Did Fashion Week take the CBS' more conservative Grammy's dress code to heart?
The fall 2013 collections, which designers showed off in NYC this past week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, are subtle, muted and filled with black.
The Badgley Mischka show was uber-glamorous and sophisticated, with awards show-ready dresses, pencil skirts alluding to every curve and glasses on some of the models for a smart accent. I even channeled the guidelines and hid my legs with an Azzedine Alaia blue knot sweater and skirt ensemble.
Many of the shows felt grown-up - even 21-year-old Mathieu Mirano's presentation was filled with stingray-patched trousers, wool pencil skirts and cashmere turtlenecks that look seriously rich.
Speaking of richness, a big congratulations to Dennis Basso on his 30th anniversary collection. His front row was bauble- and fur-embellished (like the collection), with stars such as Joan Collins, Star Jones, Joan Rivers and Martha Stewart, who won best-dressed in my book for her suede leggings.
My 12-year-old daughter, Teddy, was dying to go to a show, and I almost didn't take her until I decided to venture to Chelsea to check out accessories - my first love before coffee - by Iranian-born designers Marjan and Maryam Malakpour of Newbark. Graphic leather clutches and patent-leather jazz flats flanked the Paul Kasmin Gallery space.
Teddy and I also sat front row at Michael Bastian for a look at menswear. The models' long hair and eye makeup took us right to Johnny Depp - if he were a rustic American who lived in ponchos, the perfectly fitted wool suit and cargos that every man on the streets of New York should own after reading this.