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Fashion Week Diary | Part One

February 14, 2011

These past few days of New York Fashion Week have been an absolute whirlwind of fun, exhaustion, beautiful clothing and serious hunger. My week kicked off with the IFB Conference which was both informative and inspiring, and I had a great time meeting fellow bloggers and hearing the panel discussions. I could have easily stayed at the conference all day, but duty called and I was off to my first show of the season, Jenni Kayne (pictured above). I loved the punches of pink and chunky sweaters that will forever be on my must-have list. My next show of the day was Wayne who delivered some of the most incredible leather jackets and pants I’ve seen in awhile…move over Rick Owens, Wayne Lee is in da house! To finish off the day I went to the Retna Art Opening hosted by Vlad Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida. The art was actually pretty boring for my taste but the wine was delicious and there were so many major fashion insiders there I could hardly keep up.

I got a late start to the next day with Costello Tagliapietra at 3PM. I immediately went backstage to do some interviews and was beyond excited when I got the chance to sit down and chat with one of my favorite models, Ranya Mordanova. Not many people can pull of a jet black bob on such porcelain white skin but she does it flawlessly. After that I was off to Doo.Ri, a collection I look forward to every season. In a few short words, the collection was snug as a bug in a rug with deliciously chunky scarves, sweaters, and big furry coats that made me realize it’s time I invest in one. I was supposed to go to Nicole Miller after Doo.Ri but needed to get some serious writing done, so I opted for a quick bite at my favorite Fashion Week snack spot Le Pain Quotidien before heading up to Lincoln Center for the Cynthia Rowley show.

If we’re going to talk color, can I just say that Cynthia Rowley had my ideal color palette to a ‘T’.  Mustard yellows, burnt reds, midnight blues, emerald greens, needless to say I was in murky rainbow heaven! I love how she mixed prints and used volume to add elegance and sophistication to certain pieces. This is definitely a collection I can see myself wearing. A perfect wrap to day two of Fashion Week.

Day three kicked off bright and early with Libertine which I was so excited for I could hardly keep my heels on as I sprinted to get a taxi…I have a bad habit of running late in the mornings even though I wake up with plenty of time to spare. Anyways, to put how I feel about the collection bluntly, I NEED ALL OF IT. The colors, the silhouettes, the shoes!, everything was just the kind of colorful jolt this Fashion Week needed. I know I’ve been saying that I need to add brighter clothing to my wardrobe for awhile now, but viewing this collection really sealed the deal. Get me some magent and purple clothing STAT! Next on the list was Kaelen which I was feeling pretty “meh” about until I walked in and saw a straight up mechanical bull and fully stocked rye whiskey bar. Suffice it to say I was in heaven. I also happened to be a fan of the collection which I like to describe as rustic country glamor. The square peacoats and olive green blouses were my particular favorites. Go figure.

Saturday finished off with three major shows back-t0-back. First up was Elise Øverland which was set to show on the Standard Hotel ice rink. I was a bit skeptical about this at first until I went backstage and was relieved to see that there were both professional ice skaters as well as models dressed in Øverland’s designs. The collection reminded me of a downtown, edgier Lanvin with its architectural drapery in sorbet worthy colors. The ice show was a little awkward but you can’t beat a performance by Johnny Weir complemented by a scrumptious hot toddy so I wasn’t complaining. I had to leave mid-way through the show though to see the wonderful designs of Erin Fetherston and my favorite brand in the whole wide world SUNO!

I first checked out the Erin Fetherston presentation which seemed to want to continue my buzz from the Øverland show by serving mini rose champagne bottles with straws in them. I unfortunately couldn’t get a good glimpse of the collection because it was so crowded with photographers but I loved the Grecian style braids and soft color palette. After slurping down my champagne I walked down the hall to SUNO where I’m pretty sure I passed out because I was so head-over-heels in love with all the prints. I don’t know how they do it ever season, but Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis never cease to deliver a collection where I walk out wanting every single piece.

And that my sweets is a wrap to my first three days of fashion week. Tired yet? There’s more to come!


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7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 9:14 am

    love these pics 🙂
    xx

  2. February 14, 2011 9:37 am

    Great Post and Pics!!!
    lovely
    xx

    http://www.ilovenystyle.blogspot.com

  3. fashionnation1on1 permalink
    February 16, 2011 1:50 pm

    Really enjoy your blog. Linked to you at our fashionnation1on1…thanks. You give us a great feel for the behind the scenes.

  4. February 17, 2011 2:44 am

    The pic with the model wearing a white dress is good.

  5. February 17, 2011 12:16 pm

    ‘Murky rainbow heaven’…hahahaha, love it! I am loving following you through this whirlwind action. Great writing! 🙂

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