23 Sep2009


After meandering up and down the New England coast, eating our way through lobster rolls, bisques and salads, I took a two-day trip to New York City to visit with family. It was the tail end of Fall Fashion Week in New York (a big deal, I gather) and my sister and her daughter were invited to the Spring/Summer 2010 show of a relatively new designer named Allison Parris. My nephew’s fiancee is a close friend and business partner of Ms. Parris, hence the nice seats.


The whole process of doing a runway show is a bit fascinating. There is so much preparation beforehand and once underway, it is over in a flash or two. The actual show ran just minutes, say 10-12 minutes in this case. And the designer sent out 20 “looks”, a number similar to several other shows this season. To pounding, eardrum-popping music, and a packed (hopefully) audience of press and fashion powers-that-be, the tall models float (teeter) down the runway in impossibly high heels, while photographers go positively mad clicking shots…


There is a distinct sub-culture amongst the denizens of these shows… a certain look, a way to dress, large dark glasses which I suspect are meant to modulate the glare of stage lights, but more likely to mask what one’s eyes are doing or saying… There is always a lot of eye candy and beautiful people gracing the shows, though the front seats are usually reserved for the press, buyers and patrons. I was surprised they let me in dressed in what I would call my “market ready” attire… hahaha!


The Allison Parris line uses many natural, environmentally responsible and sustainable materials… I don’t know much about fashion so I will simply leave you with the photos and you can go to her website for more information. This is not a high-fashion line, more every day wearable stuff that retails for relatively modest sums. In today’s economic environment, they seem to be close to the pulse of their intended customers. Marketman wishes them well! Enjoy the diversion. A visit to Mario Batali’s Casa Mono restaurant, next.




  1. bearhug0127 says:

    this is a nice diversion… btw, am looking for you at these photos hoping to see you in your “market ready” attire. he he he he…

    Sep 23, 2009 | 3:51 pm


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  3. terrey says:

    yeah…was wondering also how you fare in your “market ready” look. forwarding this to a fashionista friend. thanks!

    Sep 23, 2009 | 4:09 pm

  4. Cris Jose says:

    I’m sure konti lang difference mo MM with the models… height-wise that is.

    …can’t wait for your Mario Batali post… :)

    Sep 23, 2009 | 4:24 pm

  5. Dee says:

    Hey, I recognize the blond long-haired girl (with the black hairband) in the audience in several pictures.. It’s Alex from the reality show The Real Housewives of New York City :)

    Sep 23, 2009 | 5:08 pm

  6. joey says:

    What can I say…Oh yum! :)

    Sep 23, 2009 | 5:37 pm

  7. Nomadic Pinoy says:

    Food and fashion seem to clash in the past. Emaciated models walked down the ramp as if they’re on a hunger strike. At least the Allison Parris models look “normal” – like they’ve eaten well.

    Sep 23, 2009 | 5:40 pm

  8. junb says:

    Wow marketman attending a fashion show …. no one will question your attire next time you appear on TV hehehehe….

    Sep 23, 2009 | 6:16 pm

  9. Connie C says:

    Food for the eyes of silly lolo! LOL!

    Sep 23, 2009 | 6:27 pm

  10. sister says:

    For additional pictures go to http://www.scenebseen.com or http://www.guestofaguest.com. MM, there is a good picture of Kate, our guest.

    Sep 23, 2009 | 7:13 pm

  11. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Connie C…you beat me to it. I was going to say “One guy who would have loved to be beside MM……Silly Lolo!!!”

    Sep 23, 2009 | 7:37 pm

  12. natie says:

    yes, MM–i was also going over the photos looking for you and your family—those are nice, wearable clothes..at least, i can see myself in a few of those clothes.

    i do see botoxed faces of some of the ladies–hehe..the asian model had the audacity of marching sans support garments—size 0 or not, the mammaries do sag after a certain age…oh well…what do you say, silly lolo??

    Sep 23, 2009 | 8:25 pm

  13. silly lolo says:

    I have always set my priorities in order and this is definitely top priority! As the song goes: “Beautiful girl, walk a little slower when you walk by me”. Thanks for making my day!

    Sep 23, 2009 | 8:36 pm

  14. Cookie says:

    love the clothes!

    I have been to Casa Mono MM! I can’t wait to hear what you think – try the pig cheeks and the razor clams – yum!

    Sep 23, 2009 | 8:53 pm

  15. Connie C says:

    Natie, but there is nothing to sag!

    But I might say , that is how silly lolo stays” younger than spring” despite our “lingering sunsets”.

    Sep 23, 2009 | 11:24 pm

  16. sister says:

    Sorry, folks, we were not “cool” enough to be of interest to the photographers, it would have taken some thought to get organized enough to be fashionable, it just does not happen too easily any more.

    Sep 23, 2009 | 11:30 pm

  17. natie says:

    hahahaha!! connie— it’s just that either she has really long toro or high waist—i could only wish i were that svelte, droopy tatas or not…

    Sep 24, 2009 | 1:33 am

  18. fortuitous faery says:

    i did a double take when i saw the runway models…i thought, am in the right blog? hehe. lucky you to have these front row seats at the NY fashion week show!

    Sep 24, 2009 | 2:00 am

  19. alilay says:

    that is alex of the real housewives of nyc. last season they showed her in allison parris’ shop.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 2:32 am

  20. natie says:

    yikes—i meant long torso, not toro—hehehe

    Sep 24, 2009 | 4:03 am

  21. Marketfan says:

    those are gorgeous long legs and yes, the clothes are wearable, not outrageous..hairstyle of blonde model in first photo looks vintage..

    Sep 24, 2009 | 8:39 am

  22. Fred Lopez says:

    I’d bet they loved to have some of MM’s lechon after a tiring show… ;)

    Sep 24, 2009 | 10:19 am

  23. Fred Lopez says:

    **they would love – submitting comments too fast. duh.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 10:21 am

  24. Marketman says:

    Fred, I understand Ms. Parris may have been among the group of friends that watched the lechon segment on Anthony Bourdain and later called my sibling “Pigman’s Sister” hahaha!

    Sep 24, 2009 | 10:31 am

  25. leah says:

    i thought at first, i was in “the sartorialist” blog.hehehe… anyway, nice photos, MM =) …looking forward to your mario batali post.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 11:43 am

  26. michelle o says:

    Wow! Something I didn’t expect to see! But a pleasant change nonetheless.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 12:01 pm

  27. Lissa says:

    The woman in the background on the second photo bears a resemblance to Janet Jackson.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 1:23 pm

  28. Lissa says:

    Oops, third photo.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 1:24 pm

  29. Lava Bien says:

    Agree with you Lissa, just the face though. Janet was never skinny like that, even when she was little, I mean young hehehehee.

    Sep 24, 2009 | 2:50 pm

  30. kate says:

    oh wow! i love that white skirt with the swallows. good to know that you are having a great time, MM :)

    Sep 25, 2009 | 1:36 am

  31. Vicky Go says:

    I’ll wait for the next food blog – Batali’s Mono, is it? I think the old style do is retro 60’s. Because of Mad Men mania, there’s this 60’s craze going on – even Oprah did a whole show w that theme!

    Sep 25, 2009 | 3:35 am

  32. sister says:

    Go back more, try forties. We didn’t have marcelled hair in the 60’s.

    Sep 25, 2009 | 6:24 am

  33. Lilibeth says:

    I like that white skirt with the swallows too. I’m glad bubble hems are still in fashion since I have several of those in my closet.

    Sep 25, 2009 | 7:53 am

  34. Marissa says:

    Glad you enjoyed the show and thanks for the write-up!!

    Sep 25, 2009 | 11:00 pm

  35. Cristina Gray says:

    Runway shows should really be short like 10 -12 minutes because there is no conflict, no drama. Thus, not much to hold the audience’s attention.

    Sep 27, 2009 | 12:37 am


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