Showing up for a fashion event at 8 am on a rainy morning amounts to one thing: torture. But thanks to the over-the-top creativity of Spainâ€™s clothing, shoe and jewelry designers, waking up in the Bryant Park Hotel was like being slapped with a rainbow.
8:15 AM Show up, dripping, see name tags and want to cry.
8:20 Smiling women in Technicolor usher me to two girls in fabulous, matching Agatha Ruiz de la Prada dresses. I smile too.
8:22 Suddenly a fashion breakfast seem fun. Iâ€™m given the quick story of de la Pradaâ€™s kooky line. I see her Christmas Dress. My eyes have trouble focusing, but itâ€™s a good time.
Iâ€™m reminded how Spainâ€™s designers are often eclipsed by French and Italian giants and take it as a point well taken. Looking at Custo Barcelona’s Ã©clats des couleurs, patterns and fabrics makes me wonder how anything can eclipse Spanish fashionâ€”itâ€™s insane.
8:23 Perusal of shockingly not-so-sensible Spring line of shoes inspired by Brazil.) ,
8:30 Monoplazaâ€™s a name to watch for. Though they donâ€™t have a website up just yetâ€”they make dangerously gorgeous swim, under and outwear. The silver swim suit practically brings tears to my eyes.
8:31 Visions of palm trees, sunshine, sand and pools. Me in that swimsuit. Anywhere but New York on a rainy morning in September.
Check out: Camper has cute flat boots for fall. Get them while you wait for the Brazilian wedges from the Spring collection.