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New York Fashion Week: not for the fashion weak. I've experienced this first-hand as a reporter, stylist and fashion editor. It's not easy going from show to show multitasking: observing backstage, interviewing designers, spotting celebrities, forecasting trends, party reporting, while trying to remain sane. Here I am at New York Fashion Week: Day One braving the elements as well as racing from venue to venue. Read on to see how I trudged through.

My first show of the day was Kimberly Ovitz's. She's had great success this year with Rihanna wearing her dresses in "Diamonds." But even after so many career victories the 28-year old remains one of the most down-to-Earth designers I have met. This season Ovitz says she was heavily influenced by insects, their exo-skeletons and their outer shells.

Kimberly once made me raw gazpacho at her apartment. We bonded so much that night; we do so again here backstage. Always a good time.

The models' hair is inspired by insects and antennae.

I caught up with the ever-chic Jenna Lyons, creative director at J.Crew who told me just how taken aback and proud she was of dressing the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her two daughters.
"It was definitely a moment," she said.

I snuck off with my editor friend to Koreatown on 32nd street. Korean cuisine in New York City has really taken off and become rather chic, like sushi in the 90's and Thai in the 2000's. The "it" cuisine now stems from Seoul.

The jewelry at the Dannijo presentation was absolutely stunning, inspired by vintage, 20's and flappers. Stones were mixed together for a classic yet nostalgic feel. Models stood above mounds of flowers and looked absolutely breathtaking.

Coco Rocha and fellow supermodel Hillary Rhoda stopped by and mingled with Dannijo's creative directors Danielle and Jodie Snyder

Afterwards I headed up to Lincoln Center for the Concept Korea show. Every year tastemakers in the industry hand select five designers to show. This year Son Jung Wang, Lie Sang Bong (pictured above is his daughter, Nana), Cres E. Dim, Choi Boko, and Kye. Fun Fact: Lie Sang Bong was in the running to have been chosen for Queen Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance. He barely lost out to Rubin Singer who Beyonce eventually went for.

Spotted in the front row: legendary stylist Patricia Field.

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