Hope Springs Eternal
The Spring 2007 shows begin bright and early this morning in New York's Bryant Park, and we are gasping with anticipation.
The first show on the schedule is John Bartlett, and he is always good for a bit of drama and machismo with his burly boys and wonderful literary references. It's unusual for Bartlett to kick off the shows; the curtain raiser is usually the Kenneth Cole show, but Cole has decided to forgo the runway this season and so the fashion folks will have to do without his usual videotaped reminder to be a cultural and social do-gooder and not just obsess about the latest pair of knee-high boots with a chunky heel.
There are only about 500 shows on the schedule, and we're only exaggerating the teensy-weensiest bit when we say that more than likely about 490 of those collections have no business being on the runway. But then, why be so negative right off the bat? Surely brilliance awaits.
There are two hot-ticket parties tonight. One is a celebration of Nicolas Ghesquiere, the Balenciaga designer who is in town from Paris for the festivities. (He will not be putting the Balenciaga collection on a New York runway. He is all about Paris.) The second party is the opening gala of the Black Style Now exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit doesn't really try to define black style but it throws out lots of suggestions on what it is and how it has evolved. Essence magazine is sponsoring the exhibition and the party is being hosted by, among others, Susan Taylor and Sean "Diddy" Combs.
The invitations allow each guest to bring a date, although we are going stag because it's all about work, which means that the whole party is going to be crowded and crazy and well, if we manage to get there before the fire marshals close the place down, we'll tell you all about it.
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