When I moved here in 2007, I had one single goal in mind: to become recognized as an accomplished editor and writer in the fields of fashion and beauty. I sold almost everything I owned, packed whatever I had left into a couple of boxes in storage, booked a one-way flight and just took a leap of faith. The beginnings of that road were bumpy until the moment I walked into the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the first time.
I’ve said this many times and people sort of laugh (or look at me funny), but when I walked through the front doors to attend my first show at Bryant Park (which is where it was until recently), I had the same emotions that one has when you fall in love. My breath caught in my chest and I remember thinking how incredible it was, how I had watched these shows on television and now I was going to get a chance to see one. As crazy as it gets, as mean as people can be sometimes during this 8-9 day stretch of time (“Fashion runs on bitchiness,” as Tom Ford once said), I love it and I’m back for more the next season.
The reason I love Fashion Week is because of the FASHION and the beauty and the celebration of how these creative forces wish to adorn our lives with style. Stanley Tucci’s character Nigel said in The Devil Wears Prada, “Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta. And what they did, what they created was greater than art because you live your life in it.” What I’m about to see (and what YOU’RE about to see via my attendance) is a view into those intricate creative dreams where well-known artists like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan stand shoulder to shoulder with Prete & Bruno and Emerson to give their vision of how life should be adorned, how you can feel amazing about yourself, stand out in a crowd, lift your head high and live your life with style.
The art of living well will be on display for eight whole days. The stage is set, the models are prepared, the world’s media is waiting to see how we should express ourselves through the art of fashion. I’m deeply grateful to have a chance to bring what’s about to come to you.
The motto of this site is “Life is short. Live well.” Tomorrow, as I enter the tents again to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I’ll be giving you glimpses of how to do just that…and taking notes myself. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to be inspired.