Parachuting into New York Fashion Week: Backstage and Beyond

I parachuted into New York Fashion Week on Saturday, with the Spring/Summer 2012  shows already under way. So far, the collections I’ve seen have proven to be playful, exciting, and colorful—all that you’d expect from the season.

Backstage tonight at Marc by Marc Jacobs.

 

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The Newest (SF) Addition to (NY) Nylon Magazine

Courtesy of Nylon

Happy New Year! A lot has happened since the holidays that I’m excited about–one of those things being the hire of my former intern Caitlin Smith as one of the new assistant editors at Nylon magazine. (You may remember her as the last style profile I included here for my December “My Favorite Outfit” feature.) She literally packed up her bags and moved her life to New York this week, and I couldn’t be happier for her. Be sure to pick up a copy of the March book and look out for Caitlin’s name on the masthead. She’s one to watch in the industry as her career progresses. Congrats Caitlin!

My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Grad Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith. Photographed on the roof of her NY apartment share by roommate and stylist Rayna Basta.

Caitlin Smith is one of those people who effortlessly oozes style. I knew this when she showed up at my office for an editorial internship at 7×7 a couple years ago, and mere moments after meeting her I knew that she had the gut fashion instinct needed for the job.

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What Prabal Gurung Thinks of Being Part of a Crop of Asian-Am Talent

It was a brief meeting on Friday, but one that confirmed my suspicions that Prabal Gurung is both a smart and a nice guy. The New York-based designer was making a brief appearance at Neiman Marcus San Francisco to preview his Spring 2011 line, and with all the press he’s been getting having recently dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for a White House dinner—along with his usual bevy of celebrity A-listers – I decided to do a drive-by to talk shop with the designer.

Designer Prabal Gurung with Neiman Marcus PR guru Ye-Hui Lu.

In spite of a packed morning of press interviews (I’m told he did a total of 11, not including mine), and the cabal of ladies who lunch swirling around to take photos with him, he took time out to thoughtfully answer a couple of my burning questions.

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