New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020. This was my fifth season. So here we are at Halloween, fashion month is over, and I owe you guys a synopsis.

Let’s begin with why September (and February) is referred to as “fashion month”… When the “Big 4” fashion capitals of the world host their own Fashion Week. It begins with New York, then London, Milan, and Paris. During each week, designers showcase their collections for the season ahead. My goal is to make it to them all one day, but not until I have a legit number of invitations and a schedule that will justify flying across the globe. The New York hustle will not cut it in Paris (or says my pocketbook and husband). But the sportswear that continues to be a trend in NY has me thirsty for the haute couture ensembles that Paris is (and always will be IMHO) known for.

There are two types of “shows” that take place during Fashion Week: Runway shows and presentations. A runway show takes place with (surprise!) a runway. The audience is seated and the entire show last about 10 minutes and can be quite theatrical. Presentations, on the other hand usually take place in a more obscure venue like a bookstore, loft, or boutique. The models are stationed throughout the space and pose as mannequins, with the audience walking around them, taking in a 360 view and snapping photos. Presentations last from 30 minutes to an hour (or longer if a cocktail party is incorporated).

But what else makes fashion week, FASHION WEEK?! Street style, parties, and networking with people who have the same fashion focused obsession. Although most of the events currently take place in Tribecca, all of Manhattan becomes a playground for the fashion lovers of the world. Every corner of the street turns into a stage and photoshoots are happening next to you while you wait for your morning coffee at Starbucks. By now you should have a greater understanding of why I can’t stay away. Here are some shots that I took from people I met there – at Spring Studios, in the street, at our hotel, and reconnections from past seasons…

Now, I’d be remiss to not mention trends, so here’s a snapshot: Athleisure, Monochromatic Palettes, baggy trousers, mom jeans, couletttes, sneakers, mixed prints, wild colors reminiscent of sherbet, vintage pieces mixed with bright modern graphics. As I mentioned before, NYC is trennnndy. NYFW embraces athelisure, and chaos. That being said, I still got to witness the most beautiful collection in person, by Cong Tri. Not familiar with Cong Tri? Perhaps you’re familiar with the iconic yellow gown that Beyonce wore to The Lion King premiere? This Vietnamese designer’s international clientele includes influential celebrities and social icons such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Jacqueline Fernandez. Less and less European designers are coming to NY (they often showcase in London, Paris, and Milan), but Asian designers are on the rise and currently at the forefront of fashion.

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February was my fourth season attending NYFW, something that I used to only wish I could experience. What’s the lesson here? DO WHAT YOU WANT. Just go out there and take it. I’m not waiting to be invited to anything. I flew to NYC alone, dressed up, showed up, and it was incredible.

2019 Styles

Red is very in right now. The Pantone 2019 Color of the Year is “Living Coral”, which is an orangey red, but there were reds of all shades on the runway and the streets. I dig it. Other trending colors: lavender (yes, still), marigold, pistachio, winter white.

This season featured the most wearable looks I’ve seen so far. So much great tailoring, power suits, layering, bold prints, feminine prints, and more fur (of course, I love that). Less avant-garde than one would expect from NYFW runways. Yet, I couldn’t help but notice many guests trying SO HARD to come across as avant-garde, street-fashion was an explosion of athleisure, and neon colors. I have to shake my head. I do realize that I’m the minority here.

On Sunday, I had the honor of attending the Rebecca Minkoff runway show. She showcased her Spring/Summer collection, instead of showing looks for this coming Fall/Winter, as is traditionally done at February shows. Mixing many different fabrics and creating a lot of layers with feminine, yet bold prints. Hot white, electric blue, red, every finish of black, and bold patterns. Belts also played a big role in this collection. Belts are very much a highlight in fashion right now and are being paired with everything. Belt loops are no longer needed and honestly, pants are the most unlikely pairing.

Rebecca Minkoff SS19 Runway Show – February 10, 2019 – Spring Studios, NY, NY

A Nod to the Disco Era

Naeem Khan presented a runway show featuring ’60s/’70s inspired looks with an array of mixed textures including velvet, floral embroidery, sequins, and ruffles. I wrote a blog post specifically about mixing textures here.

Michael Kors also embraced the ’70s decade, complete with disco balls and Barry Manilow in sequins, singing Copacabana on the runway.

“I think this collection is very much my love letter to the melting pot of New York City. There’s a lot of dance influences for the disco dollies, ballerinas, ball room dancers, or the modern dancer, there’s movement!” – Michael Kors (taken from an interview with @margoandme, of Neiman Marcus)

Michael Kors FW19 – NYFW- February 2019

Neon Hues

Neon Colors – not my cup of tea, but I’d be remiss not to mention the overwhelming array of neon hues that covered the streets of Tribeca. Christian Cowan‘s collection embodied this trend.

Christian Cowan FW19 – NYFW – February 2019

Monochromatic Palettes

Monochromatic palettes were all over fashion week. Phillip Lim showed simple palettes of grey, white, or black with clean straight lines. Brandon Maxwell‘s show (no, I was not fortunate enough to attend in person, but did watch it live online) was probably my favorite. His collection boasted mostly solids, black and white with a few pops of pink, green and blue.

Brandon Maxwell FW19 NYFW

Cushnie presented a series of monochromatic looks in (surprise, surprise) lavender, black, red, etc.

HELLO, Ralph Lauren. You are speaking my language. This collection was made entirely of a white, black, and bold gold metallic color palette. I guess he has the monochromatic thing going but this is a FAR CRY from the majority right now. You won’t see chunky sneakers, neon hues or mismatched patterns on his runway. {insert Wayne & Garth screaming “WE’RE NOT WORTHY!”}

Also trending, or should I say finally inclusive, Plus Size. Gracing the runways of some of the industries top talent, including Christian Siriano, 11 Honore, and Rebecca Minkoff. Fashion is now available (and being celebrated) for women of all sizes. Cheers to that.

Photos (of me) by Viva Lux Photography

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blonde lob haircut and long sleeve black dress

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.

For more on “how to wear a little black dress in winter”, keep following (see follow button on right side for desktop, or below on mobile device)… What coat to wear with this look, coming up next!

Details on NYFW, Day 1, Look 1 here.

photography by Lydia Hudgens

 

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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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