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WesFeld at Gen Art

Don't cry for me, Philadelphia. The truth is, we never left you.


That bitch Mother Nature made good and damn sure that we couldn't attend the Gen Art show last week as WesFeld debuted their prize-winning Plastics Make it Possible collection. Philly went all Fargo on us and we were buried under a white blanket of pain-in-the-ass, making travel pretty much impossible. Thankfully, ace girl reporters Gotham Tomato and Brooklyn Bomber were on the scene to get the scoop. Between their shots and the official event photos, we almost feel like we were there. Except we weren't. Fucking Mother Nature.

Molly Sims was the host of the evening.

The boys and their creations.



They also designed the shoes.


Kenley Collins, Cat Thrower

Stella Zotis


Jennifer Diederich


Daniel Feld
















Gorge.

[Photos: firstVIEW.com/Courtesy of Gotham Tomato and Brooklyn Bomber]


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72 comments:

well, gorge except for the romper. I just can't buddy up to the idea of a Teddy as day-wear.

But those are some crazy sculptural dresses. Kudos!

And also, what fun to be an "Ace girl reporter!" Was Jimmy Olson there too?


I'm dying over the dress in the second to last row. It's beautiful beyond words.

Ginger


Very, very beautiful. Want. And the shoes are interesting.

I almost said, "You didn't even try to get rid of Kenley's red eyes, did you?" then saw that Stella's were red also. :)


AND my sister was stranded in a hotel room in Philly last week! I so should've sent her over to your abode with a bottle of something delectable...she misses her hometown gays. =)

Ginger (again)


I was there working the event (first time at Fashion Week), and I kept looking for you two!

The weather was absolutely awful but the clothes were to die!


Sorry you guys missed the show, but BB and GT did a great job of reporting. Speaking of reporting, did I miss your recap of Seth Aaron's design for the "Dress Heidi" competition last week?


Gorgeous all the way around!

Sad for you boys not to have been able to attend...F'n snow! ;)

Q...what is the "cat thrower" comment with Kenley? I probably read it awhile ago...just not recollecting...


Effing Snow back today as well.

Oh well, at least there's pretty clothes to look at. Congrats to Daniel and Wesley.


Kenley supposedly threw a cat at her boyfriend a while back.


These two are amazing.
American Couture just about sums it up.


Thanks Judy...I do recall reading about her domestic disturbance now. :)


I love that no matter what happens in her life and career, Kenley will always be a cat thrower.


I'm scared of that jacket with all the spikes on the shoulders. Very Mad Max-esque, in a bad way.


Can I just say I hate the font they chose for their Wesfeld sign? :P

The clothes, though, are beautiful.


Five pieces?! Five... LOL @ "Cat Thrower" though. Love it.


Mmmm, well. The gowns are gorgeous. The romper is ridiculous and the "Stella!" slip dress seems to have a fit issue and be puckery. Good for them anyway.


I love you guys, but somebody couldn't have de-red-eyed Stella?


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

"cat thrower"

LMAO!

Should the photo of Stella captioned "the queen muthah of leathah"? I miss her on the show.

Thanks GT and everyone for the pics!


I'm with Max here. I can accept not de-red eyeing Kenley. But Stella? Come on, how could you? ;)


Max said...

I love you guys, but somebody couldn't have de-red-eyed Stella?


We'll get a member of our staff right on that.

Seriously, folks. It's fashion week and we're averaging 5 posts a day. Cut us some slack.


"Kenley supposedly threw a cat at her boyfriend a while back."

Of course she did. (I've not heard this story before--for anyone else, this would qualify as a major wig-out proceeding a breakdown, but with Kenley it's more of a "that's our Kenley!" kind of thing.)

These dresses are very beautiful. I do wonder how they feel. They photograph well, but do they feel soft or stiff?


TLo said...
Seriously, folks. It's fashion week and we're averaging 5 posts a day. Cut us some slack.



This is the bestest blog evah. I love you guys. I'm making you a virtual pot of tea right now. And a virtual meatloaf ( well its real but you'd have to come to my house to eat it) for supper.


Yes, about de-red-eyeing, I agree with TLo: cut them some slack. They haven't taken a day off, have you noticed? Multiple posts every day. Sheesh.


Let me also say that although I didn't take the pictures of Stella & Kenley posted here, conditions were not exactly photo-friendly. I got multiple pictures of Stella's back because it was dark and crowded, and I was too shy to go right up to her and tell her to say "cheese." I was happy to get any pictures in focus because every time I'd frame a shot someone would jostle me or move in front of me. In other words, the pics here of Kenley & Stella are much better than any I managed to get, and I'm glad they're there, red eyes or not.

Jeff: "FIVE" -- you mean dresses? I think there were six, and the shoes. And there were 3 other designers shown, but nothing else was as elaborate as the WesFeld designs.

C.C.: the shoes indeed are interesting, but I still can't figure out how those girls walked in them -- up and down stairs! -- and then stood in them for a good hour.


Brooklyn Bomber: You do not need to apologize or explain the red eyes. Most of us are glad to see any pictures of an event we would never get to see in person. Everyone else needs to get a life.


Slack, Schmack. You guys rock. Love to you for keeping your wit rapier, your fingers tapping and your commenters entertained. And thanks to the ace girl reporters as well for a fabu job. Mwah!


The orange gown is lovely - but that bodice looks strongly influenced by Carol Hannah's design, no?


I usually hate gimmicky shoes, but MAN, those shoes are killer. I really really want them - and I'll tell you, they look like the heel itself, because of the platform, is only like two inches high.

How much do shoes like that go for, or do I want to know?

I can't BELIEVE the amount of posting you guys are doing - thank you SO much!


As soon as Stella mentioned that Kenley was there, I started praying that Boo Boo Kitty would show up too.

How perfect would it have been to get Kenley & BooBoo Kitty together?

--GothamTomato


"TLo said: We'll get a member of our staff right on that."




You shouldn't have hired StephanieV :)

--GothamTomato


BB & GT - you guys get the gold stars!


Love the dresses. I even like the chopines -I mean shoes. Love the crazed expression on Cat throwing Kenley.


What no one apparently realizes is that Kenley's eyes are actually like that, while Stella is just suffering a flash.


That Necco Mint colored gown was absolutely STUNNING & made me wish I had the kind of life that would require me to wear something like that.

And BTW, I'm responsible for the red eyes. It was dark, and so shoulder-to-shoulder crowded in there that it was impossible to get far enough away from anyone to take a decent picture (especially with my little PHD camera). So you'll just have to imagine them with dark eyes.

--GothamTomato


So I watched the reruns of Kenleys bad behavior season on presidents day and Michael says "What's she going to do every time a client has a disagreement(or critique, or something) with her? Get out a knife and cut them?
the answer is...all together now....throw a cat! hee


Thanks, Sandra Dee & Nancy.

Anne, believe me, you don't want those shoes unless you have your own minions to carry you around in a sedan chair! They're something to look at, though.


These dresses I want to look at over and over. They astound me. The gown in the second to the last row is jaw dropping. Way to go WesFeld.


Question: How do you guys get into events like these? Do you have to be invited, or buy tickets, or . . ? (You know, I really am a hick. I have been to NYC only once in my life . . . so I am actually asking, not being a smart ass!)

BB & Gotham, squished into a crowd to see these clothes is my idea of a GREAT DAY. Thanks for sharing it with us. : )


Also, where would one wear a romper?


BB and GT, you are our heroes. And my jealousy runneth over. Why are there no fabulous fashion events in central Maryland for me to cover?

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.


Damnit I went to that party and I was actually hoping to see you guys there. So sad you couldn't make it. The collection was ridiculous up close. The detailing was so gorgeous it almost asphyxiated me.


those shoes are spectacular!


SusanID: "How do you guys get into events like these? Do you have to be invited, or buy tickets, or . . ?"

Well, in my case, you win a TLo contest. If you live in NY long enough, though, through the years some fancy-event invitations are sure to come your way.

But I've never been connected to the fashion industry, so those invitations haven't come my way. (So thank you, TLo!)

I do have a many-years-long wish to attend one of the Fashion Week runway shows. So if some genie with the power to grant my wish is reading this, you know where to find me!


*mwah* to TLo, GT, and BB....well done, well done! I've been on the *&(^# computer all day and the first fit of giggles goes to you: Kenley Collins, Cat Thrower. thanks, all!!

I sort of love the shoes, too. They put me in mind of Japanese traditional platform getas.


I feel your pain, Boys. We slogged into Philly on Thursday for the Buyers Market of American Craft through Saturday, and the town was a mess - no place to put that snow! We would have called, but we were at the Convention Center all day and out to business dinners in the evening.

I love that you have Minion in the Field doing remote reporting for you. It's good practice for the eventual launch of the TLO Network.

Thanks for covering this, Bomber & Gotham Tomato. Great job!


Brooklyn Bomber said...

I do have a many-years-long wish to attend one of the Fashion Week runway shows. So if some genie with the power to grant my wish is reading this, you know where to find me!




Thanks for answering my Q, Brooklyn. I share your wish -

Now if someone could just tell me where you'd wear a romper. In public.


You, gentlemen, are the icing on my cupcake, the cream in my coffee. :) And big kudos to Gotham Tomato and Brooklyn Bomber for the Ace Girl reporting! ~blowing kisses~


"Bill said: I love that you have Minion in the Field doing remote reporting for you."




I am going to make business cards that read:

Gotham Tomato
Minion in the Field

--GothamTomato


Love the shoes. Don't ask me why.

Dress #4 looks like the Versace Barbie dress, down to the color. But its still quite beautiful.

And STELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLA!!!!


Kenley Collins: criminal, copycat, cat tosser.


Boys,

I appreciate your typing your fingers to the bone. Every afternoon I have to "spend time with the boys."
When my family wants my attention during my "boy-time" - well - they just have to wait. They often say "You love Tom and Lorenzo more than you love us" or "if we were Tom and Lorenzo.." Now while this is not quite true ... I mean every girl may need a gay, but every gay needs to be waited on. Just let me know when you guys need some pampering.

Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver


These clothes are so weird, in the wrong way. That picture, the boys and their creations, can a dress be uglier? forming that kind of deformed belly and deformed buttocks in the back?
Too many of these PR contestants just look like they'd never left school. Ultimately, I think the rush to make collections on the wave of their show popularity is a the expense of some substantial experience gained inside real brands, and it shows.

Anyone saw Althea's show? That was soooo bad.


To any of the ace girl reporters who attended: I'm insanely curious, how did the fabric look up close? It looks really beautiful, but did it look stiff, did it look like it would breathe? How did it move?

As gorgeous as these pieces are, I'd like to know if the fabric is actually wearable, or if this is just beautiful art.

You know? Either way, I covet that second-to-last gown and would wear it even if I couldn't move in it and made me sweat rivers.

Thanks for the reporting, ladies, and TLo, thanks for keeping up the posting even while in the midst of Fashion Week chaos. Air kisses to all. :-)


Kenley looks insane.


Well I for one, want to see Minion PHOTOS !!

Put a face to the names and the pithy postings !!!

Thanks for laboring for the benefit of us all.

Sewhat?


I nearly snorted soda through my nose over "Kenley Collins, Cat Thrower". I love you boys


Kenley's eyes match her lipstick perfectly, I therefore surmise that her eyes are - indeed - that colour.

LOVE those shoes! Can one tap dance in them do you think?

Eclectic


Anon: "Too many of these PR contestants just look like they'd never left school. Ultimately, I think the rush to make collections on the wave of their show popularity is a the expense of some substantial experience gained inside real brands, and it shows."

I completely agree. In this case, though, the results are pretty impressive.

Very Not: "I'm insanely curious, how did the fabric look up close? It looks really beautiful, but did it look stiff, did it look like it would breathe? How did it move?"

I think it looked good, in the sense that it didn't look cheap. But I think it is, by nature of the design, somewhat stiff. I don't know. Did anyone else who was there get a better sense of that?

Anon: "Kenley looks insane."

She didn't look insane. She looked cute in her outfit, and she uses a bit of an outdoor voice even when indoors, but nothing extreme. Since since we Minions in the Field value journalistic objectivity and integrity, I must tell you I observed no cat throwing or other reportable behavior. She & Stella were hanging together, and I'm afraid they gave us nothing scandalous to report.


Oh my gosh - great photos! I must say...everything I have learned about fashion - I have learned from this blog. Two years ago I had no idea about 90% of the designers you cover and look at me now! =)

Thanks TLo - you're working so hard and I really love reading your blog. And thanks GT and BB for taking these photos!


One more thing - did you guys say in a previous interview w/ WesFeld that they were going to design Molly Sims' dress?

Is Molly Sims wearing a WesFeld design in the photo posted?


They're all impressive except for the one in the middle, the white one that looks too much like a tight slip. Too much "Our new one piece lace foundation garment; zips up the back and no bone!" for me.


"Brooklyn Bomber said: She & Stella were hanging together, and I'm afraid they gave us nothing scandalous to report."



Yes, when I first spoke with Stella, she asked me if I'd seen Kenley; she was looking for her, saying she was supposed to be there. I also thought she looked cute & stood out in that blue - and both she and Stella looked like they were wearing their own designs. (And I observed no flyng cats anywhere in the vicinity either).

--GothamTomato


Very cool. I really like the red dress.


I must proclaim my love for the sea urchin shoulders.


I *adore* the second look, with the shoulder spikes. I wish it was in darker colors and with thicker fabrics so as to be more flattering, but I love the style and lines. And spikes! What can I say, I'm like Stelluh. =P


Kenley Collins

A seashell, "plasticy" bore...
A clam dress, looking quite poor!
WesFeld is ho-hum,
And I am quite glum
To find these rags are for whores!


I soooo love this blog!
I don't claim to know anyone here but it's like hanging @ your coolest cousin's pre war modernist loft designed by Peter Shelton where the convo is awesome & the martini's are always dirty & perfectly chilled. Thanks so much for posting such lemony goodness! & thanks GT & BB for covering the trenches!

The collection is absolutely gorgeous! Kudos, WesFeld! May this signify your arrival!

Kenley (or whoever), put the cat down & take a zoloft!
Really!


Love Your Mother


honesty,not.pc

Yikes, Kenley is not looking so...

She is looking less than... Uh, she has looked better.

Love the mini collection!


So unbelievably gorgeous. Was that a romper? I never met a romper I liked... until now, I guess. Stunning. It's an incredible collection. I even love the shoes!


The shoes are interesting BUT the models toe looks broken and therefore I shall not tempt myself into imagining that they can are safe for wear


Those shoes are misogynistic.


these pieces belong in new york fashion week or in paris, not in that godawful stage.





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