Archive for September, 2009

Betsey Johnson at NYFW’s Sharpie Bar

September 27th, 2009
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Betsey with Sharpie canvas
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Betsey Johnson signs her T-shirt at the Sharpie Bar inside the tents at Bryant Park on Sept. 14.

One of the perks at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week was the appearance of Betsey Johnson 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Sharpie Bar inside the tents, along with a giveaway of T-shirts she designed, to be colored in with various hues of Sharpie markers, also given away by the handfuls for the DIY projects.

I missed her appearance because all my IMG updates were going into my Star-Bulletin spam filter, and I didn’t check it until the day after her appearance. (The other giveaway I missed was for YSL tote bags.) The T-shirt giveaways were continuing through Wednesday though, so I was able to pick up a T-shirt and skinny white tie. Betsey and Sharpie were also giving away headbands and white sunglasses to personalize with the markers.

During her appearance, Betsey — a breast cancer survivor — customized one of her T-shirts to benefit City of Hope Breast Cancer Research Center.

The event gave me a feeling of déjà vu because when she was here after the opening of the Ala Moana store I had brought along a plain white tee for her to sign, which she happily filled with lips and kisses in the form of x’s and o’s. Plain white made sense to me because her designs are usually so full of splashy colors and patterns that a signature would get lost. Boutique manager Marilee Mattson always reminds me that set off an avalanche of signings that night.

Here’s a Sharpie video of Betsey at the Sharpie Bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoE1ZEagR1s

Love expressed through floral motifs

September 19th, 2009
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Nadine Kam photos
Flowers were handpainted on these pink dresses shown during Koi Suwannagate’s presentation at Gana Gallery on Sept. 16.

Thai designer Koi Suwannagate asked what if love were a flower in her collection of feminine dresses and gowns shown at Gana Gallery at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16.

Dresses were handmade and some handpainted, with jewelry also taking the form of gold and silver lotuses designed by Prinn Jewelry.

Music played during the gallery presentation was a spare, Asian-inflected whistled version of the “Theme From Love Story.”

I wanted to shoot some video but had forgotten to recharge my camera battery the night before. Just in case I could find an outlet on site, I brought along my battery charger. I spied several empty outlets while there, but each seemed to neighbor to an outlet with a light unit plugged into it. I imagined plugging in and short-circuiting the whole show. Those kinds of things seem to happen to me at home, but I have a feeling they’re much less forgiving here. So I refrained and simply snapped photos.

Koi Suwannagate

Designer Koi Suwannagate, center, talks about one of her designs.

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The tableau included lilypad, frog and lotus constructions lining the gallery.

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Handmade gold lotus earrings by Prinn Jewelry were shown with the clothing designs.

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Shoulder details are in for fall and will likely continue into spring.

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Bare shoulders and floral waistband on one of Koi Suwannagate’s gowns.