CHRISTIAN'S FIRST SOLO SHOW
His 28 looks of cloud-inspired grays and "edgy" neons are almost finished. But as Christian Siriano prepares for his Sept. 11 show, the Project Runway phenom admits, "I've been having nightmares that nobody's going to show up." A crush at the door is more likely given his famous fan base (Posh!) as well as those eager to see whether Siriano can truly challenge the fashion world. Showing his first solo collection post-Runway "is definitely scary," says the 22-year-old. "But I'll be back for fall '09—unless everyone boos me off the stage!"
CHRISTIAN'S FASHION WEEK MUST-HAVES
1. His iPhone.
"I don't know my own schedule," he says, thumbing through appointments on his iPhone's cracked screen. "I just do what my phone tells me."
2. A car service on speed-dial.
"I'm totally spoiled," he says. "I don't take the subway anymore. I hate it! Since Project Runway, I take car services everywhere. It's just easy."
3. Vegan food.
"I'm not vegan, I just love all the vegan places in my neighborhood [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]. I eat out at every single meal."
Claire Danes was chic and sleek in the gray Calvin Klein Collection dress she wore to the design house's 40th anniversary party in N.Y.C. Sept. 7.
Behind the Seams
THE PALIN EFFECT
Those glasses! That hair! The Franco Sarto heels! VP hopeful Sarah Palin has made quite a splash with her signature style:
Orders for the Kazuo Kawasaki frames Palin wears (which retail for $375-$700) have doubled overnight, says Amy Hahn of Italee Optics, Inc., distributor of the customizable glasses.
Palin started working her updo in 1996 when she became mayor, says Jessica Steele, owner of the Beehive Beauty Shop in Wasilla, Alaska. "We came up with a style that's easy to pull back, so she could focus on getting the job done."
"She's short," says Steele of Palin's preference for Franco Sarto shoes. "So the heels and the updo make her look taller!"
LEIGHTON'S FASHION WEEKEND
Leighton Meester is a Gossip Girl-about-town. "I have fun trying on clothes," says the star, who credits her stylist for her cool N.Y.C. looks
SEPT. 5 at the Julie Haus runway show.
SEPT. 5 in Missoni at Fashion Rocks.
SEPT. 6 at a Kira Plastinina party.
SEPT. 7 at Calvin Klein's 40th anniversary party.
SEPT. 7 at the Diane von Furstenberg show.
5 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE N.Y.C. SHOWS
Here are some of the hot trends spotted at Mercedes-Benz Spring 2009 Fashion Week
1 THE MINI WILL STILL BE A HOT HEMLINE
Whether at Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone or Hervé Léger, short skirts is a trend that has legs.
2 BUST OUT THE BUSTIERS
They're not just for Rihanna anymore! Paired with jeans or a pencil skirt, this is one look that won't stay undercover.
3 WOMEN ATHLETES ARE THE NEW FRONT ROW
Movie and TV stars? Meh. Venus and Nastia Liukin attract flashbulbs.
4 ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR
Ruffles and florals and sheer tiers ... oh my! Feminine looks in flowy shapes get lots of fashion love.
5 COLOR GUARD
Neutrals will always have their place, but designers' love of color—teals, berries, marigolds—shows no sign of fading.
JUSTIN TAKES NEW YORK
With new designers on board, Justin Timberlake and best friend Trace Ayala unveil their latest William Rast clothing collection in Manhattan
To achieve the down-home-yet-dapper vibe of the William Rast spring line, Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala sent photos of "random things" to the label's new designers, Johan and Marcella Lindeberg of J. Lindeberg. Says Timberlake: "I took pictures in the studio of guitars and the soundboard." Ayala adds: "I was on a pheasant hunt in Edmonton and sent pictures from there. It was beautiful." Same could be said for their clothes, which they displayed in their first N.Y.C. show Sept. 7. Says the singer: "I love them all!"