MY FIRST EVER NYW: RECAP
My first official New York Fashion Week has come and gone and I can’t believe I was fortunate enough to be able to attend three shows plus StyleWeek’s presentation. SO THANK YOU To the amazing designers and brands who invited me to be part of their shows and events! Balancing the shows with my two internships and school was exhausting, but this week was honestly more exciting than Christmas, so I didn’t really mind. Moving to NYC has opened my eyes to so many aspects of the industry that I never really knew much about or particularly payed much attention to, Fashion Week included.
The day before the official start of Fashion Week I was helping out at one of my internships, Bollare. They were setting up for a style suite where well known bloggers and influencers came in & picked out clothes that a bunch of brands sent in. This pretty much entailed a whole lot of carrying heavy boxes, unpacking them & organizing clothes, not to mention heading on my first errand run to pick up four boxes of hangers! The theme was Havana, Cuba & the office was super cute when it was all set up & finished!
THURSDAY- OFFICIAL START OF NYFW
I woke up Thursday more excited than a kid in a candy store, only to see that NYC was in the midst of a full blown blizzard. After checking my email and realizing the shows were still going on as scheduled, I was in the midst of a full blown panic attack over what outfit would be fashion week acceptable but also practical (and warm) in the snow.
IMAGES COURTESY OF NICHOLAS K
First up was the Nicholas K show where the duo took opening day by storm unleashed their fury inside, as mother nature was unleashing her fury on the streets of Manhattan. After the show I met up with two of my friends from CollegeFashionista and we went to the Malan Breton show, which was part of StyleWeek, at Madison Square Garden Theater. Read more about day 1 here.
I was invited to two more StyleWeek shows but I decided to selfishly skip them and take a moment for myself to enjoy my first snow day in the Big Apple.
I was invited to the Dan Liu show but unfortunately the style suite at Bollare was going on at the same time so I gave the ticket to one of my friends! I was really bummed I wasn’t able to attend the show but the designs looked amazing.
GETTY IMAGES FOR DAN LIU
Working the style suite was a great experience and I feel fortunate to be able to intern there. It helped me to better understand how their digital blogging and influencer events work! I was lucky enough to be able to mingle with a few of the bloggers as well which was pretty inspiring!
My only show on Sunday was Leanne Marshall, winner of Project Runway season five. I arrived to the same venue as the Nicholas K show and saw a line twice as long as before. I made my way to the back of the line and joined the others who hadn’t been assigned a seat. The security guard soon let half of the line in before cutting it off and saying the show was at capacity and they weren’t going to be letting anymore people in. Luckily, the girl behind me and I both had “priority standing” tickets so she talked to a security guard who quickly pulled the rope back and escorted us inside the gallery where the show was. I was able to snag a third row seat in the far corner, but I actually really liked my spot because I was able to see the designs from multiple angles and could stand up without having to worry about blocking someones view behind me.
Leanne’s stunning designs brought the packed house to its knees with romantic, jaw dropping gowns and unique separates. My favorite was the bright pops of red subtly paired with intricate black lace, just in time for valentines day. The way she used each piece as a subtle transition throughout her storyline. Her signature flowing silk and chiffon gowns were mixed in with unique designs featuring intricate beading, plunging necklines and daring slits. The hair and make up looks were provided by Aveda. They were a modern take on medieval styling, with messy low ponytails draped with gathered hair creating a braided look and “Rapunzal” effect.
GETTY IMAGES FOR LEANNE MARSHALL DESIGNS
There were a few celebrities there as well, ‘Snooki’ and Sammi from “Jersey Shore”; “Orange Is The New Black”star Emma Myles; daughter of Lil Wayne, Reginae Carter; Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere; Miss USA, Deshuana Barber and
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks; “Jersey Shore” Alumna Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Sammi Giancola; “Orange Is The New Black” star Emma Myles; Nickelodeon’s “Bella & The Bulldogs” star Brec Bassinger; Actress Malea Rose; Reginae Carter of WE TV’s“Growing Up Hip Hop” and daughter of Lil Wayne; Miss USA, Deshuana Barber; Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere; CW “The Originals” actress, Danielle Campbell; Bravo’s “Summer House” star Jaclyn Schuman.
My last show of the season was Muslim designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, who made history last year by including hijab’s in every single one of her looks, something that had never been done before by a designer on the official NYFW calendar. This year, she made another powerful statement against recent anti-immigration regulations by casting only models who were immigrants. On Instagram, Hasibuan shared that the collection was inspired by the stories of women who found a way to change weakness into strength. The materials and colors she chose for her collection reflect the glamour, elegance, and beauty of these women. Her collection featured pieces in sparkly sophisticated styles and elegant neutral colors. All the models wore the same gray hijab which accentuated their natural beauty and unique features.
Overall my first New York Fashion Week was truly a dream come true and I feel so blessed to have been able to experience the shows the way I did. Did you attend any shows? Or stream them live? Which designers show did you like the best? Comment below and let me know!