I’m currently at work with the illest cold. I feel stuffy yet my nose is running like a faucet. Yes, I once again, have the New York Fashion Week Flu. No it’s not really the flu, thank God, but I am sick. How did this happen? I only attended 2 days worth of Fashion Week. But I was out there in snow, freezing rain and sleet barelegged and bushy tailed. So I guess I brought this on myself. On day one I went with a super warm and luxe turtleneck from & Other Stories, a Tibi Sample Sale skirt find and a leather jacket. Probably not the best for 30 degrees but hell, I would be cabbing it most of the time anyway right?!? I had a hell of a good time seeing friends and getting back into the swing of this fashion thing. I didn’t join in until Day 3 of actual fashion week. I have a regular 9-5 and can’t really afford to take time off to go to shows anymore. My vacation days are reserved for making this year the most epic vacation year of all time for me. So I joined in on Saturday February 10th along with my friend Jen of Comme Coco who came into town for the shows. Although I had about 6 show invites I managed to make it to one show and one show only, Jill Stuart. The show was being held in a business building downtown, directly across the street from Century 21 (Designer Deal Shopping Mecca). But let’s rewind a bit.
(So here I am, uninvited outside of Paul Andrew)
I did have an invite to the Paul Andrew Shoe FW 17 presentation. After a $22 cab ride there, I was told they were at capacity but were steadily letting people in. It was a huge disappointment. They told me I should have gotten an updated email late the night before saying they had to cut the list back because they were over capacity. Mind you, it was a 3 hour long presentation in a huge loft space. Some times the semantics of Fashion Week can be a bit much. I tried not to be pissed but I was. This is how this shit is and how the world works. Sometimes you’re in and sometimes you’re out, even if you have an invitation. I can’t say that it was a racial thing, I’m not sure if it was or if it wasn’t but the least they could have done is honor my invitation. I tried not to let it get the best of me. I was blown for about half an hour then Jen and I took some outfit photos and headed to Jill Stuart with Nigel in tow who we ran into outside of Paul Andrew. If you haven’t checked it out yet, Nigel wrote an amazing magazine The 25 Most Stylish Black Women in Fashion that dropped in early February before Fashion Week. I, along with some awesome fashion editors, stylists and bloggers made the cut. So make sure to give it a read and find out the brands and designers we fashion folk can’t live without.
Jill Stuart[aesop_content color=”#FFFFFF” background=”auto” columns=”2″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up”]Jill Stuart was a great show. It had a very victorian luxe feel to it. Everything was dramatic and grandiose. I loved the outerwear. I also loved running into fellow bloggers Trisha who I hadn’t seen since Paris Fashion Week and finally meeting Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks after stalking her Instastories. I really enjoyed looking at what all the fashionable attendees were wearing. Everyone looked so good! I just love seeing how people put things together. How they layer to keep warm yet look flawless. I’m not naturally great at layering so it’s always nice to get fresh ideas. Really seeing it all makes you reevaluate your closet and gives you this unyielding urge to shop. Which is exactly what happened after we collected our pink gift bags and headed across the street to Century 21. They have a ridiculously good 90% Off Designer Sale going on right now that was down right sickening. Before I knew it, I had a cart stuffed full of Rochas, MGSM and brands I’d never even heard of. Think velvet trousers, perfectly tailored skirts and jackets galore. I literally tried on 30 pieces and only bought a purse. I had to reel in it big time. But if you are in the NYC area, I implore you to go spend some well earned cash on some designer duds. You’d be hard pressed to find anything over $200. I do love the clutch that I bought though, although I stood in like for like 20 minutes to buy it, it was worth it. It reminds me of this bag Joan had on the show Girlfriends. I’d always looked for a sleek, large, leather envelope clutch and to find one for less that $53 was a true Fashion Week blessing. By then Jen and I had gone our separate ways. I was to immersed in shopping the discounted fashions. After my clutch score, I made my way home and was content not to leave the couch. [/aesop_content]
All in all, day one of NYFW for me was pretty standard. Day 2 however was where the most fun was had and the most money spent. Speaking of money well spent, I got so inspired by NYFW I’m ditching half my closet. Go shop my Poshmark Closet. I will be updating it for the next few weeks.