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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photos of me by KVC Photography

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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…

 

 

Photos of me by KVC Photography

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Every time I open a Vogue magazine or watch a runway show, my husband, Mikey says, “Who would wear that?”.  I’ve tried to explain it to him, and yet the question remains.  I’m gonna break it down for all of you who ask the same question when you see Gigi Hadid walking the runway with a bird’s nest on her head.

It isn’t meant to be worn.  These pieces aren’t for sale.  It’s wearable art.  Consider the runway a performance piece and Fashion Week the big opening reception.  The emphasis is on innovation and creativity, not functionality.  Do you question abstract expressionism (think Jackson Pollock)?  Some of you (like Mikey) probably do.  It’s very similar.  It simply exists to be art.  It’s about the paint itself and the action of painting.  So, color, line, texture, and mood are what you end up with.  You’re not supposed to see anything specific in the work.

Runway shows are more about publicity and selling the overall style/feel of a designer’s collection.  The theme will later translate to more wearable pieces.  What do I mean by “theme”?  The color palette, material, etc…  The runway is just a canvas for the designer to display their art and make a statement.  And you have to consider the entire package – the setting, makeup, music, etc.  Here is a good example – Rodarte.  Their collection was feminine, gothic, and a bit whimsical (yes, all of those adjectives in one).  You can view their Fall NYFW show here.

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(Marc Jacobs and Lady Gaga.  Photo credit Kevin Tachman)
Because these designers are so influential, their designs inspire every level of fashion.  What you find at Forever 21 was in fact introduced on the runway last year.  The person (fictional character, actually) who put it best was Miranda from “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets?  And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”
With that being said, there are also a lot of wearable items shown at NYFW.  For example, Tom Ford and Versace.
Finally, to the point… Fur, leather, metallics, suede, florals, lace, chokers (or anything around the neck really), puffer jackets, elaborate embroidery, fringe, and fabrics inspired by upholstery.  Those are the trends this Fall.  Of course there are more but I personally do not like them, and this is my blog so I chose to omit.  Curious?  Go watch the shows and decide for yourself.  You may now have a slightly different view.
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September (yes, I realize that we are officially a week in)…  September- for me– is a transitional month.  It is our gateway to Fall.  Atlanta, of course it is still hotter than hell on most days, but early mornings and some nights you can feel it creepin’.  This past Saturday was the first (Saturday) College Football game of the season.  Although I am not a fan by any means, I can appreciate the parties (thank you, Madeline!), the excitement that I see in my husband’s eyes (like a kid on Christmas), and the premature pumpkin spice everyyyything that comes with it.  That’s all the good things that I have to say about that.  Now, the countdown begins… until football season is over (151 more days).  Kiss your husbands goodbye for now.

At least we have “The September Issue”!

vogue1.jpgThis is the biggest, more important issue of the year.  September signifies a shift in our wardrobes.  I would argue that Fall fashion is the best fashion.  Scarves, boots, layers, a new, rich color palette, even your nails change their mood… You can switch from colors like “Cajun Shrimp” to “Lincoln Park After Dark”.  And this year- expect to see velvet everything.  Like anything else, so many 90s trends are returning/have returned.  I will embrace the velvet, but I refuse to wear those chunky block heels that I had in middle school, no matter how much the gurus try to tell us it’s cool.

September also feeds our souls with a little something called FASHION WEEK.  New York Fashion Week will officially commence tomorrow!  I should be there volunteering but unfortunately, I have not yet fulfilled my R.H.O.A. dreams, so alas, I will working my day job.  Next year, people.  NEXT YEAR.  In the meantime, I will be watching the shows online, and you can too.  You may view live streams here:  http://newyorkfashionweeklive.com

You’re welcome.

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