New York Fashion Week Front Row Day 1

Posted on February 10, 2012

Darlings, what’s the very best thing about attending New York Fashion Week? Celebrity spotting! And then bitchily judging their outfits! It’s the least we could do, since their presence causes so many flashes to go off, we’re always a little afraid we’re going to have some sort of seizure.


 Angela Simmons

All we can think is how painful that belt must’ve been when she sat down.

 Erica Dasher

Cute, but we predict a chest cold in the near future.

Giada De Laurentis and Maria Menounous

Can’t stand Giada or her soft-porn cooking show, but we have to admit, she looks pretty great in that color. Maria looks good too, but that sure doesn’t look like a dress for February in New York.

Cynthia Rowley Fall 2012 Show

 Angela Simmons

This looked a lot better in person, mainly because she wasn’t sticking her stomach out when the cameras were off her.

 Megan Hilty, Angela Simmons, Abigail Breslin

Megan is teeny-tiny (and yes, to the many who asked, we will be blogging Smash) and Abigail’s dress is adorable, but the poor girl was swamped by photographers.

 Rebecca Romijn

And speaking of swamped, Rebecca sent the shutter-snappers into a frenzy when she glided in, all golden and a head taller than anyone else. Love the dress.

 Toni Braxton

This pains us a little, because she was serving up DIVA so much that we broke our own rule and went up to her to tell her how incredible she looked. Just didn’t photograph well.

Duckie Brown Fall 2012 Show
J. Alexander, Patrick McDonald

They both look sharp and we loved their choice in outerwear, but we’re a little partial to the serious little heads behind them. Those guys are dressed FABULOUSLY.

 Robert Verdi

GORGEOUS coat. He walked in and we both said under our breath, in that way that only long-time married couples can manage and still hear each other, “Ohmigod, that COAT.”

All the men at the Duckie Brown show were dressed to the nines. The room was awash in gorgeous outerwear.

Nicholas K Fall 2012 Show
 Cory Kennedy

Eric West

 JESUS, Eric. You’re gonna pop a button when you sit down.

Play “Spot Lorenzo,” kittens!

Richard Chai Fall 2012 Show
Amanda Hearst

Sassy chic.

Nicola Formichetti

Honestly couldn’t take our eyes off him, he’s that striking in person.

 Poppy Delevigne

 Cute sweater.

Tadashi Shoji Fall 2012 Show
Heather Schmidt

Welcome to 2012! How were things in 1987 before you entered the time machine?

 J. Alexander

 The man loves his manaccessories, doesn’t he? We want that bag.

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Jasmine Moten

    The blue-haired guy in the last photo is killing Katy Perry!

    • Anonymous

       I love that guy!

  • Anonymous

    Love seeing Miss J at the shows. And I’ll fight you both tooth and nail for his awesome pocketbook.

  • GORGEOUS coat. He walked in and we both said under our breath, in that way that only long-time married couples can manage and still hear each other, “Ohmigod, that COAT.”
    Bwaahaaaa.  So true.  We have shorthand/telepathy ourselves.  Dogs couldn’t hear us but we can hear each other just fine.

    • MilaXX

       siblings have it too. Sometimes I can look at my sister & she’ll immediately respond, “I know, right?”

  • Jessica O’Connell

    LOL Giada’s soft-porn cooking show – YES. I love how she insists on cleavage as she sautees and stirs, but at a high fashion event it’s all about the high necklines. Weirdo.

    • Anonymous

      She may be all weird and soft-porny with the background music on her show, but her recipes are good. Haven’t tried a bad one yet.

      • Anonymous

        She needs to learn to say “re-gutt-a,” not “ricotta” cheese. She is supposed to be an Italian cook, for Pete’s sake!!
        And TLO, love “soft porn cooking show”!! I can’t wait to see my daughter to tell her, who can’t stand her either!!!

        • Anonymous

          Actually, that way of pronouncing words in Italian is a regionalism. There are MANY different dialects throughout Italy. Re-gutt-a and Mozzarell and bre-zhoot are not incorrect, but they’re not the ONLY correct way to pronounce these words. It simply depends on which region the person is from. I have met native Italians both here and in Italy who pronounce these words ri-COTT-TA, muzza-REL-LAH and pro-SCIUT-TO, with real emphasis on the last syllable, sometimes even with the characteristic Italian wave of the hand for added emphasis, lol.

          • Anonymous

            I know there are variances, but she says it in such a midwestern or upstate NY way – ri-cot-ta cheese and mazz-a-rella. She should at least sound Italian from somewhere. 

        • i work with a woman from verona who pronounces is ri-COAT-a

          • That would be the classic textbook pronunciation.

            Many Italians just lose the last vowel altogether, like mozzerell.

      • Anonymous

         Her roasted acorn squash, gorgonzola, and arugula pizza can make me forgive her almost anything.  But then I’m glad I found the recipe on the Food Network web site and didn’t have to sit through the soft porn for it.  (The pizza itself is porn, soooo good!)

        • Anonymous

          oooh, I’m off to FN to look for that recipe! I have her book, but I don’t remember seeing that one. Thanks!

          • Anonymous

            I recommend using a pizza stone (they’re not expensive), which makes the crust come out perfectly.  I think Giada baked her crust + cheese at 375 for like 25 minutes on a regular sheet pan.  But if you use the stone, you crank the oven up to 500, let it warm up for a good half hour with the stone inside, and then bake directly on the stone for just 10 minutes.  It makes a big difference, I think.

            (Wow, have we gone off topic!)

          • Anonymous

            Maybe so, but everyone appreciates a good cooking tip. Thanks!

    • YES.  I hate her show, especially when she has people.  Actually, I find the most of FN show formats insulting.  I miss Julia Childs, Yan Can Cook, the Frugal Gourmet, and Jacques Pepin.  They were fun to watch, full of information, and hailed from a time before there was a “formula” for a tv chef.

  • Holy crap, Cory Kennedy is still around?

  • Anonymous

    God so help me, I want to be Patrick McDonald.  LOVE that Pendleton!

  • Gabriella Soza

    I think we should also get a shot of what you fellas wore.

  • Anonymous

    it’s official…y’all are famous.  When you take over the world, can I have spot on your cabinet as high priestess or something like that

  • Anonymous

    Lorenzo in the red coat/blazer over West’s left shoulder!

    Seriously great outerwear on the guys!

    The time machine line killed me.

  • Anonymous

    Yay you’ll be blogging Smash! You have made a bitter kitten’s day!

    I know Megan Hilty from Wicked, I’m starting to think between her and Kristin Chenoweth, there is a requirement for the person cast in that role to be teeny tiny…

    • Allison Drury

      And that’s why sizing in Hollywood/entertainment is so crazy because after watching Smash I was convinced Megan was cast as the voluptuous Marilyn. I even said to myself (yes I do talk to myself sometimes) that it’s refreshing to see someone with a normal body. Katherine McPhee, while beautiful, is very thin and athletic and “typical” for actresses. My brain is going to ruminate on this one. Must head to IMDB for some red carpet shots of Miss Hilty.

  • Anonymous

    Oooh, spot Tom AND Lorenzo’s tiny little heads! This is my favorite part of FW posts!  Thanks for the double dose of Miss J. I’ve developed an allergy to ANTM and miss him terribly. And “soft porn cooking show” – hee hee – completely rationalizes my hatred of Giada.

    I don’t say it nearly enough: loveLoveLOVE you two! Thanks for sharing your FW fun with your adoring and horribly deprived minions!

    • MilaXX

      I can’t stand her either. With her big head she reminds me of the alien thing from Lilo & Stitch

  • I am shivering just looking at some of these crazy women.  Also can someone please tell me where I buy Poppy Delevigne’s stupendous sweater?

    Is that Lorenzo in burgundy peeking over Eric West’s shoulder? 

    • Anonymous

      That’s my “guess” too, since he’s pretty much the only other guy in the picture.

  • Anonymous

    I have to get it off my chest — I can’t stand platform pumps!  They make everyone look like they have horse hooves.

    • Anonymous

      I co-sign. They were the de rigueur footwear of strippers and porn actresses before becoming a red carpet staple.  Ugh.

    • Jasmine Moten

      Funny story: I was shoe shopping with my friend. She was trying on platform pumps, the ones that look like what a lady of the night would wear. Every shoe she would ask, “do these make my feet look big?”, “Should I go down a size?”. I just shook my head and said, “Girl even in a size 3, they make your feet look like boats”.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT that bag. Please, please tell us where it’s from so we can begin crying.

    The boys did great (except for the fellow in the supertight fresh from the scotchgard denim). The girls… nah. And really? Tony Braxton? With the carpeted pumps? No. 

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Lorenzo’s lilac hair! Oh, wait…

  • Anonymous

    R. Verdi is so amazingly elegant! And it’s good to see J.Alexander in something different than his crazy outfits that he tends to wear  on ANTM. I like the edginess of the Simmons sisters; I agree the belt looks painful, but maybe there is some trick to it that it actually is not so bad sitting in.

  • Anonymous

    Heather Schmidt looks like she’s heading to a wedding in the old neighborhood. Egads. 

    Love Verdi’s coat and little Abigail Breslin looks so pretty. I kind of want to slap Patrick MdDonald for that supercilious face he’s giving.

  • I fail to see the relevance of Cory Kennedy. Why is she there?

    On another note, Angela might’ve worn that front brace to correct a bad back. Didn’t Forrest Gump have to wear one of those as a child?

  • Anonymous

    OMG. I didn’t recognize Giada without her cleavage hanging out!

    • Judy_J

      I said the very same thing!

  • Anonymous

    Did Cory Kennedy bring her plumber along? How else could you explain the guy seated to her left?

  • MilaXX

    He annoys me at times, but Robert Verdi shut it down! Love his entire look. That coat is fab.

  • Forget Robert Verdi’s coat…that BAG! COVET!

  • So, by the way people are dressed, I can’t tell if it’s REALLY cold or REALLY warm at the shows!

  • Anonymous

    Weeee! You guys made the shots and looked puhreeetty! We need a full post on your FW get-ups!

  • Anonymous

    Man, I do not know anyone anymore.  I didn’t recognize 90 percent of the people in the pix.  I’m old.  Jesus.

    • Anonymous

      Me, either. I recognize Lorenzo, and Toni Braxton, and that is it. Oh, I recognized Miss Jay from Project Runway, and Patrick McDonald from that dreadful fashion show a few years back. THat is about it. I’m 50, not THAT old!!!

      • Anonymous

         I think Miss Jay is from America’s Next Top Model

        • Anonymous

          Ooops!!! Brain fart!! Yup, you are right. Sorry!!! 

  • allisankelly

    I’ll take your word on Toni Braxton, cuz those shoes are killing me. My affair with wedges is ovah. 

    I am SO EXCITED that you are going to blog/recap Smash. I just watched it last night and I loved it all and my first thought once it was over was whether or not you would cover it. We can talk about Debra Messing’s character and her scarf fetish/illness that is so severe she even wears one to bed.

    Have fun. I’m jealous.

    ps-I spotted Lorenzo in the red coat too!

  • Anonymous

    I want Verdi’s gorge coat! And the hot bear next to Cory Kennedy. He’s dressed terribly but fortunately he won’t need his clothes for what I have in mind.

  • Anonymous

    I want Robert Verdi’s coat for my boyfriend. Oh wait, is it double breasted? Damn, he’s too short for double-breasted. I may need a new boyfriend.

    • Anonymous

      I read the first sentence of your post and thought you wanted Robert Verdi’s coat to BE your boyfriend. And I thought, “that’s a lot of love for a coat.” PS. I want it for my husband — like you want it for your boyfriend. 

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    I just realized:

    You, Lorenzo, look just like my 9th grade science teacher, especially in profile! Except you are smarter than he was.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so Heather Schmidt looks like Lindsay Lohan; Romijn looks stunning and I love that dress; Gia and Maria look very 90’s club wear…not feeling it.

    And, true story, I went to school with the Braxton family and it’s INSANE to me how much differently they all look.  So much work done to them and it’s a shame because they were all cute back in the day…well, Tamar was in an awkward phase, but so was I, so I can’t be too harsh.

  • Judy_J

    I’ve never seen Giada when she’s not flashing cleveage.  This is a first for me.  Maybe it’s the camera angle, but Abigail Breslin looks like she’s got cankles.  Cute dress, though, and I like her clutch.

    • Anonymous

      i noticed that too.  she is way too young for those ankles.  i guess sometimes you’re just born with them.  let’s hope it’s the shoes and the camera.

  • Allison Fisseler

    Erica Dasher’s face looks strangely Photoshopped…

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny to see all the men dressed in overcoats and hats, and then Giada and not Giada are in sleeveless dresses!!
    You two heads do indeed look great!!  

  • Anonymous

    “Spot TLo” is my new favorite game!

  • Robert Verdi and that Poppy chick with the sweater FTW. Rebecca Romjin’s bag ruined a perfectly fab look…

  • Anonymous

    I’m looking through the list and I recognize about 6 people. None under 30. I’m officially uberunhip.

  • Anonymous

    Who are these people?

  • Anonymous

    Do you really want that ginormous bag Miss J is lugging? I think Tyra said “here, you carry my wigs for me, my back is killing me!”

    So fun! thanks for all your HARD work! Love the spot the tiny head game.

  • Anonymous

    Robert Verdi’s pants need to be hemmed!

  • Anonymous

    Serious head behind them! Whoot! 

  • Anonymous

    More Patrick!

  • Anonymous

    In case of inclement weather, Eric West (whoever he is) will let you use his forehead as an emergency landing area for planes, so that’s good.

  • Yay to TLo blogging Smash!  Best news I’ve heard all week.

  • Anonymous

    I want all the bags that the men are carrying! They are fabulous!

  • mrspeel2

    TLo, do you take these photos yourselves? Everyone looks over-the-moon happy, so they must be pleased you notice them! Also, have you run into RZ or Brad??

    How does one pronounce BCBGMAXAZRIA *she asked, hoping not to sound too ignorant*?  Is it one long name, or initials and then a last name? I don’t recall seeing it before.

    • It’s Max Azria (I don’t know if that’s a real, living person), and BCBG is, I believe, a Max Azria line.

    • Anonymous

      BCBG is French slang, an acronym of “bon chic, bon genre.” I think it means stylish or an effortlessly chic, stylish person.

      Max Azria is a designer and is still alive.

      • mrspeel2

        Thank you for clearing that up for me, Anathema_Device! I’d have never guessed that was what it meant. 🙁

  • Call me Bee

    Ahahahahaha soft porn cooking show is right ON! 

    So I have a real question.  What, really, does one wear to FW?  You’ve shown sweaters, dresses, even cocktail dresses.  You’re in tents, right?  In NYC, upon which there’s a snowstorm bearing down (I know because we’re having it here now) right?   In the morning, right?   I’m just confused, or maybe I just don’t get it. 

  • Robert Verdi bugs the crap out of me, but I gotta admit he looks great here. And I love his murse.

  • TLo – Have you seen Laura B yet?

    Did ya’ll receive a goody bag?

    How many shows have you seen so far?

  • Anonymous

    I think maybe I might see you guys, but since we’ve never met and I only have that cute little drawing to go on (and a couple of puppets I’ve seen) I’m not sure.  Definately not clear enough for an “IN or OUT” opinion.

  • those are some fierce bitches at the dickie brown show…. love you boys, have fun and find some cute coats!

  • Anonymous

    The men all appeared to have fabulous outerwear and shoes…loving it.

    And Abigail looks GORGEOUS.  I adore the dress, and I’ve always adored her.

  • Christine Marie

    OMG is that you two behind Miss J? SHUT UP.

  • Christine Marie

    OMG is that you two behind Miss J? SHUT UP.

  • Abigail Breslin has grown into a beautiful young woman, not that she wasn’t always beautiful. 

  • Anonymous

    So funny to see everyone glued to their cell phones…  Signs of the times…

  • Anonymous

    Any idea who made the coat Robert Verdi is wearing?

  • Anonymous

    Patrick McDonald looks like a young Tony Curtis in “Some Like It Hot”.

  • Anonymous

    J Alexander – coat please.