September 19, 2016 || New York
Looking back at my first New York Fashion week experience, it feels like a complete dream. My friend Lesley (@BlareJune) approached me a month or so back to see if I wanted to team up and take on Fashion Week together. My initial thought was, “am I ready?!”. Fashion Week to me was always THE week of all weeks for fashion. Editors, buyers, and celebs alike lined the front row for a first look at the most coveted collections of the season. While in theory the trip couldn’t sound more ideal, the realist in me wanted to have a solidified plan before jet setting off to New York.
Reservations aside, we put together our best emails and reached out to just about everyone in the biz we could collectively think of. Thankfully between our two blogs, our outside experience, and more than anything our persistency, we were offered invites to a few incredible events. Before I could second guess my decision, hotels were booked (Thank you @1hotelcentralpark!), my bags were packed, and Nahla and I were on our way to one of my favorite cities in the world.
Although the trip started off with a 6 hour flight delay and a missed Coach event because of it, no bump in the road could have made this experience not worth it. From a stunning stay at the 1 Hotel Central Park, to seeing Gigi Hadid killing it on the Tommy Pier runway, to being featured in the New York times (Read Here!), and receiving last minute invites to the Rebecca Minkoff show— every single experience, planned or not, made this a fashion week a time in my life that I will forever cherish and remember.
The first Fashion Week event on our list was Coach’s Varsity Presentation. Sadly I missed this due to my delayed flight, but Coach pulled out all the stops for a late night party at their SoHo location to debut their new Varsity collection. Combining old-school, urban style with western frontier influence, Coach broke their traditional mold for a nostalgic yet eclectic debut.
Some of my stand out favorites include the Coach Varsity Jacket, the Forest Flower Varsity dress, the Leather A-Line Skirt, and Western Rivets Rouge Bag.
To kick off my second day of fashion week, I attended the Olivine Gabbro Runway show held at Samsung 837. The Greenwich based designer, opened the contemporary women’s show with a brief concept film before models made their way down the runway and around the venue’s intricate path. The designs were fairly minimal with delicate fabrics, low hemlines, and the ever-popular choker silhouette.
From there I made my way to Tommy Hilfiger’s elaborate carnival themed #TOMMYNOW runway show. Although each experience made fashion week a trip to remember, the Tommy Hilfiger show easily takes the cake. Along with 2,000 eager Tommy fans, bloggers, industry pros, (+ Taylor Swift) I made my way into the over the top venue decked to the nines with a ferris wheel, temporary tattoo parlor, Tommy X Gigi pop-up shop, and carnival games galore. Gigi herself opened the show, rocking the collection’s signature cotton band jacket, leather moto pant, and nautical leather boots. The industry’s models of the moment including Taylor Hill, Sarah Sampaio, and Hailey Baldwin followed suit showcasing the collection’s impressive, nautical designs before Gigi and Tommy closed the show with one final lap around Tommy pier. Not only was the production value (in my opinion) the best of the best this fashion week, but the collection was spot on. From fringed bandanas, to wool bombers and silk gowns, the collection perfectly combines Gigi’s personal style with Hilfiger’s classics.
As a momento for this once-in-a-lifetime experience I purchased the wool nautical hat (* currently sold out) and the roll-neck sweater (pictured middle) but also currently have my eye on the cotton roll neck sweater, the printed tea dress, the printed bandana collection, and GiGi aviators. Definitely an experience and collection that left a major impression. Find my favorites from the Tommy X Gigi Collection below and watch the full runway show HERE.
After a brief walk around Greenwich and a delicious breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda, we kicked off the third day of fashion week by ubering our way into Soho where Rebecca Minkoff shut down the streets to debut her signature Runway Collection. With big name bloggers like Something Navy and Chriselle Lim, Minkoff quickly reminded the industry that she has a name for herself beyond popular handbags. Consisting of playful patterns juxtaposed against chic designs, the Rebecca Minkoff collection is everything any fashion lover would hope for out of runway to retail designs. My all time favorite piece is the studded Rockin’ skirt. Paired with her floral Lumley top or the chunky Algo top, it’s just the right amount of street style meets city glam. In addition to just about every single trench coat and handbag, I can’t get enough of the Velvet Bojana booties, the billowy Johnston Top, the Pluto Dress with Studs, the Ananke Dress, and plunging Claire dress.
Oftentimes runway is strikingly editorial yet not practical for every day, but I can confidently say Rebecca Minkoff’s collection amplifies everyday fashion in a stylishly obtainable way. I’ve selected my favs but you can also watch the show on the Soho streets and see the entire Runways Collection HERE!
That wraps up our shows, but we definitely ended Fashion Week with a bang starting off with the LIKEtoKNOW.it x Milk makeup party. rewardStyle ( a Dallas-based web company that helps top tier style publishers find and monetize their content) invited influencers to sip cocktails, mix, mingle, and celebrate the end of Fashion Week on the rooftop of MILK studios. In addition to meeting up with old friends, I met so many new people and formed new relationships as well.
From there we walked a few blocks down the road to the Bloglovin’ awards to acknowledge, celebrate, and toast to this year’s top industry influencers before returning back to our cozy room for our last night in New York.
Being that it was still our first time at Fashion Week, we found the perks of not having a jam packed schedule. In addition to attending an event or two each day, we had enough time to explore the ins and outs of New York amidst the fashion frenzy. We made a point to hit our favorite cafes and coffee shops including Cafe Henrie, The Butcher’s Daughter, By Chloe, Jack’s Wife Freda, Cafe Cluny, Ralph’s Coffee, Cha Cha Matcha, Happy Bones, Toby’s Estate, Laduree, Joe and the Juice, and Maman.
We strategically planned to spend two nights at the Hyatt Union Square followed by three nights at the 1 Hotel Central Park to be able to experience the character of all the different areas New York has to offer. West Village is definitely my favorite as far as street inpso is concerned, but the Shopping in Soho is in a league of its own. I always cherish an afternoon in central park— another reason I was so thrilled to be staying right next door at the 1 Hotel— so spent a portion of my days roaming the park in addition to visiting the Chanel Jewel Box at Bergdorfs, stopping by the Warhol Collection found in the Moca, and admiring the scenic streets thought mid-town to meatpacking.
All in all I feel so fortunate to have had such a positive, inspiring Fashion Week experience. I always love any excuse to visit New York but to visit the city and be a part of one of the industry’s most iconic experiences was a dream come true.