Front Row at New York Fashion Week, Part 1

Let’s have a glimpse of heaven; or at least, a glimpse of those who view it from the Front Row.

KATE BOSWORTH at the Prabal Gurung show
dress by Prabal Gurung

Photo: Christopher Peterson/Splash News

Fucking fabulous without clawing at the street style photographers for attention, which is most of what we see at New York Fashion Week these days. A dramatic graphic tee, a classic black skirt, delicious strappy shoes and a metallic belt? She’s got that great, conflicting California girl-meets-New Yorker style that I so desperately envy.

ROSE BYRNE at the Marc Jacobs show
dress by Marc Jacobs

Photo: B. Dowling/

Good lord, does she look fabulous! I wish the bag was a tad smaller (but that color is perfection), and the shoes are disappointing, but this is by far the best thing Rose Byrne has worn to date.

DIANE KRUGER at the Calvin Klein show
top and skirt by Calvin Klein

Photo: Rex

You work that crop top/leather skirt combo, Diane! It’s looking simply fabulous on you. The neutral accessories are refreshingly low-key, but not boring, and your hair is shining like a freakin’ diamond. And you get to go home to Pacey. Did I mention I hate you?

HAILEE STEINFELD at the Rachel Antonoff show

Photo: Desiree Navarro/Getty

Perfect. I couldn’t help but love this mod black shift with those phenomenal mosaic-like shoulders. The shoes are fun in an off-beat kind of way, and as usual, her Disney princess hair and dewy skin are just magically lovely.

HAILEE STEINFELD at the Peter Som show


Lovely color, perfect hair. Lose the shoes, kiddo!

HAILEE STEINFELD at the Chris Benz show

Photo: Rex

The dress is cute, but it’s too long and it has a cheap, circus tent-like quality to it that I’m really not enjoying. And the green shoes are a little too random for me.

HAILEE STEINFELD at the Marc Jacobs show


Well, even I can’t pretend this isn’t terrible, and I kiss the ground Hailee Steinfeld walks on. But oh, Hailee, this was just full of red flags, and as adorable as you are, even you can’t save this mess.

KIERNAN SHIPKA at the Ralph Lauren Girls show
ensemble by Ralph Lauren Girls

Photo: Joe Schildhorn

Half Nutcracker, half equestrian, totally ridiculous, but what can’t Sally Draper pull off? This girl could wear a potato sack and I’d be drooling over it.

RACHEL ZOE at the Marc Jacobs show
dress by Marc Jacobs

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty

Killer dress, but I’d love to see it off the hanger.

OLIVIA WILDE at the Ralph Lauren show
dress, belt, purse, and shoes by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty

All the matching black patent leather looks a little cheap and cheesy to me, but she still looks flawless. It’s girly, almost to the point of immaturity, but I think Olivia’s working it pretty damn hard.

ALEXA CHUNG at the Anna Sui show

Photo: Rex

You know I’ll never support the black stockings/black shoes Mary Janes combo, particularly during a hot September in New York, but there’s a lot of great shit happening here. The floral dress, the purse – in my front row fantasy, I’d be rocking that and, if I were wasted enough, the floral wreath in my hair to boot. I love the coat, but it’s a little much on top of all these other pieces. Again: September. Heat.

ALEXA CHUNG at the Elle Fashion Next show
dress by Carven, purse by Charlotte Olympia


I hate you and your flamingo purse. And what I hate most of all is that I know we’ve had this conversation before, Alexa. Let’s not have it again.

MANDY MOORE at the Billy Reid show


Most of the outfit is kind of forgettable, but damn, do I love that blue leather jacket. Go on and get it, Mandy.

LAUREN CONRAD and MANDY MOORE at the Lela Rose show
Lauren and Mandy’s dresses by Lela Rose

Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage

Mandy apparently could not enter a tent without an adorable leather jacket on, and I support that 100%. The dresses are adorable, but a little on the dull side; but these ladies take a stunningly killer semi-candid front-row picture.

PADMA LAKSHMI at the Erin by Erin Fetherston show
dress by Erin Fetherston

Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty

Adorable, but come on. Did you really think I was going to let you get away with those shoes? With that dress? No, Padma.

MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG at the Marchesa show
dress by Marchesa


A simple and lovely dress, ruined by jumbled styling. You don’t need colored pumps, a leopard clutch, a heavy bracelet, and a giant cocktail ring, Michelle. Let the dress do some of the work on its own.

CAMILLA BELLE at the Michael Kors show
jacket and shorts by Michael Kors, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Rex

Camilla Belle does not give a fuck how stupid she looks. That almost – almost – makes her able to pull this off, but not quite.

HEIDI KLUM at the Project Runway finale show
gown by Alexandre Vaulthier, shoes by Christian Louboutin


Seriously, Heidi? It’s not the 2001 Grammys, for fuck’s sake. Are you lost?!

JENNIFER HUDSON at the Project Runway finale show
jumpsuit, blazer, and belt by Michael Kors, shoes by Charlotte Olympia

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty/MBFW

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Drag Queen Gumby!

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3 responses to Front Row at New York Fashion Week, Part 1

  1. Hannah

    I think Rose Byrne looks fabulous and I love your joke about the hanger in reference to Rachel Zoe.

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