Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Backstage Pass to Fabulousness

What do you get when you combine a photographer, a fashion lover and backstage access to two fashion shows at New York Fashion Week? Fabulousness!

I met the lovely and talented Deanne in Soho for the STUDY by Tara St. James show. I'm no fashion expert, I just know what I love, and her pieces were beautiful. So conceptual and structured. When I was busy clicking backstage I overheard her telling Deanne in an interview that the idea behind her latest collection was the study of squares and other linear shapes. I loved it. We sat in the front row for this show and I was happy to get some photos of the runway but my favorites were taken backstage.

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

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NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

Next we headed over to Chelsea to see Geren Ford. I love, love, love her designs so this was particularly exciting for me. Backstage was madness - I loved it every second of it. For this show I was able to stand on the media riser. Once again in my life I wish I was a little bit taller...well, not just a little, a lot. I was standing next to a gigantic man who I guess took pity on me and said I could stand on the small stool that he was using...he was at least 6'5'' without it so I don't even know why he really needed it. I stood on it for one minute before I realized that this could be a disaster waiting to happen since I'm a bit clumsy and likely would have, in my excitement, slipped off the side during the show. I was happy when the director, who was standing behind me on the riser (kindly) told me she couldn't see over my head. At the point the gigantic man offered to sit on the stool in front of me so that I could stand behind him. I had a great vantage point.

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

I think that the clothing at this show was gorgeous and very wearable. I was a bit disappointed only because I was expecting this grand show with exceptional pieces - this was more like what you would see on the racks but you know, it was quite beautiful and I loved the fabrics and the looks. What do I know? I'm just a consumer. I would buy pretty much everything she showed. By the way, aren't these models stunning? I was a bit distracted by the beauty of some of them. No?

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

I had so much fun. I would definitely do this again. A big plus was hanging out with Deanne and realizing that we had a lot more in common than just loving art and photography and fashion! Also, I got to meet the wonderful Jennine from
The Coveted...was that lucky or what? Thank you again to Deanne of Dream Sequins for thinking to actually ask me to do this with her! Look out for her reviews of these collections and many, many others in Dossier Journal. Speaking of which, if you haven't already checked out Dossier, it's a MUST for art and fashion lovers...actually for lovers of everything fabulous and amazing and fun.

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

I shot over 700 images so you know that some more will find their way to my blog in the coming days and weeks...

And this is my favorite of the day...backstage at Geren Ford. I needed it in black and white.

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

Today's Soundtrack:
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do?

And some more backstage at Geren Ford...

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

It was completely chaotic and this girl was knitting...
NYFW-Monica L. Shulman

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