Don't be fooled by his bubbly persona. This man knows the fashion industry cold due to his years as Bergdorf Goodman's fashion director then overhauling Paris fashion house, Nina Ricci.
After interviewing him for the past two fashion seasons, he is now my go-to expert on fashion and most significantly, the business of fashion.
As usual, I always ask him what are his favorites during a particular fashion week. Then, we launch into an intellectual discussion into the concepts and themes dominating the shows.
This doesn't mean dull. He is refreshingly classical.
By being steady and subtle, Mr. Rodriguez developed a definite style that is unmistakably his. With these soft touches, these are black and white wardrobe investments to keep for years.
Contrasting both Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Rodriguez are good case studies of two designers at the peak of their skills and creativity.
BCBG Max Azria
Mr. Aguiar said Mr. Azria is very aware to changing ideas and concepts. He has his finger on the pulse.
It was interesting that Mr. Aguiar hinted that Michael Kors added metallic platform high heels to spice his classic Middle-Class Americana.
Overall, Mr. Aguiar found this recent New York Fashion Week Spring 2009 to be very optimistic and very positive.