NYFW16 – It’s been real
Is it too early for throwing it back to New York Fashion Week as long as we are all so into Milan Fashion Week that it’s killing Europe right now? I have all my TVs and laptops ON live streaming every show in case you wonder how am I doing lately but let’s just throw it back a little. As you must already know two weeks ago I was packing for my first big fashion event since I started blogging. Who would have thought one year ago that I will get to be here? Every year I used to watch the runway shows on-line and dream about the day when I will wake up in New York running around for coffee, streetstyle shots and fashion shows. It was just a dream… A dream I had while I was still living in my little studio in Bucharest which I have decorated with dozens of editorial pictures from Vogue. That was the place where I would find my inspirations, where I would hide my dreams and fears, the place where I loved to be and loved to run away from.
Attending Fashion Week was a last minute decision and when the first invitation hit my e-mail I thought this can’t be real. It can’t be me… I have to go to New York right now? I am going to see all the great fashion of the world in real life? Wow, somebody pinch me.
24 hours to go – what a marathon! I have packed two overweight suitcases and after missing my flight, I finally hop in on the midnight flight. While I am waiting for my uber at the airport I meet Lisie. She comes from Los Angeles but she is from Sweden. She just attended the biggest event of the year, in the dessert, Burning Man. I tell her how much I envy her and that I like her accent. 10 minutes later I am riding with Lisie and her friend towards my destination. They decided to give me a ride because we were going in the same direction. I still feel guilty for dumping the uber driver but it was so much fun being with these guys.
I did not have time to book a hotel or find an airbnb in time but I was lucky enough with these romanian friends of mine who offered me their home, their food and care. Thank you, Mary and Tony! I loved being your guest and I loved seeing you again. You have made me feel like home!
If you are in New York during Fashion Week and you need to get somewhere in time, let me tell you that that’s not gonna happen. The traffic is crazy and most of the streets are blocked.
If you wear a nice outfit or you have a sassy atittude and you walk around Skylight at Moynihan Station or any other area where shows take place, be ready to be photographed like you were Rihanna. Some of the photographers just stop you asking “Can I please take a picture of you?” or others just take it while you’re passing by. And it’s pretty exciting to find yourself in the sea of streetstyle pictures on Instagram knowing that you made a little difference and that one day this person found you inspiring and he took a picture of your outfit.
If you attend any of the shows you will feel like being a kid in a candy store. You want the clothes, then the style, then the lifestyle, sometimes it might get tricky and you might want the fame but nah, it’s just the mirage of being there for the first time. And talking about the shows, it’s fashion o’clock. You can discover the latest trends and see some of my streetstyle looks in New York just by scrolling down: Enjoy!
It’s been real, New York Fashion Week. But before I officially say goodbye, I’ve combed through the runways to identify the hottest trends to try now and later.
The traffic-stopping hue was spotted on a diverse range of runways — from Tory Burch’s Palm Beach-inspired maxi dresses to DKNY’s floor-length duster coats.For many other brands like: Milly, Jenny Packham, Delpozo, Victoria Beckham, Band of Outsiders, Rag & Bone, UAS by Tim Coppens, Narciso Rodriguez — the list goes on)
Crushed velvets were spotted at Victoria Beckham and Sies Marjan, where designer Sander Lak crafted pajama-esque shirts and cropped trousers in pastel shades of pink and baby blue.
Embellished Guitar Straps
Bags really got the rockstar treatment this season with extra wide embellished straps that make carrying yours just a little easier.
Cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops have been popular for a while now, and now fashion has moved on to its next iteration of shoulder-accentuating looks: statement sleeves. Michael Kors added playfulness to his blouses by adding ruffle details, while Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy went for drama, modernizing the ’80s poofy shoulder on knee-length cocktail dresses. Proenza Schouler, too, played with a bold sleeve shape for their well-constructed looks.
The no-makeup makeup look reigned supreme once again, but this season, the hair finally matched the “I woke up like this” beauty attitude. Afros, moppy curls and even fine-textured frizz were let loose at Marchesa, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and more — a welcome reprieve from uniformly pin-straight locks or unnaturally-wavy waves.
The flower power feeling was alive and well this Fashion Week thanks to Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Thom Browne, each of whom sent boldly bright floral designs down the runway.
Shirts have got fussy for spring and Monse are partly responsible. The nascent brand, whose designers have just been appointed at Oscar de la Renta, made its name with straight-forward poplin shirts but for spring they’ve cut them up, letting them slip off shoulders and covering them with sequins. Elsewhere Carolina Herrera pushed down the collars of her shirt dresses to expose the clavicle, Alexander Wang sent cropped and wrap-around shirts down the runway with schoolboy boxer shorts, and the duo at Tome covered theirs with ruffles.
Every flounce counts for spring. Whether light and frothy or structured and sculptural, cheerful frills gave me all the thrills at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zimmerman, J Crew, Tome and more.
Between all of the fringy leather jackets, cowgirl hats and bandanas we’ve seen thus far, it’s clear that designers are looking West for spring — and the result is more wearable (read: less costume-y) than you might think.
Photo Credits & Souce: Simply Lively, Pretty Proper Quaint, Citizen Couture, Elle, Vogue