Freezing temps don't stop celebs from heating up New York Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- Fashion is like the United States Postal Service -- rain nor sleet nor snow can stop it from soldiering on.

At New York Fashion Week, that goes for the celebrities, too. Despite temperatures flirting with record lows, stars from fashion, film, music and more heated things up in the tents and around the city during the weekend.

A star-studded party at Fendi's Madison Avenue store kicked off the weekend. Karl Lagerfeld was on the scene, along with Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and hundreds of other fashion royals.  

Justin Bieber did some show hopping, including stops at Kanye West's adidas collection (that also had Beyonce and Anna Wintour in attendance) and supermodel Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief runway show that raised money for Ebola efforts. The benefit also brought out the likes of Paris Hilton, Christina Milian and Kelly Osbourne.

Ms. Osbourne also was spotted doing some "Fashion Police" research front row at Christian Siriano's runway show. She was in good company, seated near songstress Kesha, actress Juliette Lewis and a pregnant Coca Rocha.

Alexander Wang's collection was another celebrity magnet, attracting Mr. West, Kim Kardashian and their toddler daughter North West, who reportedly had a few crying spells during her New York Fashion Week experiences. Next to them was longtime Fashion Week fixture Nicki Minaj in a figure-hugging mini dress with a high pony.

On Sunday several stars were in town for the "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special. Hours before, Alec Baldwin was at Lincoln Center for the Carmen Marc Valvo runway show, which also had Tim Gunn and Katie Couric in the crowd.

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Indoor flowers help gardeners through winter, fun with houseplants!

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blog paper red and cycTiny white paperwhite flowers are surrounded by the red brachts of poinsettias. These are some of the plants that keep gardeners going until spring finally arrives. Photos by Doug Oster

As a brutal cold spell blankets the garden outside, windowsill plants provide a respite from the frigid extremes on the other side of the glass.

If you're longing for something to brighten your day, houseplants, indoor bulbs and shade loving flowers might get you through until spring.

Bulbs like paperwhites, hyacinths and amaryllis are both beautiful and foolproof. The paperwhites are small, tender daffodils which fill the room with their fragrance. The aroma is loved by some and hated by others. I happen to love the smell as it reminds me of spring daffodils. The amaryllis will bloom annually for decades if given a chance. No one will argue that the intoxicating aroma of hyacinths is heavenly. They can be enjoyed inside until the flowers are spent and then planted outside in the spring to return each year in the garden.

Kalanchoe is a nearly indestructible succulent which blooms happily indoors in winter light. I've filled a faux moss purse from Chapon's Greenhouse with lots of other succulents and the star is a white blooming kalanchoe.

Holiday poinsettias will thrive through the season if left on the dry side. One of my favorites is 'Winter Rose' which has double red brachts and is especially happy indoors. they will go nto the garden in May. The plants will grow exponentially over the summer and can be brought back in for another colorful show in September. They rarely color up as well as plants from a greenhouse though.

Like poinsettias, most houseplants need just enough water to get by. Too much will result almost certain death. As the days get longer, it's a good idea to start feeding plants once a month with a liquid organic fertilizer.

One exception to the watering rule is cyclamen, one of my favorites as a long bloomer indoors. As long as the soil stays moist, the plant will keep sending up flowers for months.

The bright, cheery flowers of primrose also like the soil to be moist. Let it dry out and the plant will fade away.

Jade plants, and sansaveria are also bulletproof. I'm captivated by Sansaveria cylindrica which is a tall, round and spiky version of the plant. Mine is braided together and sending up lots of babies too.

Keep in mind that the end of the month might drag on, but warmer temperatures are right around the corner and soon peas, radishes and other cool weather crops will be planted directly in the cool spring soil. Until then, bask in the glory of some of these beautiful indoor plants.

blog paperwhites redI love the fragrance of paperwhites, what about you?

blog african violetsAfrican violets are also one of my favorites. They are easy to grow. Put them in a shallow dish and water them from below.

blog begonia pinkBegonias are shade lovers in the garden, but will also thrive on the windowsill.

blog cyclamen pinkCyclamen will keep blooming for months if the soil is kept moist.

blog hyacynthsEveryone loves the aroma of hyacinths, right?

blog kalanchoeThe kalanchoe is planted in a faux moss purse along with other succulents.

blog pink kalenchoeA beautiful, tiny pink kalanchoe.

blog red primroseThes bright red and yellow primrose need plenty of water, but it's worth it, look at the flowers.

blog sansveriaIsn't this a cool sansaveria?

blog sweet nymph'Sweet Nymph' amaryllis from Longfield Gardens has bloomed twice this year and is sending up another bud. The nymph series has been the most successful amaryllis I've ever grown.

blog winter rose poinPoinsettia 'Winter Rose enjoys growing indoors for the winter.




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Former jury commissioner to seek higher office

Former Washington County jury commissioner Judith Fisher will seek the Democratic nod for county commissioner, she recently announced.

Ms. Fisher, 75, of South Strabane, served as the Democratic jury commissioner for 20 years, until the position was eliminated in 2013.

In her announcement, Ms. Fisher said she would use revenue from the county's...

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Rudiak to circulate petitions for controller's race

Natalia Rudiak (Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette)

By Chris Potter

Natalia Rudiak is gearing up for a potential challenge to City Controller Michael Lamb in the May 19 primary, political consultant Matt Merriman-Preston confirmed this morning.

"She'll be circulating petitions tomorrow," said Mr. Merriman-Preston. February 17 is the first day that candidates...

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Jack White addresses Guacamole-gate in playful letter

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jackwhiteIt's going to be a shock if there's no reference to guacamole on the next Jack White record. He's certainly the kind of singer who can have a lot of fun with that playful word.

If not he can just cover the Texas Tornados song "Guacamole."

Till then, we have this very entertaining letter from White regarding Guacamole-Gate, which began when the students at the University of Oklahoma published his tour rider in the school newspaper requesting a certain guac recipe.


dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva,

even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it’s still hard to believe you

are STILL writing about this:

wow. classy.

seems like there’s a new rule number one for up and coming journalists: dont let the facts get in the way of click bait.

at the risk of incurring even more of this hoo haa (and i’ve definitely turned my cheek more than once lately) and even

though our management sent out a letter to clarify this, and since

this seems to be all anyone can ask me about lately,

here’s the real deal, and hopefully it’ll explain this nonsensical scenario and we can move on with our lives. (or what have you).

first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of

things but i actually dont ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need,

and that aint much.

anything on the rider is for the band and the crew.

this "guacamole recipe" is my hilarious tour managers inside

joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break

up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn’t

know because i’ve never had it. i can’t even make kool aid

let alone cook any real food enough to have a “recipe”. sorry, i dont have that talent.

bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour

might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm. one day some fantasy journalist out

there will call someone in the biz and actually have a rider explained to them, maybe

none of them have ever been on tour. oh well, let’s move on,

first amendment issues: i fully believe in the freedom of the press (though

the supposed search for truth from the press requires microscopes and some morton salt), and i also defend anyone’s right

to free speech (just look at my lack of respect for grammar in this letter and tell me i’m not for communicating freely)

and i defend the right to free information in regards to public funds, but never in my 20 years of playing

shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that i recall.

do you know why we dont do that or want that? a hundred articles about bananas, free speech, and guacamole is why;

it’s because people dont understand what a rider is or what the terms of a contract are. they’re out of their element,

and you can’t blame them for it. and people who write about that know this. people WANT a rider to be a list of demands that

a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music.

but in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the

hundred workers and guests who have to live in a concrete

bunker for 15 hours. some people bring thier own living rooms on tour,

some people ask for a huge spread. who cares? what you’r looking for

is someone throwing a tantrum because they didn’t get their brown m and m’s,

sorry to dissappoint.

someone printed that i’m never going to oklahoma again?

not true. i love oklahoma, that’s why i booked this show instead

of playing chicago or atlanta for four times as much money.

ask around in tulsa. i’ve been

there at least three times on these last two albums. i love it there.

our booking agent warned the college that other artists might

not book shows there? of course they did, it’s bad business

what that school paper did and really rude. of course they are going to tell them to wise up.

am i pissed at the students at oklahoma university? absolutely not. am i dissappointed in young journalists at their school paper?

absolutely. but i forgive them, they’re young and have learned

thier lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is

google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead

next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated

the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen.

i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned?

they have freedom of speech but i dont? at my show? ok. i guess the rules change for different

people. the crowd were amazing and we played for 2 and a half hours that night.

people were told to delete

photos on their camera? : i dont know much about that but it must

be a miscommunication about what was

public property at the college and the contract we had with the university to

let us do our work in peace; but i’ll give you an example,

if someone working at a theater we played at started taking pictures of all of

our workers and our gear they’d probably get fired by their theater or promoter.

sorry to the student paper budding press papparazi on that one, but is this a tmz assignment or can

you give us some peace while we try to put on a show for the students? give us a break man.

i know it’s a fun thing for people to try to turn me into a jerk and a diva, but in

this case it’s pretty ridiculous and has almost nothing to do with me. my relationship

with the fans at that show and how we got to a new place together through music remains intact

and i’d love to do it again with them.

i think that’s everything, can i go back to making music now? no? ok. crochet it is.

jack white


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