After sleeping in, I was revved up again for my second day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week—and Fashion’s Night Out! I rushed over to the downtown venue for Nicole Miller’s show, only to realize that fashion shows don’t usually start on time anyways. Oh, and I tripped and fell flat on my face while walking over. In flat shoes. I may as well have worn heels. I loved the criss-cross straps on many of the pieces in the collection—in addition to the clean cuts, sheers, and neutral shades. I’m all for the ladylike look; my mother would approve, after all.
I didn’t attend Fashion’s Night Out last year because I was sick, but this year I had a great time! However, by the time my friends and I arrived at the Ace Hotel for Opening Ceremony’s Parisian flea market, there was a line stretching around the block. Instead of making our way further downtown, we headed to the Upper East Side where we posed with male models at Bloomingdale’s, ate candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar—and most importantly, attended our friend’s private birthday celebration on the second floor of Missoni!
The Missoni print on the Pellegrino bottles was too precious and there were three varieties of birthday cake, in addition to an ice cream bar by Glorious Food! Being the glutton that I am, I sampled all three cakes. There’s something dangerous about eating messy food while surrounded by beautiful clothes, but when you have delicious food and fun fashion on Friday night—what more could you ask for?
On Day 3, Noel braved the backstage perils of MBFW!
Being backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is frazzling and disorienting. Within the first 10 seconds of walking in, I spotted some of my most favorite models, such as Bonnie Chen (why are some people born with perfect legs and bone structure?!). After the initial shock wore off, I proceeded to focus on the matter at hand—finding Vivienne Tam herself.
My obsession with Vivienne Tam goes back to elementary school when Asian-American fashion designers, such as Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang, weren’t as prominent—or existent—as they are now. For a brief while, I wanted to be a fashion designer, and whenever someone would ask me if there were any fashion designers I wanted to model myself after, I named Vivienne Tam. She was and still is one of the most prominent pioneering Asians in the fashion industry.
I was pleased to discover that she’s not that much taller than myself, and I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes with her. One thing I love about her is how she embraces the American fashion industry while remaining loyal to her Asian roots. I saw famous Chinese fashion editors backstage—in addition to the Korean pop music group, the Wonder Girls, whom I also spotted earlier at Concept Korea.
“I always go back to Hong Kong and China every few months,” she said, “I will always return and I love it there. The fashion industry is the same everywhere— Hong Kong, New York. I feel at home anywhere.” She proceeded to ask for more lipstick as she posed for the cameras. And as I walked away with my little digital voice recorder, I couldn’t help but admire her poise in the midst of pre-show madness. Check back tomorrow for more, mes amis!