Thursday, June 24, 2010

Unveiled: Sidewalk Catwalk

Sidewalk Catwalk crowd at Norma Kamali's mannequin at the end of the tour.

I got to Herald Square just in time this morning to catch part of the Sidewalk Catwalk opening ceremony in front of Macy's Herald Square, then walked up Broadway with Fern Mallis leading the way. Surprisingly, it was all very casual and intimate with designers, tourists, and Macy's executives strolling from mannequin to mannequin. Fern was waving at Betsey Johnson "Come on Betsey!" and commenting to Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren about one design "I just don't get it."

There were a few press people there, but I was expecting a bigger crush and a lot more blogger/fashion-fan types. I could have wiped sweat off Terry Lundgren's brow and often turned around to find Fern on my heels. As we all crowded the bike lane, taking photos of Yeohlee Tang, John Bartlett, Carlos Falchi, and Jill Stuart, messengers screamed "Bike lane, bike lane, get out of the way!" Yeah, you don't get much more New York City than that. Great, great event.

Carlos Falchi and his gorgeous daughter, the very friendly John Bartlett.

Betsey Johnson and her fluffer.

Fern Mallis and Jill Stuart, Yeohlee Tang.

Be sure to take a walk down Broadway, the mannequins don't disappoint. And the topper, at the very north end of the catwalk, is Norma Kamali's bar code mannequin. Scan the codes with your smart phone and watch different videos and photos of Norma's collection. And yes, Norma was there, posing with her mannequin.

Norma Kamali on the phone, Elie Tahari spreading the love after admiring Maladrino's mannequin.

Sidewalk Catwalk, Herald Square to Times Square on Broadway


Elaine said...

Lucky! May I ask, how did you find out about the start time? I only knew about the start date... bummer. Here's our post:

WendyB said...

Fabulous people watching.

Tricia said...

Elaine - I couldn't find any info on the start time that morning except a Twitter account, forget whose, that said 10am - So I got there around 10 just to see. This was really not made very public, I think!
WendyB - really fabulous people watching. I had such fun.

Midtown Girl said...

I heard about this a few weeks ago but never got any info on it!!! How long does it run? I would totes gone to it with you!!