My Birthday: Part Two

Everything you need to know about a day-time slumber party!

So as soon as I thought my 27th birthday couldn't get any better ... it did!

After a very busy past few months, I was adamant about having a birthday party where EVERYONE was allowed to relax and chill out, not just me. Thus, the idea of a day-time slumber party was born! Kieran hosted the party, supplying pillows, mattresses and blankets galore, while everyone else was simply asked to wear their pajamas, and bring a little something to share. My roomie and delightful friend Caroline undertook the role of dueling chefs, sharing the responsibility of cooking/prepping brunch and dinner for fifteen ... which is no easy task.

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After a healthy tuck-in everyone played a game of MAFIA, which in case you don't know what it is, click HERE to read all about the rules. Needless to say, I was killed off first and was forced to play dead for the rest of the game ... not fun when there are cupcakes to be eaten just feet away from me!

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4.jpg5.jpgWe then watched Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? a horrifically fantastic movie starring the lovely Joan Crawford

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and the delightfully disturbing Bette Davis

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and the tumultuous relationship the two sisters have ... if you haven't seen it, you should. My reaction was as follows:

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The rest of the night was a blur of junk food binging, Death Becomes Her, and more junk food. Oh, and the delightful Biggie Smalls, the most lovable long-haired Chihuahua to ever be.

9.jpg We were later graced with the musical stylings of Mark and Graham on the piano

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and a mid-day walk to keep us from being complete and utter lazy asses ... we felt a little like Japanese tourists traveling in such a large group.

11.jpg The night slowly crept on, people leaving after a few hours but not before "signing" the guest book by drawing a picture of themselves; yes, some were bad, some were good, but ALL will be cherished. I definitely recommend doing that the next party you have!

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I absolutely loved this birthday and have no idea how to top it next year, but that's 12 months away so I guess I don't have to worry about it for quite awhile. Long live adolescence!!!

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What's Next

Words of advice to Leanne, Korto, and Kenley.

Leanne put together something that was interesting and sophisticated and it definitely had a point of view. In a weird way she managed to have a focused collection that still had variety. She took an idea and she stretched it. The clothes were young as well as sophisticated at the same time.

What's next for her? Well, everyone thinks that they have to put on this big runway show and that's not necessarily always the case. I think her clothes are very much about seeing the workmanship, the detailing and all that, so I definitely think she's got the goods to do her own thing. I don't think she should feel obliged to do a big show right away. I think there's something to be said about things growing slowly and organically and that might be better for her. Then people can really see the clothes up close, because when you put the kind of workmanship into something that's understated, things can get lost. She could do a fun presentation, maybe, or a still life on mannequins. I don't think she necessarily has to rush out and put on a whole show. I think her clothes will be appreciated in both Europe and Japan so she should probably think about bringing it over her line to Paris where you're going to find more of the European buyers as well as the Asian buyers. Once again, I think her clothes will do really well in Asia. I think they have an understanding of sophisticated workmanship. You're not going to see her clothes in the local mall. They're not for that. She's got to keep it high-end and sophisticated and keep her focus, which I think she will.As for Korto's collection. I remember the beads well. There was one asymmetrical dress where the beads were built in and I loved that. Everything she wanted her collection to be - ethnic without being costume-y, playful with color - she managed to hit that with certain parts of the collection. But I think the necklaces, when they were just necklaces on their own, looked added.

With Kenley the reality is you have to have a confidence in what you do and you have to believe that you're right. A designer needs a big ego because you really are going around and telling people "You're wrong and I'm right." But I think that there are ways to do it gracefully. It's the kind of industry where you're always going to have good feedback, bad feedback, or sometimes no reaction, whether it's the woman in a store, the buyer, or the press. It's always a public thing, not a private thing. The important thing to remember is as much as it might burn you when someone criticizes you, the real reality is you don't have to take it totally verbatim. I think she takes things totally verbatim. And one can listen and say, "I got what you're saying but I'm ultimately going to do what I want to do, thanks for the input" and maybe you will learn something. You should learn something. When you think you know it all at 25 then your career's going to be really short. The whole point of fashion is that you never know it all. She's gotta learn how to keep her point-of-view and her confidence, but learn how to be a little more of a lady. Granted, being tough never hurt anyone in fashion.She's obviously got a point-of-view. She's got a great hand. The painting on those clothes was just gorgeous. In general, the quality and the craftsmanship of everything she sent out was beautiful. But I think when people are dress designers, which is really what she is, it doesn't make for the most compelling fashion show. It might make a very nice line. I think that in history there have been a lot of designers who are "dress houses," so to speak. They don't do a whole collection and they can have very successful businesses. It's hard to tell a varied story when you are so specifically dress-oriented and especially when your look is so particular. So I think she could put a line together and do very well with it. There's always going to be someone who likes something feminine and flirty and she's another one where I don't necessarily think the runway is always going to be her best friend. I think the greatest thing that has happened from the show in the last five seasons is that it's certainly made people aware that their clothes don't just appear in their closet. It's kind of like knowing the farmer who grows the crop. Suddenly you have an appreciation for the food that's on your table. I think that Runway has really opened people's eyes to know that this is an incredibly difficult endeavor and it takes real tenacity and talent.

I think that's the greatest part of the show for me. I'm a real fashion person so when something turns the corner and I think it's really spectacular that's the greatest moment for me. When Christian's show started and I saw the chicness of this 3-Musketeers silhouettes I thought "Wow." Same thing with Leanne. I look at the whole thing lined up and I think this is what we're here for. I'm happy when it looks great. My other highlight is sometimes just losing it laughing. Whether it's the wrestling challenge or... just losing it laughing in general! As much as I love it all and we are excited about it and spend so much time doing it, at the end of they day, they are just clothes. And sometimes it's good to just laugh about it all.

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