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Because I didn’t have a schedule fit to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012, I thought my reviews of the Fashion Week weren’t going to be worth putting on the blog.

That is, until Romance Was Born unveiled their Spring/Summer collection in collaboration with MARVEL. (Yes, I’m a comic nerd). As the show that kicked off Australia’s Fashion Week, this collaboration couldn’t have been any more ballsy. Romance Was Born sent their superhero-splashed models out against a paper-pop up set worthy of The Avengers. The collection – “Berserkergang” (a state of unbeatable warrior power) – rocked a graphic artist appeal and even incorporated Jack Kirby’s famous dot technique and the process of CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Key) printing.

One half of Romance Was Born, Anna Plunkett, said, “having access to such incredible graphic archives has been so exciting. The MARVEL group has been really supportive in helping us reach our creative vision. It’s been a terrific process seeing the collection come to life, and a real privilege to work with such an incredible respected and creative company!”

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(Photography c/o Lucas Dawson – www.lucasdawson.com. Edited by me.)
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Backstage Fashion Week
In only one week from today we will be kicking off the Spring/Summer 2012 collection previews from the four major international fashion cities – New York, London, Milan and Paris – with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Not even Hurricane Irene could keep the crowds away. For your fashion perusal, here is a compilation of all the New York shows from the 8th to the 15th of September. After that? LONDON’S TURN! (Blog chaos, essentially.)

September 8
09AM Nicholas K, Studio |LIVE Stream|
09:30-10:30AM Porter Grey, BOX
10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11AM Richard Chai, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01PM Supima, Studio |LIVE Stream|
02PM Tadashi Shoji, Stage |LIVE Stream|
02:30-3:30PM Candela, Box

September 9
09:00AM Emerson, Studio
09:30-10:30AM Electric Feathers, Box
09:30AM Project Runway, Theater
11:00AM Luca Luca, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM General Idea, Studio
02:00PM Rebecca Taylor, Stage |LIVE Stream|
02:30-03:30PM Mara Hoffman, Box
05-07PM Helen Yarmak, 730 5TH Ave, 23RD Floor
05:30PM Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage, 14th St At 10th Ave
06:00PM Nicole Miller |LIVE Stream|
06:30-07:30PM Joy Cioci, Box
06:30-08:30PM Concept Korea, Avery Fisher Hall
07:00PM Cynthia Rowley, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Academy of Art University, Theater
09:00PM Falguni & Shane Peacock, Studio

September 10
09:00AM Ruffian, Studio
10:00AM Lacoste, Theater |LIVE Stream|
10:30-11:30AM Pink Tartan, Box
11:00AM Jill Stuart, Stage |LIVE Stream|
12:00PM Son Jung Wan, Studio
02:00PM Adam, Stage
03:00PM Vivienne Tam, Theater |LIVE Stream|
03:30-04:30PM Farah Angsana, Box
04:00PM Honor, Studio
06:00PM Charlotte Ronson, Stage |LIVE Stream|
07:00-08:00PM Rafael Cennamo, Box
07:00PM Monique Lhullier, Theater |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Eva Minge, Good Units, 356 W 58Th St
09:00PM Venexiana, Studio

September 11
10:30-11:30AM Katya Leonovich, Box
11:00AM Lela Rose, Studio
12:00PM Derek Lam, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM DKNY, 547 W 26Th St
02:00PM Tracy Reese, Studio |LIVE Stream|
02:30-03:30PM L.A.M.B., Box
04:00PM Diane Von Furstenberg, Theater |LIVE Stream|
05:00PM Jen Kao, Studio
05:00PM Y-3, 82 Mercer St
06:30-07:30PM Guishem, Box
07:00PM Custo Barcelona, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Tommy Hilfiger, Theater |LIVE Stream|
09:00PM Timo Weiland, Studio

September 12
09:00AM Jenny Packham, Studio
09:30-10:30AM Callula Lillibelle, Box
10:00AM Carolina Herrera, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11:00AM Carlos Miele, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM Rebecca Minkoff, Studio
01:30-02:30PM Pamella Roland, Box
02:00PM Donna Karan, New York, 547 W 26Th St
03:00PM Vlov-Qingqing Wu, Stage
04:00PM Yeohlee, TBA
05:00PM Norman Ambrose, Studio
06:00PM Betsey Johnson, Theater
06:30-07:30PM Jad Ghandour, Box
07:00PM Perry Ellis, Stage |LIVE Stream|

September 13
08:30-10:00AM Michael Angel, Box
09:00AM Tory Burch, Alice Tully Hall
09:30-10:30AM J.Crew, Studio
10:00AM Badgley Mischka, Theater |LIVE Stream|
11:00AM Vera Wang, Stage |LIVE Stream|
01:00PM Diesel, Black Gold, 711 12Th Ave
01:00PM Zang Toi, Studio
01:30-03:30PM Bibhu Mohaptra, Box
02:00PM Herve Leger by Max Azria, Theater |LIVE Stream|
03:00PM Argentine Designers, Stage
06:30-07:30PM Improvd, Box
07:00PM Tibi, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM Narciso Rodriguez, Theater |LIVE Stream|
09:00PM Malan Breton, Studio

September 14
09:00-11:00AM Norma Kamali, David Rubenstein Atrium
09:30-10:30AM Rochambeau, Box
10:00AM Michael Kors, Theater
11:00AM Nanette Lepore, Stage
12:00PM Ports 1961, New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
01:00PM J. Mendel, Studio |LIVE Stream|
01:30-02:30PM Nomia, Box
02:00PM Chado Ralph Rucci, Theater
03:00PM Milly by Michelle Smith, Stage
05:00PM Shamask, Studio
06:00PM Anna Sui, Theater |LIVE Stream|
06:30-07:30PM Juan Carlos Obando, Box
07:00PM Elie Tahari, Stage |LIVE Stream|
08:00PM B Michael America, Museum of Natural History, W79th St

September 15
10:00AM Ralph Lauren, 275 Hudson St
12:00PM Guli, Studio
12:30-01:30PM Sergio Davila, Box
02:00PM Calvin Klein Collection, 205 W 39TH ST
04:00PM Naeem Khan, Stage
05:00PM Made In Africa: By Arise Magazine, Avery Fisher Hall
06:00PM Elene Cassis, Studio
08:30PM Marc Jacobs (not officially listed on NYFW Mercedes Benz Site)

Rebecca Black

  • It’s official! One of the greatest shows ever made, Absolutely Fabulous, is coming back! In the words of Joanna Lumley (aka Patsy Stone – a woman who hasn’t eaten since 1973), both lead characters are “very old and nearly dead and practically plugged into vodka machines”. Actress Jennifer Saunders (aka Edina Monsoon – born Edwina, but changed her name to Edina because it’s chic-er), who also writes the series, has confirmed that production had begun on three new specials that will feature Saffy, Bubble and many surprise guests: “Like a good bottle of Champagne, we hope that we have got better with time without losing any of our sparkle. Last week when we started filming in dear old west London, it was as if nothing had changed. It was raining. Nevertheless, we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older like us but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of P.R.”
  • Hermès has reported a 42 percent rise in net profits in the first half of this financial year. Nice.
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (better known as NYFW) starts in exactly one week. The event is once again partnering with Maybelline and YouTube to offer live online streams of over 30 runway shows at Lincoln Center. Today, coverage has kicked off from the Live from the Runway channel, and they will also be releasing backstage beauty insights, recaps, and trend forecasting.
  • Former reality TV star (The Hills and The City) and current fashion designer Whitney Port is making a move into the world of romantic comedies! She will star in the ensemble cast of “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” which is also made up of Cheryl Cole, Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Chase Crawford, and many more young stars!
  • Westfield Stratford is set to open on September 13th (just in time for London Fashion Week!) In their viral promo, they have wrapped up 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds and it is incredibly cute.

  • New York City
    Want to know what is going on and off during New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week? We have the preliminary schedule here for your show-planning pleasure!

    February 9, 2011
    7:00 PM The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, Theatre

    February 10, 2011
    9:00 AM Nicholas K, Studio
    9:30-10:30 AM Porter Grey, Box*
    10:00 AM BCBGMAXAZRIA, Theatre
    11:00 AM Richard Chai, Stage
    1:00 PM Duckie Brown, Studio
    3:00 PM Luca Luca, Stage
    3:30-4:30 PM Mara Hoffman, Box*
    4:00 PM Tadashi Shoji, Studio
    6:00 PM Eva Minge, TBC
    7:00 PM Christian Siriano, Stage
    8:30-9:30 PM W Hotels Global Glam, Box*
    9:00 PM Irina Shabayeva, Studio

    February 11, 2011
    9:00 AM Ruffian, Studio
    9:30-10:30 AM Tess Giberson, Box*
    11:00 AM Perry Ellis, Stage
    12:00 PM Farah Angsana, Studio
    1:30-2:30 PM Buckler, Box*
    2:00 PM Rebecca Taylor, Stage
    5:30-6:30 PM Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, TBC
    6:30-7:30 PM Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, TBC
    6:00 PM Nicole Miller, Studio
    6:30-7:30 PM Joy Cioci, Box*
    7:00 PM Cynthia Rowley, Stage
    8:00 PM Academy of Art University, Theatre
    9:00 PM Venexiana, Studio

    February 12, 2011
    10:30-11:30 AM Binetti, Box*
    11:00 AM Jill Stuart, Stage
    12:00 PM Prabal Gurung, Studio
    2:00 PM ADAM, Stage
    2:30-3:30 PM MANDY COON, Box*
    3:00 PM Vivienne Tam, Theatre
    4:00 PM Mik Cire, Studio
    6:00 PM Charlotte Ronson, Stage
    7:00 PM G-Star RAW, Theatre
    9:00 PM Toni Francesc, Studio

    February 13, 2011
    10:00 AM Derek Lam, Stage
    10:30-11:30 AM Timo Weiland, Box*
    11:00 AM Lela Rose, Studio
    1:00 PM DKNY, 547 W 26th Street
    2:00 PM Calvin Klein Collection Men’s, 205 W 39th Street
    2:15 PM Tory Burch , Studio
    2:30-3:30 PM Yoana Baraschi, Box*
    3:00 PM Max Azria, Stage
    4:00 PM Diane von Furstenberg, Theatre
    5:00 PM CYNTHIA STEFFE, Studio
    5:00 PM Y-3, 82 Mercer Street
    6:00 PM Carmen Marc Valvo, 4 Times Square
    7:00 PM Custo Barcelona, Stage
    7:30-8:30 PM Behnaz Sarafpour, Box*
    8:00 PM Tommy Hilfiger, Theatre
    9:00 PM Zang Toi, Studio

    February 14, 2011
    9:00 AM Jenny Packham, Studio
    9:30- 10:30 AM Callula Lillibelle, Box*
    10:00 AM Carolina Herrera, Theatre
    11:00 AM Carlos Miele, Stage
    1:00 PM Tracy Reese, Studio
    2:00 PM Donna Karan New York, 547 W 26th Street
    3:00 PM Monique Lhuillier, Stage
    5:00 PM pamella roland, Studio
    6:00 PM Betsey Johnson, Theatre
    6:00 PM Chado Ralph Rucci, TBC
    7:00 PM Mackage, Stage

    February 15, 2011
    9:00 AM Rebecca Minkoff, Studio
    9:30-10:30 AM Trias, Box*
    10:00 AM Badgley Mischka, Theatre
    11:00 AM Vera Wang, Stage
    1:00 PM Jen Kao, Studio
    1:00 PM Diesel Black Gold, TBC
    1:30-3:30 PM Bibhu Mohapatra, Box*
    2:00 PM Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Theatre
    3:00 PM Dennis Basso, Stage
    6:00 PM J. Mendel, Studio
    7:00 PM Tibi, Stage
    7:30-8:30 PM Frank Tell, Box*
    8:00 PM Narciso Rodriguez, Theatre

    February 16, 2011
    9:00 AM Yigal Azrouël, Studio
    9:30-10:30 AM Domenico Vacca, Box*
    10:00 AM Michael Kors, Theatre
    11:00 AM Nanette Lepore, Stage
    1:00 PM Herchcovitch;Alexandre, Studio
    1:30-2:30 PM Adrienne Vittadini, Box*
    3:00 PM Milly by Michelle Smith, Stage
    4:00 PM Helen Yarmak, 730 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
    5:00 PM CHRISTIAN COTA, Studio
    6:00 PM Anna Sui, Theatre
    6:30-7:30 PM Odd Molly, Box*
    7:00 PM Elie Tahari, Stage

    February 17, 2011
    9:00 AM General Idea, Studio
    10:00 AM Ralph Lauren, 275 Hudson Street
    11:00 AM Ralph Lauren, 275 Hudson Street
    1:00 PM Ports 1961, Theatre
    2:00 PM Calvin Klein Collection Women’s, 205 W 39th St, Ground Floor
    3:00 PM Calvin Klein Collection Women’s, 205 W 39th St, Ground Floor
    6:00 PM Elene Cassis, Studio
    7:00 PM Naeem Khan, Stage
    7:30-8:30 PM LUBLU Kira Plastinina, Box*
    8:00 PM L.A.M.B., Theatre
    9:00 PM IVANAhelsinki, Studio