I arrived to check in and of course my name wasn't on the list despite emailing the PR firm to confirm the day before. I quickly emailed my contact and fortunately they quickly came to the desk to collect me.
I arrived backstage to a flurry of excitement. I entered into the beauty area where they were primping dozens of models.
I was first introduced to Buffy Hernandez, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Creative Lead for Makeup. She showed me some of the new products and explained that it was a clean, natural look. They finished by powering the model's lips (no color).
I watched her makeup a 13 year old who was excited for her first show. When I was 13 I was under 5 feet tall with braces and head gear.
She also gave a quick touch up to Lena McIlwain who actually ended up interviewing me about beauty trends for QVC, where Dennis has a line.
As for nails they simply buffed the model's fingernails with this Amazing Shine buffer and then polished their toes with Essie's Chocolate Cake or Lady Godiva. These rich tones beautifully complemented Basso's Fall looks.
As for hair the look was clean and simple as well. Models had their hair straightened and pulled back into a pony.
I peeked across the way and there was the collection in another tented area. I wasn't sure if my press pass would allow me to enter but I decided to go for it.
Inside was hoards of press photographing the collection and interviewing Mr. Basso. As a fashion lover I can't express the euphoria of being able to get up close and touch each beautifully handcrafted piece. Each look was neatly hung with each coordinating accessory.
When the models started lining up I thought it was funny that almost every girl was playing with her phone.
I love watching the models to see what they wear. Several girls were sporting bomber jackets - how cool are these two?
A lot of the shoes were simple Stuart Weitzmans. Note that this girl was actually reading a book.
The press interviewed some of the models as well. I overheard this girl (wearing an alligator coat) saying she doesn't eat meat LOL.
There were several celebs backstage. I recognized Carol Alt right off the bat but honestly I hadn't a clue who this girl was. I googled her and I still don't know who Ana Vilafane is LOL. I love the dress but I think the coat is a little old for her.
I caught this clip of Dennis being interviewed and sharing how much he loves fur. I'm sure the activists must love him LOL.
Right before the show they asked the press to clear the area so I left. I realized I probably could have stayed if I wasn't such a goody-goody. The rain was intense so I stepped across the street to the hotel lobby and watched as the show-goers exited.
I realized in my excitement I didn't have anyone take my pic. So I snapped a picture of my new Dannijo bracelet with my phone.
I actually had tickets to two shows that night but my husband got called into a meeting on his day off and lucky me couldn't get coverage so I had to head home for the kids. Ugh.
As I was walking to Penn Station to jump on the Subway I realized I needed to at least take a mirror selfie so I stepped inside Kmart and took this video. Note my very wet and flat hair. I gave my feet the day off from heels and wore my trench because it was over 50 degrees. Crazy that it had snowed the day before.
My look from head to toe:
- Coat: Altuzarra for Target, $45 (50% off)
- Dress: American Apparel, $7.50, Nordstrom Rack
- Bag: Balenciaga Velo, Nordstrom Rack
- Jeans: Chip Foster, Nordstrom Rack $19.98 (retail $220)
- Bracelet: Dannijo Lacey cuff, sample sale, $25 (retail $495!)
- Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff, sample sale, $25
I'm almost done with my Fashion Week Coverage. Stay tuned for my last day :)