In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: sophisticated femininity from Vivienne Tam.
Show location: Bryant Park, The Promenade
The skinny: Boho feminine looks for women who aren't afraid of color
Celebs spotted: Estelle, Malin Ackerman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jessica Stroup, Real Housewife of New Jersey Danielle Staub, Real Housewife of New York Alex McCord, Angela and Vanessa Simmons from Run's House
The takeaway: Pocahontas with a PC. Fringe, leather belts, dresses printed in organic shapes and tons of butterflies—the motif of Tam's new laptops, which themselves took a trip down the runway.
8:25pm: We're trying something a little different for this liveblog. Vivienne Tam, as you might know, has a relationship with HP, and the company has loaned us a new laptop with which we're going to liveblog from inside the show. (Don't ask how we usually do it, but let's just say it doesn't involve bringing a bulky laptop into the tent. One problem: The parental controls are on, and it won't let us load Racked. We're also having trouble loading pictures. Bear with us: This is an experiment.
8:39pm: Estelle is here. So's Alexandra from Gilt Groupe.
8:41pm: It's starting. With a big HP ad.
8:43pm: A song in French, and fringed leather dresses. Sort of Pocahontas? As the models walk down the runway, their image is broadcast on a big screen. The show is also being streamed online—they're really into being as wired as possible.
8:46pm: Now we're seeing teals and a lovely sort of ocean-y print. Also butterflies. Tons of butterflies.
8:50pm: Malin Ackerman and Emmanuelle Chriqui are sitting directly across from us.
8:52pm: And it's over. The small child next to us (seriously, the tents have been invaded by pre-teens this year) seems delighted by the whole thing.