Snowpocalypse Spells Chaos For Fashion Week; Running Shoe Adjusts To Menstrual CycleS

  • While we assume McQueen's death will add gravitas, Fashion Week is off to a farcical start. "Phones not working because of the snow...Girls have had phone problems because they are using them outside. They forget that snow is WATER!" [NYMag]
  • The last Bryant Park Fashion Week is bittersweet for the fash pack. Says Anna Sui, "I love the fact that Bryant Park was where they chose to do the shows because I love the garment center...And to this day, we still wheel the racks to the show ourselves." [NYT]
  • The sweet part? The buyers are back. "Recession talk seems to be over," says IMG head Fern Mallis. You heard it here: the recession is officially "out." [USA Today]
  • Says the CEO of Nanette Lepore, "The falloff has stopped...The stores are under-inventoried at this point. They are going to be maintaining and growing their businesses." [BusinessWeek]
  • But the designers are playing it safe. Says the WSJ, "Designers are plumbing their archives and pop-culture sources to create an aura of heritage, tradition, and other trustworthy characteristics. That's what they believe consumers want after 18 months of economic turmoil." [WSJ]
  • Kate Bosworth can't go; she's bummed. [VF]
  • Kelly Cutrone, mom: "She knows way too much. Eva is like our Eloise. She'll go around the office to the interns and say, "Hi, my name is Eva, would you like to come to my dance party? You need to be on the list." I don't think it's a bad thing for her. She's watching a group of women and gay men work together every day in a powerful place, she's learning about hierarchy and collaboration, and she's a part of the team." [NYT]
  • Speaking of fashion parenting! Amy Astley, editor of Teen Vogue, obviously doesn't mind the kids on a snow day! "No, because my husband takes care of them!I mean, I never do anything with the children! I'm always working. No, my husband is an artist and he deals with our children anyway." [NY]
  • The blizzard is screwing up everything at the tents: shipments are late, Uggs are out, and people are cold. IMG spokesman says don't panic: the steps are iced and the heat's on. May we suggest LV-collared Saint Bernards? [New York]
  • Fashion week + snow: what to wear? If you're Daphne Guinness, six-inch platforms. Obvs. "You know, the last blizzard, in December, I wore these shoes and I walked twenty blocks in them, and then I tried to walk back and it was so cold. And my best friend Robin was like, You're going to break your neck in those shoes. And I was sliding a bit, but I have a very steady walk...Shit happens. I guess I could break my neck tomorrow."[New York]
  • (She's also a fan of Preparation H under the eyes.) [WSJ]
  • Meet the period shoe. This new Asics sneaker adjusts to your cycle. "When estrogen is high, and a woman is at her most fertile, the arch drops. Later in the month, when she is menstruating, levels of the hormone are low but her arch is raised." Gives the "rhythm method" a whole new meaning. [Daily Mail]
  • Of course, if you want really expensive sneakers, there's always Jimmy Choo's new $595 model. [WWD]
  • Speaking of wasting money! For many grands, you too can sit in the front row at Fashion Week. (This does not buy courtesy from Pr flacks, nb.) [WSJ]
  • Dina Lohan is not to achieve her dream of being a D-List accessories designer after all. Says her former partners-in-shodding, "Love My Shoes regrets to announce we are not moving forward with the Dina Lohan line of shoes at this time due to continued economic sluggishness and the prevalent mood of today's shoppers." Insert "silver linings" comment. [ONTD]
  • Actual designers, meanwhile, are heavy into collaborations: Swarovski is working with both Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen; glove maker Dorothy Gaspar with the sisters Olsen and Mulleavy. [WWD]
  • Robert Verdi's scrip for a happy life? "Ambien when flying coast to coast, Xanax when my mom visits, Viagra on a first date, Adderall when I'm working, Oxycodone when my back bothers me, Celebrex when my knee aches, aspirin when I have a headache, and caffeine for breakfast with a multivitamin because I'm a total health nut." [New York]
  • Mary J Blige and Catherine Malandrino have collaborated on a line of tees to benefit Blige's charity Women Now. "Catherine has been a dear friend of mine for years and, after she learned about FFAWN and our mission, she offered to create a T-shirt collection that would celebrate being women, being strong and being free...Even better, every woman can feel beautiful and comfortable rocking these tees just about anywhere." Well, anywhere you can wear a tee blaring "I'm Power." [People via WWD]
  • Miss J on Vogue ed-at-XXL and ANTM guestie Andre Leon Talley: "You know, we both have that knowledge that most people don't understand. André's verbiage is absolutely insane. He'll explain a dress, and the dress is explained in a way that no one understands it...He has a little more fashion-history verbiage just because he's a little bit older." Me-ow! [NY]
  • Because Kate Moss hasn't been the subject of quite enough adulation, she and her boyfriend Jamie Hince are penning a play about her life. Her character will, presumably, be silent throughout. [Contact Music]
  • Victoria's Secret bombshells (?) answer your pressing (?) Valentine's Day questions (?) They're very on-message; lingerie figures prominently. [BusinessInsider]
  • Badgley-Mischka will pull a switcheroo at their show, introducing 40 looks from their sportswear line, Mark and James, mid-race. "The 1,000 guests need not worry when the lights go down midstream. After a quick but said-to-be significant set change, the secondary label will be spotlighted and will even cap off the finale." [WWD]
  • Anna Wintour's pissed off all of Milan by scheduling a whirlwind visit and insisting the shows work around her schedule. Says the president of the Italian Fashion Chamber, "She's welcome in Milan but if she only comes for a fleeting visit, perhaps it would be better is she stayed at home." [Telegraph]
  • Jeremy Scott, on his designer condoms: "As fashion designers, so much of what we make is seen as frivolous, and being asked to design prints for the Proper Attire packaging to help promote safer sex practices reminds me of how fashion can still make a real statement." [WWD]
  • DVF is against legislation that would make Photoshopping labels madatory. "We emphasize that we do not hire people who are clearly anorexic," she said. Um...baby steps? [CNN]
  • Diane will be hitting the catwalk herself: along with Donna Karan, she's agreed to walk in Naomi Campbell's fashion show to benefit Haiti. [WWD]
  • Further proof that acne's where it's at: Whitney Port just signed on as the clear-complected face of Hot Spot, a "new thermal over-the-counter blemish-clearing device." [WWD]
  • Designer Yigal Azrouël met his longtime collaborator, stylist Kate Young, in an elevator. Talk about meeting cute. [Elle]
  • Obama-approved designer Jason Wu: "There's something quite classic about what I do, but tweaked a little bit," Wu explains. "It's all about contrast, like the classic pink feathered dress paired with an acid green belt, from spring...I love the fact that I showed a tweed hoodie at the St. Regis." [W]
  • Bar Refaeli is pissed at her SI swimsuit cover "snub." At an industry event, "she had a scowl on her face and wouldn't even look up for photographers who had been waiting for hours in the freezing cold outside." [NYDN]
  • The Missonis at home: they're rich, beautiful, Italian and have really shiny hair. [DazedDigital]