Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2010 Collections & Food

There is just something so magical about Fashion Week. Whether you are a fashion insider or not, when people hear Fashion Week they know about the tents at Bryant Park, the amazing designers, and all the coup that comes with being a part of it. (P.S. Fashion Week is moving to Lincoln Center in September if you haven’t heard.)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park

This season, I had the opportunity to attend several shows including the Red Dress Collection on Thursday, part of the Heart Truth, an awareness campaign from the American Heart Assocation that warns women about heart disease. According to the program, more than 60 design houses and 107 celebrities have participated in the Red Dress Collection.  This year, celebrities and designers including Estelle in Zac Posen, Jordin Sparks in Badgley Mischka, Kim Kardashian in Marchesa, Heidi Klum in John Galliano, Felicity Huffman in Oscar De La Renta, Elizabeth Hasselback in Donna Karan, Bethenny Frankel in Isabella Oliver, Joan Collins in Stephanie Rolland, Dara Torres in Rachel Roy, Kimora Lee in Kouture by Kimora, Kristen Chenoweth in Daniel Swarovski, Mamie Gummer in Michael Kors, Pauley Perrette in Rebecca Taylor, Raven-Symone in Tadashi Shoji, Regina King in Tracy Reese, Robin Roberts in the J.Crew Collection and Valerie Harper in Pamella Roland all participated. (Caveat: Please note herein that most of these pics were taken with a BlackBerry camera so it doesn’t do these shows justice.)

The Red Dress Collection 2010The Red Dress Collection 2010

Also on Thursday, Mike Cire by Eric Kim (note his collection is his named spelled backwards), who previously showed in 2009 as the head designer for Monarchy, debuted his menswear collection which featured great outerwear pieces with a bit of a rock edge and oversized duffle bags. He also brought his baby out on the runway during the finale – so cute! 

Mike Cire by Eric Kim

Mik Cire by Eric Kim and baby

On Friday night, the Fashion for Haiti Relief with Naomi Campbell brought together a slew of celebrities and designers together to benefit CARE, a partner organization of The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, a global coalition dedicated to the urgent health needs of mothers and their babies during this tumultuous time. Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, kicked off the evening with a rousing speech regarding her support for the cause. The pieces shown from designers including Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Charlotte Ronson, Carlos Miele, Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg were worn by models and celebrities including Helena Christensen, Agyness Den, Chris Brown, Kelly Osbourne, Estelle and more will be auctioned off on Net-A-Porter on March 15th to support the organization.  Perhaps the most impactful part of the show for the community was the somber introduction of Alexander McQueen’s collection following his untimely death. The models who wore his collection assembled at the front of the runway and came down holding hands. The crowd gave a standing ovation.

Sarah Ferguson at the Fashion for Haiti Relief Show 2010

Alexander McQueen for the Fashion for Haiti Relief Show 2010

On Saturday, Lacoste’s “Sportswear Stretched” collection brought a mix of more of the laid back Sport collection synonymous with the brand and then a showcase of bright colors for the fall. The hardbound lookbooks resembling yearbooks were given to attendees and highlighted the legacy of Rene Lacoste and the ABC’s of his language that made up his collections – words like lightness, joie de vivre, knitwear, holidays, pinstripes and color block which designer Christopher Lemaire has kept alive with his vision while also stretching the brand.

Lacoste Runway Fall 2010

Lacoste Fall 2010 Collection

At Edition by Georges Chakra, the designer showed a collection of 42 looks, primarily red carpet type gowns and cocktail dresses featuring hues of red, blue, silver, gold, beige, black, white and copper. The crowd seemed mesmerized by the tuxedo details on the dresses along with looks like the gold lame with butterfly back details, beautiful beaded bodices and ruffled back details.

Edition by Georges Chakra Fall 2010

And after all the excitement of the runway, I couldn’t forget to look around the tents for the delectable goodies.  An assortment of my favorite food and drink included:

Chambord’s amazing chocolate fountain complete with strawberries, marshmallows, pound cake and pretzels for soaking up the flowing goodness!

Chambord Chocolate Fountain at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2010

Speaking of chocolate, the ladies of Cambria Cove (www.cambriacove.com) had their sweet delights on sample which included truffles, caramels and more.

Starbucks new Frappuccino Light Vanilla and Mocha were a hit with the crowds because they are 100 calories and feature 50% fewer calories and 60% less sugar:

New Starbucks Frappuccino Light

Starbucks also had on display its new VIA Ready Brew. According to the rep, the company worked 20 years on perfecting the combination which features soluble coffee and microgrounds, so it’s not just your typical, boring instant coffee. It’s available in Italian, Columbian and decaf Columbian (the Italian is a bit more hearty if you’re looking for a kick.)

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee

O.N.E. Water and Coconut Water with a splash of pineapple or Pink Gauva from Canada was available throughout the tents. O.N.E.’s promise is to donate the profits of the water to the non-profit organization of your choice at www.onedrinks.com/water.  After you get over the initial idea of drinking out of a carton versus a bottle, it’s good.

O.N.E. Water

While you’re running in between shows, the Zone Perfect Indulgence Nutrition Squares were tasty (especially when you’ve had no time to eat. I opted for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse):

Zone Perfect Indulgence Nutrition Squares

 So my two favorite things – fashion and food … what more could you ask for?

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