A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to attend fashion week again as a blogger. During the summer, I truly wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it to fall fashion week. I love attending shows or parties, however my priority has always been my full time corporate job so there were only so many events I could make it to without missing too much work. It’s consistently been a challenge for me to attend; many of the shows are during the weekdays, which makes it tough for me to get to most of them. I’ve recently begun transitioning into a new role at my job and that has been my main focus. Knowing this, I set a realistic goal of making fashion week into more of a “fashion 3 day weekend” and tried to cram as many events into my schedule as I could for the Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Easier said than done! Even though I only attended for 3 days, it felt just as exhausting as if I did the full 7.
Day 1- Friday
My day one look screamed, “I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet!” I decided to break the post labor day rules and wear white. I know, I know, sue me. I paired a sheer lace detailed white peplum top from Zara with a pair of blush trousers by Wilfred (from Aritzia) and blush slides from DSW. Many times when we go to fall fashion week, we’re encouraged to “think fall” when organizing our looks. But, it was almost 80 degrees that day and the thought of being uncomfortable and sweaty for the sake of fashion was unappealing. Instead, I decided to go for the blush trousers that could be transitioned into the fall weather easily with a sweater or vest.
Get my look by shopping similar pieces here–
ASOS – on sale for $53.99
Topshop– $100, my favorite! The lace detailing is beautiful. It comes in both regular + petite sizes.
Saks OFF Fifth– Joie lace blouse discounted to $79.99
Topshop– Adorable blush trousers with a ruffled waist $68
Topshop– Cropped Wide Leg blush Trousers $55
My exact trousers can be found on Aritzia’s website; however they are not making them in blush this season.
DSW -These exact slides from the photos are sale for $19.99! These are so versatile and you can’t get better than that price. They run true to size.
I kicked off my day with the Galtiscopio SS18 show. This collection was definitely one of the more fun collections that I saw. It started off with a performance by Ray J. How could it not be fun when you have that kind of kickoff?! I was dancing in my seat. The collection had a wide range of unique pieces; from embellished satin gowns and jumpsuits to graphic tees and metallic pieces that played with various textures. The line also included accessories; the most notable being over the ear headphones that seemed straight out of the 90’s. Much of what I saw in this show was stunning. Some however, missed the mark for me. The embellished satin gowns with cut outs felt like overdone prom dresses. On the other hand, the elegant gowns with gold tones had me drooling over the runway.
The All Comes From Nothing show was up next at The Industria. I instantly fell in love with this collection because it just felt so real and relatable. It was full of fun tailored pants, culottes, bomber jackets, oversized sweaters and hoodies in neutral colors (my favorite). I have such an appreciation for seeing pieces that I would actually wear myself on the runway. So many things we see on the runway now seem so unrealistic that it made me like what I saw here even more. It was my favorite that I saw!
The finale at All Comes From Nothing
Last but not least, was the Vaishali SS18 show. This collection I found really interesting and unique because the designer blended traditional Indian textiles and apparel with aspects of more modern styles. It was a nice blend of old with the new. Everything gave off a very natural aesthetic; from the leaves embroidered on the bodices of some gowns, to the earthy hues of the line and the natural makeup that adorned the model’s faces. I especially loved the ivory collections of gowns that were neutral in color, completely understated, and yet so beautiful. They stood out among the rest of the collection.
Now, just because that was my last show of the day did not mean we were done! After the final show, we took a break on the rooftop of Soho house to refuel with some avocado toast and wine and to rest our feet. It might not seem exhausting from the outside but collectively I had waited over 90 minutes on line to get into Galtiscopio and Vaishali. I learned my lesson from February fashion week and knew that I had to get on line early due to the tickets for those shows being ‘Standing’. That’s the kind of ticket you get when you are not important enough to get a seat. Haha! They delve out way more tickets than they actually have room to seat so going early insures your chance of actually getting in and getting a seat rather than getting turned away at the door. A lot of other girls I saw left disappointed when they didn’t make it in! Once our stomachs were satisfied and we had fully charged phones (a blogger essential) we went to the next location.
Style Collective NYFW Party
We headed over to Inside Park at St. Bart’s for some rose and networking with other bloggers. This party was a fun way to reconnect with bloggers I’ve met before, meet Instagram friends in real life, and make new friends!
With Tiffany of Breakfast at Tiffany Marie’s and Erica of Bouge & Rouge
Day 2 Saturday
Get my look by shopping these links–
Missguided Olive Faux Leather Skirt– On sale for $18
Louis Vuitton Speedy– $460 on Trendlee, which is a great deal for this bag!
Saturday I decided to forego my morning shows after a long day and night on Friday. Sometimes sleep needs to come first! I saved up my energy for a very special kind of fashion show; a dog couture show! Anthony Rubio, a designer of both women’s wear and dog couture, had his SS18 runway show and my best friend’s dog was lucky enough to be a puppy model. It was a great time hanging out backstage before the show started and meeting all the models and dogs walking in the show. Ceili was put into her look for the show upon a arrival; a pretty purple outfit with floral appliques. She even got interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar! After that, it was a lot of waiting around until it was time to go on. It was a true behind the scenes look at the chaos that goes on before the start of the show. Everyone was running around frantically while hairstylists and makeup artists tried to put the finishing touches during line ups. Each show was running behind so Anthony’s line ended up going on stage 1.5 hours late! However, once the show started we all marveled at how cute all the puppies were. Ceili led the lineup and made us so proud as she rocked the runway!
Day 3 Sunday
Get my look by shopping these links–
Nordstrom Socialite Choker Dress– On sale for 50% off, making it $29.49. This runs big so I recommend ordering a size down! I am wearing an XS
Steve Madden – $44.96
I finally reached my last day and man, was I tired. I woke up around 7 to get ready to head back to the Meatpacking District and wait in line at Skylight Clarkson Square for my 10 am show. As soon as I arrived, I felt a much different vibe here than at the other locations (Dream Downtown Gallery). Skylight Clarkson Square is essentially the heart of fashion week and you could feel it everywhere you went. Street photographers lined the streets and snapped shots of me walking by as I entered the venue.
I quickly learned that wearing heels was not the best choice. Remember when I said I didn’t want to suffer for the sake of fashion earlier? Well, apparently I did that day! After waiting 40 minutes to get into the first show, my feet were already killing me. I had never been so grateful that I stopped at Duane Reade to pick up a box of band aids on the way. It never hurts to have them on hand!
The 10 am show was Dan Liu SS18. The hues were mainly eye popping shades of pink, mint green, yellow and red with some navy blue sprinkled in (the most quiet color of the collection). Each model had a peacock eye mask to make the colors of the outfits pop even more. The collection played with different textures; there was everything from blush lace dresses with cap sleeves to the navy blue polka dot pants suit that looked like pajamas. I’ve always been a fan of the pajama trend that’s been hanging around! I did like the pieces I saw in his collection, however I struggled to find anything special or unique about it. I felt that everything I saw has been done before and I hoped the line would be a little bit different from others I have seen in the past.
Unfortunately, that ended up being the last show for me that day. After waiting in line for Leanne Marshall for 45 minutes, I was told that the show was at max capacity. I left feeling disappointed because Leanne Marshall had been my favorite line from FW17 fashion week. Her gowns have a truly ethereal feel to them and her shows are nothing less than breathtaking. I struggle with the fact that they delve out so many tickets to these shows that they can’t accommodate more than half of the people that show up to attend. I hope in the future this changes and there are better processes implemented. There has certainly been a shift in fashion week since years ago. Rather than it being something seen has closed off to anyone other than someone of celebrity status; it’s been overcome by influencers. I definitely think its important that we are there to provide coverage and raise awareness of different designers or brands but it only hurts all of us if the shows and events are disorganized. Nevertheless, I will admit I was happy to scramble into an Uber and get home to rest my aching feet after a successful “fashion weekend!” Looking forward to next year.