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#NYFW FW’13 Diary

If you are truly Jet-Set, you: a.) Just returned from Super Bowl and b). Re-packed a bag and flew to New York for the kick-off nights of Fashion Week … Technically lasting from February 6th to the 14th, anyone who’s anyone arrives early for the pre-parties and to check-in at the hotel which is where all your invitations for the shows will be sent. And you need those in order to get in and they simply wont send them ahead of time – its just how it all works (thus all the Instagrams of invitations in hotel room settings).

We have Magda Berliner on the ground for the 6th season, sending up her social diary from the front rows of fashion shows, after parties and the general savoir faire.

Magda Berliner’s NYFW SS’13 Diary

Pre-Day: Tues, Feb. 5th, 2013

Shopbop x Mugler Launch Party @ Top of The Standard

Kick off for the season starts marvy with lovelies,( notably Hannah Bronfman and newly blond Leigh Lezark), epic views and gotta buy now accessoirs….Mugler designer/Gaga collaborator Nicola Formichetti was in the house to preview the bags that are online NOW at Shopbop …if they haven’t already Sold Out….!

Our Truffle Hunters have fled to #NYC for #NYFW kicking off at Top of The Standard in NYC with Launch for @nicolaformichetti x @muglerlive exclusive for @shopbop (available NOW! On …!) #spring2013 #ss13

Day 1: Wed, Feb. 6th, 2013

Prabal Gurung for Target Launch Fete

Woohoo! Carny rides! Food Trucks! Great Inexpensive Fashion! Fair Games! Adult Bevies! Ne-Yo! AND all within a two hour period….AMAZE. @targetstyle @prabalgurung #prabalfortarget

pic via @cristinablairgibson




Wildfox FW13 Presentation

Wildfox designer Kimberly Gordon along with CEO Jimmy Sommers to fete the Fall/Winter 2013 collection. The presentation was followed by a live performance from Chairlift and music beats by DJ Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner of the Knocks. Inspired by “The Great Gatsby” and the 1920s the collection is summed up in the words “party, love and friendship.” Ranging from ultra-soft t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, and premium White Label group of sweaters knits, chiffons, and laces; the collection also introduced Wildfox’s first ever denim collection collaboration with Michelle Siwy. 

Long day and perfect ending thanks to swoon worthy performance by Chairlift…thanks Wildfox team xx

Chairlift at Wildfox


Rachel Comey show

There goes my clothing allowance…again! Between the railroad denim trousers,gold animal print car coat and grommet accented wedges… killed it Rachel!

Rachel Comey show

Tia Cibani

Inspired by the sepia tones of Man Ray’s work, Tia Cibani presented a beautiful collection for the confident, intelligent AND sexy woman….these pieces need to command the Red Carpet!

Tia Cibani


You can rely on Whitney Pozgay to deliver an easy It Girl wardrobe….this time around inspired by Marianne Faithfull by way of mod seperates and a bit of leather! Witty touch of calf hair accessories and painterly prints courtesy of muse Jemme Aldridge….




Since splitting with her partner, Tina Lutz, Marcia Patmos has evolved her collection from knitwear centric to full blown RTW and this season covered all the bases…silk accented cardis,metallic leather pencil skirts and precious ribbed dickies on my list for sure….!


Creatures of Comfort

Showing for the first time, Jade Lai, owner and design director of Creatures opted for a laid back presentation highlighting the textures and fabrications of her AW collection…especially intriguing were the seemingly ‘shredded’ paper ensembles which were actually a metallic cotton meant to resemble leather yet lighter…very nice Jade

Creatures of Comfort

Day 2: Thurs, Feb. 7th, 2013

Candela Presentation

Romance was def in the air at today’s Candela presentation….designer Gabriela Perezutti swept along the vignettes of wan beauties clad in sequins,lace,fringe and chunky knits… all makes sense to me!





FIT Shoe Obsession exhibit

Now what female wouldn’t swoon in the company of such fetish,whimsy,eccentricity and beauty?We ARE talking footwear, non? The likes of Manolo Blahnik, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Tabitha Simmons, Tom Ford, Martin Margiela….ooh lala! Who needs chocolates when you can savor these treats!

FIT Shoe Obsession exhibit

FIT Shoe Obsession exhibit

FIT Shoe Obsession exhibit

FIT Shoe Obsession exhibit

Tome Presentation

Debuting this season, Tome creative director Michelle Jank snuck a quiet, sophisticated group of ensembles dramatically lit thanks to Nicole Pearce. Each detail from handsome headgear via millinery go to genius Albertus Swanepoel to unexpected finishes from belt designer Ebony Fleur…it’s no wonder Tome is an Ecco Domani Fund Finalist…Congrats to designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin!



Scoop / Cher Coulter AG Collection reveal

Tattles, photo booths and pink bevies greeted guests at the Meat Packing Scoop local…all in the name of celebrating latest stylist series pairing’ Girl in Dragoon Tattoo’ designer Cher Coulter and denim demi god Adriano Goldschmied….an appropriate pairing indeed..Go Cher!

Cher with Lizzie Olsen

Fri, Feb. 8th, 2013 

A Detacher

Designer Mona Kowalski covered the bases for the gal in need of original options for day to day attire….sheer poncho like tunics draped over slouchy knit joggers looked easy yet put together, stand outs were the original prints, notably a navy ink blot all in one and a ‘cloud’ motif car coat reminiscent of cotton candy….sweet!

With Blizzard Nemo on the threat this was a light day but very long eve…..!
Please note other shows that I did not get to : Rebecca Minkoff , Tocca, Rag and Bone…thnx!

Sat, Feb. 9th, 2013


Maybe it was the change of venue or the clear skies and sun post Nemo….Victoria Bartlett composed a fresh take on her signature color ways and silhouettes, the results: hip hung trousers side zip pencil shifts and knubby knits…can’t wait to cozy up in these!

Monocler Grenoble

So you would think, How do you out do an ice spectacle involving 300 plus skaters, a choir, hot toddies and Central Park? Or how about an ensemble of hip hop dancers in the middle of a Grand Central…? Well, Moncler did it again…groups of 25 or so were ushered into the tented center of the historical Gotham Hall to an army of olive green clad audience at attention in 360 formation….Awesome!

Mon, Feb. 11th, 2013

#woodyallen #jazz style @Carlylehotel #nyc #obsessed @cloperrin @marylindalamar pic via @suttonslaw

Tues, Feb. 12th, 2013

Vogue’s New Book ‘The Editor’s Eye’

A new book, Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, celebrates the work of Vogue’s boundary-pushing fashion editors. Throughout its 120-year history, Vogue has been creating arresting images intended to make the reader’s eye stop. These are images that evoke desire—for something as real as a dress or a lipstick, or as intangible as a whole new body language, attitude, or paradigm. Some are images of stately, introspective calm; others make the heart leap with an adrenaline charge of energy, reflecting a century of change in fashion, society, and culture. Pre-Order “Vogue: The Editor’s Eye” by Conde Nast, Foreword by Anna Wintour, Introduction by Hamish Bowles for $45 at

Local Soiree: Dita Von Teese Performs the Beverly Hills Hotel (VIDEO)

“Zou Bisou Bisou” played over the pool surrounded by orange lanterns at dusk on Wednesday celebrating the first of many Cointreau pool parties this summer 2012. A live performance by Dita Von Teese launched the series following an opening act by the Aqualillies who begin their two month residency at the hotel on Fridays (July 13th – August 25th).

Dita wore Jenny Packham to the event before changing into her tear-away costume — also made by Jenny Packham — and performing around 9pm to a crowd of her friends, and friends of Cointreau, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Aquallies performed around 8pm and did synchornized swim and dance acts to three songs.

Spotted in poolside cabanas: Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, Ellen Von Unwerth, electronic music duo Daft Punk, Marissa Tomei, Mary-Louise Parker, former Details editor Annie Flanders, designer Jeremy Scott, Linda Ramone, Wren’s Melissa Coker,Hollywood Reporter’s Merle Ginsberg, author Rose Apodaca, Albert Murcia (who is Dita’s booker and production manager), Kim Kessler (from the Four Seasons PR team), Ashlee Margolis, jeweler Nola Singer and Refinery 29’s Brenna Egan, Tiffany Caronia (who is now handling bookings for the Aqualillies), Magda Berliner & Jesse Johnson, Nico Golfar, and more.

Cute foods: Mini Hamburgers, mini ice-cream sandwhiches, mini Lobster tacos, mini crème brûlée (with a strawberry in each cup).

Drinks & Cocktails: Cointreau Sunset, Margarita, Cointreau + Lime + Soda, Cointreau Cobbler, and The Original Margarita!

Dita’s costume:
Jenny Packham Jacket, skirt, bra, underbra, corset, panty, Headband
Louboutin Shoes
Bracelets and earrings by Michael Schmidt

#TruffleNotes: U can take classes from the Aqualillies every Sunday for FREE at the Annenberg Center.


Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


Cointreau’s step and repeat wall

Dita Von Teese — official brand ambassador for Cointreau — Image via Getty and filered with LINE Camera for the iPhone

Photo booth

Magda Berliner & Albert Murcia

Rose Apodaca

Veggie Hamburgers

Mini Crème Brûlée

Lobster Tacos

Cointreau bar

Cointreau recipes

Beverly Hills Hotel Pool

More about Cointreau Poolside Soirees:
Returning to its iconic Hollywood roots, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Cointreau created an experience reminiscent of the inimitable glamour and style of old Hollywood, hosting the extravagant launch event as the official kick off of the Cointreau Poolside Soiree seven-week series (July 13 – August 24) and summer bar cart cocktail program at the hotel. The on-going series, beginning this Friday (July 13), will encapsulate the sophistication and culture of a golden era and showcase the true art of cocktail making. Los Angeles locals will be invited to the historic pool from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, without cover charge, to experience chic vintage bar cart service and Cointreau cocktails, signature drinks from the 100th Anniversary menu and special live performance by the Aqualillies and Luca Ellis!

Cointreau Drink Recipes
Cointreau, Lime & Soda
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Club soda
Combine all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir briefly.

Original Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz.fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into a Margarita glass.

Sunset Margarita
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. watermelon-infused blanco tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. homemade raspberry syrup
Shaken and Served over fresh rocks with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Cointreau Cobbler
1 oz. Cointreau
3 oz. Amontillado Sherry
3 orange slices
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain over crushed ice in metal cup. Garnish with fresh fruit: blackberry, raspberry, sliced strawberry and orange, and mint.

Required Reading: Hellooo Billionaires! via Forbes

Meet Earth’s 1140 billionaires. Forbes just came out with their 2011 list of international Billionaires. I think it’s annoying that Forbes separated their list into 12 pages so I’ve listed them all here for you on one page. Sorry Forbes but I like to see my Billionaires all at once. Forbes does make it possible to cross list…

Sundance Highlights: Quick Guide to What You Missed and Need to Know (UPDATED!)

This past weekend half of Los Angeles hopped a Southwest flight to Park City, Utah for Robert Redford‘s annual Sundance Film Festival. The weekend was a mix of movies, swag suites, friendly faces, late night parties, skiing, snowboarding and celebrity sightings. If you weren’t there, here’s a cheat sheet to what you need to know…