NYFW: A Little Black Dress for Winter

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Day 2 at New York Fashion Week was a cold one.  If you’re looking for how to wear a little black dress in winter, I have you covered… I wore this dress by Hunter Bell.  I love the high collar, mid calf length, and fluttery shoulders.  I actually rented this dress from Rent the Runway, but I wish that I owned it.  I have a pro membership with Rent the Runway, which allows me to rent from them frequently without incurring the extra cost of insurance and shipping.  I have had many great, and some not-so-great experiences with this service.  Is there any interest in learning more about RTR?  If so, I’d be happy to write a post all about it… comment below.

We stopped at the NOMO SOHO for Bloody Marys before heading to the Stewart Hotel to see Rocky Boston‘s runway show, hosted by Fashion Gallery.  These shoes are not made for walking, I’ll tell you that.  Normal wear around a hotel, a show, a party, yes.  But walking city blocks, no.  You should consider keeping a pair of flats in your purse and switch your shoes when you reach your destination.  I learned that lesson during September Fashion Week.  I will say that these boots are warm and the added height, gold buckle and zipper add a little extra “umph” to any outfit that you would pair black booties with. Similar styles linked below…

Add some chunky gold jewelry and a grey leather bag with chain-link strap and gold hardware, and you just took a simple black dress to the next level.

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Details on NYFW, Day 1, Look 1 here.

photography by Lydia Hudgens

 

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NYFW: Bold Colors & Mixed Prints

Wow, I have been on the road a lot this month, but obviously the highlight was New York Fashion Week!  I’ll be sharing what I wore over the next week or so, so stay tuned for a variety of looks…

We left bright and early on Thursday morning and headed to NYC, where we stayed at ROW NYC, in Times Square.  I highly recommend this hotel, not only because of its fabulous accommodations, but the location is central to everything!  The interior is trendy and chic, styled with neon lights and covered in images of Manhattan’s neighborhoods.  It’s like being outside, in.  Everything you need is readily available without leaving the hotel, a beauty bar, and indoor cycling class (I wish I had it in me to get up early enough to partake), and even a food hall (City Kitchen), featuring some of NYC’s finest eateries, all in one convenient space.  We stopped in once each day for donuts and coffee at DOUGH, and also ramen and beers from Kuro Obi.  Another highlight was District M, a swanky coffee bar by day and a cocktail lounge by night featuring live music.  We began and ended each day there.

What I wore:

Mixed prints are very in right now…  Not sure how to “make it work”?  Look for prints with unifying colors, so the floral pattern in this pant is black on blue, similar to the leopard print shoes, black on tan.  This is just an easy rule to remember if you’re unsure, but definitely doesn’t mean it must be followed always.  Fashion is about self-expression, so if you love two patterns together, you should wear them.  Maybe I should create a post specifically about mixing patterns?  Would that be interesting? Helpful? Comment below!

I am loving this bright pink, open back top with cut-out bell sleeves.  Pink and red are very popular in fashion right now, but look for lavender (ultra violet is the Pantone color of the year) and also yellow to be popping up everywhere. Details on this look linked below… Happy shopping!

photography by Lydia Hudgens

 

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On our way out of NY, we stopped at Grand Central Station.  Grand Central is showcased in more movies that you can imagine, everything from romance to horror.  This New York icon is more than a train station, it is also a shopping and dining destination.  I love train stations and this is the mother of all.  Is it the history?  The hustle and bustle of people coming and going?  Or simply the grandeur that is Grand Central Station?  Whatever it may be, I love it.  I have some “grand” ideas for a photoshoot here one day…

After visiting Grand Central, we had brunch at another NY icon, The Boathouse, located in Central Park and quite possibly the most popular brunch spot in all of the city.  You can sit on the patio and sip champagne while watching people row by on the lake.  It’s literally a picnic in the park, yet you’re surrounded by some of the largest skyscrapers in the world.  Another longtime favorite of mine…

Brunch in the park, Grand Central Station, a walk through Manhattan, and a late flight back to Atlanta… I needed something comfortable yet stylish, after all it was Fashion Week.  This boho inspired look is perfect this Fall.  I found this sheer dress at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  it is currently sold out but I did find it available here ,via Amazon.  The hat, I bought a couple of years ago at World Market, but here is a very similar one.  The booties are by Fergie, available at DSW.  And the color block mini bag is by Kate Spade, shown here in the color, punch.  This choker with long, gold tassels is from DressUp Boutique, similar style here.  And to top it off, I am wearing Diva matte lipstick by MAC.  As the weather gets cooler, I’ll add a long, oversized sweater and switch out the booties for knee high boots…  Come on, Fall!  I’m ready.

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If you watched any of my InstaStories, then you would have met Erica.  Erica is my sister-in-law and NYFW partner in crime.  She was a trooper and marched through the city in these 6 inch boots until she almost passed out.  On day three, we made our way to Skylight Clarkson Square and after waiting (standing) for almost two hours, we were invited into the Namilia runway show.  Once we were in (standing room only), I looked over and Erica was on the floor.  My feet, however seemed to have went numb and the pain dissipated as the Disney music came on and the models walked down the runway in the most outrageous designs that I have EVER seen in person.  Just take a look here.  Worrrrth it. After all, standing is the new sitting.

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I wish I could say that I were wearing these Jessica Simpson booties (similar style here) that night.  They are super comfortable.  Below is my daytime glam look.  This would work nicely for the office, daytime shopping, or a night out.  It’s all about versatility.  I wore this to DUMBO on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to take in the view of the city and then we went for cocktails at a speakeasy called Bathtub Gin, cleverly hidden beyond a secret door in a coffee shop located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

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This Express dress (now on sale 40% off!) is a classic shape sheath with small balloon sleeves and a simple bow belt.  You can take a classic style (look for a cocktail dress at your local consignment shop) and make it new by adding accessories, and mixing patterns and textures, like I did here with these Simply Vera by Vera Wang polka dot tights.  Then, I glammed it up with a glitzy statement necklace and earrings from Sugarfix by BaubleBar (this is Baublebar’s line for Target!), cocktail ring from Tiffany & Co and my favorite black go-to bag for Fall/Winter by Kate Spade (similar style here, no tassel).

 

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Erica’s Look:  boots Steve Madden – purse Kate Spade – necklace Sugarfix by Baublebar – top and glasses OOTD Boutique

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New York Fashion Week was ah-mazing.  There’s something about the city that makes me feel at home, although I’ve lived in Atlanta my entire life.  The hustle and bustle and rooftops and coffee shops…  I can wear a cocktail dress and stilletos to Central Park, and I never feel overdressed.

We made it to three shows hosted by FGNYFW.  The first: Pelush, by Anna Tagliabue- a “reFAUXlution” against furs in the fashion industry.  Although I personally love authentic vintage furs, these faux furs were beautiful and embellished with vintage style brocade and pastels colors popularly used in the 1950s/1960s.

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It’s all about print and texture this season.  Which is why fur is at the forefront of Fall trends, along with suede and velvet.  Here, I am wearing a faux fur vest by Cabi (my sweet friend, Jennifer is a Cabi stylist, visit her site here).  Made of shades of deep blue, white, taupe, and black fur, this vest was beautiful and seemed to change color depending on the light.  It was perfect for Fall in NY.  I paired well with dark denim distressed jeans from Express, a deep blue gray leopard print clutch from Nordstrom (they no longer carry the blue, but here it is in brown), and peep toe cognac leather booties by Vince Camuto.

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fur vest from Cabi – jeans from Express – clutch from Nordstrom – fish leather cuff from Palas Jewelers (now closed) – ring from Tiffany & Co.

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Stay tuned for my next NYFW look…

 

 

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