Front Row at NYFW Spring 2014: Part 2

Welcome back to the front row of New York Fashion Week, dear readers! 

ASHLEY MADEKWE at the Cushnie et Ochs show
jacket by Balenciaga, dress by Cushnie et Ochs, shoes by Saint Laurent

Photo: Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan

Nothing says, “I’m here and I’m fabulous” like red, sexy cut-outs, and a leather jacket. I have zero complaints – this is as Fashion Week as it gets.

SOLANGE KNOWLES at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch
jacket and skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, purse by Fendi, shoes by Givenchy

Photo: Marco Sagliocco/Sipa

I could never pull off this outfit, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting every single individual piece of it. That tuxedo blazer in particular is just phenomenal.

SOLANGE KNOWLES at the Alexander Wang show
skirt by Alexander Wang

Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty

The clothing itself is only okay, but when the sunglasses, purse, and shoes are that fucking fabulous, it’s hard to care.

OLIVIA PALERMO at the Rebecca Minkoff show
top by Hugo Boss, skirt and purse by Rebecca Minkoff, belt by BCBG, shoes by Tibi

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

It should be too much, but I’m somehow loving this ridiculous mix of black and white prints. It’s just bizarre enough to work. And the pop of color on the shoes is unexpected and fun.

OLIVIA PALERMO at the Rebecca Taylor show

Photo: Harel Rintzler/Patrick McMullan

I am a little bit in love with those shoes. Am I insane? They’re so close to hideous, but I think they’re just on this side of adorable.

JAMIE CHUNG at the Rebecca Minkoff show
jacket, top, skirt, and shoes by Rebecca Minkoff

Photo: Neil Rasmus/Billy Farrell

I don’t love the heavy accessories, but the jacket and skirt are delightful. I love a girl who rocks a suit to a fashion show.

ALLISON WILLIAMS at the Diane von Furstenberg show
dress by Diane von Furstenberg


Definitely the best the Girls star has ever looked. Sexy, sleek, and glam, and her legs go on for days.

KERRY WASHINGTON at the Project Runway show
dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Adorable. I wish she’d gone a little more daring, but this is very sweet.

KERRY WASHINGTON at the Alexander Wang show
dress by Alexander Wang


Well, if this is daring, I’ll stick with adorable, because I don’t really love this. I think those boxy sleeves are ridiculous, the peplum is unflattering, and the accessories don’t work with the dress.

LEIGH LEZARK at the Christian Siriano show

Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty

Another look on the borderline between cute and ugly. Something about those shorts-that-might-be-a-skirt is a little unnerving.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER at the Lexus event
dress by Giles, jewelry by Fred Leighton, shoes by Gianvito Rossi

Photo: Getty

Pretty, but a touch too dull.

ALAN CUMMING at the Costello Tagliapietra show

Photo: Harel Rintzler/Patrick McMullan

Love the suit, but the sneakers were unneccessary.

MARY-KATE OLSEN and ASHLEY OLSEN at the Lexus event
Mary-Kate’s jacket and shirt by The Row, skirt by Céline, shoes by Manolo Blahnik
Ashley’s top, skirt, and purse by The Row, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty

It’s a shame they only wear shapeless black clothing, because it’s clear from their accessories they have some killer style. They’re both wearing uniquely fabulous shoes, but there’s not much else about them worth discussing.

MARIA SHARAPOVA at the Jason Wu show
dress by Jason Wu

Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty

It’s a little “nun goes bad” for me, and I’ve never liked those black peep-toe ankle booties the celebrities seem to adore. But it’s a chic enough look.

MARIA SHARAPOVA at the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target launch
top and skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood


Solange and the other ladies who attended this event made their Phillip Lim for Target pieces look expensive; clearly, Maria did not manage to accomplish the same feat.

ALICIA KEYS at the Jason Wu show
top by Jason Wu

Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage

It’s a little basic for a fashion show – I think there’s no better place to take a risk then when you’re sitting front row. The top and shoes are nice, but not much more than that.

JESSICA PARÉ at the Jason Wu show
top, skirt, purse, and shoes by Jason Wu

Photo: Justin Campbell/Startraks

There’s just too much happening here. And those shoes are hideous.

BELLA THORNE at the Rebecca Minkoff show

Photo: Harel Rintzier/Patrick McMullan

I was going to applaud Bella for her interesting little black dress, but the boots paired with it are just killing me. Also, this girl is fifteen years old. She doesn’t look a day under 25 here, and this is the youngest I’ve seen her look. She needs a new stylist immediately.

ZOSIA MAMET at the Rebecca Taylor show

Photo: Harel Rintzler/Patrick McMullan

I don’t understand why you do this to me, Shosh. I love you so much, and then you taunt me with your could-be-fabulous printed suit, which you’ve destroyed with your terrible styling. I love a comfortable shoe as much as the next year, but there are plenty of flats to choose from. Dirty white Vans are unacceptable.

ZOSIA MAMET at the Honor show

Photo: Laila Bahman/BFA

I wasn’t sure this was possible until now, but I think I just had a shoe-induced stroke.

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2 responses to Front Row at NYFW Spring 2014: Part 2

  1. MLzx

    I didn’t even make it through the past two posts before going to Target / Ebay and buying four things from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection, including Solange’s skirt and Jessica Alba’s sweatshirt. Seriously… they sold out in a day!

    • democracydiva – Author

      I never end up buying anything from those collections because some crazy soccer mom ends up buying out the whole store and selling everything for triple the price online, and I hate that. If I’m going to spend too much money on something, that money’s going to the heartless corporation that made my clothes, not some middle-woman. BECAUSE I’M AN AMERICAN.

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