the gift of glamorama


(Top, a ruffled, mustard-colored dress by designer Tracy Reese; bottom, a look at the screen).

There was an explosion of color and energy at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre last night, as dance, fashion, art, and music came together for Macy’s annual Glamorama event. Benefiting various HIV/AIDS charities, the show encompassed presentations of various Macy’s label fashions, dance routines directed by choreographer Myron Johnson, and musical performances by well-known pop artists Far East Movement and Bruno Mars. In addition to the entertainment, Kathy Ireland spoke in tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor and all of her AIDS activism over the years.  Naomi and Tarquin Wilding, two of Taylor’s grandchildren, shared a brief sentiment as well.

The womenswear lines covered all the bases with Bohemian separates, sophisticated styles, and luxe gowns, providing casual and evening looks for the eclectic Macy’s woman.  Menswear stuck to variations of a sleek, dapper, and urban élan, with a crowd-pleasing finish of undergarments.

For a more detailed, visual, and informative look at the Glamorama fashions and fun, continue on.



After the Artrageous Dance Overture, Tommy Girl launched the fashion segment with New England academic apparel, featuring substantial use of plaid, stripes, varsity jackets, black-rimmed specs, and wellies.  An adorable basset-hound accompanied the first model, kicking off the show with the unexpected.  Unusual for fall, skirts and shorts were in heavy rotation as opposed to protected gams, but knee-high socks and boots dared to brave the cold.





Macy’s Impulse married dramatic style elements this season to produce a luxe, ladylike collection.  Mixing a large dose of leopard print with faux fur accessories and cosmopolitan silhouettes elevated the glamour factor.  The camel, red, and black color scheme was a simple way to add chicness; by unifying the palette, the eye was drawn more-so to simple shapes and feminine details. Classic coats and blouses were updated with patterns and a streamlined appearance, though it was a bit referential.  A draped and pleated red dress seemed to be derivative of Madame Grès, while a suit jacket in a beaten-up plaid screamed Chanel.  Nevertheless, the looks were timeless with a twist and startlingly satisfying.

Armani Jeans brought an urban flavor to English and American outerwear, heavily emphasizing bomber and leatherette jackets, and blazers.  These jet-setting bachelors sported large travel bags, and paired with form-fitting jeans, scarves, and beanies, the outfits conveyed the feel of informed, confident men.


The Dance-o-Rama interlude consisted of men, women, and children in brightly-colored clothes moving their bodies to LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.


Far East Movement performed before and well into the Bar III portion.



Bar III presented a collection of Bohemian ladies, with full-on fringe, ethnic prints, and hippie head bands.  The models traipsed across the stage in long dresses and layered separates with embellished belts and peacock feather jewelry as the finishing touches. Though colors were rooted in earthy neutrals, a delicious sunny yellow was seen on a sweet, scalloped-lace dress.



Naomi and Tarquin Wilding, discussing their grandmother for the tribute to Elizabeth Taylor.




Ease and comfort seemed to be at the heart of Kenneth Cole Reaction‘s dapper, urban menswear.  Easy-going sweaters in dark greys alongside pops of color and pageboy caps came across as understated yet still stylish.  Collared shirts and ties went casual with a cardigan, and a messenger bag proved to be the perfect manly accessory for book-schlepping.





Movement served as an obvious inspiration for Rachel Rachel Roy‘s fall collection as men and women shimmied and swayed on the large screen beyond.  The emphasis of fabric and its relation to the human body was explored, whether it was swathed in layers or snugly fastened into a tight jumpsuit or dress.  Each piece had a transitional day-to-night feel, utilizing abstract florals, rich knits, and juicy solids.


Calvin Klein, a brand known for sleek luxury and minimalism, delivered fall looks for men and women that flattered the shape and caught the eye.  Neutrals overwhelmed the collection, save for a sophisticated pink and taupe snakeskin pajama-like set.  Coats, suits, and suit-like separates were represented for both sexes; the menswear appeared boxier but tailored, while women’s clothing clung to the body romantically.



Tracy Reese put the glam in Glamorama this year, employing large amounts of lamé, silk dupioni, pleats, sequins, faux fur and oversized knits.  Though these elements may sound contrived or overworked, they synced harmoniously to produce a luxurious line of covetable creations.  In contrast to flowing maxi-skirts and bedazzling, Reese also threw in tailored pants and a suit, with an especially modern, graphic plaid print.  To top it all off, the designer made a quick appearance after her collection graced the catwalk.


Papi‘s Hispanic Heritage collection of briefs had an internationally athletic feel to them, echoed with rugby striped socks and branded numbers.  Jumping up and down and running in circles together, the male models bonded for their scarcely-clad finale.


Bruno Mars closed the event with three of his chart-topping songs: Grenade, Runaway Baby and Just the Way You Are.  I was really digging his mint-green guitar.  Did you know that Bruno Mars is only 5’5”?  He’s the same height as me, but up on stage he looks a lot shorter.


My good friend Pilar attended Glamorama with me.  It was a great way to spend a Friday night, and even though I missed the first day of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (and will have no time to go the rest of the weekend) I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.

(All photos taken by me)

  • Totemridge

    Great posting.  Almost as good as being there. Like the commentary.

  • http://twitter.com/SartorialBliss Lauren

    Fabulous review of the Glamorama event! Very thorough and descriptive. And the images are great!