This year for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I found myself dealing with transportation and accomodation issues and other only-in-NYC drama, which led me to miss many Lincoln Center experiences. But as good fortune would have it, there was one show in the cards that I was able to make without a problem. And it was a show that people were vying to get into.

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Diesel Black Gold wasn’t held at Lincoln Center, it was held at Pier 92. So I had an inkling that the stunning location would come into play, but I didn’t realize how dramatic it’d be until the show began.

First of all – even getting into Diesel was drama. I realized there were major constraints with seats and a crush of industry folks, fans and reporters from around the world all quite literally shoving to get into the elevator and seething at staff to get seats. I can’t with all of that, y’all. So I settled for standing, and as luck would have it I was first choice by the very frazzled PR I’d spoken with earlier, when it was time to fill the seats. Score!

As the first model strutted down the runway, the curtain fell revealing the skyline, sunlight, and lapping waves behind the plexiglass screens. Breathtaking.

The Diesel collection was very wearable. The colors were beautifully layered – bone, camel, chocolate, khaki. Textures evocative of leaves and branches.

The hair was big, windblown and tousled – many models rocked oversized pompadours. The makeup was minimal but fierce – smokey eyes, dewy skin, and lots of don’t give a what attitude. I thought the show was amazing (as you hear me say in the end of this video!)

On the way out I asked this beautiful woman with amazing hair for her photo. I can only assume that she was a model, she was so tall, willowy, and gorgeous.

I don’t think she was feeling the moment, and when I let her know the name of my blog she didn’t seem excited. Ah well, such is life. I appreciated every moment of the experience.

I got to see many of my friends at Diesel – Kristin Booker of Fashion Style Beauty, Memsor Kamarake of Vibe Magazine, India Jewel Jackson of Glam Media, and the adorable and awesome Charles Wade. I had a great time, but after that I was TOO through with NYFW! The Diesel show was it. And after that I had an amazing lunch with friends, got my suitcases, headed to the airport, got on a plane and made it back to sweet home Chicago! Whew!

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Skeeta says:
September 16, 2010, 6:17 am
I think the last pic looks very much like Julia Sarr- Jamois.
Skeeta says:
September 16, 2010, 6:19 am
but I can't see features too close or her body type to really compare.
bella says:
September 16, 2010, 6:20 am
nope you're completely correct!
BlackBetty says:
September 17, 2010, 12:36 pm
Wow it seems like NYFW wore me out. This has to be the 1st year in which I've lived in NY and completely avoided it. Hopefully next year, you'll be able to enjoy it more.
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