Sooo, the Couture Fashion Week show lasted about 45 minutes, which gave us ample time, to run upstairs to our hotel room and change for… Broadway!!!
Which so happened to be a lovely 2 block walk from our hotel. Yeah I’m pretty awesome when it comes to planning. I admit I wanted to see Chicago, but my daughter runs the show and wanted to see Wicked.
So, naturally that’s what we saw. It was weird the last and only time we went to Broadway was when she was 8 and we saw the Little Mermaid!
Well, the famous Gershwin Theatre lived up to its name.
It was so awesome to be there. Little background to the show was the events that lead up to why the Wicked Witch of the East was the way she was in the Wizard of Oz.
The 10pm show was hilariously entertaining, the actresses/actors were beyond talented and their voices were powerful and melodious.
Obviously we’re not allowed to take pictures during the show, but the entire production, and costumes were perfection.
Well, this the last post of our NYC Chronicles and although it was merely a night and a day, my daughter and I had a lot of fun.
It was great having this bonding time before I have my 4th child later this summer, and she goes off to college in a year 😦
…Is what the photographer asked my daughter. But he wasn’t the only one that day. Now during New York Fashion Week, there are many beautiful 6 foot tall women walking around so it’s safe to assume that. It was interesting to see my daughter’s reaction, typically very shy, introverted girl, apparently became someone else. We were at the Couture Fashion Week 8pm show at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. By the way, the one perk to staying at this hotel is your outfit for the night did not have to be weather-dependent.
Now we had general admission seats, but after the hostess saw my daughter, she asked if we mind being in the VIP front row section.
Then while we were sitting in our fabulous new seats, a photographer pulled her up onto the runway to snap a few pics, and ask her a few questions, and she was more than willing to have this spontaneous interview! I mean I stand corrected, I thought my fabulous pink pleated maxi skirt would steal the show, not my daughter, lol…
I just sat back in amazement, I vaguely could overhear them talking about how she plays club volleyball and stuff. Then she sat down as if nothing happened, but grinning ear to ear. It was kinda cool, I know she’s beautiful but it was nice she got a little unsolicited attention, because as you know high school girls can be mean!
So, since I was not media, I wasn’t as psycho about taking pictures but my daughter on the other was just snapchatting away! Here are a few looks:
Sooo, its that time of the year again, and I brought a new person along with me, my daughter!!! She’s 17 and its time to introduce to the awesomeness of NYC and Fashion Week.
It’s hard to gauge a teenager, cause they hate you one moment and love you the next, but she seemed super excited!!! Since she was there I felt that I shouldn’t cover any events as media, because you’re so busy interviewing, checking out behind the scenes, and taking pics of the models/collections; that it can be slightly difficult to relax because you want to cover every aspect, as opposed to taking it all in as a whole. Plus, anyone who has a teenage girl, knows they demand all of your attention!
Immediately after school, we went straight to the Megabus up to NYC. I’ve learned that you can judge how much fun your kid is having by the amount of snapchatting they do, and trust me we’re going over our data plan this month!
We arrived around 745pm, and I knew it’d be a great sign because we caught our first cab with ease!
My Notes: Very well tailored pants with great bombers; found a new love for paisley; loved the hair/makeup!
So I was nervous that my daughter didn’t enjoy it since we had to stand the whole time, but she loved it!!! We then had to stand in the dirty show with a lovely chill in the air trying to hail a cab. Fortunately a nice photographer from the show shared a cab with us.
Back at the hotel, we crashed for it was such a long day then of course spent our entire food budget on room service lol!
Stay tuned for further posts of our New York City Chronicles!!!
Sooo, what a difference a week makes! I mean by the end of the 12th week, my drama queen nature was in full force. I felt soooo tired and irritable, irritable that I’m tired, irritable that I was so moody, irritable that I just couldnt muster up the energy for anything. But being a working mom, mother of 3, doesn’t allow me to whine. Well, not until hubs comes home from work, lol.
I was totally stressing Week 13 about that Natera test, like superficially I was even keeled, but the 5 minutes I have to myself late night when everyone is asleep, was filled with nauseating anxiety. To the point, that after 7 business days of no results, I called the company, and they were like your OB/GYN already has the results!!! So, my OB/GYN has an online portal where we can check my labwork, and the screening test was low risk for major chromosomal abnormalites Panorama test, and negative for Horizon. But as we are constantly reminded, it’s only a screening.
Tried Panera’s Thai Garden Chicken Wonton Broth Bowl. Now, it had a slight kick to it, but was light and yet hearty at the same time. I was working a 12 hr shift, so this was perfect, I dont need anything heavy that would make me moreeeee sleeeepy.
Trying New Things
I’m currently in New York City for New York Fashion Week, first stop was the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The next task is kind of new to me, running around pregnant, and finding chic outfits when you’re tettering on the line between looking pregnant and looking like I ate 2 thanksgiving dinners. We’ll see how this turns out…
I have a routine doctor’s appt this week, wish us luck! Oh, and don’t hesitate to chat, we love to hear what other expectant moms and dads are up to!
So, a few months ago as I was perusing Eventbrite, trying to see whats the haps on the fashion scene in NYC, and I saw FashionistaCon. I thought that sounds awesome, but I felt the epic nature of the event would be lost on hubs once he saw the cost. But over the next 6 weeks Fashionista.com kept feeding tempting info like the costume designer of the Sex and the City will be there. Omg, What!!!
So I made sure I was off that day, it would be a quick up and back on a school day so kids wouldn’t even notice I was gone. Fast forward to a week before, I came across a little discount code, and just bought it!
So, hubs surprisingly was okay with the purchase. I bought a megabus ticket at 4am and caught the 7am up to Manhattan!
Now Fashionista.com has been my go to source for fashion news, even after I’ve read Business of Fashion and WWD, they have a particular take on events that speaks to me.
For some reason, I was nervous, I mean its different to say your a fashionista and actually be around real ones. As a fashion writer/blogger, I’m in my comfort zone being behind the scenes, you know sometimes scooping up an emerging designer’s first interview. But I thought to perfect your craft you got to be where the leaders are, understand the history, and figure out how to make it your own.
Once I arrived in NYC, I paid too much for a cab to only take me 2 blocks in traffic, but I made it! So once a put my coat in coatcheck, and perused (aka Snapchatted) the room…
Then, a very kind blogger told me that I did not completely zip up my dress in the back… Unlike when Carrie said in SATC to her publishers about her book cover, “No matter how fast paced the city, I always manage to get my clothes on…” True words to live buy, I guess its the hazards of dressing in the dark and rushing from Baltimore to NYC on a whim, lol.
Anywho, now that I was dressed, confidence renewed, I was ready to soak up the fashion knowledge… I missed the 1st megabus, therefore missing the first speaker & panel (darnit!) but there was so much more on the agenda!!! Oh by the way, and I tried to include lil bits from the Q&A, hope you enjoy!
Interview with Cathy Horyn…
She definitely embodied, what I’m trying to be. She wore a fantastic black top and pants, black heels, just real hard-edged chic. I remember listening to Laura Sherman on American Fashion Podcast who described Cathy Horyn as authoritative, and I agree, she’s also quite provocative.
Q & A:
Why did you want to work in fashion? Love how fashion has a PLOT; didn’t care about the clothes but the PEOPLE.
How did your writing evolve? Worked at Washington Post in the 90s, where she was encouraged to have a strong voice, opinion, and to well “Just let it rip!” Continued to become selective with her writing , yet continue to keep herself entertained
What’s your view on the role of social media? Changed greatly because of Instagram; twitter is contagious and her favorite because its a challenge to compress your thoughts
What’s the future of the fashion critic? Named some of her favorites: Kennedy Fraser (tend to write fashion’s effect on society), Eugenia Sheppard (personalized fashion), John Fairchild (editor of WWD and founder of W mag). She stated the biggest challenge is saturation, with so many sites to look at, its hard to sustain your voice.
How do you know when your ready to move on? Chose the people first not the title because you’ll be more in sync with them; once you get the experience, move on.
Interview with Patricia Field…
Omg the one the only… Patricia Fields! So animated, engaging and was rocking that cashmere sweatsuit! I thought this is the lady who basically told us what to wear in the early 2000s, and the reason that every girl attending the Sex and the City movie, wore a big flower on their top (well, except for me, I missed the memo)
Were you always interested in fashion? her love grew subconsciously
How did you get into retail? Comes from an enterpenerial family, “She knew business, she knew fashion but had to learn the fashion business.” ; its importantto grow with what you feel confident and strong in..
“Don’t follow the money, if you’re happy, it will come.”
How did you go from retail to SATC? Referred by a friend, and said she loved working on SATC because she got to elevate the reality, get on her tippy toes and fly off to Mars!
What influenced you? Early Hollywood… So with her work you will see an infusion of glamour/beauty/optimism mixed with quirkiness
“Nothing like making people happy, there’s a lot return”
Her visual explanation to fashion today..I love her!
Interview with Christian Siriano…
Next up, Christian Siriano! Now this Maryland native, went to Baltimore School for the Arts, probably around the same time, I was attending there after school wishing my mom would stop sending me for ballet lessons!
Anywho, he has dressed Michelle Obama, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Victoria Beckham… and so many other stars. But I love how he also does seasonal collections for Payless, and Lane Bryant, just so versatile, with a true understanding of all women!
“It’s a challenge to make clothes fit everyone…but couldn’t imagine alienating one group.”
How important is internship? Good because not all fashion is fabulous, take the opportunity as an intern to ask many questions. Have to be obsessed as with fashion because as a designer there are a lot of hard days.
He states he was always a creative type but interested in money, lol. When it comes to advice, not everyone will give you the best advice because it’s based off what has happened before.
How did you grow deliberately and keep control? He stressed the importance of team, who wants success as much as you do, i.e. is former intern is now his sales director. He tries not to micro manage everyone, which shows his trust in his team.
Hardest part of navigating the red carpet? He stated that at one point in time he had 9 amazing women in custom pieces 1 week after fashion week; but stated its a good problem to have. He tries not to be too calculating and allows everything to be organic.
What’s it like being a champion of body positivity? He is trying to make it no longer a conversation. (love this!)
Panel: What does it Mean to be an Influencer Today?
Hubs and I don’t rely heavily on monetizing techniques to maintain our blog, fortunately our careers allows this to be a fun passion for us. Plus, we are so not models, lol.
But I did learn how partnerships work with brands. Authenticity is critical! With a huge stress on aligning talent (blogger) with the brand. The brand should be inspired by the talent and vice versa. Brands prefer long term relationships, the days of one post on social media is a thing of the past. This panel is really chockful of everything you need to know, aim for and perfect as a fashion blogger. Definitely check out the links above, for more information on brand partnerships, Next model management, Kate Spade, and one of the most well know bloggers, Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat!
Interview with Linda Rodin…
The last speaker was Linda Rodin, a supermodel in the 60s, stylist and now skincare guru! So, she accidentally fell into beauty after 30 yrs as a stylist. She developed a blend of essential oils for your skin, basically as a chemistry project in her bathroom. I love her authenticity, she wouldn’t make products that she wouldn’t use. She also stressed the importance of a good team.
“Not easy getting old, but I’m not trying to hide it”
She’s become great by persevering! Simple as that.
I just wanted to mention… I loved seeing the people who write to us daily… The actual editors of Fashionista.Com, they all did such a great job!!! One of the statements consistently across the board of these megafashion panelists was, what we know these people for, doesn’t define them. They are so much more. It seems that they spent their lives driven by dreams, fueled by their fashion desire; preparing for the unknown, priming them to flourish in opportunities … Now they are relishing and so deserving of their achievements! Overall such an inspiring event!
P.S. So the day after this conference, I went on a week long Caribbean cruise with hubs, so I’m just getting to check out my awesome swag bag and finish this post, lol!
So it may appear that we try to go to New York every chance we get. And that is only partially maybe mostly true, lol. This time we had good intentions. I mean you go gotta for the blog, right?
Well, we headed up to Long Island Tech conference but got a little lost and with traffic we got there with 30 minutes left. But we forgot about the New York Minute which apparently is 7 seconds (according to Sex and the City). So needless to say, everyone had packed up and was leaving by the time we got there.
Well with the sun setting might as well have a quick photoshoot!
With a good 7 hours left in babysitting time, and being 3 hrs away from home, we decided to maximize our New York experience with something I haven’t done since 2 days before 9/11. Take a little cruise around Manhattan!
Unlike Baltimore, in which everything is no more than 20 min away, from Long Island to downtown Manhattan at 5pm is about an hour.
Which means the cruise gotta be limited. Don’t worry its New York there’s something for everyone.
We googled Circle Line, the classic one, but it was too long so we went to handy dandy Viator and LonelyPlanet.com and found the NY taxi. Yeah, I’m totally okay with a quick night Liberty cruise in 70 degree weather on a yacht for the same price as a Circle Line cruise!
So we amazingly found a parking spot, Pier 16, South Seaport… this is totally meant to be!
We quickly bought our tickets…
…and although only 30 minutes before the cruise, Hubs is hungry. Never to fear, New York is known for fantastic food where you least expect it like, El Luchador.
Um, we highly highly recommend, truly great Mexican food with a “So-Cal flair.”
We took our food to go…
…and rushed back across the street to board the Zephr! The travel guide was utterly hilarious, totally making history fun.
As we went under the amazing bridges like Brooklyn and Manhattan & traveled down the East River, one couldn’t help but to be in amazement of how the skyline has changed and just all of the people that constructed these buildings we take for granted.
With the recent historic political change,
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty architecture is not as significant as the meaning behind it.
Just think between 1892 and early 1920s, over 12 millions immigrants came to this country. Immigrants built this country on their backs, to be apart of something greater. Nowadays the hope associated with immigration has turned into fear and uncertainty (Okay off my soapbox!)
I’ve never seen the Statue of Liberty up close, at night. At first, everyone was feverishly taking pics, then people from all walks of life on the cruise, sorta stopped and stared. Although her tablet is the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the bronze plaque next to her is Lazarus’ poem “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” Just Awe-inspiring. Liberty and Justice for all not some…all. (Okay I promise no more emotional talk 🙂
As you can tell, this Cruise is not only a fantastic last minute or actually planned date option; it offers so much more!
***Also, per our followers request, we are adding a LookBook feature called “The Look” to the blog which will give details on our outfits, discounts, and more!!!***
So the first time I went to a Style Fashion Week event it was in collaboration with La Nuit en Rosé, so lets just say there were drinks involved. But it was probably the biggest show, I had ever been to. I mean there were like 5 rows and a standing section. My ticket was a just less than a hundred, which was well worth it with the buffet of the top chefs in NYC and wine tasting, but it landed me a possible seat in the back.
And once I saw who was filing into the front row, Miss USA, and various other celebrities, I totally understood. It was one of those Dorothy your not in Kansas anymore moments.
Well, this year I was in a different role as media, and was given more freedom to experience the event in its entirety.
I dedicated my Saturday evening, Sept 10th 2016, to Style Fashion Week and was able to watch the 6pm shows of the amazing designers:
As a mother, I know it is difficult to dress a little girl for a major event like a wedding, without her looking like a grown woman. However, this fantastic colllection had dresses with the elegance of an upscale event while maintaining the innocence of a child. Bravo!
Such a fun sassy line, with colors that pop! I loved the designers ability to turn a romper into an incredibly stylish outfit, by adding a belt, neon color, assymetric shoulders, a fringe or adding a collar with bold sleeves accentuating the shoulders! Such talent!
During the intermission between the 6pm and 8pm shows, as I was charging my phone, I met so many amazing people! One of which is a great styleblogger/plus size fashion stylist from Brooklyn, Nanthale E. Collins. She definitely provides a much needed service, and if you look at her work, she styles clothes so that you feel confident, chic and just love the skin you’re in!
So this designer’s “World Domination” collection started off with a powerful short film, setting the fierce tone of the show. The makeup and music was perfect. These clothes were bold, daring and exuded confidence!
So before I conclude, just wanted show the epic factor of the Hammerstein Ballroom and the magnitude of the show which can only be appreciated in its entirety from the balcony!
Style Fashion Week was such an amazing, truly ethereal event! The fashion was exquisite, the total production was excellent and although incredibly entertaining, they never lost sight of celebrating designers’ talents.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”
So, I’m just getting in from California listening to my usual fashion podcasts, getting their take on New York Fashion Week. And there was not a lot of positivity. I know people rarely love change, but the “see now, buy now” and change in venues seems to have overshadowed what makes fashion great.
Well, I’m here to say those critics must not have been at the right shows. Sometimes great things are right under your nose. For instance, Plitzs New York City Fashion Week. Now I admit I was unsure what to expect, but trust me it exceeded all of my expectations! I was fortunate to be media which means I have access to behind the scenes, the designers, and I get to view the production from a standpoint from which the average fashion enthusisast does not have the luxury. And I appreciated and relished in the opportunity.
As soon as I arrived, and got my credentials, I bumped into some wonderful ladies in fantastical hats who seemed even more excited than I was, which was kind of hard to believe. They were the Haute Dames Couture Ladies from New Orleans and they provide the accessories for Cupani Fashion designer who makes beautiful knitwear.
And I realized that’s what’s been missing. The excitement, and awe of being a part of something greater.
The Plitzs team did an amazing job at providing emerging, independent designers from all over the world the perfect stage to showcase their talents.
As I sat front row for the first showcase, I was engrossed in the fashion, trying to guess the material used, feverishly writing (yes writing) notes because I did not want to miss a detail. And during the first designer, I overheard proud parents of one of the young models. Now, I was initially just loving what she was wearing and was amazed at how well she modelled at such a young age.
But I felt it was interesting to be watching the same show as these parents with the same appreciation but from totally different perspectives. The dad said to me, “I assume your important because of your notepad.” Important no, lucky yes…and I just explained that I support fashion through the written word. Of course, I congratulated them on their daughter’s great work.
Genuine Shared Joy for Fashion. I love it!
So, lets talk about the showcases!!! (Added some notes for you!)
It was a nice, smart touch to have a presentation briefly while we waited for the first designer.
Great use of Patterns with bathing suits, tops & pants; clear inspiration of both art and design
The designer’s inspiration was original African textiles with very deep meaning.
*** Immediate Press Conference was a wonderful idea, I have not seen that elsewhere. Usually its difficult to catch up with the designers before or after the show. But this is perfect for press, buyers, and photographers! ***
These Parisian designers were clearly inspired by some of the most notable and powerful leaders of all time: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and of course Nelson Mandela!!
Awesome Streetwear with great T’s
Loved and totally want T shirt dresses, they had a lose fit but yet still flirty and feminine
Bravo!!! It was a well-rounded showcase & production! In case you missed anything there was so many opportunities to find out more! Plitzs New York City Fashion Week never lost sight of what’s important, diversity, which is pivotal to fashion success!! I truly felt this show was such a thoughtful way to provide an entry into the New York Fashion Week scene in an authentic, organic and genuine way. Absolutely can not wait until next year!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”
-Henry David Thoreau
Note: *The title is an adaptation of a respected quote from Cesar Chavez*
Ever since I found out Baltimore Fashion Umbrella was going to have a Designer’s Debut in New York City, I knew I had to be there. I’ve attended Baltimore Fashion Week for the last few years so I knew Fashion Umbrella Foundation had so much to offer New York.
I was curious to see if once in Manhattan, debuting designers from across United States, would it hold on to its Baltimore City roots? Well, Sharan Nixon did an amazing job at expanding and yet maintaining her message. Her production staff, make up artists from New York Institute of Beauty, models, and designers definitely did a great job promoting her vision. The venue, Holiday Inn in midtown was perfect,… and overall environment was pleasant, and eager;
I especially enjoyed sitting front row next to her beautiful and supportive mother.
Bmore!!! Okay, yes I was a bit excited…. And this unique collection did not disappoint!!!
It was called the “Syeko” collection, which included menswear as well, such range!
I love love love colors that pop.
I adored the yellow jacket, painted on jean jackets, and gold shimmer. And the dress at the end… Can I just say, wow!
Portion of proceeds of this Designers’ Debut went to their Refresh program providing supplies to 2 Baltimore schools, and my mother being a inner city Baltimore School teacher of 30yrs, I understand, this is critically needed.
I was excited and honored to be a part of dream of the Baltimore Fashion Umbrella Foundation…Showing how much Baltimore has to offer on New York’s biggest fashion stage, New York Fashion Week.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”
Anxiety. Anticipation. Avidity. New York Fashion Week is an exhilarating time
that I wish everyone could experience.
Nowadays, you can see the major brands shows live online, even Tommy Hilfiger rented out a pier! Snapchat has been a fantastic addition to NYFW, to actively see behind the scenes, the fittings, the shows as if you’re front row yourself.
But what about the emerging/independent designers. You know the Marc Jacobs & Valentino’s before they actually become world reknown. Over the last year of blogging as media/press and attending events as a fashion enthusiast, its been amazing to be apart of the early stages and the growth of a designer.
I had the pleasure of being media for Plitz Fashion Show, Style Fashion Week, and Designer’s Debut in NYC by the producer of Baltimore Fashion Week; whose sole admirable purpose is for showcasing the designers, models, makeup artists talents. Provided that continued enthusiasm for fashion when at times recently its been in a bit of upheaval.
Now as an out-of-towner… how do I see & enjoy 6 shows, and 32 designers in 1 and 1/2 days?
I outlined my top 3 strategies that work for me:
1st: Make a itinerary and stick to it!
Have your mode to and from NYC comfortable. I love Megabus, it has wifi, charging
system, super comfortable seats… and affordable, so you can spend more money on clothes 🙂
Plan the location of the events; so if you are fashion show hopping, the shows are either in walking distance or a short cab/Uber/Lyft drive away. I had really great cab luck, I never had to wait longer than 2 minutes to hail one. Must have been my outfit 🙂 There are honestly so many shows, and its hard to choose. But part of attending a show is staying the entire time out of respect for the show.
My centralized hotel spot : Marroitt Marquis Time Square!!!
2nd: Appropriate attire is a must!
Now some chosen few are required to wear the designer’s collection, and have cars automatically picking them so walking is rare. If you are like the majority of everyone else , you get to chose your own clothes and you’re going to have to walk.
It was evening, so I wore a blue sleeveless, slightly shimmery knee-length Zara dress. And added blue patent leather shoes for my own Naomi personal touch.
The key is casual effortlessly chic; weather appropriate
Don’t try on the outfit right before the event assuming it will be perfect. (i.e. my pants for Style Fashion Week were an epic fail) I was too worried about my abs being perfect in the crop top and assumed the pants would fit. Never assume.
3rd: Feed off the energy!
It’s a privilege to be shown artists at work. So, just sit back and enjoy it.
Allow yourself to meet new people. I can be kind of shy. Which can be understandable in a big city like NYC, and if you’re media/blogger its acceptable because your role is behind the scenes. But poke your head outside your turtle shell, meet, network or just allow a little small talk.
…whose mission is provide a platform for diversity in fashion especially for emerging designers. So, I went to these shows as a fashionista who wants to also make a difference.
In a way, I also feel its important to stay grounded and never forget your basic love for a fashion show, relish the entertainment and beauty of the event. And bonus if its for a great cause!
The shows I covered, as media, were on Friday Sept 9th at 8pm NY Designer Debut of Baltimore Fashion Umbrella; on Saturday Sept 10th Plitzs Fashion Showcases 1 & 2 and Style Fashion Week. It was pretty awesome to say the least.
…I appreciate the luxury of being back stage…. meet the models, and designers up close and personal… Like I’m totally in awe of the process.
One of the hardest thing to do during NYFW is EAT! And the last night I went to Black Sushi near Times Square and enjoyed a fantastic rainbow roll with black rice (multigrain and supposedly forbidden).
When it comes to New York Fashion Week, the hype is legitimized. It’s a special time to be a part of a designer/model/make up artist/photographer or even a blogger’s one shining moment. Ahhh, can’t wait til winter shows….
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”