In this week’s GLOSSIP: INTELLIGENT GOSSIP you won’t hear anywhere else… The inside scoop on NYFW featuring DONNA KARAN’s departure, DIANE VON FURSTENBURG’S love affairs and what to wear to NYFW…
1. Hang on to your Birkin! A month of fashion mayhem kicks off on September 10 with New York Fashion Week. One woman who won’t be there this year is DONNA KARAN. Gossip still surrounds Karan’s sudden departure from her eponymous label, which makes a change from the chatter around her perennial mahogany tan, an anomaly in Manhattan. But everyone agrees the September shows are the one time you can flaunt the remnants of your summer glow. Ditto a bright nail. Seasoned fashionistas generally opt for a buffed natural look, preferably by BASTIEN GONZALEZ, who looks after GWYNETH, NAOMI et al.
2. Another New York-based fashion veteran DIANE VON FURSTENBURG has a new book out, called The Woman I Wanted to Be. The Belgian designer tells the story of her life thus far (she is 67) – her European upbringing, her first marriage to a prince, her various love affairs, her second marriage to television magnate BARRY DILLER, her successes and failures in fashion, including the naissance and renaissance of the famous wrap dress (to which, she says, she owes everything: her financial independence and her place in fashion history) and her occasional crises des confiances. She’s not averse to dispensing wisdom, some of it a little irritating. “I feel,” she writes, “in the latter part of your life, you should feel fulfilled, not defeated. My advice is that as a woman gets deep into her forties, she should start becoming a myth … for whatever she does, even if it’s making the best chocolate mousse or being the best flower arranger. She has to stand for something and she’s got to stay relevant, to be active, to participate.”
3. Vogue Japan’s editor-at-large ANNA DELLO ROSSO has posted her own fashion week rules online and they make for informative reading. She declares “you must feel the weather every morning” before choosing what to wear, which means planning an outfit in advance is out. “Don’t carry big bags” is another smart tidbit; they block the seating areas at the shows which are notoriously tight. Of course, the best action often happens outside the venues. Although unless you’re an “influencer” or celebrity guest, there’s no point in hanging around posing. If veteran photographer BILL CUNNINGHAM (of The New York Times) or SCOTT SCHUMAN (The Sartorialist) has not taken your photo on the third walk by, your outfit hasn’t made the cut.