If you are like us, you look forward to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February as though it is the saving grace to get you through winter.  Never mind the chilly temps and blustery winds outside, the REAL fierceness is not in the weather, but in the fashion being promenaded all over the runways and dotting the crowd inside the tents!

For any show, the first move is to arrive early so that you have plenty of time to check in for your seat assignment and then scope out the main lounge.  There is a new player on the scene this year with the addition of Diet Pepsi as a sponsor (love their Jonathan Adler-designed drinking straws!), however now we are missing the ubiquitous Starbucks Frappucino-stocked refrigerators that we’ve come to rely on in past years for our caffeine fix.

Also noticeably absent is the Kim Crawford wine bar that we loved so dearly.  Of course, there are still the usual suspects – Maybelline, Fiber One, Tresemme, and of course, Mercedes-Benz (with their optional paint finishes for cars displayed on shoes, how clever!).  So the landscape hasn’t change dramatically.

To begin our first day of Fashion Week, we stopped by the Honor show for a big dose of color to brighten up our winter blues… and oh, does designer Giovanna Randall has some electric blues in store for us this fall!

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Her newest collection features interesting layers, longer hemlines and use of bold patterns and colors to instantly grab your attention.  This opera singer turned premed student turned fashion designer is making waves for her fifth appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and you can find her luxurious threads at Honor’s flagship store on Gansevoort Street here in New York.  Notable guests at the show included Kristin Chenoweth, Malin Akerman, Erika Christensen and Rose McGowan.


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Next stop, we hit up the Tadashi Shoji runway show.  Once a part of costume designer Bill Whitten’s team in the 1970’s, Shoji paid his dues creating famous frocks for many A-list recording artists including Elton John, The Jacksons, Neil Diamond, and Stevie Wonder.  Recognizing that women had very limited options for contemporary gowns on special occasions, Shoji went to work creating a line that would fill the void.

His pieces range from nude colors and sheer fabrics to sexy black lace insets on a plunging neckline, but it was the black and red patterned stunner that stole the show and heated up the room!

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With five years of collections presented at Fashion Week under his belt, you can find Shoji’s designs in his Los Angeles and Las Vegas boutiques or at major department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.   Shoji’s fans sitting front row included Aisha Tyler of The Talk, and burgeoning fashionista Angela Simmons.

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