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NYFW Spring 2014: Chatting with Rachel Zoe, plus the best moments (and runways!) from Day 5 of fashion week
I started out Day 5 of New York Fashion Week bright and early at The Row’s presentation in Soho, and was shocked to find Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen hanging out with the crowd pre-show. The diminutive stars smoked cigarettes and greeted guests with air kisses before taking their seat to watch the models along with the rest of the crowd.
We were seated close to Rachel Zoe, so we chatted with her about her highlights of the season. "I loved the fringe dress at Altuzarra," she said. "It’s
leather fringe and I have to own it. I also loved the silk satin at Prabal, and the prints. So far it’s been a really good season."
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Following The Row, we only had 15 minutes to make it across town to the Tommy Hilfiger show. I slid into my seat as the lights were dimming, but the feel-good tunes blaring over the sound system ("Good Vibrations" and "California Dreaming") managed to calm me down quickly.
Next stop of the day was the Chanel showroom, where I got a closer look at some of Karl’s couture creations. There’s nothing quite like seeing handmade pieces up close–the level of detail and the quality of the materials, not to mention the sheer weight of the garments, was fascinating. And the best news? There was food! Handsome waiters passed out hors d’oeuvres and bubbly water.
From Chanel, I hightailed it to the Phillip Lim presentation, and was amazed to see the runway covered completely in salt. "I was inspired to explore different terrains, landscapes and rocks," Lim told the press later. I crunched down the catwalk and found my seat (which, score–was in the front row!)
I finished the day at Thom Browne, which started almost an hour late. The set was made to look like Dexter’s laboratory–headless Judy dolls were suspended from the ceiling, the lights were flickering ominously, and creepy tinkling music–as though from a music box–blared. After 50 minutes in this environment, it started to feel like a sophisticated form of psychological torture. The show itself lasted 20 minutes (ages, in fashion week time), and when it was over the relieved crowd raced to exit the building.