Macy’s Glamorama, the annual fundraiser/fashion show, which benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund, rocked Friday night. And I’ll tell you what: It made me covet thick wool leg warmers. (You know it has to be good if I’d wear the trend the second time around—the last leg warmers I sported were pink with white hearts all over them, circa 1983.)
Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of the evening:
Silhouettes look familiar to the last couple of years: larger tops, skinny legs, boots—but the look has been refined from the sharp ’80s triangle silhouettes to a more flattering fit for most. Tommy Hilfiger kicked off the show with chic, super wearable American sportswear set to ’60s psychedelic rock. I was surprised at how much I loved the looks, not being a huge Tommy Hilfiger fan.
Jean Paul Gaultier poured on the fantasy with a background that reminded me of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video, models strutting the catwalks in large, Russian-style fur hats while famous world landmarks slid past on the screen. The final model, wearing gigantic antlers, was the epitome of fantasy. Lots of oohs and aahs from my section of the crowd.
Sportmax’s show called into question my plan to forgo leg warmers for life, and I loved the mix of leather, wool, and exposed zippers.
Versace’s men’s show drew lots of catcalls for the handsome models who really worked it. Loved the slim-cut suits (guys, take note) and leather gloves and weekender bags.
Sonia Rykiel (right) was rife with oversized menswear (looks best on long, tall, leggy models), fur coats with glittering embellishments and big, poufy headbands. I’m loving headwear of any kind.
Then Madonna’s line (below) with her daughter, Lourdes, Material Girl, which will be sold exclusively at Macy’s. I still feel a little thrill when I hear Madonna’s past hits blasted on the stereo, and the show reminded me of a happy ’80s, though the clothes are nothing I would wear (despite the fact that I have a sense of humor, and according to Madonna, that’s what you need to wear the clothes). Easily one of the most entertaining shows of the evening, though, what with pint-size dancers acting out various stages of Madonna dance crazes—I could have watched them for hours.
Then, the love of my life: Marc Jacobs. Everything he’s doing is so killer right now. I loved the dramatic operatic music the models walked to, the giant set of doors they used to enter and exit the stage, the giant circle skirts (one of my must-haves this season), and the dress/long coat combos. He makes below-the-knee skirts look sexy, and the anklets with kitten-heel pumps were ever-so-ladylike, yet youthful.
The party was lovely. An energetic, beautiful crowd, great food, and a perfect summer night on the Macy’s eighth-floor auditorium and roof. I’m feeling totally inspired for fall fashion.