Kelly Bensimon: From the front row at Fashion Week
Did Fashion Week take the CBS' more conservative Grammy's dress code to heart?
The fall 2013 collections, which designers showed off in NYC this past week during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, are subtle, muted and filled with black.
The Badgley Mischka show was uber-glamorous and sophisticated, with awards show-ready dresses, pencil skirts alluding to every curve and glasses on some of the models for a smart accent. I even channeled the guidelines and hid my legs with an Azzedine Alaia blue knot sweater and skirt ensemble.
Many of the shows felt grown-up - even 21-year-old Mathieu Mirano's presentation was filled with stingray-patched trousers, wool pencil skirts and cashmere turtlenecks that look seriously rich.
Speaking of richness, a big congratulations to Dennis Basso on his 30th anniversary collection. His front row was bauble- and fur-embellished (like the collection), with stars such as Joan Collins, Star Jones, Joan Rivers and Martha Stewart, who won best-dressed in my book for her suede leggings.
My 12-year-old daughter, Teddy, was dying to go to a show, and I almost didn't take her until I decided to venture to Chelsea to check out accessories - my first love before coffee - by Iranian-born designers Marjan and Maryam Malakpour of Newbark. Graphic leather clutches and patent-leather jazz flats flanked the Paul Kasmin Gallery space.
Teddy and I also sat front row at Michael Bastian for a look at menswear. The models' long hair and eye makeup took us right to Johnny Depp - if he were a rustic American who lived in ponchos, the perfectly fitted wool suit and cargos that every man on the streets of New York should own after reading this.