New York Fashion Week
Looking for a live stream of fashion week, lovlies? Today is your lucky day! New York Fashion Week kicks off this morning, and some designers have been kind enough to give you a seat in the virtual front row.

Thursday, February 10

• 10am: BCBG Max Azria at BCBGMaxAzriaGroup.com

Friday, February 11

• 11am: Perry Ellis at PerryEllis.com
• 2pm: Rebecca Taylor at MBFashionWeek.com
• 6pm: Nicole Miller at MBFashionWeek.com
Saturday, February 12
• 2pm: Prabal Gurung on the Prabal Gurung Facebook Page
• 5pm: Alexander Wang at livestream.com

Sunday, February 13

• 10am: Derek Lam at DerekLam.com
• 1pm: DKNY on the DKNY Facebook Page
• 6pm: Thakoon at Thakoon.com
• 8pm: Tommy Hilfiger on the Tommy Hilfiger Facebook Page

Monday, February 14

• 2pm: Donna Karan New York on the Donna Karan New York Facebook Page
• 6pm: Betsey Johnson at BetseyJohnson.com
• 8pm: Marc Jabobs at MarcJacobs.com

Tuesday, February 15

• 10am: Badgley Mischka at MBFashionWeek.com
• 1pm: Jen Kao at MBFashionWeek.com
• 4pm: Marc by Marc Jacobs at MarcJacobs.com

Wednesday, February 16

• 10am: Michael Kors at MBFashionWeek.com
• 11am: Nanette Lepore at NanetteLepore.com
• 1pm: Oscar de la Renta on the Oscar de la Renta Facebook Page
• 3pm: Reed Krakoff at ReedKrakoff.com
• 6pm: Anna Sui at AnnaSui.com
• 8pm: Proenza Schouler at ProenzaSchouler.com

Thursday, February 17

• 2pm: Calvin Klein at CalvinKlein.tv
• 7pm: Naeem Khan at NaeemKhan.com

Rachel Zoe
Seven months-pregnant stylist Rachel Zoe has passed another flight on her stairway to heaven. Her much-awaited contemporary collection for Fall/Winter 2011 was somewhat-secretly previewed yesterday. In addition to her under-$200 line for QVC, Zoe’s new line – on which she partnered with Fung & Li – considers their rivals to be Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg.
Rachel Zoe Stole Design
Unfortunately, we’ve spotted a slight uh oh in the designs. In 2007, Zoe styled a fashion story for Teen Vogue that…well…featured an identical dress. While white-and-black sequins can easily be imitated without design fraud, an exact pattern is much harder to replicate without questions being raised. I believe Rachel also wore the original design to the Marc Jacobs after-party that following Fashion Week. No comment from my beloved Zoe Camp just yet. I die. View Post

Eccentric Mind Dree Hemingway
I think I’m in lust with China. Everything they have been doing over the past few months is so fashion forward. Let’s look at “Eccentric Mind” in Vogue China’s January issue as photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. While the clothes you throw on a model as beautiful as Dree Hemingway are bound to look sexy, stylist Nicoletta Santoro has made absolutely brilliant and unexpected choices. Just look at it; Marni, Miu Miu, Jean Yu, Alexander Wang, Maria La Rosa, Nina Ricci and more, topped off with what is set to be the most coveted outerwear of the season: The Louis Vuitton transparent raincoat. Flip through the spread with a smoothie and soundtrack of “Please, please, please, let me get what I want” by She & Him. You wont regret it. View Post

Lauren Santo Domingo Moda Operandi
Lauren Santo Domingo has partnered with Aslaug Magnusdottir (who hails from the old Gilt Group) on a new online venture to be launched this February during New York Fashion Week. Going by the name ‘Moda Operandi‘, their own M.O. is to delve into the untapped world of virtual trunk shows. For those who don’t know – in physical trunk shows, the ‘whos whos’ go to exclusive events to chat to designers and order pieces directly from them before all the ‘normal people’ see them in stores (I say that very lightly).

The difference by making it virtual is that Moda Operandi will have the clothes available for purchase within 48 hours of their runway shows which can then be secured for a 50% deposit and delivered in roughly four months. Of course, there will be a great return policy. Designers who have agreed to participate include Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, and Giambattista Valli.

As exciting as this is, it could also be the death of sample sales.

Solange and Grace Coddington New York Fashion Week Celebrity Favourites
Yes, we know the clothes take center stage at New York Fashion Week, but the celebs perched in the front rows get their fair share of attention, too. After all, they often become brand ambassadors for designer labels, as red-carpet images of them in fancy frocks and elegant ensembles are beamed round the world.

Here are some quotes de la celebrities and fashion notables about spring’s newest looks, their fave designers, and top trends. Listen in.

Christina Hendricks. “I have maybe twenty purses and sixty pairs of shoes. [The most extravagant piece of fashion] I ever bought myself was a beautiful bag last week from Chloé,” said the “Mad Men” star, adding that as far as nail polishes go, “I’m into that sort of beige-latte color.”

Robert Verdi. “Prabal has this very unique version of fashion, that [his customer is] a socialite, she’s stylish, she’s not necessarily super rich, she’s cool, she’s hip, she’s a little Bohemian. I like that he pushes: A ruffle is really a ruffle. It’s big, it’s grand.”

M.I.A. “I love Alexander Wang leather shorts and his handbags. Not that I use handbags, but when I start using them, those are the ones that I’m going to pull out! Alex custom-made me a pink-piping dress. That’s probably my favorite item in my whole wardrobe.” As for trends, she says, “I’m excited to wear some of this mint green that’s about to come out.”

Cynthia Nixon. “[Fall] is the perfect season to pick up something new for the wardrobe. I’m not very knowledgeable about fashion, to be honest. I’m an actress, I’m not a model,” Nixon said at the Calvin Klein store on Fashion’s NIght Out. “[“Sex and the City” costumer] Pat Field dressed us for so many years and put us in the world’s most beautiful clothing. It’s not what you’d call my area of expertise.”

Steven Kolb. “I love Prabal. I think he is a very talented young man,” says the CFDA president. “He’s not an overnight sensation; he’s really put in the time and it’s nice to see him emerge and have his own label. He’s one of the nicest designers I’ve ever met. And very unintentionally spiritual about how he approaches his work.”

Maggie Gyllenhaal. “The show was great,” she says of Alexander Wang. “I have a couple of pieces that I wear; this [black] jacket I have now is Alexander Wang. I wear it all the time.”

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. “I have this black metallic [nail polish] on from Chanel right now, and it’s got a little gold hint in it. It’s really beautiful!”

Kelly Osbourne. “I love New York Fashion Week, it’s my favorite time of year! I missed the [Tommy Hilfiger] show — I was at Elise Overland, and by the time I got back to my hotel room and changed into my dress I was too late! I don’t know about trends, but there’s a color that I’m loving: It’s a pink-beige that I’m seeing a lot, and especially because I’m blonde, I love it.”

Kristen Bell. “I’m really into big, nubby sweaters right now because they’re so comfortable — and putting jean jackets under sweaters is kind of my new thing.”

Alina Cho. “It’s the Asian invasion, truly!” the CNN correspondent says of Prabal Gurung. “I just love his story — he came from Nepal because he believed in himself. And the clothes are legitimately great. I have a white-and-black polka-dot dress with a big bow from last season, and I also have a fun feathered party dress. He designs for the modern woman who has to work and then maybe goes out in the evening.”

Brad Goreski. “The Michael Bastian peacoat is one of the best things I’ve seen all week,” says the “Rachel Zoe Project” star.

Kimora Lee Simmons. “I loved Custo! It was so fun, so colorful, and the people were so nice. I loved Zac Posen’s new line [Z Spoke] — it’s very classic, sexy, and a lot of fun. And, of course, I love Tommy. We’ve been together so long. Tommy is like a family friend.”