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
Vintage Celine coat // Rachel Comey jeans // Orseund Iris top // Illesteva sunglasses //
Pianegonda ring // Amelie Pichard boots
At last, we’ve reached the finish line. Day 5 is always bittersweet – I really don’t want to leave, but I know I cannot stay. London, Milan and Paris await! Someday I’ll make it to all four fashion weeks, but for now, it’s about paying homage to my favorite week in the Big Apple.
Our last day was surprisingly light, which after going hard for four days was a bit of a relief. I knew we’d have time for our traditional lunch at Rubirosa (you must try the tie-dye pizza), a stop at Dover Street Market (it’s seriously the most insane retail experience ever!) and exploring in Soho. But first, on to the runway!
The youngest designer ever to be invited to show at NYFW, 21-year-old Calvin Luo put on quite a show. Inspired by the idea of blending masculine and feminine silhouettes, he scribed the word “asexual” on waistbands, flare leg pants and jackets. My three favorite looks highlight the collection’s strengths – color blocking, oversized as well as cropped separates, and mixed media.
For the finale, Luo sent a dance troupe down the runway adorned with his Lenovo collection – six pieces infused with text captioned LED lights that reacted to the wearer’s movements. The faster the dancers moved, the more the LED captions sped up. It was a cool, futuristic way to close his show.
Photos courtesy of Calvin Luo
Showing at NYFW is not an easy task. Besides the countless hours that go into designing a collection, the cost to showcase it is astronomical. Thankfully organizations like Nolcha offer a platform for independent designers to show their collections under one umbrella.
Their Ones to Watch show featured up-and-coming designers Mariana Valentina (silk magenta gown), Son Collection (cream shift dress with matching cape), Just In Case (avant garde streetwear from Taiwan) and Chèlbè (garnet jumpsuit, made especially for tall women over 5’11).
Photos courtesy of Nolcha Shows at NYFW
A veteran of the Nolcha shows, we first discovered Katty Xiomara two years ago and have followed her career ever since. A master of whimsical prints and intricate details, her F/W17 collection blew me away. Styled with a bit of a 40’s vibe, the show opened with a soft and airy feel. Her sunset orange pieces were perfectly paired with cozy vests and three-quarter sleeved dusters. We were then treated to her signature whimsical prints – this time featuring owls, cats and foxes – in moody blue capes and silver suspendered trousers. The collection had a woodland feel, perfectly punctuated by crushed velvet joggers and sequined mermaid gowns that shimmered like waves in the moonlight.
Photos courtesy of Mao PR
Thanks for following along on my NYFW adventures! In the coming weeks I’ll be recapping the trends you should look out for, what it’s like backstage at a show, and how to re-create the beauty looks seen on the runway.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this crazy week and what else you’d like to see!