So I went to New York to watch the US Open, and instead, found myself in the American Express Skybox watching the Monique Lhuillier show with Champagne. Stranger and more awesome things have happened — NOT.
Here’s the story: The women’s final got rained out on Saturday due to New York City experiencing hurricane like symptoms. But Glam and AmEx weren’t about to not show us a good time, so what better way to spend the evening than an impromptu trip to the AmEx Skybox? The Skybox is like the best way to watch a fashion show, ever. It’s a large, elevated room that has windows on all sides that look down into all the tents at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. So whenever shows are going on, you get an aerial view of the action, of every show that’s happening. With Champagne. And snacks, lots of snacks (with a menu curated by Todd English, natch).
While we were in the box, we got to see the VLOV show (good LORD male models have extraordinary genes), and then, the action shifted over to the Monique show.
It was insane.
In Monique’s own words, “spring 2013 is inspired by water and life of the sea. Birds, brightly colored fish, glowing sunlight on water and luminescence of moonlit waves.” After seeing the show, all us girls wanted to be mermaids. I can’t understate how different some of these dresses looked in person, floating down the runway, than they do on a computer screen. The colors were so, so vibrant (that lace blue dress, look 39, was actually my favorite simply because the color was unlike any blue I’d ever seen on a fabric. Almost like an electric mediterranean blue), and with Monique’s careful design and cuts, the dresses flowed and swirled around the models. Truly beautiful.
Here are a few of my own (far less profesh) shots from the SkyBox. It was very dark. And all I had was my iPhone.
And because I know you love a group shot, here are a bunch of the gals who went together! (Not pictured, the awesome Chris from Off the Cuff DC, our lone gentleman blogger for the day!)
Hallie, Ashley, me, Theodora, and Alison
Fun times! In case you were wondering, I DID make it to the US Open match on Sunday…a recap of that to come!
PS — If you’re not in New York but are curious as to what’s going on at the shows, you can catch a live feed of every show as its happening, here. When no shows are on, you’ll get a nice little summary. Actually… this is probably preferable to braving the crowds (okay, and let’s be real — the pretense) at Lincoln Center. Sit back in your pajamas, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy.