New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Dispatches and celeb sightings from a fashion week newbie

Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week
Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham shot by Skip Bolen/Getty Images
Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham at New York Fashion Week
Lynn Yaeger and Bill Cunningham shot by Skip Bolen/Getty Images

Things I learned today at my first day at the shows: Saturday mornings get off to a slow start. That doesn’t mean that the front row isn’t glossy-haired and well-heeled, but it’s certainly a smaller, sleepier crowd at the tents for 9am.

Weather is a major player. Alternating between scorching, humid sun and torrential downpours, unpredictable September weather wreaked havoc on show schedules with delays holding up start times across the city.

It’s fun to ogle Hollywood celebrities in the front row (Kate Bosworth, Mamie Gummer, Jessica Chastain and Kris Humphries—does he count?—were all spotted in FROW today), but the really exciting people watching comes courtesy of the fashion editors, buyers, bloggers and photographers who are dressed to impress. The Prabal Gurung show only started once Bill Cunningham found his seat.

It’s okay to wear flats. With all of the standing in line, rushing between venues and chasing cabs down the street, a good pair of low-heeled shoes is a fashion week survival tool. Plus if Anna Dello Russo can abandon her mega platforms for a pair of low-heeled YSL pumps, I think it’s safe to say I can too.

Quirky concepts make for memorable presentations. Amongst the myriad of presentations held at MILK Studios, Pamela Love‘s tattoo parlour setup (with an actual artist drawing on the real deal) was busting at the seams. The diminutive designer’s space could barely contain the curious crowd.