So, I was only able to make it to New York Fashion Week over the weekend (full-time job and all), but it’s always fun to get down to NYC, even if it’s just for a few days. My husband and I drove down from Boston Friday night, and proceeded to go on a mini bar crawl as soon as we checked into our hotel (we stayed at the Gansevoort on Park Ave, which I highly recommend), because we were in New York so why not? That made my first show, Ruffian, on Saturday morning at 9 a.m…awesome. I almost just snoozed through the whole thing, but I persevered because it was the only show I was going to at Lincoln Center, and I really wanted to see all the “big changes” everyone was talking about. I also just really wanted to see the show.
I was surprised by how many people were there, because it was 9 a.m., but it was packed. I took this picture while everyone was still filing in, but by the time the show started, every seat was full.
The show itself, for the most part, was black. There were black silk maxis paired with black leather bombers, long-sleeved black velvet dresses, and black satin jackets with elaborate black beading. I love black, and I loved that it was done in so many different textures. I also liked that, every now and again, the black was paired with light, ethereal silk pieces for a bit of contrast. Another interesting touch: there was a harlequin element about it all — the high, accordion collars on some of the dresses reminded me a bit of couture clown costumes (in a good way, I think the look was actually very regal and dramatic). Last but not least, it was during this show that I learned the “sports” setting on my camera is actually the perfect setting for taking pictures of moving models on a runway.
As for the big changes, most of the ones I noticed were logistical. The check-in process was different, and inside the tents, instead of one long runway and stadium-style seats up the sides, the models walked up and down rows that reminded me of the ones you wait in line in at the bank, with benches positioned between each row. I actually really liked this setup, because the rows were no more than two or three deep, so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The VIP area was also in a different spot. Not that this concerned me at all, but I did get to poke my lens in while no one was looking.
When I leave Lincoln Center, I always like to make a slow exit, because it’s fun to watch what’s going on in plaza there, which is basically the capturing of every street style photo we’ll all be pinning for the next few months. Like this one:
And this one:
After the Ruffian show, I made it a point to visit one of my favorite places from when I lived in New York: Montague Street Bagels in Brooklyn Heights. I was basically a tenant there for all of 2006. If you are ever within like an hour of the place, go. Post bagel, I headed over to West Chelsea for what was one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been to: Rebecca Taylor. I literally wanted to wear every single thing that went down that runway. Like Ruffian, the looks were mostly black and navy, paired with soft muted neutrals or the occasional jewel tone and the silhouettes were split between slightly exaggerated, clean lines and soft, flowy ones. All I can say is, this fall, I’ll be taking my wardrobe cues from Rebecca Taylor.
Another reason I loved this show? I went with a good friend of mine, who is a buyer at Bloomingdale’s and she knew (or was able to point out) almost everyone there. In addition to every fashion director for every major department store, we saw Stacy London, Mr. Jay from America’s Next Top Model, Girls star Zosia Mamet, and bloggers galore. It was also really fun to be with someone really working the show. The Bloomies girls formed a huddle as soon as the last model left the runway to discuss their top looks.
After Rebecca Taylor, I was supposed to go to one last show, Alexandre Hercovitch, that I ended up skipping. (Kind of regret that decision now) But, fashion week gets more and more spread out each year, and after spending a small fortune on cab rides just to the first two shows, I decided to put my money to better use and went to dinner with a few friends.
Can’t wait to see what this last day holds!