They’re the ones who decide what the fashion savvy will be wearing next season — but what do they wear themselves to fashion’s big week?
This story first appeared in the September 11, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Here are a few selections from the front-row flock.
KAL RUTTENSTEIN, Bloomingdale’s, senior vice president of fashion direction
What he’ll be wearing: “Giorgio Armani or Hedi Slimane made-to-measure jacket, Sean John white pants, clean white sneakers, with Prada robot key chain and Rolling Stones wristband.”
Won’t be without: Cell phone, Evian and a pen.
Eager to find: “Exciting merchandise that our customers don’t have, but will want.”
Looking forward to: All the shows.
Nighttime indulgence: Dinners at Spice Market, Pastis, Schillers, 5 Ninth, Peter Lugers and Chin Chin.
JULIE GILHART, Barneys New York, vice president and fashion director
What she’ll be wearing: “A little bit of everything, my ever-present Lanvin handbag and Goyard tote.”
Won’t be without: “Kazuko crystals for general well-being.”
Looking for: “Something I have never seen before and beautifully done, well executed, imaginative clothes.”
Top shows: “I am looking forward to all the shows, but most particularly all the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund quarter-finalists that are showing — Behnaz Sarafpour, Cloak, Derek Lam, Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler and Peter Som.
Nighttime indulgence: Dinner at Da Silvano with her favorite reporter.
ROBERT BURKE, Bergdorf Goodman, senior vice president for fashion and p.r.
What he’ll be wearing: “A bespoke suit by Mr. Panico, a tailor in Capri. Some Thom Browne pieces, Marc Jacobs raincoat and John Lobb shoes that I wear everywhere.”
Won’t be without: Digital camera, Blackberry, bottle of water, Listerine strips.
Looking for: “Someone to be original — unique designs, forward thinking, sophisticated color palettes, glamour and elegance.”
Can’t wait for: Zac Posen and Derek Lam.
Nighttime indulgence: Six hours of sleep.
SUE PATNEAUDE, Nordstrom, executive vice president of designer apparel
What she’ll be wearing: The Marc Jacobs tuxedo jacket with a diamante brooch and pintuck skirt edged in tulle, very high black YSL shoes. Donna Karan jacket and pants along with her grandmother’s antique brooch.
Won’t be without: Chanel tote, two cell phones, a pair of flip-flops and a bottle of Lipton’s Ice Unsweetened.
Looking for: “Fabulous tweed jackets with a feminine, couture-like touch —crystals, fringe, ribbon trims. Item skirts, probably circular or full and daytime dresses — a sleeveless sheath, a wrap or a shirtdress.”
Top shows: “The runway collections are a small and important part of the business, but what happens in the showroom and in the store are far more important to all of us.”
Nighttime indulgence: “Time — to regain my personal chi.”
JEFFREY KALINSKY, Jeffrey New York, owner
What he’ll be wearing: “My total uniform — a T-shirt, Thom Browne cropped pants with my cashmere cardigan in tow.”
Won’t be without: “My cell phone and, of course, my WWD.” His chrome yellow Birkin bag will be waiting in the car.
Looking for: “I hope that I see something provocative. Looking forward to Libertine. My head space is into more classic clothing right now, especially given the great success of Kaufman Franco. Also Zac, Proenza, Tuleh and Michael Kors.”
Nighttime indulgence: The gym, dinner with friends.
SCOTT TEPPER, Henri Bendel, fashion director
What he’ll be wearing: “I’m feeling more sartorial this season, so definitely the new Gucci pinstripe suit. If there’s any chill in the air, I’ll break out the Bottega cashmere tweed suit or its gray cashmere jacket. Prada side-buckle shoes, Bottega loafers, Dior boots and Church’s lace-up shoes.”
Won’t be without: Smythson notebook and Fendi Selleria bag.
Looking for: “A continuation of the embellished themes we saw for fall, lightened up for spring. I’m looking out for crystals or sequins on chiffon tops or dresses. I love the tunic shape that can be worn either as a minidress or as a long top with jeans, also lingerie-inspired tops.”
Top shows: Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors, Peter Som, Carlos Miele, Derek Lam, Tuleh, Jeffrey Chow, DVF and Oscar de la Renta.
Nighttime indulgence: Skipping all the after-parties and seeing my trainer.
STEFANI GREENFIELD, Scoop, co-owner
What she’ll be wearing: Sap green Marc Jacobs Venetia bag, Habitual stovepipe jeans, Helmut Lang navy python strappy heel, Scoop private label fitted pinstripe jacket in navy, Stella McCartney racer- back tank top, What Comes Around Goes Around denim skirt with vintage Pucci patches.
Won’t be without: Blackberry, Lunar eyeglasses, cranberry Emergen-C, Cookies n’ Cream health bar, Orbit peppermint gum, Starbucks card.
Looking for: “Dresses, dresses and more dresses, a continuation of fall feminine trends, long flowy and feminine skirts, neutral colors and great prints.”
Top shows: Michael Kors, Tuleh and Matthew Williamson.
Nighttime indulgence: A bubble bath.
MEITAL GRANTZ, Talulah G, Las Vegas, owner
What she’ll be wearing: “My Burberry trenchcoat, my Chrome Hearts skullcap and a Sonia striped scarf. Since I’m pregnant, my jeans will be the side-tie style from NOM and my ballet T-shirt dress from C&C.”
Won’t be without: Gucci sneakers.
Looking for: “Easy styles for spring — flattering prairie skirts, subtle floral prints and great little jackets.”
Top shows: Anna Sui, Matthew Williamson and Proenza Schouler.
Nighttime indulgence: “Yummy pasta dinners at Il Cantinori and the crispy beef dish at Mr. Chow.”
EVELYN GORMAN, Mix, Houston, owner
What she’ll be wearing: “My wonderful stretch leather Zac Posen skirt. A Lanvin cashmere trench, weather permitting, comfy orange Bottega Veneta woven loafers — my new discovery for upcoming buying trips. Balenciaga double- breasted jacket with my Balenciaga cropped baggy wool pants.”
Won’t be without: Sony Powershot camera, salted peanuts, a dozen highlighters, a calculator.
Looking for: “Something that I haven’t seen before — it really does happen.”
Can’t wait for: “I always enjoy the Proenza Schouler show because it is carefree — as in, the opposite of contrived. I love the presentation that Narciso Rodriguez does because it is so beautifully and simply styled — just like his clothes. And I can’t wait for Zac Posen.”
Nighttime indulgence: “Dancing as late as I can…at least one night.”
NATALIE MASSANET, Net-a-Porter, founder
What she’ll be wearing: “A look that’s very ladylike — Miu Miu brocade skirts and yellow and taupe snakeskin heels. I’ll also have Miu Miu flat-heeled motorcycle boots.”
Won’t be without: “A little tweed jacket from Miu Miu and my trusty L.L. Bean tote.”
Looking for: “We’re looking to dress Sienna Miller head-to-toe. She is our shopping icon this season. On the other end of the spectrum, we’re looking for retro-glam: The Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland on holiday.”
Top shows: “We’re excited about the younger designers: Zac Posen, Tuleh, Roland Mouret and Sass & Bide.”
Nighttime indulgence: “A margarita at Mexicana Mama in the village.”
APRIL GLASSBOROW, Harvey Nichols, buyer for international collections
What she’ll be wearing: “It depends on the weather, but definitely great boots by Chloé — knee-skimming with a medium, chunky heel — and a Missoni dress.”
Won’t be without: “A notebook — either a basic one from Muji or a leather-bound one from Florence.”
Looking for: “Newness. We’re paying close attention to the very small companies like Derek Lam, Thakoon, Kaufman Franco.”
Top shows: Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Roland Mouret and Narciso Rodriguez.
Nighttime indulgence: “Cocktails — wherever our New York colleagues want to take us.”
CEDRIC CHARBIT, Printemps, Paris, general merchandise manger, women’s
What he’ll be wearing: Dior Homme jeans and jacket, Pierre Hardy shoes and Charvet T-shirts.
Won’t be without: “My Moleskin journal.”
Top shows: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Roland Mouret.
Looking for: “Good deliveries and products. What I look for in New York are products that are commercial and functional.”
New York is good for: “Getting the first read on the season. A show like Marc Jacobs or DKNY is very directional.”
For fun: Cruising around the Meatpacking District or Brooklyn. It gives you a great flavor or what’s happening in the street.”
MICHAEL FINK, Saks Fifth Avenue, senior fashion director
Looking for: “Interesting and emotional fashion.”
Won’t be without: “New York Times crossword puzzle, my Blackberry, an apple and a big bottle of water.”
What he’ll be wearing: “Lots of novelty striped socks, a comfortable navy blazer, open-neck shirts. No ties.”
Nighttime indulgence: “Sleep.”