted to spend a lot of time downtown. I'm a little over the crazy that is Lincoln Center and the herding. At one point during the day, I looked around not recognizing one person, stating to a friend, "Who are these people?" Fashion has in fact moved away from the tents and hangs out downtown -- actual fashion professionals, people who work in fashion. While Charlotte Ronson and G-Star showed, Altuzarra paraded some wonderful chunky coats as Anna and fashion's tribe looked on. Also Milk Studios has coffee and coconut water, glorious coffee. Never underestimate the importance of caffeine when covering shows. Not since Bryant Park and McDonald's have we had real joe on the catwalk.
It even feels like the cool brands and the cool designers that show there, or aren't as cool as they could be. There's something awesome about spotting Anna herself in a freight elevator going to a show.
Libertine came to New York, sans one designer. Kate Mulleavy came to support her LA friends, leaving her sister to prepare for the Rodarte show. I've come to terms with the fact that I'll never actually see their show live. Richard Chai was perfect and gave us all hoodies that I'll wear constantly. I should have snagged two. But I didn't want to be "the guy who poaches swag." Patrik Ervell had Kirsten Dunst and amazing photographer Ryan McGinley in attendance. His menswear takes more risks then Chai's, but is just as good. It's hard to pick which was the better collection. I love taking pictures of celebrities not being celebrities, so hence the Cinema Verite pictures and the one of Wintour actually smiling. Bill Cunningham was outside Libertine, and let's just say he's a little camera shy -- he's the one who started this whole street fashion photography thing. Billy Reid gave us very cut and dry men's clothing. Suno was perfectly chic, and Erin Fetherston has jumped the shark.
Alexander Wang came after his show to watch Altuzarra, and the designer showed some glorious things. Then came the Vice party, where I was hit with candy and watched someone ride a stuffed Lion and someone play an old school Nintendo game. Bliss.