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Last night I went to a Vivienne Tam fashion show in Soho. Mostly because it’s such an ego boost to be surrounded by super tall, crazy skinny, ridiculously young, beautiful models. A real pick-me-up for a 3o something, 5 foot 4 mom.

As expected, Tam’s 2009 fall collection is vibrant, sleek and gorgeous.  And all the models carried this new digital clutch. It’s an HP mini computer, designed by Tam, that looks like a clutch bag.

You can’t stash your lip gloss in there but it pretty much does everything else. It has a sassy red keyboard and a silk carrying case (which I’m too paranoid to use because, within 3 minutes, it will be covered in organic mac n’ cheese).

How sassy and cute is this computer?


Photo courtesy of Gizmodo.

So I had the chance to meet Vivienne Tam….


I’m sure she’s checking out someone far fancier than me. And please, no comments on my Facebook blouse. My wardrobe is recession limited.

As if a fabulous fashion designer isn’t enough, I also got to hang out with the mysterious, hilarious Marinka. Ever wondered what she looks like? She’s the one in the middle.


Oh fine. Marinka is on the right. Look at the fabulous hair on her. I think she might be a Breck girl.

And thank you to Beth Blecherman  (Techmamas and Silicon Valley Moms Blog) for taking picture for me because I sort of didn’t charge my camera. If you ever forget your camera, always rely on a techmama because, UNLIKE everyone else, she will actually send you the jpegs that very night.


After the event, while we hunted for a cab in the rain, Marinka and I debated Vivienne Tam’s age…

“So how old do you think she is?” Marinka asked.

“I don’t know. Thirties,” I guessed.

“What? You think she looks like she’s in her THIRTIES?!” Marinka replied aghast.

Well, now I feel stupid.  But how the hell am I supposed to know? It’s not like I guess ages at the carnival in my spare time.

“So how old do you think she is?” I asked.

“Fifties,” Marinka estimated.

Turns out, Marinka is right. Which means two things…

1. Marinka is brilliant and obviously has life long experience working at a carnival.

2. And I really hope I look like Vivienne Tam when I grow up.

48 Responses to my evening with vivienne tam

  • :::sigh::: You NY Mamas just have to rub it in that you get to do cool things like meet Vivienne-freakin-Tan. If I’m lucky we get an Ashley Judd sighting b/c she flew in for a UF/UK game.

    Oh, and Marinka, your hair is rockin’ sister. I’m hiding my bad small-town-roots as I type.

  • kelsey kleiman says:

    Kelcey – 30 something has a nice look to it with that cute little zero. …and do you own this little computer now…if so, you\\\’re lucky, it\\\’s awesome. kelsey

  • Terra says:

    I SO Blogged that same computer this week.  I think it was tuesday!  Check it out if you have time.  I NEED THAT and I am incredibly jealous that you even got to spend time near one.

  • Diane says:

    No, silly, the one in the middle is me! Ha ha, but seriously, are you crazy? Whenever I need an ego boost, I don’t surround myself with the uber beautiful – I head down to Sea World in San Antonio and walk around with all the overweight, obnoxious, sweaty, loud tourists. (It must be said, however, you did blend in with those uber beautiful gals – no problems there!)

  • jean says:

    So, Kelcey, did you get to keep the Vivienne Tam netbook–I debated on buying one, but I was too chicken(and cheap)so I sprung for the black HP version.  It’s also pretty cool with a tone-on-tone swirly pattern embedded in the cover.  The matching sleeve also has the same swirly hint of the pattern in white.  Do I sound like a commercial for HP?

  • Abby Siegel says:

    How funny-I noticed the blouse and was going to comment (in a good way) when I scrolled down and you beat me to it. You looked so cute! Glad you had a good time.

  • Diana says:

    LOVE the computer!  Love it love it love it!  Thanks for sharing!  And you, by the way, look awesome! 

  • “Love the bag, love the shoes, love everything.”

    Of course – it’s not *really* a bag, I can’t see anyone’s shoes and I didn’t really love My Best Friend’s Wedding. But that quote flies into my mind everytime I see an ensemble I like (and I LOVE the computer/clutch).

    And you know how much I like your “signature” Facebook shirt.

    Both you and Marinka look fabulous.

  • merlotmom says:

    Okay, can u spell e-n-v-y?
    You guys look amazing and that notebook is totally fabulous.  I soooo want one.

    Looks like it was a fun night.  Say hello from me.

  • anymommy says:

    Me too.  I want to look like VT when I grow up.  And I want to be hilarious and smart like Marinka.

    Oh, while we are wishing, I’d like one of those adorable clutch computers too.

  • Erin says:

    for some reason, I had you pegged at 5’7″ to 5’9″. don’t know why. maybe blogging makes you look taller. and yeah, when i’m 50, please please please let me look like V.  such cute little computers!

  • Chris says:

    What a fun evening!  The clutch computer is very cool, and all the photos are great!  I like your FB shirt and applaud that you\\\’re getting mileage out of it.  Good for you!

  • Suzie says:

    Love the computer/bag, but I could never own one, as I tend to drop things, often. So even if it were uber-padded, I would likely still mangle it. You look fabulous, in your \\\”Facebook\\\” shirt that I coveted before. You all looked wonderful.

  • Is Vivienne Tam the one in the middle? She looks a little wan. But I like her dress and belt. And it looks like she and Marinka got on well, as evidenced by the elbow hold.

    p.s. Please send me that clutch.
    p.p.s.  It was worth a try.

  • Elise says:

    The only way I could muster up enough courage to go to a show like that would be with you and Marinka to hold onto. Otherwise I would be mistaken for that mannequin that Marinka is friendly with.

  • pajamadeen says:

    I thought I recognized the…Facebook blouse!  ;-)  The designer computer – I’d be afraid to use it, for fear of spilling snacks on it while working.  If it makes you feel any better, you’re taller than me!  But then, everybody is taller than me!

  • Braja says:

    I may be new here, but that won’t stop me: I’ll throw my verbal weight around here like I own the place. Ask Marinka. Or Amy. Or Ann. Or Bern. And please…carnivals + Marinka? Hand and glove, baby…hand and glove…

  • Blognut says:

    Braja totally took my comment about Marinka and carnivals.  Now I have nothing… except that I’m writhing with jealousy that you two got to meet Vivienne Tam and I SO want the notebook… and you have great hair.  Dammit, I’m going over to whine at secretspineless now because you got me all torqued up. 

  • I think there should be words in our language for the distinction for natural, youthful aging (if that makes sense) vs. people who look younger because they\\\’ve had botox or plastic surgery.  This post just inspired that thought; I have NO idea which category Marinka would fall into.    It\\\’s kind of like photography these days; I don\\\’t know how much to appreciate it until I know if it\\\’s been photoshopped or not.

  • Caroline says:

    It was amazing to meet you. I only wish we could have had more time to talk! And I can’t believe shes in her 50s! Cripes, being fabulous and fashionable keeps you young and stunning I suppose. What a night we had.

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