Front Row at New York Fashion Week, Part 2

Welcome back to the epicenter of fashion, dear readers!

EMMA STONE at the Calvin Klein show
dress by Calvin Klein, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc/Sipa

Delicious. I love the way her lip gloss matches the stunning, strawberry sorbet color of her classic Calvin Klein dress. And the shoes? A stroke of genius, dear readers. This is the way to attend a fashion show.

AMY ADAMS at the Calvin Klein show
dress and shoes by Calvin Klein

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc/Sipa

It’s a breathtaking dress, with that simple, effortless, almost angelic draping. I wish Amy had styled it up just a little more – certainly something could have been done with that hair – but she’s heavenly in it, that’s for damn sure.

FLORENCE WELCH at the Proenza Schouler show
jacket, skirt, and shoes by Proenza Schouler

Photo: Patrick McMullan/Getty

A red carpet prediction come true! Back in February, I predicted Florence would wear this Fall 2012 Proenza Schouler ensemble, and here she is at the designer’s show, rocking it in a greener color palette. AND she looks fucking fabulous. Now, Florence, if you’re going to continue getting your style advice from my blog, might I suggest you put the Democracy Diva on the payroll?

KATE BOSWORTH at the Altuzarra show

Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty

Chic, modern, and accessorized to a tee. This bitch is too good at dressing for New York Fashion Week. It’s not even fair.

KATE BOSWORTH at the Proenza Schouler show

Photo: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan/Sipa

That’s a lot of shoe, honey. Maybe a statement blouse, a statement skirt, a statement purse, and a statement pair of shoes was just one statement too many.

HAILEE STEINFELD at the Prabal Gurung show
ensemble by Prabal Gurung

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Love the printed skirt (shorts?), but the combination of the blouse and shoes is incredibly fussy. A simple black top would have done the trick.

OLIVIA PALERMO at the Rachel Zoe show

Photo: Rex

Gorgeous, but in a strangely middle-aged-fashion-editor way, not in a beautiful-young-socialite way.

JESSICA ALBA at the Ralph Lauren show
skirt by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Rex

These proportions don’t work on her at all, and I’d be happy to never see a giant, shiny patent leather belt again. The envelope clutch is cute, but again, so goddamn shiny. A skirt in the same print but half the length would have been infinitely more flattering.

RYAN LOCHTE at the Ralph Lauren show
suit by Ralph Lauren

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty


KIRSTEN DUNST at the Rodarte show
dress by Rodarte

Photo: Paul Morigi/WireImage

You don’t need four pockets (or fake pockets), a double-breasted skirt, stripes, and whatever tassel embellishments are happening on the bust. One or two less design elements and this would have been a terrific look, but it’s just kind of heavy and overwhelming.

KIRSTEN DUNST at the Proenza Schouler show

Photo: Patrick McMullan/Getty

Love the blouse, and though I love the purse, I’m not sure why it needs to be quite so large. How much space do cigarettes and lipstick take up, especially when your assistant can hold all your other, less essential items for you?

LEIGH LEZARK at the Zac Posen show
gown by Zac Posen

Photo: Patrick McMullan

It’s a stunning gown – it was my Resort 2013 red carpet prediction for Taylor Swift, actually – but Leigh. Come on! I know virtually no one writes about you unless it’s fashion week, but just because this is the one time you leave your apartment all year doesn’t mean you can bring your ball gown with you. Ball gowns with bedhead? That is not a look for New York Fashion Week. Come on, Leigh, you’re a hipster – shouldn’t you know better than to try this hard? Oh, I’m sorry – you must be wearing that ball gown that cost thousands of dollars ironically. My mistake.

KELLY OSBOURNE at the Chris Benz show
dress by Chris Benz

Photo: Getty

Please, please, Kelly. Just go away. My migraine really isn’t ready to handle the fifty shades of terrible you’re wearing.

KELLY OSBOURNE at the Marc Jacobs show

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Oh, good. Now we’re having a Cindy Lou Who Goes to a Rave moment? Fantastic. I was so looking forward to this.

LAUREN CONRAD at the Tracy Reese show
dress by Tracy Reese

Photo: Kristina Bumphrey/Startraks

Lauren, you’ve been to a thousand fashion shows. Stop showing up dressed like a famous person’s personal assistant.

JESSICA CHASTAIN at the Proenza Schouler show

Photo: Johns PKI/Splash News

I actually hate everything about this. Nothing is individually SO terrible, but altogether, it’s a major drag.

KATHARINE MCPHEE at the Michael Kors show

Photo: John Parra/WireImage

A tunic, fire-orange red lipstick, and gold sandals? Try a little harder next time, Karen.

MANDY MOORE at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show

Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty

It’s time for another Democracy Diva Rule of Fashion: If the event involves sitting, wear something you can sit in without looking like your outfit got run over by a trailer tractor.

Need more? Catch up on Part 1 of the Front Row!

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4 responses to Front Row at New York Fashion Week, Part 2

  1. molly

    Florence looks amazing! Its incredible what a good hairstyle can do for an outfit.
    Your comment on Ryan Lochte is accurate. That boy tends to have a very questionable personal style, but my god does he wear a suit well.

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