16 February 2012

Front Row Girls

The 101 on Front Row Girls according to my favorite book, Bergdorf Blondes:

1. Spiritual home: New York fashion shows. Always in front rows as in Oscar, Michael, Carolina, and Bill (that's de la Renta, Kors, Herrera, and Blass).

2. Age: twenties, or very early thrities at absolute oldest. One well-known FRG has been twenty-three for over eight-and-a-half years now.

3. Breeding: grandfather started major merchant bank/cosmetics brand/aerospace empire. Slightly WASPy ancestry a plus. Dressing WASPy a minus.

4. Dress: sample size - i.e. 0, or 2 at largest. If you get onto the front row and you're not thin, you need a lot of personality to make up for it.

5. Vacation: grandmother's house in Palm Beach; best friend's private island; staying home in apartment (such a treat when you never do).

6. Classic fashion tip: honey-colored aligator stilettos. They disappear to the naked eye and elongate legs.

7. Shopping philosophy: always buy retail. FRGs never borrow.

8. Best friends: other Front Row Girls. FRG's don't converse with Second Row Girls - it's very bad for their necks to twist like that.

This girly book always makes me giggle! With Mercedes Benz Fashion Week coming to an end today, let's take a peek at the front row and backstage photos of the week's shows, shall we?

Of course, the designers themselves are spotted front row and backstage at the various shows:

Tory Burch

Whitney Port

Vera Wang

Marc Jacobs with Dakota Fanning

Rachel Roy with Joe Zee

Gossip Girl and fashion are synonymous, oui? 

Leighton Meister

Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle

Models, socialites, and fashionistas: 

Coco Rocha

Tinsley Mortimer

Olivia Palermo

Rachel Zoe

Dakota Fanning

And the queen of Vogue herself, Anna Wintour. 

Anna's discerning eye taking in each collection...

all photos via

Although not swooning from the front row in NYC, his lady has been taking in all the shows from the front row of my laptop screen. I'm sad to see Fashion Week come to an end, but I cannot wait to swoon over all of my favorites with you! XX


Fashionista622 said...

Very nice post to end a fantastic NYFW! Closest I've been so far is third row and it's pretty exciting. I'm a bit saddened to see all the action leave but onward to LFW we go. xoxo


The City Boy said...

i love this! just had lunch with olivia the other day!

Anonymous said...

I may have to read that book - its a bit of an unknown entity for my being British. Love Anna Wintour and American Vogue though - prefer it to the British version. I must say though I am not a Rachel Zoe fan, she looks mean! See how bony her chest is - doesn't look too healthy!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Every time I look at Dakota Fanning I'm shocked by how grown up she has become! I also love Olivia Palermo's fashion!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Love the BB list. I went blonde for a little while after reading it. Lol. Great pics!

Belen Merino said...

I love your blog!! I came across it last week and it's lovely!! You have a new follower :) xoxoxo