Friday morning, after sleeping through my alarm and barely making my bus, I was on my way to NYC. When I finally got there, I had just enough time to check into the hotel, change into my first New York Fashion Week outfit, and grab a cab to Lincoln Center for Rebecca Taylor. It was pretty overwhelming and since we were rushed, I didn’t have a chance to take it all in at first. But once I was in the tents and in line for the show, I had some time to realize where I was. For such a big space, it’s absolutely packed with fashionable people! So packed, in fact, that not everyone was let in to Rebecca Taylor. Thankfully, one of the staff grabbed me after I hung around and let me in at the last second. I peered through the photogs and was mesmerized.
Rebecca Taylor was the first show I saw, and it set the bar for the rest of the shows I would see while I was there. I’m not normally a huge fan of girlie styles, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but with the darker, saturated colors, textured knits and amazing (sheer, velvet, and sometimes worn under a dress) pants, I was in love. Herringbone coats, leather leggings, digitized prints and velvet layers provided plenty of edge. I am still obsessing over the ombre leopard coat (to die for), moto jackets, and furry booties. But there were pretty printed dresses too! Looking at the whole collection again, I want every. single. piece.
Next up was Rebecca Minkoff (but not before walking right by Olivia Palermo). I’d been particularily looking forward to Rebecca Minkoff since I feel I’ve been a fan forever – and she didn’t dissapoint. Rapper Theophilus London opened the show with a pretty sweet live performance (watch part of it here – apologies for my shaky hands! and the whole thing here), eventually stepping to the side to let the models take the runway. Rebecca Minkoff showed more velvet, lots of boyfriend blazers, rust, eggplant, teal, pops of red, and a fabulous black and white print. Plus, there was an amazing pair of sequined pants, brocade biker jackets, and perfect peacoats I want to wear everywhere right now. The prints were really great too – including a kind of cool snakeskin. Snakeskin = the new leopard? Maybe!
With Rebecca Minkoff over, I had some time to look around. You could seriously just hang out in the tents forever and watch everything around you. But, before I knew it, it was off to the hotel to change and get ready for the Rock & Republic show. Be sure to catch my recap of the runway and stay tuned for more on the experience. From there, I dashed to the Soho House for the CurrentlyObsessed.me & ASOS.com “Top Influencers” party, which was fabulous. Amazing venue, open bar, and the most inspiring bloggers. But I could only stay for a bit, because I wanted to make the Bloggers Night Out celebration at the Caulfield. I’m so glad I did! It was great to catch up with friends and meet new (or old, but finally in person) ones. Talk about a great first day.
Even after just a couple shows, velvet emerged as a major force for fall, along with leather and other interesting textures, cozy knits and sheer fabrics. And I made it. In heels. The whole day.