A couple weeks ago I shared my NYFW experience by recapping Days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. While I love photos and text recaps, sometimes there’s nothing better than seeing the action with your own eyes. Check out my video diary of our time dashing through the streets of New York for the S/S18 shows!
Ahh, New York Fashion Week. Each season I try to envision what the experience will be like (Will it be as good as last year? Will I get to catch up with everyone? Will my outfits come together?) and each season my expectations are blown away. There is no way to anticipate the crazy, beautiful chaos that encompasses NYFW. You just have to let it do what it’s going to do.
We arrived in NY on Wednesday and were able to enjoy a delicious dinner with friends before the week officially began.
Pro tip: If you’re going to attend the entire week, arrive early. It’s so much nicer to ease into the chaos than to hit the ground running!
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Day One’s outfit came together at almost the last minute. Even though I had six weeks to prepare, I employed the “throw-everything-in-my-suitcase-and-pray” methodology when packing.
Pro tip: Plan your outfits in advance (obviously). I normally use an Excel spreadsheet to track each item including alternate pieces that can go with each look in case the weather changes or I just can’t take another minute in heels.
My ruffled skirt and “Clutch” tee caught the attention of street style photographers and I was floored to find out Fashion Illustrator Holly Nichols captured my look via pen and paper. Check out her beautiful illustration here.
Noon by Noor
Our first show on Thursday was Noon by Noor. Known for clean lines and sharp tailoring, the S/S18 collection was beyond gorgeous. Accented with shades of rose, crimson, sketchbook and ladybug prints, the collection was a great example of elevated everyday-wear.
I loved the Tyler Ellis boxy belt bags styled with several of the looks and how tops were worn half unbuttoned for a slouchy yet elegant feel. The brand excels at blending masculine and feminine (can you tell they’re one of my faves?) which was executed perfectly in their oversized tunics and voluminous trousers.
In a week where a lot of what you see is more style than function, Noon by Noor is always a great example of the type of clothes your super chic friend invests in. I had so many people DM me after seeing my Insta Story of the finale saying how they would wear every single piece. I completely agree.
From elevated separates at Noon, to gorgeous gowns at Tadashi we went!
Tadashi Shoji is always a mainstay I look forward to. We haven’t missed his show in years and when he took his final bow wearing something other than his signature pink pants I was floored! The collection proved to be just as exciting.
Inspired by a Golden State of Mind, his S/S18 woman took us on a journey from bohemian Malibu to the glittering streets of LA. Opening with a swath of colors – canary, jade, rose quartz – adorned with tassels and floral embroidered tulle, it was perhaps the most casual and carefree I’ve seen from Tadashi. But make no mistake. He expertly took us from soft, easy pieces to va-va-voom drama. It was his plan all along. A master draper that can manipulate the most delicate of fabrics – lace, chiffon and tulle – he closed the show with celestial embroidered gowns, the most stunning of which was finished with a cape. Garments fit for royalty and the dreamers among us indeed.
Snoopy & Belle in Fashion
After Tadashi we headed to a cocktail reception featuring Snoopy & Belle in Fashion. Yep, that’s right, Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon and his little sister Belle. Snoopy has a longstanding relationship with the fashion industry. Every major designer from Oscar de la Renta to Toki Doki has created couture pieces for him. As someone who was obsessed with Snoopy as a child, this is kind of like my fashion dream come true. Think mini couture pieces made from the exact same fabrics of the legendary collections in which they originated on display while fashion’s elite mingle in the background. We had so much fun networking with people who were personal friends of the Schulz family as well as buyers and editors from fashion glossies around the world.
After Snoopy we headed 45min uptown to Saks Fifth Avenue for the grand re-opening of their legendary 3rd floor. It may have been NYFW first day euphoria, but as soon as we walked in I could tell something was off so I asked an associate if I had gotten the location wrong. Maybe the festivities were on the 4th floor?
“Oh darling, I’m so sorry but the party is tomorrow.”
In the words of Cher Horowitz, “I feel like such a bonehead!”
Pro tip: Don’t use an Excel spreadsheet to track your calendar. Use Google or Outlook like a normal person so you don’t miss shows and events!
After laughing off my stupidity, the hubby and I walked a few blocks and enjoyed a delicious Greek meal.
Join me tomorrow for my recap of NYFW S/S18 Day 2!
Photos by Matthew Passiglia
With Bay Area Fashionista on our first attempt to walk out the door in the midst of a snowstorm!
We arrived at Newark airport a whopping 1 hour early to weather that made me think I was still in California.
Twenty minutes later we were already checked into our hotel, which made this the fastest, smoothest arrival we’ve experienced to date. After a nightmare start to the February 2016 shows (anyone remember my lost luggage?), this trip couldn’t have begun any better.
Two key changes we made to our trip since we first started attending NYFW were to stay in Soho – within walking distance to Skylight – and arrive on Wednesday. My goodness, what a difference this made! Instead of frantically running to back-to-back shows the moment we landed, we got to ease into the eye of the storm and attend several shows we normally have to miss.
We had one appointment on Wednesday – a presentation by Becken – and an influencer happy hour where I got to reconnect with blogger friends from around the country.
Becken is the brainchild of designer Chris Gelinas (of label CG). Their aim is “fashion for the grounded woman with nothing to prove,” and featured classic knit and outerwear of a more conservative nature than Gelinas’ more glamorous line, CG.
I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie of @hernewtribe, sister of Happily Grey at the show, and we swapped stories about the planning and work that goes into attending NYFW. We laughed over how it’s as much work as it is fun – talk about extremes!
When we looked out our hotel window on (official) Day 1 our jaws hit the floor. The entire city was covered in a blanket of fresh snow. I opted for a mulberry boilersuit by Brooklyn label As Ever. Paired with my Acne Studios beanie, it was the perfect look to stand up to the snow and caught the attention of several street style photographers. Later, I happily discovered I’d made Nylon’s Best Dressed of NYFW Day 1!
Nicholas K opened with a neutral color palette that transitioned to bold reds and subdued purples. Multi-layered separates that included tied sleeves around waistlines and shoulders were featured in crushed velvet with metallic accents. This is good news for anyone who invested in velvet pieces for Fall 2016 – six months from now, those items will still hold up nicely!
Inspired by the communal diversity of the 1990’s, the brand accessorized each look with Che Guevara-esque berets or large, single hoop earrings, paying a nod to the golden age of hip hop with a dash of rebellion. Rob Swift and Latasha Alcinor gave a live performance, kicking off the first official show of NYFW with rap and 90’s flair.
Ever the master of elegance, Tadashi was inspired by seductive nightclub vibes for F/W17. This edgier air featured his signature lace dresses, velvet jumpsuits and brocade in a jewel-toned palette of amethyst, sapphire, emerald and ruby. Even though this was only our second runway show, the trends already began to emerge – velvet is king in a world still heavily inspired by the 70’s and 90’s. My favorite looks were Tadashi’s silver jumpsuit – so Studio 54 – and his closing look – a pink sequins gown with Juliet shoulders and an open back.
Noon by Noor
From maximalist to minimalist we went. Noon by Noor showed an entirely neutral color palette accented by the deepest shade of navy. Masculine suiting morphed feminine with nipped waistlines and peplum draping. I especially loved the line’s use of faux fur, highlighted in their giant teddy bear coats (swoon). Another interesting element was their use of florals – something also seen at Tadashi – which is expected for spring, but feels so fresh and invigorating for fall. As this was my first Noon by Noor show, I left with an even deeper appreciation for the brand’s subtle, yet exquisite details.
Being in the audience at a Michael Costello show is F-U-N. Not only was there a giant pink Care Bear making the rounds before the show, but audible cheers and applause accompanied each look for this veteran Project Runway star. And rightly so. The F/W17 Michael Costello woman was fierce, edgy and rock-n-roll to the core.
His show opened with a series of sheer, white lace gowns with strong shoulders, corseted waistlines and voluminous bell sleeves. Not for the faint of heart, he hit us hard before transitioning into black, silk draped numbers reminiscent of early Halston. They too packed quite a punch before the show-stopping head-to-toe sequins numbers that made up his finale. I can absolutely see these pieces on Grammy winners and red carpet sirens this fall.
Tune in tomorrow for my recap of NYFW Day 2!
Photos by Matthew Passiglia