Truly Julie looks like a kid at a candy store at the Number:Lab fashion presentation. Fashion Front: Grace Sun dress.
With Hurricane Irene past us, there’s another storm brewing: NYC Fashion Week. My sister, Grace Sun, calls it her “Super Bowl” (check out her hilarious write up here), and others call it frivolous, superficial and a waste of $$$. An average runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center costs $250,000 and upwards, which is an exorbitant amount of money given a runway show usually lasts 10 minutes tops. But a lot happens in those few minutes. For example, you can do some serious “star gazing”, case in point: Iman, Nigel Barker, Kanye West, Carey Mulligan, Tim Gunn and Carolina Herrera, as well as celebrity clothes mongers (e.g., Kim Kardashian).
Simon Huck, Jonathan Cheban, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, and Scott Disick atJill Stuart runway show. I took this picture from my awesome seat. Thanks, Alison Brod!
For me, Fashion Week is more than just fashion and the impact of that week, which certainly lasts a whole lot longer (the trends established at each FW will be played out for months if not years). Whether it’s dance, art, music, writing, speech etc…I love anything that celebrates your ability to express yourself. Fashion is a way for me to tell the world, without ever opening my mouth, that I’m fun, daring, sophisticated and confident. The argument that fashion is superfluous cuts both ways. Yeah, sure, it’s what’s on the inside that matters…but the way you express yourself through your style, in an instant, tells people who you are. Fashion–the ability to showcase your personality through clothes– is very powerful. One woman who’s discovered this force is Vogue editor, Anna Wintour. Grace and I had a fun run-in with her at the Rag & Bone show last year (find it here). And in the below gallery, pictures galore of my Fashion Week adventures from previous years; and on the following sites, some colorful examples of expression: WhoWhatWear.com, The.Satorialist.com or MAMAisHaute.com. But really, inspiration can come from anything! So as we gear up for Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012, just remember, your style and fashion can be your voice….so sing a song that will make people stop and listen! As the proverbial saying goes, life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Dress. To. Kill.
Grace Sun (MAMAisHAUTE.com) and Truly Julie backstage at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, about to attend Yigal Azrouel and Michael Kors. Fashion Front: Truly Julie wears Yigal Azrouel knit dress.
As you can see from Grace’s Spring/Summer 2011 presentation last year, she understands first hand how to empower women with clothes. GraceSunDesign.com. Fashion Front: Truly Julie wears Grace Sun blouse, vintage shorts, and Balenciaga boots.