Fashion Week always seems to sneak up on us and then, before we know it, we’re sad it’s over again! Even with unpredictable chilly temps, snow and crazy traffic, we are still always so excited for our favorite designers to share their latest collections. Today, our New York City editor, Carly Hill, shares a recap of all the shows, looks and celebrity spottings she experienced during her busy week!
Fashion Week always makes me fall in love with New York City all over again, even in the midst of crazy traffic and snow storms that appear out of nowhere. With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) no longer having a permanent home at Lincoln Center, shows and presentations are spread around the city, making it fun (and sometimes not so fun) to tour the city and see the amazing places where designers decide to show their collections.
NYFW Day One kicked off with backstage beauty at Ulla Johnson (crazy cool braids!) and ended with Katie Ermilio (one of my favorite designers) at the Bowery Hotel. While sipping Champagne and cozying up inside one of my favorite spots in New York City, Katie’s stunning feminine creations (lots of fur, lace and satin) walked around the room. It was the perfect kickoff to the week!
The next morning, I found myself at a classic New York City location that made me want to pinch myself. Kate Spade’s presentation was on top of 30 Rock in the famous Rainbow Room. With views of the Empire State Building, giant chandeliers and even a live jazz singer, the Kate Spade team brought to life what was once the classic, old school New York girl. My favorite looks? Anything topped with a bow!
Saturday morning, the temperatures dropped to about 5 F, which made looking stylish a little difficult. After bundling up, I headed over to the Ryan Roche presentation, another a designer I have fallen in love with thanks to these past few seasons at fashion week. With her neutral palette, cozy knits and luxe furs and fabrics, I wanted to take home everything!
Later that evening, I headed to the Monique Lhuillier show, which is always stunning. I love the excitement of a real runway show, which is so unlike a presentation where I can get up close and personal with the clothes. At runway shows, taking pictures is difficult, so it makes me step back, put my phone down and really enjoy the stunning pieces going down the runway—something I need to remember to do more often!
On Valentine’s Day, I started my morning off in Brooklyn for a quick blowout at Amika Styleblow before heading to my favorite presentation of the week: J.Crew. It was another freezing day, but as soon as I walked into the presentation, I was immediately hit with a burst of color—it filled the room. The models were all layered to perfection thanks to Jenna Lyons, and when I say that I wanted everything, I mean it.
My favorite part though? Seeing Jenna walk Anna Wintour through each look in the presentation. Jenna has been my style icon since I was 16, and seeing her with Anna made me fall in love with this crazy city and industry all over again. Another adorable touch was when the J.Crew team passed out flower bouquets for Valentine’s Day as we left the show—what love!
In between shows, I made sure to stop in at Jack’s Wife Freda for my favorite meal—you’ve got to try the Madame Freda! On my way there, I spotted the perfect Valentine’s Day wall in the East Village. New York City street art is one of my favorite things about the city and this was too cute not to take a picture in front of! Inspired by the ’80s Paris nightclub scene, the clothes were covered in so many sequins, making it hard to pick a favorite!
My final show of the week was Lela Rose, which is always full of feminine pieces and romantic evening gowns. One of my favorite touches this season was Lela’s use of metallic fringe (even on the shoes!) and lots of sparkle. It was the perfect way to close out the week!
Fashion Week always makes me fall in love with New York City all over again, even with all the craziness. It’s been so exciting to see how much has changed with the structure of the week each season, to see designers grow and, most of all, to help share all the fashion news with you!