Fashion Week Post-Mortem: Allison’s Take on The Week

February 23, 2009 • New York Fashion Week Fall '09

Allison_Merzel_And_Rachel_Zoe Allison with Rachel Zoe

1. What was your favorite show?

Favorite show? Jill Stuart. I would have walked away wearing every piece she sent down the runway. The floral detailed fedoras were also to die for. Favorite presentation? Marchesa. I think it goes without saying that those gowns were some of the most stunning I have ever seen.

2. Which collection surprised you the most, in a good way?

Jill Stuart. I've seen her clothes, but to see an entire collection grace the runway like it did, was even better than I expected. Absolutely gorgeous.

3. Which collection was the worst?

Well, I don't know if it was the worst, but Cho Cheng was definitely the most humorous. It was entertaining to see the collection he put out. It was all very circa 1995. Not the best.

4. Which collection were you most excited to see, but were let down.

Milly, probably. Since I'm an avid shopper of the label, I was expecting more color and frilly, girly things. It was a good show, just not as great as I would have liked it to be.

5. What was the best swag you got?

The full size bottle of Badgley Mischka's new perfume "Couture' wasn't too bad. And the $25 gift card to Gilt Groupe was also a perk.

6. What are your favorite trends for Fall '09?

Everything girly I always love — ruffles, bows. Also, exposed zippers I think are really cool. Especially on pieces that are lady-like. I loved when a model would walk down the runway in something so pretty and elegant and then turn around and you see the hard metal – definitely adds edge to something that is really lovely.

7. What was your favorite fashion week moment?

Probably sitting second row at Phillip Lim. The front of house people I think assigned me to someone else's seat and I totally got away with sitting there! Oh, and meeting Rachel Zoe was definitely my best moment!

8. What was the worst thing to happen to you all week?

Not being able to take advantage of a lot of the fun events going on after the shows. Since I had to leave early to commute back out of the city, I feel like I missed out.

9. Best piece of Fashion Week gossip

Sitting behind Miss Jay Alexander and hearing him bitch about the models "needing a sandwich." Pretty classic.

10. Favorite celeb sighting.

Rachel Zoe, obviously. She is so glamorous, I love it!

-Allison Merzel

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One Response to Fashion Week Post-Mortem: Allison’s Take on The Week

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