Feb 13, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013: A day in the life of our editor-in-chief, part 3

Elle Canada
Feb 13, 2013

NYFW Fall 2013: A day in the life of our editor-in-chief, part 3

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3:45 p.m. I was 30 minutes late for an appointment to see Chanel’s Haute Couture spring/summer 2013 collection. And I was 30 minutes away from getting there.  !!??$#&$ I threw caution to the wind and descended into the subway. Big mistake. I ended up on an express train headed for Queens. Nothing a costly cab ride couldn’t undo.  !!??$#&$ Second attempt at taking a photo of images from the Chanel Haute Couture collection. This time the phone worked! 4:40 p.m. The elevator opened, and the ever-charming Iann from Chanel greeted me. Behind him were the two  “lesbian wedding dresses” that had generated buzz at the couture show earlier this month in Paris. Although the most gorgeous men in town had been hired to serve petite treats and drinks, I demurely declined. (Even though at that point I was beyond starving!) I couldn’t imagine drinking anything in a room full of a gazillion dollars’ worth of couture. The craftsmanship defied words. It was pure fashion magic. (Iann also let me know that the Chanel bag we shot for our February trend report could now be purchased for $10,500. There are only two bags in Canada, so act fast, ladies!) I tried to take a photo of one of the dresses, but my phone suddenly died. The black screen of death! I knew that Thom Browne was my next show, but my electronic invite had vaporized and I didn’t even know where the show was.  !!??$#&$ !!??$#&$ !!??$#&$ !!??$#&$

Screen grab of ELLE Canada's Spring/Summer Trend Report page on the oh-so-fabulous Chanel Hula Hoop bag.

Click through to read the full post, including the experience of getting booted out of backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs...

4:50 p.m. I parted from Iann and stood on the street wondering what to do. Head back to my place and call it a day? Cry? Or, go shopping. Instead, I removed the battery and prayed to the tech gods, and the phone came to life. Now I needed to find a cab, but it was shift change so getting a cab wasn’t going to happen.  !!??$#&$  I must have looked suitably distressed as Ivor—a town-car driver—pulled up and asked if I’d like a ride. I hesitated for a moment wondering if I could mortgage my home to pay the fare. “Can you get me to 548 West 22nd Street in 25 minutes?” I asked. “If you give me $40, plus tip, yes, I can,” he replied. Turns out he had just spent three days chauffeuring around a wealthy Canadian couple from Vancouver and he was thrilled to have picked up another Canuck—who he mistakenly believed might have the same enviable bank account. He was so dotty about Canadians that he called the couple on his cell and insisted I say hello. All the while, he was driving like a madman on a mission. 5:10 p.m. As promised, Ivor dropped me off just in time. A group of us were ushered into a truck-sized freight elevator and taken to a Chelsea gallery that Browne had transformed into a wintry tableau that was fantastically and fashionably creepy. There were pines and evergreens covered in fake snow; among them, lying on white hospital beds circa  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, were blindfolded, motionless models dressed in Browne’s signature shrunken grey suits. They were strapped to the beds with blood-red ribbons. He may have dressed Michelle Obama for the inauguration, but this collection wasn’t exactly daywear friendly—unless you’re living your days as if you were an Elizabethan widow or fancy yourself a gothic heroine. The collection was theatrical, mesmerizing and extraordinary. In other words, it was a serious fashion moment. I went a little camera-snap crazy. Here are some of the pics to help set the mood for you.

Gothic fashion at its theatrical best. Thom Browne Fall 2013. 

6 p.m. I made peace with the fact that I wasn’t going to make it to Reem Acra in time.  !!??$#&$ 6:30 p.m. Instead, I headed backstage at Marc by Marc Jacobs and entered another modern-day fashion Cuckoo’s Nest. The tension was palpable. They were behind in hair and makeup, and the 8 p.m. show deadline was looming. Suddenly a seriously fierce-looking woman with a headset declared: “Out! Everyone must get out of here now!” The hoard of photogs and beauty journalists were swiftly escorted outside the tent. We were later let back in to have a three-second chat with Guido Palau, who was also not his usual laid-back self. “Big curls, that’s what we’re after," he said curtly.

Lindsey Wixson before the Marc by Marc Jacobs show. Now check out the after!

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8:10 p.m. It turns out that Palau’s description was an understatement. There was nothing “natural” about the sensational look he created for Marc by Marc Jacobs. The hair had been pincurled, dried and then teased and fluffed into a halo of enviable, bouncing hair.  The clothes had a ’70s vibe with a ’40s and, at times, ’60s silhouette, but it was the hair that stole the show for all its vamped-up sex appeal. (P.S. I walked in behind Susie Bubble and Suzy Menkes, and they seemed to be having an amiable chat. So no worries, Susie, you weren’t being dissed.) 9 p.m. Took the subway back to my place, where I had a cup of tea and a toasted tomato-and-cheese sandwich (my third straight day in a row). I then reverted to doing what I usually do most days. Edit copy, connect with writers and editors—and think about what stories to assign for upcoming issues. I was too afraid to look at my schedule for the next day. Instead, I recited my Phillip Lim mantra:  “As the way it is/as it is/as the way you are/as you are.” 12 a.m. Lights out!


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NYFW Fall 2013: A day in the life of our editor-in-chief, part 3