It's on! The UPS Boys vs. The Peroni Boys! Who can charm the Fashion Flock more? We think the UPS Boys could easily take the Peroni crew in a one to one competition, but the Peronis outnumber the brownshorts. Plus, the UPS guys are giving out brownies to carbophobes, and alchohol trumps carbs any day with this crowd. Our friend at the left is fast becoming a media star. Expect a film development deal from him by the end of the week.
The gentleman from Clown College on the right has also reappeared. He seems like the type we can expect to see daily here at the tents. And if we see him, you'll see him.
We have to admire the dedication of New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, dutifully taking notes in front of the live screening of Tracy Reese's filled to capacity show. Sometimes that is the best seat, until the tents instantly become a media circus when a big show lets out, going from peaceful to mayhem in a matter of seconds. Style channel's Robert Verdi and Full Frontal fashion's Christina Ha are ubiquitous, and then there is some documentary crew that seems to be following the security staff. So far we haven't figured that out.
After the jump, reports on Costello-Tagliapietra and Sari Gueron.
1 PM The Altman Building • COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA
This show had us running down to the Altman Building in Chelsea. Sometimes it is nice to get away from the Tent frenzy. Dresses are huge at retail, and they are dominating every collection we have seen. Costello-Tagliapietra focused on sleek jersey fabrics in classic knee-length silhouettes rather than the 80's/60's mod/architectural vibe we have been seeing. It is a subtle and pretty collection in faded ice cream tones with shots of red ochre. This team excels at draping, and kept things simple and glamorous on a strong line up of models (Lisa Cant, Jaunel) transformed into 70's sirens with their hair swept into Veronica Lake waves. It is an unapologetically commercial collection as evidenced by Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing's attendance. The real surprise is the sight of Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra taking their bows. Who would guess that this sophisticated collection was made by two bears dressed in lumberjack plaid?
Music: Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" The Clash
Swag: Curry Popcorn from Restaurant MC, SKYN Iceland Glacial Face Wash and Cool Detox Face Mask, Cinnamon Altoids. Can of Tab Energy drink.
3:00 PM The UOS Hub • SARI GUERON
Sari Gueron's show was inspired by late 19th century children's underpinnings via Asian attire as interpreted by a surfer girl, according to Women's Wear Daily's special weekend edition. Well, we could go crazy trying to trace the inspirations through this runway show, and, as we have said before, nobody wears inspirations, they wear clothes. Gueron is also entranced by the current A-line/trapeze/smock silhouette, but some printed voile dresses evoked Lanz granny nightgowns, and others veered perilously close to muumuu territory. Gueron fared much better when she shifted to richer fabrics with more flow, and her lace with crystal embroideries elevated classic shapes. It would have been nice if her impressive group of models looked remotely excited to be wearing such pretty clothes.
Music: Folksy rock, Rufus Wainwright, "Lay Lady, Lay"?
Swag: None that we could see.
Celebrities: Tim Gunn who is still too timid to push for V.I.P. entry. He is either nuts or falsely humble.