Sunday, September 23, 2012

We Walk the Walk: One Last Time at Lincoln Center

On September 9th, we were invited to join several other Advanced Style ladies to participate in an impromptu runway show on the plaza at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Naturally, we dressed for the occasion! We got so caught up in the process that we neglected to memorialize the moment. So this posting includes just a few pics of our fellow strutters, and then we cover other participants in the Lincoln Center festivities.

Debra Rapoport and Elke paused for a photo after the defilé.

Jean and Rita Hammer vogued for the camera.

We ran into Cocoa Bella for the third time that week! First at Bottega Veneta on Fashion's Night Out, next at the Concept Korea runway show, and finally here. She had put together completely different looks every time. Wish we could still do shoes like hers!!!

We just loved this woman's turban. And glasses. And retro dress.  She confided that the dress had been her mother's and that she was lucky enough to have several more. On the right is Christina Viera, who walked the runway in a hat, shirt, pants and bracelet she made herself!

And continuing on the turban theme, how about this woman's turban? And how about her leggings!!!????

This woman attracted a whole phalanx of reporters!  Wish we knew who the heck she is ...

Isn't she fabulous?

Collars are one of the trends we noticed at Fashion's Night Out that we saw repeated on several women at New York's Fashion Week. This feather number is one of the best executed.

Gorgeous gal and lucky devil.

We ran into this gent on Fashion's Night Out and photographed him in front of Bergdorf's.

His metal-toed boots from Costume National were the cat's meow. Loved the happy face equivalent of the famous Comedy/Tragedy masks at each ankle.

We've photographed Ben for you before. Here he is with Valerie.

These striped jackets are all the rage now. Very fine strips of plastic or leather are sewn onto mesh backs, so they're very flexible, AND see through! And what about the furry jeans?!

Although this pic contains more ladies than men (and spectacular ladies they are), in the spirit of being Fair and Balanced, we want to focus on the man in the mustard suit. Not all suits are blue and pin striped, thank goodness!

Here is one of the few men who's brave enough to wear orange, and who does it up proud. Note also his orange belt and tie, and black pocket handkerchief.

We loved this gent's glasses, but we also loved his bi-color mohawk.

Last Spring, we were interviewed by Emanuella Grinberg from CNN. We ran into Emanuella and her mother, Pat, on the plaza.

We were interviewed for Chinese TV by these two young women. The white sunglass frames on the lady on the left were terrific.  Check out her bi-level skirt -- another hot trend we've been seeing about town lately.

Here we are, honing our media skills. Each of the several Chinese stations we spoke to had a different logo on its microphone or hand-held character.

We were even interviewed by Croatian TV.

Stylist Elysze Held was kind enough to stop for a photo before dashing off. Her website is

We loved Elysze's shoes with the outfit she was wearing. They gave her gauzy skirt that extra oopmph!

When we ran into Chloe, someone was kind enough to memorialize the moment. Isn't she just gorgeous?

Speaking of gorgeous, check out this fab couple.

We ran into this lady as we were leaving the plaza. Loved her man-repeller pants and her wonderful attitude.  When Jean contemplated wrestling her to the ground for her ice cream, we knew we needed to stop and grab a bite to eat.

From Lincoln Center, we retired to the rooftop at the nearby Empire Hotel to relax. While on the rooftop, sipping intriguing cocktails with Amaretto, ginger and another forgotten (but essential!) ingredient, we ran into dapper Hannibal. Great suit, hair color and hair cut! We suggested that Hannibal must take a lot of guff for his name now. "Yes", he replied, "but I'm not going to eat you ... yet!" Touchée!

And so the whirlwind is over for the time being, and we can catch our breath until The Next Big Thing comes by and sweeps us off our feet again. What we're wearing:
 Jean: Victorian-era straw hat with bakelite hat pin; Issey Miyake pants; Cable & Gauge peplum top; black & white Jeffrey Campbell platform boots; Victorian gutta percha chain necklace; 16 vintage bakelite and plastic bangles; bakelite rings; black cross-body bag; and black & white shibouri bag from MOMA Store.

Valerie: Vintage Issey Miyake men's hat, imitation Warring States bead, unlabeled bolero jacket, Ivan Grundahl dress, unlabeled shoes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * AND THIS JUST IN! We will be Walking the Walk again at Geri Brin's Fab Over Fifty Bash this coming Saturday, September 29, where we will be modeling Marla Wynne fashions (maybe you've seen her styles on HSN) styled with our own accessories. This will be the second Fab Over Fifty Bash, with all sorts of goodies for Women of a Certain Age (like us!). The Bash will be followed by Fab Over Fifty Week, with special promotions all over town for participants. To go to the Marla Wynne Collection Facebook page, click here. Want to be part of the FOF fun? Tickets are available at, and if you enter the code "AARP" when you check out, your ticket will be $45 (a $75 value).


  1. i adore your blog. it's such fun. may i make a request? yes? ok! i wish the pictures were bigger so i could see details up close!!!

  2. Click on the photograph & it will bring you to a bigger version & a slide show so you can click through all of the pictures, without the text.
    Jean & Valerie

  3. So much male eye-candy in this post; how wonderful to see men in bright colours in unique fabrics and creative hair styles! Cocoa Bella has got some kick ass style chops on her, I'd love to meet her. See you in a couple of weeks!

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