New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Front Row

Posted on September 09, 2012

Darlings, it’s time once again to check in on the fashionable and sweaty. Please be kind, kittens. Half the people in these pictures? Their feet are KILLING them. Trust.

Billy Reid Spring 2013 Show

Gabriel Mann

We salute you, Gabriel Mann. You are possibly the only 40-year-old man on the planet who can make that hairstyle work.

He looks pretty fucking adorable, we have to say.


Jack Huston

It was Sassy Hair Day for the males! Apparently!

Mandy Moore

This is a cute outfit. And we’ll give her credit. She’s not even trying to pretend she wore that jacket for longer than 3 minutes of picture-taking time.


Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013 Show

Dania Ramirez


Kate Bosworth

Well, she looks as nutty as she usually does from the neck up, but that’s a cute, if basic dress paired with a really cute pair of shoes.


ELLE Fashion Next Spring 2013 Show

Cheryl Tiegs

WE GOT TO SIT FRONT ROW AT THIS EVENT! Two seats down from Cheryl Tiegs!

Let us pause for a moment here and recap the blessings this site has brought us:

  • About 5 years ago, we met Jaclyn Smith at a Shear Genius finale party.
  • About a year-and-a-half ago, we got to interview Lynda Carter for Metrosource magazine.
  • Two nights ago, we sat down with Chery Tiegs and watched a fashion show.

It’s like God said to us in 1976, “Yes, boys. I will grant you all those wishes. But you’ll have to wait 35 years for them to come true.”

Anyway, this is a terrible picture of her. She’s quite delicate in person.

Also, this is a fantastic event; a reception and runway show for a whole bunch of talented F.I.T. designers hand-chosen by a committee of top fashion movers and shakers (most of whom follow below) and mentored by ELLE and Maybelline. The designs put almost every single Project Runway finale collection to shame. One stunning and provocative look after another walked down that runway for a glorious 20 minutes. This is the second time we’ve been invited to this event (first time, we met muthafuckin IMAN), thanks to Mr. Joe Zee, and it remains a highlight of our week. Gushing over.


Brad Goreski

Love it. A little jealous.


Alexa Chung

Chrissy Teigen

Christina Ricci

What a cute little ladylike dress.

She is tiny enough to live in a tree and bake cookies with elves.


Erin Wasson

Not to defend this look – no, really; not defending it at all – but on a really tall model, in person, it’s kind of … well, you can’t stop looking, is all. It’s more of a spectacle in person.

Patrick McDonald

And speaking of spectacles…

Peter Som

Got to run up for a quick hello and tell him how much we enjoyed his collection. Very sweet guy.

Jason Wu Spring 2013 Show

Jaime King

Kinda fierce in a Fashion Week-appropriate kind of way.


Jil Stuart Spring 2013 Show

Kelly Bensimon

Big bag of crazy with ten pounds of hair, that’s all we’re saying.

Rose Byrne

Sad Girl on the Runway.

A Lifetime Television Event, coming this fall.

Lacoste Spring 2013 Show

Hal Rubenstein

Joanna Coles

Kellan Lutz


That looks totally heterosexual.

Kris Humphries

Russell Westrook

Love the shoes.


Mara Hoffman Spring 2013 Show

Charlotte Ross

Tacky. Cutouts on the front row should be banned, don’t you think?

Eric West

Holland Roden

India de Beaufort

Chic and comfy-looking.

Julie Henderson

Kimberly Denise Jones

Rag & Bone Women’s Spring 2013 Show

Anna Wintour

Say what you will about the facial expression – and we have to say, it’s kind of hilarious to see her not give one flying fuck whether she looks pleasant while posing; there is absolutely no change in posture or expression when photographers hit her like a truck on fire – but the dress is cute.

Christy Turlington



Hailee Steinfeld

Chic and cute.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Credit where it’s due: she’s not dressed like an 80-year-old secretary.

Robbie Meyers

Fabulous dress and shoes.

Simon Doonan

Steven Kolb

Hi Steven. Can we have your boots?

Son Jung Wan Spring 2013 Show

Brooke Shields


Carla Hall


Natalie Zea



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Gabriel Mann I love you!

  • It always cracks me up when I see celebs looking like they’re bothered to be photographed at these things. Could they really not know that the only reason the got the ticket was to be photographed?

    But more importantly: Was there anything fun in the ELLE gift bag?


    • muzan-e

      If there are L’oreal products, I guarantee they are not from the Project Runway Collection. *g*

  • MrsKrause


    • mhleta

      “Hootie hoo!!”

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I adore her!

    • AudreysMom

       LOVE that my favorite contestant on Top Chef has made it BIG. And by big I mean, as a cohost on her own show and in the front row of NYFW.

  • Hailee is freaking adorable.
    Also, SO HAPPY to see Carla Hall from Top Chef! She is awesome!

    • The babies BROUGHT IT, did you see Brooke Shields daughters sitting behind her all lady like? All kinds of ADORBS

    • ChiliP

      Everytime I see Carla, I can’t help be yell HOOTIE!

      • joe_tey83


    • MilaXX

       I love her on The Chew. She and Clinton Kelly are hilarious together.

    • Qitkat

      Carla does look awesome. And now I want a pair of blue-framed glasses.

      • MoHub

         Carla’s glasses collection alone could fill two walk-in closets. She has an amazing orange pair I wanted to rip off her face the last time I saw her.

        • Qitkat

          Personally I think it’s way more awesome to have walk-in closets full of glasses and other accessories, purses, scarves, earrings, etc. than shoes. But then I have multi foot impairments and never want to draw any attention to my shoes. I rotate between about 6 pairs for all events. None of which are even kitten heels 🙁

          • MoHub

             I haven’t owned anything but flats in at least a decade, but it’s become a quest to find nice ones, so my closet overfloweth. In fact, just this morning, I ordered a pair of emerald green leather and one of bright orange patent leather to put into my rotation.

  • Brad Goreski is still so cute, but that look is starting to take him over.

    • CarolinLA

      I follow his boyfriend on Twitter (Gary Janetti).  He writes for Family Guy and he’s hilarious.  He did a whole series of tweets from Jesus’ gay friend that had me in stitches.

    • jblaked

      He really is in desperate need of a new look.

  • I totally thought Kimberly Denise-Jones was Queen Latifah.  Love how Russell Westrook is dressed.  

    • I thought so, too. Too much satin on that woman. Yish.

    • Katie Truax

      It’s L’il Kim, right?

      • CrazyAuntie


      • kimmeister

        I would’ve never recognized her in one million years.

    • petalfrog

       That’s Lil Kim right? No mistaking her for Queen Latifah, given how terrible her plastic surgery is and Queen is gorgeous and (I assume) au natural!

    • SpillinTea

      I love that they used Lil Kim’s government name…since that’s the only way you can tell its still her. 

    • It took me a few seconds to realize that was Lil’ Kim.  Plastic surgery has not been her friend.

    • lovelyivy

       The things that woman has done to her face can’t be undone. Oh Lil Kim…

    • amywinns

       No, but she IS Lil’ Kim. Which counts!

  • Sing4yursupper

    Kelly Bensimon – “Big bag of crazy with ten pounds of hair, that’s all we’re saying.”

    Too funny!

    • Wellworn

      And way too much spray tan on the legs.

  • teensmom99

    Robbie Meyers looks fantastic and also seems to know that it was really hot in NYC. Perfect seasonal dressing.

  • meowing

    I think I love Joanna Coles simply for what she chose to wear.  Utilitarian chic.

    • CarolinLA

      And a bra of course.  LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    •  I’d much rather be Joanna Coles than Anna Wintour.

    • makeityourself

      Joanna Coles, new editor of Cosmopolitan. This will be interesting to watch.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Yes, very interesting.  Although I wonder if Marie Claire will suffer for it.  I don’t know why, but when I heard she was leaving I just felt sad.  When does she start at Cosmo? 

        • makeityourself

          I don’t know her start date. It’s just odd to me — Joanna doesn’t seem like a Cosmo girl at all, although she may change that definition during her tenure there. Which would be a good thing. Maybe less sex and more sophistication for Cosmo readers.
          Sent from Anne’s iPhone, so if there are crazy misspelled words, you will know why.

  • Joanna Coles is wearing jeans. I never thought I’d see her in jeans. Also? Maggie Gyllenhall just looks sad, all the time. I don’t know if it’s her default expression or if her eyes are particularly hooded, but she always looks on the verge of tears. 

    • Judy Raddue

      You beat me to it!  Gyllenhall just looks exhausted.  Just as sad – if not sadder – than her face are her boobs… It appears that she’s wearing a bra, but why not get one that actually fits?  Or does she prefer a bra so lacking in support that it gives her a braless effect?  Someone should have directed her to Ms. Turlington Burns, who looked exquisite as ever.  Is she wearing a bra?  Who knows and who cares!  Her ensemble is effortless, chic and fits.  You’d never guess that Turlington Burns is 8 years older than Jake’s big sis.

      • CarolinLA

        MG just had her second child, right?  No wonder she’s exhausted.  BTW, I adore her work as an actress.  

        • MilaXX

          Baby should be somewhere around 8 months or more by my guestimate. A few months back when she was doing press for her last film the kid was somewhere are 4 – 6 mnths. Too lazy to google for exact dates.

    • nannypoo

      I think it’s just because her features sort of slope down (Maggie, not Joanna Coles’ jeans) and because she seems to prefer a non-madeup look. Here she doesn’t look pretty at all. But with a little makeup and the right clothes she can be hot and gorgeous. In that movie with Jeff Bridges as a down-and-out country singer she was absolutely beautiful and totally sexy. 

    • CarolinLA

      And I’ll bet you Joanna’s wearing a bra.

  • charlotte

    Patrick McDonald and those nude statues in the back: priceless!

  • I stopped reading at Gabriel Mann is forty. Unholy whatever. Would have never guessed that. Love him so effing MUCH in Revenge.

  • mhleta

    Did they really make elegant people sit on those awful benches at the Billy Reid show? Thankful for the chance to enjoy this spectacle (immensely) from the comfort of home. Who is Kimberly Denise Jones and why does she hate that poor skirt so? I promise you that garment did not see the end of day without suffering a major split, tear, etc. If you have to wear “foundation garments” better to do so without broadcasting their presence with skin tight, thin and shiny fabric. Christy Turlington wins it for the girls and Brad Gorecki takes it for the boys. (It’s my own personal awards show. The statue is shaped like a suburban housewife poised in front  of her computer.) Kelly Bensimon hired Snooki’s makeup artist?

  • MarissaLG

    We’re calling lil kim by her full name now? …Ok. 

    •  oh thats lil kim? that explains… *thoughts trail off, circle around for a while, jump off a cliff*

    • littlemac8

      Really?  I mean, seriously, is it really Lil Kim???

      • MarissaLG

        I double checked and yes it is! Super weird. 

        • MoHub

           And not so Li’l.

    • MilaXX

       She still trying to beef with Nicki or is that over now that’s Nicki’s not that hot anymore?

  • Either Lea Michele wore the same exact outfit to last year’s Jason Wu spring show, or I think you guys might have posted the wrong photo. Just FYI! Keep up the fabulous work! <3

    • NC_Meg

      I thought I had seen that outfit (or something very similar) on her before. Glad I’m not the only one that noticed.

  • SayWTH

    I thought children weren’t allowed in the shows? Or is that everyday children and not children of the rich and famous? That being said, Brooke’s girls did look sweet.

    WTH happened to Simon? Did he lose a fight with his razor?

    Looked like Kris Humphries was talking to a K. Kartrashian look-a-like. 

    • AnaRoW

       The woman he’s talking to looks Asian to me and nothing like the Kardashians. Anyway it’s not like Kris Humphries is going to get anywhere playing basketball. Once he’s finished dragging this divorce out, he’s going to need some other way to get rich.

      •  Loathe as I am to defend Kris Humphries, he did just sign a 2-year $24 million contract. Pretty huge compared to what he was making before. Agreed that girl looks nothing (thankfully for her!) like a Kardashian.

    • melizer

      Kartrashian look-a-like was my impression.

  • MissMariRose

    I almost didn’t recognize Lil Kim. That might be the best she’s ever looked.

    • MilaXX

       if that’s true, that’s so very sad. Then again Lil Kim hasn’t looked good for at least 10 years now.

  • kittenwithaquip

    The second I saw Kellan Lutz, before I scrolled down for your comment, I thought, “Gay-de-gay-gay-gay!” It’s a good thing I was not drinking anything at the time, because I couldn’t stop myself from guffawing when I read,
    That looks totally heterosexual.”

  • PastryGoddess

    the reason Maggie G doesn’t look like an 80 year old gramma is because she is working the Mid 70’s cougar at bingo look

  • joe_tey83

    The ELLE show sounds interesting. Will there be a post on it? 

  • mann is 40? bitch indeed.
    so not feeling ramirez. the hair in the clevage is just bad luck, but the ice-cream bust is just bad.
    riccis dress is spectacular!
    loving westbrooks pants and shoes.
    had to wiki carla hall, but bitch is fabulous.

  • Kristin McNamara

    1) Jaime King looks AAAAAAAAAN.CIENT. Homegirl is 33! THIRTY-THREE?! How is it even possible for someone to look like that at 33?
    2) The main color of Rose Byrne’s dress make those black straps look like that tacky kind of suspenders that only cover nipples….

  • MerBearStare

    Carla is my absolute favorite Top Chef contestant of all time.

    The only thing that hasn’t changed about me since I was ten: I would still kill multiple people to look like Christy Turlington.

  • CarolinLA

    I wonder if anyone wore the PR dresses from L&T to Fashion Week.  I know the power players would go much more upscale but I’d love to see someone photographed in Jay’s or Mondo’s or Korto’s or Chris’s dress.

  • Laylalola

    “Sad Girl on the Runway. A Lifetime Television Event, coming this fall.” Still making me giggle five minutes later.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Me too!! 

  • CarolinLA

    I remember so clearly when Cheryl Tiegs was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  She was so femininely erotic.  Not like the latest go-arounds where it’s just this side of porn.

  • quiltrx

    These folks did pretty well!  Not so much cray in this bunch. 🙂

  • quiltrx

    Aha…I KNEW I recognized Gabriel Mann (you don’t understand how rare it is for me, at 41, to recognize most of these folks)!  Went to trusty IMDb…the boy has come a long way since ‘Outside Providence’!

  • Scoobydrew

    HOOTIE … HOOTIE HOO.  I love Carla

  • MK03

    What the hell did Lil Kim do to her face?

    • MilaXX

       too much of everything, ore than once

  • Prudentia

    Oh, Hellllooooooooo Mr Huston!

  • Candigirl1968

    Rose looks like a Dickensian waif.  
    I don’t think Lea looks dowdy – it’s more like what you’d wear to dinner with your boyfriend’s parents.

  • Scarlet39

    Poor Olivia Palermo looks like she’s having trouble carrying around her head. 

  • Cheryl Teigs!  goodie bag!  And that show sounds very interesting, I hope you can post on it.
    May your today’s dreams come true sooner than 35 years from now.

  • I saw one Ms. Shields at that show backstage!! I was (and am) less enthused about her outfit than I was about her and her adorbs children. 

  • shut the front door gabriel mann is not 40?!

    • CozyCat

      Hidden in some attic there’s a painting of him where he looks like Dick Cheney….

  • You saw Carla “Hootie Hoo” Hall?  I LOVE her!  And congrats on rubbing elbows with Ms. Tiegs!  How cool for you guys that you get to meet your idols while already having so much fun at the shows!

  • SorayaS

    SIMON DOONAN IS REAL?!! Would not have thought I could adore the BBC show “Beautiful People” any more. It’s a must watch people!

    • MilaXX

       I saw it. It was a cute little show.

  • Lilak

    Christy Turlington.  That’s all I require.  The rest is noise.

  • MilaXX

    Big bag of crazy with ten pounds of hair, that’s all we’re saying.
    I think the phrase you are looking for is 20pounds of crazy in a 5pound bag. Either way both sayings fit

    Kimberly Denise James – aka Lil’ Kim – aka when pretty women have too much access to plastic surgery and no one to tell them “No”.

    LOVE Carla Hall

    • Carrieanno

      Ditto on the Carla love.

  • e jerry powell

    Cute, but what is with Ricci’s eyeballs?
    Why is Kelly Bensimon?

    Rose Byrne needs to ask the Damages stylist for some help.

    Does Hal Rubenstein even weigh 150 pounds anymore?  For a second I thought it was a less tanned Calvin Klein.
    Someone please give Charlotte Ross a job so she doesn’t have time to hang around at fashion shows in horrible dresses.

    Simon Doonan is clearly sharing clothes with his husband.

  • MilaXX

    I guess yellow is going to be the new pop of color. I keep seeing it in shoes & bags. Dwayne Wade was on Letterman last week and was wearing a nearly neon yellow blazer and was somehow making it work

    • Anathema_Device

       I bought a pair of yellow wood-heeled sandals last year and a pair of yellow leather espadrille-esque shoes this year. I cannot believe how much they punch up an otherwise ordinary outfit.

  • Carrieanno

    I hope someone brought Alexa Chung a sandwich.

  • Call me Bee

    My world is upside down when Alexa Chung is wearing Silly Putty shoes and Joanna Coles is wearing jeans.

    And boy–after her stint on RHNYC, I didn’t ever need to see Kelly Bensimone ever again. Batshit crazy for sure.

    But how nice to see familiar faces: Patrick McDonald, Carla Hall & Simon Doonan. Been a long while.

  • Ms_Flyover

     Am I the nly one who thinks Alexa Chung looks like she’s about to get dumped in pig’s blood?

  • TieDye64

    Will Christy Turlington ever age? Bitch.

  • MilaXX

     I have a pair of yellow wedges and pair  of yellow wooden earrings I scored for a buck. Wore the earring today and got loads of compliments. Maybe I’ll treat myself to a yellow bag. I’ll go to Nordstrom’s rack and see what I can find.

  • Holy shit, Nolan is 40?!

  • Crazy, you guys working around the clock — I shall give you a-round of applause.  Danke.  

  • LuLusLemons

    Kellan does not appear comfortable with fabric all over his chest, poor dear. At least his sweater is sheer.

    Kim looks steampunk by way of Contempo Casuals c.1996.

  • Qitkat

    HAPPY DANCE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! My Mac is back, my internet is back, and what site do I go to FIRST? Do you really have to ask, fellow Bitter Kittens?

  • redgauntlet

    Anna Wintour’s expression looks, as they say in Northern England, like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Thanks, boys! Feel like I was there – without the sore feet.

  • MoHub

    So happy to see Carla Hall there. As always, she looks fabulous. But the winner is definitely Patrick McDonald. He’s the only man who makes Alan Cumming look underdressed.

  • nannypoo

    Christina Ricci is an attractive woman, but OMG that hairdo makes her look like ET. Would bangs help? Some fluffiness maybe? 

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Is something wrong with my screen or does her head look way too big for her body?

  • TSkot

    You lose credibility being jealous of Brad Goreski for anything.

  • BradWatson

    Patrick McDonald giving world-class Jane Hathaway face!

  • What on EARTH is Kris Humphries doing there?

  • marilyn

    Billy:  Your little brother called and he wants his suit back.
    Erin:  Leave the boots at home when you wear your caftan.
    Eric:  You’re supposed to wear a robe over your jammies

  • Brooke Shields looks like a pirate!

  • Buffy

    Joanna Coles wears jeans?

  • Don’t you get the slightest hint of crazy from Brad Goreski? Just a little? And while I disapprove of Carla’s show, that chef knows how to work a dress like a former model. Christy T. actually looks like a real person, almost. Wow, loving these frank pictures.

  • LeBarron

    She makes me feel old, but I just adore Hailee Steinfeld.  I’ve never wanted to meet a 15 year old so much.

  • guest2visits

    Christina Ricci; very pretty, very chic. Christy Turlington too.   Curious about the red  Son Jung Wan boxes on the chairs.

  • whitney peterson

    Charlotte Ross looks G O R G E O U S!!!! And I love this cutout Mara Hoffman dress— I mean she IS at the Mara Hoffman show afterall.

  • Christina Gnozzo

    LOVING Charlotte Ross’s cut out dress!!! Look at how beautiful she looks! Ugh, cannot wait to see her on her new show BOUNCE! 🙂

  • bkhaz12

    WHA??! Charlotte Ross WERKED it in that Laura Hoffman dress! If anything, I think cutouts should only be accepted at a SPRING show. You go girl!

  • FashionableLena

    And the tackiest award goes to Charlotte Ross.
    Just discovered your blog.  You guys are freaking hilarious and spot on.