That special time of year called fashion week is upon us. A week filled with friends, new and old, conversations of creativity, future collaborations and so much more. Fashion week does have a funny habit of falling during either the hottest or coldest times of year.
Staying warm and chic can be difficult. A great statement coat, bag, sunglasses and pair of pants is the go to. I love my new Veronica Beard coat which kept me toasty this weekend. It has the perfect-layered look with two coats in one. The interior leather moto actually zips out so the coat can be worn two ways.
My current obsession though is the Fendi monster collection. I’m completely aware that it is outlandish, and not so classic, but that’s why I love it. My very sweet husband bought me this bag for Christmas and I absolutely adore it. It is a classic Fendi Peekaboo bag, but if you fold down one side you see the fun little exotic skin monster. But be careful, if the monster isn’t well fed (much like me), he does bite. Paired with a great trouser, and layers of jewelry, the look is complete. I especially loved pairing this beautiful little enamel lips bracelet from Dara Senders. It was the perfect finishing touch with my Valentine’s Day outfit this weekend.
Welcome to day 2 of NYFW! Otherwise known as the snow continued and so did the shows! Now let’s be honest, fashion week is a blast but it’s not so nice on the feet. This season I started getting sensible early. And by sensible i mean a great sneaker. I do still love my Isabel Marant wedge sneakers. On top of that I figured it would be a day of freezing cold and questionable hair by EOD, so why not throw on a fabulous hat and make it a statement! I’m totally obsessed with this Eugenia Kim hat, and dresses it up a bit by throwing my favorite E.Kammeyer Accessories birdcage veil underneath!
Being comfy and stylish is how I make sure I’ll be happy all day long. Here are a few of my favorite fashion week necessities:
Happy Fashion Week to all! And to all a warm week! It’s that time a year when the fashion crowd gets dressed up in their finest, craziest, most photo-worthy garb and hits the streets. The major difference this season – the cold is no joke and I’ve been doing my best to bundle up yet still look chic.
This season is a little different as well for one other major reason. This is the final season at Lincoln Center. Now, I say this with mixed emotions. Lincoln Center is beautiful and has a square just made for street-style peacocking. But with so many designers choosing to show at Milk and Art Beam downtown as well as a multitude of other venues, it leaves those of us without drivers hauling ourselves all around town via subway, taxi, Uber and even CitiBike. Oh yes, I’ve Citi Biked all the way from Columbus Circle to Milk Studios on 15th st. in heels, my friends.
Day 1 I decided to go for a quirky mix of color, texture and function. I love a great top coat and this wardrobe staple has lasted me through a few seasons. It also paired in a fun, slightly mix-and-match way with my floral Etoile Isabel Marant corduroy overalls. Overalls have made a big come back this year, plus these beauties work double-duty and the bib buttons off. Mixed with a great pair of menswear inspired shoes, a minimal chic bag and an armful of tassels, you’re ready to go!
Sitting at the Marissa Webb show, the words effortlessly cool were streaming through my head. Marissa’s collection is the perfect pairing of staple pieces layered in just the right way. We saw lots of hard tailoring mixed with soft feminine lines. There were perfectly tailored blazers layered over flowing dresses, army jackets that were cinched at the waist, and lots of variations of the shirt dress. I especially loved the reacurring construction detail we saw on so many of the dresses which was a simple little button placket running down the entire center back. The color pallete was easy and oh so possible to intigrate into your wardrobe. I’m already seeing these chic little numbers hanging in my closet this spring.
Tia Cibani S/S 15 was inspired by the 1970s exoticism and North African Tuareg craft. Spice colors of saffron, anise, turmeric, cumin and cayenne meld into one another seamlessly. Dip dye techniques created depth and interest overlaid on effortless stripes. Iridescent metallics perfectly paired with pleated skirts and lusciously draped dresses. I absolutely loved the play with volume on the bandeau tops, floor grazing kaftans and wide leg pants. Then there was the finishing touch, the hair. Perfectly placed crowns were braided into the hair with baubles draped on the forehead, rounding out these beautiful exotic looks.
KYE S/S 15 was definitely the show for the cool street wear crew. Cable knit motifs popped up everywhere in techniques galore! From laser cut leather trims, to intarsia designs in sweaters to the details in her shoes, KYE hit the mark. I especially loved the bee motifs seen on both men’s and women’s looks. This effortlessly cool line sent look after look down the runways that was spot on.
Carmen Marc Valvo presented a collection inspired by the Ottoman Empire and a recent trip to Turkey. The show was filled with female warrior vibes presented through chain mail details, brocade, lace and beaded breast plates. The show had just the right amount of edge yet still filled the runway with red carpet worthy gowns. The fur pieces were a great addition adding texture and volume to the show. I especially loved the hair and thought it perfectly meshed with the female warrior look Valvo was exuding.
DESIGNER: Trina Turk & Mr. Turk
Trina Turk and Mr. Turk are known for bringing cool Palm Springs quirk to the world. Their use of print mix is so perfectly over the top you wish you’d thought of it yourself. I absolutely fell in love with the chunky knits and the way they were styled with popping prints and collard shirts. Trina’s sensibility when it comes to outerwear is right up my alley. Its chic, its fun, sometimes there’s fur involved and I most definitely want to own it all. Last but not least the matching his and hers green and block floral embossed tuxedos are TO DIE FOR! Paired with the fun new bags and shows Trina is launching, it makes the perfect statement!