More is More. If you know me at all, this should not surprise you. I go hard on details, and New York Fashion Week brings out my most extreme self, as you can see here – I’m mixing all the textures. With the temperatures in the twenties and anticipated bone-chilling winds, I knew I had to figure out how to dress for fashion week but not freeze to death (note: anything under 60 degrees is unacceptable, only exception being NYC).

The answer: Layers and of course, FUR. The goal is cover as much of my body as possible, keep my feet warm, but still make a statement. I wore a black tulle and lace skirt, a gold sequin long sleeve top, a black and brown striped faux fur coat, black tights, and cognac leather boots (by Zimmerman, no longer available). Every material and texture that I could tie into one look. This color palette is my absolute favorite, which makes mixing so many different materials okay without looking crazy.

IMHO, you do not have to choose a singular style to base your wardrobe or personal look on, put anything on your body that you love. These short Zimmerman boots are no doubt leaning toward the oh so popular western trends that blew up last year and are here to stay for a least a few seasons I think (wanna see more? Follow Coachella goers on IG this April). Yet, I wear them with anything from skinny jeans to a tutu. Do your own thing, and never doubt your creativity. Someone doesn’t like it? They can unfollow ūüôā

Mixing textures: How do you wear things like silk, sequins, leather, fur, metal, all at once without looking like a hot mess? Try to stick within the same color family. With that in mind, distressed denim is an easy way to start… pair some shredded skinny jeans with a delicate lace top, velvet jacket, and sleek patent leather heels. Boom… four textures that give an “everyday outfit” (jeans, top, shoes, jacket) a little extra oomph, in an obvious way because there are FOUR textures, not just maybe two. It makes it more obvious. Another tip: look for repeating patterns in different textures. I chose this skirt before I added the coat to this look. Why? Notice the vertical stripes in the coat and the vertical seams in the tulle and lace. It carries the eye from top to bottom and although many may do a double take if I were wearing this around Atlanta (which is nothing new to me), it just works.

I’ve linked similar items to what I’m wearing below (scroll to the bottom, past the images). Below my outfit, I’ve linked items that I think would look great together if you’re ready to make the (bold) move, or just take a peek for inspiration. Stay tuned for less about my outfits, more about trends that I saw, on the street and on runway, at NYFW FW 2019.

Photography by: Viva Lux Photography

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It’s no surprise that the fashion of the ’90s is back. ¬†That being said, I do not take that 100% literal. ¬†This windowpane plaid suit, when buttoned up could be very reminiscent of Cher Horowitz’s iconic yellow suit from the movie, Clueless. ¬†Yes, I did skip the thigh high stockings and mini backpack purse. ¬†Sorry, Cher.

I purchased this set (sold separately) during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, hoping for it to be a great go-to outfit this Fall.  For work, I will probably pair it with pointy toe pumps, but these strappy lavender heels were perfect for bottomless mimosas at The Oyster Bar at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca.

September in New York, in my opinion, is the perfect weather scenario.  This year, however was unusually hot.  Not only that, but it drizzled rain the entire weekend.  Hence the location of this shoot Рthe lobby of the The James Hotel.  Our original plan was to shoot it on the cobblestone streets of Chelsea, near the flower markets, but the weather would not cooperate.  If ya gotta relocate a shoot to indoors, finding a stellar hotel in NYC is cake.

Skirt suits are being seen far outside the boardroom this season. ¬†Coco Chanel made skirt suits a status symbol in the 1950s, following which time they were synonymous with business. ¬†In the ’80s women attending high brow meetings with corporations were often seen in designer skirt suits, in the ’90s they became shorter, louder in color and were suddenly trendy with teens. ¬†Now, they can go from the board room to the street.

Aimee Song pairs skirt suits with Louis Vuitton¬†Archlight Sneakers. ¬†Don’t even get me started on this sneaker trend. ¬†I¬†saw Louis and Balenciaga sneakers everywhere during fashion week, and I just don’t get it. ¬†Sometimes I gotta stand my ground and say “WTF?!”. ¬†The point is, skirt suits are still a power symbol, but times are a changing and so are the office dress codes. ¬†Yes, industry has a lot to do with it, but suits are worn less and less M-F and popping up more and more on the runways. ¬†Is this a sign that avant garde designs are becoming fewer, and more attention is being paid to tailoring and technique? ¬†Only time will tell.

 

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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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photos of me by KVC Photography

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