(from the ipad, jottings and thoughts while the travelling blog apps were misbehaving)
We worried that we'd have difficulty booking restaurants while Fashion Week was on, or worse, when the shows were done but paperwork for orders, delivery promises, exclusives was still being wrapped up. No need. Fashion folk, entourages and wannabes don't eat, and in today's economy there's a certain corporate reluctance to pick up corporate bills without, um, discussion. So while one does see a few guys muttering about taking the relationship to another level, they could as easily be planning a ceremony as negotiating a contract or merging preparatory to an offering.
That said, the people at Tom Ford didn't waste any time getting an interview into this morning's (19 September) Telegraph. Mr Ford spoke warmly about the benefits of owning and designing for a small company. For instance, if he had designed a lot of lace, and then learned that other houses were showing lace, he could pull his lace items from the show and show something else.
Meanwhile the KAPOW dress - one of the hits of his Spring show - graced a window of his Sloane Street store. We passed it this morning.
another dash-by glimpse of Tom Ford's windows, I think that skirt may be knocked off very soon, but in lesser fabrics.
Back to Mr Ford's KAPOW dress, it caught my eye - well, how could it not? because minutes before leaving New York I had decided that this:
really has no place in my life. After seeing the Ford interview and the Ford windows, I took another look at the current Target collab on my iPhone, and, gee, while I really don't want to be invisible, I can't imagine anywhere I'd wear either the poor girl's or the rich girl's homage to Roy Lichtenstein. It would have been cute though if the Telegraph had made the connection while Ford was waffling on about pulling over-seen items from the collection...
ok, now for some more coffee, I had lots of good food this trip and will spend the next few days on very oversized tees and loose shorts while I wait for nature to tell me how much of the ghastly new poundage is from salt and airplane bloat, and how much will need work. But you will get to hear about the food.