While Fashion Week might finally be over, everyone working in fashion knows that the madness never really stops. Once the lights go down and the benches clear out, many buyers and editors flock to the showrooms of their favorite designers to get a closer look at the collections while others pack up and fly off to scout international trade shows like (capsule) Paris.
Following the showing of their Spring/Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week, we asked designer Timo Weiland to chronicle his post-Fashion Week adventures in this exclusive diary. From a short (but well-deserved) stint in Wyoming to an extended business trip in Europe where he showed his collection to buyers, met with the team at Vogue UK and previewed the label’s capsule collection at TopMan, Timo shares some of his most memorable moments with us.
Teton National Park, Wyoming
Day 1: Post NYFW jaunt out to Wyoming to visit my boyfriend, Jeff Petriello, who was shooting the film Druid Peak (stay tuned for release date!). Driving around in the production van provided a killer view of the flats and the peaks, especially with the Fall leaves in bright yellow!
Day 2 – 4: After hiking to “the Top of the World”, we did a little bit of relaxing in the Jackson Hole with drinks at my favorite watering hole- the Mangy Moose! Dinner at Snake River Grill was exceptional, especially with the onion ring appetizer (perfect after a long day of outdoor activities that included fly fishing, rock climbing and more.)
New York City
Day 5: Stopover in New York City for our Barneys New York sales clinic at the Madison Avenue location. Alan and I are especially stoked about the mannequin display in CO-OP! Following a sales appointment with our favorite East Village stockist, Pas de Deux, we headed to the airport for our overnight flight to gay Paris!
Day 6: Arrive in Paris, setup for (capsule) women’s show in the Marais, then head up to the flat of our close friend Isis Barnum who lives in the historic neighborhood of Montmartre in an 8-floor walk-up artist studio loft which just happens to be in the attic of a walled garden courtyard fortress. Spend hours walking around the streets up high above the rest of Paris.
Days 7 – 9: The (capsule) Paris women’s show was PACKED with buyers, editors, and great people overall! The “This is New York” party at Le Regine presented by Illesteva and Grand Life Hospitality was a blast to co-host on Sunday night (late and loud).
Day 10: Free day! Jardin du Luxembourg and the Fontaine de Medicis, followed by a visit to the Pompidou. Had a fun, delicious, and nutritious lunch with Fashion Director of Barneys COOP, Tomoko Ogura at MERCI. Took the train to Versailles, for some more wandering in the spectacular mirrored halls and lush gardens. Hopped onto the Eurostar as the day came to a close- headed to London!
Day 11: Arrive in London, head straight to the offices of VOGUE UK to meet up with editor Jessica Bumpus. We have lunch at Sketch (so classy!) Went to Dalston to check out rad new stores like LN-CC and to see where some of my favorite Brit designers have their studios. Dinner at SoHo House, a gallery opening at Phillips de Pury, and then it was back to East London for a night-cap at Joiners Pub.
Day 12: TopMan day! Went to check out the Timo Weiland x TopMan collaboration being exhibited/sold around Londontown in places such as the Oxford Circus flagship as well as Selfridges & Co. Also went to visit my friends at one of our new stockists in London, an adorable shop called KJ’s Laundry, before boarding my flight back home to NYC!