It’s finally here! My recap on my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) experience. I attended for 3 days (February 8th-Februay 10th) with my friend Erin Whitcomb of She’s Red Haute who helped show me the ropes along the way. Even though I only attended 3 days of NYFW, I’ve decided to break my recap up into two posts. Today I’m sharing my overall experience and all of the amazing shows we attended.
Where We Stayed
Erin and I stayed at the Hotel 50 Bowery in the heart of China Town. We stayed here for a couple of reasons. Since I’m a Hyatt card member I try to stay in Hyatts as much as I can (and this hotel happens to be owned by them). We also spoke with the staff prior to our trip who helped upgrade us to a city view room as well as provide us with a clothing rack (which was much needed). When we arrived late Friday night our room was ready for us with a welcoming note and fresh plate of fruit. We loved how friendly the staff was and that they were more than accommodating whenever we had a request. They even let us keep our bags there until 9:30 pm after we already checked out.
Sustainable New York Fashion, Flying Solo
I started my first day of NYFW by attending the Sustainable New York Fashion Week show at Pier 60. They had a full day featuring different designers, but we only attended their first panel and show. We saw Australian designers Angela Clark of Angela Clark accessories and Debbie Cheyna of Butterscotch Castle. Angela creates simple, elegant jewelry for everyday wear and special occasions. She combines old treasures and heirloom pieces with carefully sources pieces to create a unique design. Debbie sources vintage and over manufacture stock and she re-purposes mens shirts to create beautiful one-of-a-kind dresses and garments.
We also attended 2 Flying Solo shows at Pier 59. The first show was Ready to Wear fashion which featured 24 independent designers and the second was Couture featuring 22 independent designers. It was such a unique experience to see collections from that many designers throughout the two shows.
WooLeeX, LAVEC, WMTM by NiuNiu Chou || Photos provided by GFC
We started day 2 off by viewing the Past, Present, Future display for Tibi at their Soho location. My favorite items were of course the shoes! What can I say? I’m a shoe lover!
Later that night, we attended the Global Fashion Collective (GFC) show at Pier 59. GFC is a platform supporting designers from around the world. Their first show featured 3 designers: WooLeeX, LAVEC, and WMTM by NiuNiu Chou. Each designer was so vastly different in their designs and the inspiration behind their lines. To me, WooLeeX really caught my eye because the designs integrate paintings into fashion.
Just in XX || Photos from Guild Magazine
just10h, The Alto Studio, Shun Oyama Tokyo, Gigi Wang, Alicia Perrillo ||Photos provided by GFC and DCG PR
Of course our busiest day was our last day (a.k.a. travel day). We started our morning off by attending the Just In XX show at Spring Studio. The new line was called “Double Imprint” which transformed graphic art into fashion design and was influenced by contemporary artist Tsong Pu. Inspired by Pu’s use of continuous square matrices, this new line models Pu’s latest designs using digital print patterns and three-dimensional jacquards.
After lunch we attended the second GFC show at Pier 59 which featured 4 designers. The Alto Studio‘s line showcased the brand’s aesthetic signatures such as asymmetry, deconstructed tailoring, and unexpected color pairings. Shun Oyama Tokyo was a line of elegant dresses with a modern, classical style. Gigi Wang brought ancient Chinese visual language and culture to life through her latest collection. Alicia Perrillo uses luxury fabrics and handwork details as she combined contemporary silhouettes with a old-world couture.
Lastly, before we headed back to Philly, we attended the NYFW Designer POP Up VIP Party at the COVERGIRL store in Times Square. Shout out to Melissa, Co-Founder of Fashion Mingle, and Dee, Founder of DCG PR for our invites! During this party we were able to shop the 2-floor store, get a glam makeover from the makeup counter, and check out Justin Haynes’s latest collection, just10h, that was featured on models throughout the store.
And that’s a wrap!
As exhausting as NYFW was, I had a blast and already can’t wait for September Fashion Week! A huge thank you to all the PR companies and designers for the invites to their shows. I cannot express enough how amazing this experience was. (EB Consults Worldwide, HL Group, Agentry PR, Fashion Mingle, and DCG Public Relations).
Stay tuned for my NYFW F/W 2020 Part 2 blog post. This will be featuring all my outfits. You won’t want to miss it!