There's a new Webisode series on the net and I LOVE IT! The brainchild of that sassy lady Candace Bushnell of "Sex and the City" fame, "The Broadroom" is a look at a gaggle of gals in business who "go off" on their lives - professional and otherwise. These women are funny, savvy and all too real. Their escapades include closing deals with men by sneaking the scent of vanilla into the proceedings—apparently male cat nip—to waxing poetic about their personal lives: "My sister has 2 kids and doesn't work, I can't imagine asking my husband for money everyday!"
There is a great cast (Jennie Garth, Jennifer Esposito, Talia Balsam, Mary McCann and newcomer Lauren Devereux). These women have style and substance and an all too real approach to what it's like for big city women to make it in biz. I love the female camaraderie, the witty (and honest) dialogue and the great clothes—this is how women in these upper echelons dress. Everything is spot on and I can attest to this because I've seen it in action.
Maybelline is a sponsor so the cursor that leads you through the site is a lipstick tube. Cute. Not sure who Maybelline's demo is, because these are not youngish girls, but I guess they know who they're looking to reach.
What I love most about the series (have I said this before?) is how real it is. Sure the clothes are fun and the banter is upbeat, but the underlying sentiment, at least for me, is bittersweet. Let's make fun of ourselves, but when it all comes down to it we're just "making it happen one day at a time." No matter how glamorous the perception is on the street anyone in that world knows when you enter that world you leave your glamour at the door.
The words ‘fashion week’ create a cacophony of mixed reactions in my cluttered little brain twice a year: What if the logo letters fall off of the stage again? Can we sit Hilary Alexander next to Paula Abdul in the front row? If I try to sneak into the Couture Council luncheon will I get arrested? But, at the end of the day, despite my constant thoughts of Adderall washed swiftly down my throat with a gin cocktail, I’m always as excited as a hoarder in a dollar store each time fashion week rolls around.
Here’s a little run down of what I’m particularly jonesing for during the Spring/Summer 2010 collections.
- Erin Wasson X RVCA. Model-turned-designer is almost as reviled a term in the fashion world as model-turned-actress, but Erin Wasson is the exception. Erin may be one of the most gorgeous faces in the biz (and the Maybelline campaign girl) but she also quietly styled Alexander Wang’s runway shows long before sixteen-year-old girls in Paramus were clamoring for his cotton tanks tops, if you know what I’m sayin’. Erin makes a bold move this September by showing her newest collection for RVCA —the cool kid skater/surfer line—in the main tents at Bryant Park this year. I think she’s going to kick it out of the park—pun intended, darlings.
- Phi S/S 10 Runway Presentation. Erin Wasson, Vanessa Traina, Natasha Poly, and Lauren Santo Domingo don’t mess around when it comes to la mode. And all four wore Phi to the Met Gala last spring. HUGE. Designed by the talented Andreas Melbostad (an Alber Elbaz protégée with stints at Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein under his belt), Phi's Spring/Summer presentation will hopefully leave us breathless as per usual.
- Fashion’s Night Out—When I say that I’m excited for something, sometimes it means I’m excited to see how horrifying a spectacle something can be. This is the case with Mama Wintour’s baby, Fashion’s Night Out. For example, one deliciously odd pairing involves Rosie O’Donnell reading from Nora and Delia Ephron’s new play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” at the Giorgio Armani store. But even my jaded fashion-obsessed heart is stoked to see Jessica Stam work the register at Rag & Bone, Mary-Kate and Ashley bartending at Barneys and Sienna and Savannah hosting little Siennabees at Intermix. (By the by, just caught the lovely Sienna in “The Edge of Love” and “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” this weekend and she is a revelation. SEE THEM BOTH.)