Week Two of The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC.

So, here we go a second time. I couldn’t leave you high and dry without reporting on the 2nd week of such big fashion doings, could I?

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1.) The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC celebrities in attendance; Hugh Jackman, Rita Ora, Katie Holmes…among others.

2. ) There was lots of orange on hand, so much so the sunshine-y hue seemed to be the most popular on runways this time out. Tommy Hilfiger showed outfits resplendent in bright orange, both Prabal Gurung (actually Prabal Gurung revealed very bold prints overall, many with an Asian-inspired motif) .and Rag & Bone had some of their model’s lips painted brightly with the color and Marissa Web presented loose high dresses drenched in all this brightness.

Off site of the Lincoln Center tents (and much is always made about who appears in the tents as well as now who doesn’t, what will happen for the future of the tents, who is paying what, why and where when it comes to showing ‘off-site’ and on ) Diane von Furstenberg’s studio in the meatpacking district revealed her fall collection and Donna Karan celebrated 30th years in the business with an anniversary show on 2/10 at the decidedly chilly Wall Street construction site that is former home of J.P. Morgan.

Also off site, but certainly not so much about designers, once again the  “Fashion Plate Prix Fixe” returned to many Lincoln Square eateries (God knows, in that part of town, even the simplest food can be pricey) and battling snow, slush and cold weather pretty much things went off without a hitch, very much like the Superbowl did in pretty much the same area (a mere 20 minute tunnel ride back into New Jersey from Lincoln Center actually).

So what have we learned? Are there trends? Do celebrities make or break the couture fun? Is New York better then Milan when it comes to these kinds of shows? At the end of all the showings are there truly any outfits the common lady (or man) will be able to afford in any real sense? Given what we can find, share, mock or celebrate online (and that we can do all this online) when it comes to fashion, moda, mode-call it what you will-are these weeks even still relevant?

These are questions I can’t much answer. For now I simply report on what happened this 2nd week at The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NYC. .

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Miss Bey Catches The Spotlight Again

And you’d think the President, more than 500 guests and big birthday bash for first lady would be enough to get press. But it seems what people are most on about is what Beyoncé was wearing.

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And I guess being a fashion portal we should take notice too.

In a gold Randi Rahm mini, sporting nude patent-leather heels and a mess of Lorraine Schwartz bangles, it was Miss Bey who made the biggest impression on a whole bunch of net news outlets. Certainly the pictures she took were enough to fill Beyonce’s Tumbler page with stuff, as once again the rich and shameless do their best to convince us how much better their lives are. And yes, hubby Jay Z and the couple’s newest edition Blue Ivy was at the party too but it was Beyoncé mostly anyone and everyone was interested in seeing (and seeing lots of her as they did in that dress that showed off the lady’s gams in a spectacular fashion) as she made the scene and even performed six songs.

This is not the first time Beyoncé has stepped out in something provocative, that her appearance at an event is the most important moment of that event, that she has walked into a spot with her child and Jay Z only to catch all the attention, and it won’t be the last. Let’s face it, as much as we all might be interested in catching what a Leonardo DiCaprio or Hugh Jackman are wearing (and in the case of a Jackman it’s sometimes as interesting to catch what he’s not wearing) in the case of world wide fashion couture, be it in clothes, tattoos, hairstyles or jewels, it is the opposite of what old James Brown sang, it is a woman’s world to be sure!

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