Dispatch from NYC Fashion Week

The lovely Stephanie Quadri and her able photographer sidekick Elizabeth Lavin are in NYC for Fashion Week. After the jump, Stephanie’s first report from New York:

Elizabeth and I arrived in New York yesterday to begin our coverage of the Spring 2008 (yes, already) collections. Our flights were a bit delayed due to the bad weather leaving Dallas, and upon our arrival, word came that about 25 percent of the cab drivers in New York are on strike (protesting the new fare regulations that took effect at midnight on Tuesday), leaving people to have to pair up (as many as four per cab) with strangers to get where they need to go. Needless to say, by the time we checked into the hotel and made our way to the tents, we had missed a couple of shows and were only able catch Nicole Miller and L.A.M.B.

Backstage at Nicole Miller, I got the lowdown on the look (inspired by Twiggy in the ’70s) created for the runway by Mac‘s key makeup artist, James Kaliartos, while Elizabeth snapped some shots of them prepping the girls for the show [ed: photos to come, hopefully]. Miller, a native Texan, was present but didn’t have much to say, as she was focused on getting ready for the show, which featured an array of silk printed gowns and tops, high-waisted twill shorts, and wide-leg wool pants shown with metallic platform sandals. We spotted Ken Downing in the front row, making his round of the shows for Neiman’s.

Next up was L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani‘s line), which attracted quite the crowd (we waited about an hour just to get our seat assignment). Her husband Gavin and baby Kingston (sitting in daddy’s lap, donning a pair of headphones to protect his little ears from the blaring reggae tunes) were present as well celeb-fans such as P. Diddy (or whatever he goes by these days), Carrie Underwood, Eve, Sophia Bush, and Shirley Manson. As you would expect, looks such as fitted shifts and mini skirts paired with knee-high stockings and stiletto booties ruled the runway at this show.

Today we go backstage at Lela Rose (Dallas native), catch the Miss Sixty show, and then head to Bumble and Bumble Studios to watch model Erin Wasson in action styling the Alexander Wang show.

More to come…

PS: we are trying to get into Fashion Rocks tonight to cover that party, but still waiting to hear back on our status. We were not invited to the Calvin Klein party last night, so that’s why we aren’t sending you anything on that.

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