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First of all, I need an iPhone. Sprint needs to hurry up.

A couple weeks ago I received a very exciting invitation in the mail to the Tory Burch Spring 2012 runway show during NY Fashion Week. Having never been to a show before, I thought now was the perfect time to dip my toe in the heady (and heavily perfumed) waters of the fashion world and share the experience with you!
First, can we discuss this invitation? The card stock was so thick you could serve a glass of wine on the thing. The colored edge gave me inspiration for new business cards. Delicious paper goods make ALL the difference (i.e. made me want to go badly).

I arrived, in classic me fashion, 20 minutes early…to a 9 am show. In case you weren’t aware, this is not cool in the fashion world, but I can’t help myself- I must be early everywhere.  After standing for 15 minutes in 4″ Brian Atwood heels I just simply had to sit. So I was one of the first to take her seat. Whatevs. I kinda felt like a nerd, but I had to just get over it.  And then THE Aerin Lauder walked in and sat down right after me and I thought we Erin/Aerin’s have got it right. What’s wrong with being on time and sitting the hell down!?!? Anna Della Russo came in fashionably late in some neon crochet number and looked like she needed a Boniva prescription BADLY. Shoulders back, girlfriend.

The paparazzi/ fashion photogs were clicking away from the get go. The sound of their shutters is so insect-like, buzzing in your ear until you don’t notice it anymore. Apparently the Tory live stream feed camera man liked me and kept showing me, hopefully not slouching, staring gaping mouthed or rolling my eyes.  Luckily I was seated next to Meaghan of the famous The Purse Blog who was friendly and such a fun bench-mate! She helped me decide on my next big bag purchase (I’m not telling-yet).

At each seat was a sheet listing each look for each model. I saw “Daria” and thought they mean Daria Werbowy, whom I LOVE. But it wasn’t. Drat. But Arizona Muse sure is purrrrty.

And then who sits down in his pink pants and navy blazer glory right next to my row? Brad from Rachel Zoe! He is adorbs, and his outfit was delightful.  How the girl behind him got anything from the Target Missoni Collection on the day of it’s release before 9am is beyond me. Oh wait, it’s called PR connections.

About the models: these girls 1) walk so damn fast 2) need a few grilled cheeses and 3) looked like someone just ran over their dog. Why can’t models smile and sashay? Or maybe skip? Ok, I’ll settle for a smirk! i would be like “Check me out, I get paid A LOT to dress up and play with makeup all day long! Weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!”

But man was it cool to see them parade down that runway!  Such a wonderful display of American design and such an iconic moment when they did the final walk. Watch the show on her site!

And then it was over. SO fast! And everyone took off for their next show (VEra Wang it seemed) whom you know I have major beef with so I would never go, not that I was invited!

What did I wear? Well, I was able to snap a blurry Blackberry pic in the Zara dressing room (where I took respite after the show). An EmersonMade tie neck blouse (mine is old, this one linked is the new version), JCrew No. 2 Pencil skirt, Tory Burch Louisa cross body bag (sold out- here is another version), Brian Atwood nude patent leather pumps (bought second-hand), Hermes/Stella & Dot bracelets and gold Coach watch (way old)  and H&M gold hoops. Messy side bun and light makeup to complete the look. It was cuter than this pic shows. I actually, for once, was pleased with my outfit- AFTER panicking on Sunday and buying an anxiety-induced boatload of Tory at Neimans and then wearing none of it (because it was all so $$$) and planning to return tomorrow. My AmEx is sighing in relief. But I am sad to return this (in grey-green though). REALLY sad. It’s the most perfect fitting leather jacket ever!!

The show seemed to have a French seaside in the 40’s vibe.  While some of the silhouettes were not my favorite (frumpy seems to be IN for 2012- check out this outfit from J.Crew’s presentation) there were some real gems! Check HERE for some behind the scenes shots that show more of the details of the pieces!

Speaking of gems, this bedazzled tank and trimmed jacket was amazing- I would pair with distressed skinny ankle jeans and great gold heels!

This jacket on it’s own is a great Chanel knock-off style. I didn’t love the head to toe, but again, with a nude tank and white jeans and heels it’ll be amazing!

This looked so spectacular in person as the center of the navy flowers were SO sparkly! Such a unique look and really charming in person! (and as you might notice with that pink pant leg, Mr. Brad Goreski moved to the front row after what looked like some furious Blackberry-ing about how he was seated with BLOGGERS. The horror! :)

You know I will buy anything with stripes on it, this cute double breasted cardigan included! Mark my words ladies, the color of spring 2012 is bright, bold, event neon YELLOW.

I friggin’ DIED over this minty green drapey number. I let out a groan, it was embarrassing. But look at this! And it was 100% better in person! So dramatic and flowy!

And a similar dress in nude that I am sure will be seen on many a celebrity soon! With a bold earring and shoe it could be so funky!

All in all, it was exciting, inspirational, exhilarating and I want to thank the people at DBA and Tory Burch for the invite!


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