Front Row: Celebs at New York Fashion Week, Part 1

New York Fashion Week is here.

ABIGAIL BRESLIN at the Cynthia Rowley show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Get the fuck out of the way, Fanning sisters – Little Miss Sunshine’s got something to say, and it is absolutely fabulous. The hair could use a little TLC, but the dress is beautiful, unique, and age-appropriate. What more can I ask for than that gorgeous print?

LEIGH LEZARK at the amfAR Gala // gown and purse by Chanel

Photo: Rex

I had forgotten about model/DJ/front-row-fiend Leigh Lezark, but Fashion Week brings out all the camera-ready semi-starlets. And I’ve always dug Leigh’s goth-chic aesthetic – unlike Rooney Mara, I never get the feeling that she’s faking being dark so people think she’s more interesting.

Anyway, the clothes: I do love this gown, which was my Resort 2012 red carpet prediction for Carey Mulligan. I love the silver cuff, though a less shiny white clutch would have been preferable. I love the smoky eye and dark lip, though I’m sure many will loathe it – but grittying up a Chanel dress is an aesthetic that I always love.

LEIGH LEZARK at the Cynthia Rowley show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

FIERCE dress, girl. You work this fashion week like it’s the only time you’ll be photographed all year! Because that’s like 80% true.

LEIGH LEZARK at the Costello Tagliapietra show

Photo: Billy Farrell

Not my favorite Leigh look, but I don’t dislike it per se. But between the wrap style, the draping, and the weird way it closes at the top – it just looks a little haphazard.

JULIANNE MOORE at the amfAR Gala // gown by Roberto Cavalli, purse by Bottega Veneta

Photo: Rex

Probably the best Julianne has ever looked. It’s not perfect in the fit, but the color is great and for once, her hair and makeup look fantastic. Kudos, girl.

OLIVIA PALERMO at a Carlo Pazolini store opening // shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Rex

Fantastic blazer and phenomenal purse. That pop of color is what it’s all about. But I’ve always thought those Manolo Blahniks were a little too fussy – she wore them back in December, and I didn’t love them then, either.

MEGAN HILTY at the Cynthia Rowley show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

The star of NBC’s new show Smash (which is fantastic, by the way) made her first fashion week appearance looking pretty damn good for a front row newbie. She’s doing that black-tights-with-black-pumps thing that I don’t particularly like, but rather than donning something predictable, she went for a fab printed dress. Love the combo of the zig-zag and the floral patterns.

ALEXA CHUNG at the amfAR Gala // top, skirt and shoes by Louis Vuitton

Photo: Dave Allocca/

I love the shoes, but I’m not sold on much else. I really hate that over-sized T-shirt as formal wear, and the skirt is kind of lovely, but also looks a bit like upholstery. The bag is unnecessary, and you know how I feel about that hair.

ROSE BYRNE at the amfAR Gala // dress and purse by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Sergio Rossi

Photo: Rex

Speaking of bad hair, Rose Byrne also partied with the fashion elite this week. The dress is lovely, though I’m not sure the length suits her. But I have to say, I think we need to retire the white McQueen clutch from red carpet events. It’s too ubiquitous, and it really doesn’t work with a dress like this. And the round black pumps are just such a disappointment.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER at the amfAR Gala // gown by Oscar de la Renta, jacket by Theyskens’ Theory, purse by VBH, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Tom & Lorenzo

I don’t think that bubblegum pink is particularly nice on SJP, and the fact that this woman categorically refuses to carry clutches on the red carpet makes me INSANE. There’s no need to tuck a giant-strapped purse into your armpit, Sarah. Whatever your weird hang-up about clutches is, get the fuck over it, because you look ridiculous toting that thing around at a goddamn Fashion Week gala. Also, the gloves: No. Ditto for the shoes.

PADMA LAKSHMI at the Costello Tagliapietra show

Photo: Billy Farrell

Beautiful dress, lovely sweater, and she had to go and kill it with those fucking cowboy boots.

LEIGHTON MEESTER at the amfAR Gala // dress, purse and shoes by Louis Vuitton

Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty

Those bangs and barrel curls are beyond awful on her, but the bodice of the dress is perfect. Great cut and silhouette for her figure. But why she felt the need to staple shag carpeting to her dress is beyond me. And the black accessories are way too simple.

REBECCA ROMIJN at the Cynthia Rowley show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

You can’t swing a stick without hitting a B-lister in a leather dress. It’s not terrible, though the shape is sort of bizarre, but those accessories are truly tasteless.

KATE WINSLET at the CFDA exhibit // dress by St. John, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Michael N. Todaro/Getty

Boring. Also, if you think you can wear peep-toes without getting a pedicure, you are WRONG.

LINDSAY LOHAN at the amfAR Gala // dress by Tom Ford, shoes by Prada

Photo: Dave Allocca/Startraks

If you pretend that it’s normal for a 25-year-old woman to look like a drag queen who’s pushing fifty, Lindsay Lohan looks great, doesn’t she?

HEIDI KLUM at the amfAR Gala // gown by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty

I’ll spare her my harshest criticisms – those in the middle of very public break-ups are allowed to leave the house looking less than their best. But for the love of God, just yank it up a few inches, Heidi.

JENNIFER HUDSON at the amfAR Gala // gown by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: Anthony Behar/Sipa

Cavalli can make some beautiful things, but I loathe these kinds of trashy, shiny, sequined, animal-printed, high-slitted Cavalli gowns. I think they’re torture to look at and they all look the same. And the crimped hair is ridiculous on a grown woman.

ELIZABETH HURLEY at the amfAR Gala // gown by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: Rex

Another trashy Cavalli gown! I’m sorry, Elizabeth, but no one cares about your breasts anymore. You can put those puppies away now – it’s not 1995 anymore.


Photo: Getty

Oh, fantastic. Let’s all throw on a shapeless caftan and pretend we’re red-carpet ready. That sounds like fun!

GEORGINA CHAPMAN at the CFDA exhibit // jumpsuit by Marchesa

Photo: Rex

She might be the wisest judge on Project Runway All Stars, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. The hair and makeup certainly don’t help.

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