5-Minute Pow-Wow with Jay Manuel


From Stanley Tucci and Abigail Breslin to Edie Falco, the celebs came out in droves to Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2013 show – making for one star-studded front row. And while I’m a big fan of all the aforementioned (I may be borderline obsessed with Nurse Jackie), when the show ended I made a beeline for former America’s Next Top Model star, Jay Manuel. I mean, the man epitomizes style and I just had to hear his thoughts on all things Fashion Week.

What did you think of the Nanette Lepore show?
I loved it. I thought it was very easy, so wearable, so relatable to most women, but still so sexy.

What really stood out to you about the collection?
I loved seeing the mesh and lace combined – it’s definitely a hot trend for spring; bringing a little athletic edge to some very feminine lines. It was a really smart thing for her to do.

Did you have a favorite look?
I had quite a few. I snapped a bunch that I want to Tweet in a little bit, but I just loved the play on texture with her pieces.

What about the other shows – have you had a favorite so far?
It’s always really hard to choose, but I’ll give you two: Loved Monique Lhuillier’s show – I’m a huge fan of hers. Aside from the fact that she’s so talented, she’s just such a sweetheart – and that collection – I loved those mirrored feather prints. It was so sexy. And Ralph Rucci – it was just pure decadence, elegance. I mean, I think more people should be wearing him, honestly.

What do you think our Members should keep in mind for spring style?
When you think of spring, you think of floral prints, but everything is becoming a lot more detail-oriented. So, stick to smaller, fine prints. And as we saw here, today, bringing in that kind of athletic vibe – you know, the mesh – is important. Jill Scott showed this really cool white dress with this kind of graphic square lace, so it’s all about going with this more modern, modular kind of mindset.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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