What’s good my loves!? Day 1 of New York Fashion Week is DONE! AHHHH!!!
What is this now, my 6th straight season as a fashion blogger covering NYFW? Before that, I went as a starry-eyed fashion lover and (sometimes) model. Mostly I went for the free drinks at the afterparties. Those were the days.
Lucky for my waistline, I hardly ever do the parties anymore. That’s because I’m severely exhausted by the end of the day and have an early wake-up call nearly every day of the damn week. Fashion week is fun and games until you get a severe hangover and still have to attend the shows the next morning. There’s a reason why you read so any articles about editors and writers skipping out on a sweet sleep instead of partying out.
That said, I decided to go out last night to the Fohr Card NYFW launch party. Nothing bad happened because I set a hard boundary for myself: leave by 9 PM. Happened to pass the boundary by 40 minutes as I got caught up in conversations. So, two glasses of wine (or 3 short plastic half-cup fulls?) and a few fun conversations later, I was applying my night brightening mask and eye cream, in my jammies and in bed by 10PM, ready to tackle the next day.
Anyway, is it me or is the schedule looking peculiarly packed this season? I mean, it’s usually packed, but it looks especially tight. And that’s with the CFDA snubbing Queen Yeezy as he attempts to squeeze himself in on the official roster last minute, yet again. Not that he needs to be on the roster to pull the names to his show.
Let me get to my recap lest I lose you in my incoherent rants.
EXTRA EXTRA! I’m doing a LIVE stream with PocketLive.TV on Monday, February 13th as I tackle NYFW! Join my Truman Show experience. I’ll just be hanging out on camera, and you can join my party!! Tell me what lipstick to wear and which shoes I need to rock that day!
New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 1 Rundown
7:15 AM: I wake up a little earlier than my usual 8 AM today. My husband’s in California on business, and I’m juggling caring for my baby girl (Kitty) and baby boy (Pup) with the NYFW schedule. Wishing he were in NY this week so he could take the baby boy on walks.
7:40 AM: Up and about, looking out the window and checking the weather obsessively. There’s a blizzard outside. Reconsidering whether it’s a good idea to make my way downtown. From the 47th floor, the wind and snowfall looks brutal.
8:00 AM: Makeup is in full swing. I obsessively check my calendar to make sure I don’t miss anything and don’t wind up in the wrong location. This frenetic checking is my OCD portion of the day. Other notable OCD parts include: immediately after a show, immediately before a show, immediately after having a cup of coffee, in transit between venues, and other such moments.
8:30 AM: Coffee, breakfast, hair getting done. I’m thinking that me going down to Clarkson Sq. is not going to happen. I walk the dog and have a REALLY hard time navigating the enormous slush piles and little lakes that formed by the curbs.
9:00 AM: I set up the live stream and decide my best bet is seeing the show on my computer screen. Seriously, this is one of the best seats in the house guys. The NYFW live stream is my favorite!
10:00 AM: Nicholas K
Nicholas K is like my NYFW best friend. The show always opens NYFW (though I’m used to the earlier, 9 AM start) and I’m always impressed by how organized it is. The looks are always effortlessly edgy, yet maintain enough semblance for mainstream wear.
You know what I noticed season after season of covering? You can easily layer the clothes from different seasons without losing the integrity of each season’s message. How brilliant is that? In an industry that seems to be endlessly obsessed with providing utilitarian clothing, this is the freshest concept you can adopt as a brand.
Anyway, the opening look, a metallic duo, made me immediately giddy. It was a completely fresh take on 90s edginess. I wanted several of the looks straight off the runway to keep me company the rest of this fashion week. Christopher and Nicholas, the brother/sister duo behind the brand, came out at the end with their dog to top things off! So sweet!
Show Brief: THE 90S WAS A DECADE PROMISING COMMUNAL DIVERSITY AND UNITY. BEGINNING WITH THE RELEASE OF NELSON MANDELA AND CONTINUING COMMUNITY ADVOCACY OF THE GUARDIAN ANGELS, THIS DECADE WAS ALSO THE GOLDEN AGE OF HIPHOP. ARTISTS WIDE RANGING TOPICS, POLITICAL MILITANCY UNDERTONES AND EXPERIMENTALISM BECAME CELEBRATION OF DIVERSE WIDESPREAD CULTURAL ACCEPTANCE. THE LATE 90S DIGITAL WORLD BROUGHT THE PROMISE OF A GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN COMMUNITY. RECENT EVENTS SEEM TO UNRAVEL THIS PROGRESS AND IT’S NOW RELEVANT TO REVISIT THE PROMISE OF THE 90S.
12:00 PM: Seeing the doggy made me want to give Walty another go. We wound up in Bryant Park, with him jumping around the place, eating snow. Good boy, Walty.
1-3 PM: Watching more live streams at home while I work/write. It’s a normal workday for me so far. I’m kinda liking this flow. I’m also doing laundry in the background and I swiffered the floors! Go me!
4:00 PM: Tadashi Shoji
This is where I thought things would get tough for me. I’ve got Tadashi at 4:00 PM and Noon by Noon at 5 PM. Welcome to the wild, wild west, y’all! Luckily, everything runs late. And both shows were literally showing down the hall from each other. I covered Tadashi Shoji backstage last season along with Sarah McGonagall, who provided a breakdown of the makeup looks. I never got a chance to go to the show. Fun fact: covering backstage does NOT mean you’ll be watching the show. These are two different beasts.
Anyway, this season I got to see the show and didn’t do backstage. And hell yes, what a show! The playlist included Ziggy Stardust, and the liberating, pure rock’n’roll feeling gave the clothes an edgy laissez-faire attitude. It was a well-woven sultry story.
5:00 PM: Noon by Noor
I’ve never covered Noon by Noon before, so this is brand new territory for me. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I’ve seen their designs previous seasons, but I never actually looked at the clothes flow down the runway. The movement on these designs is impeccable. The textured gazar jumpsuits with a train were so effortless! I can see myself wearing them. Most of the silhouettes maintained a femininity while balancing out a more masculine structure.
6:00 PM: Heading home, heading home, doing a happy dance and heading home!! Can you tell this is one of the most exciting parts of my day? Here’s the deal, I want to spend more time at the shows and enjoy the beautiful clothes, but honestly, I have to write! Follow-through girls. It’s important! I’m not a celeb. I can’t just show up, take a seat, snap, and receive moneys. I’m here for actual coverage of the clothes and telling you about the vibes they send.
Speaking of clothing vibes, I only recently started to take into consideration what the show setup says about the clothes themselves. If you want to know how to wear and style the clothes, pay attention to the music and pace of the show.
6:0something PM: I step outside the venue, teeter down the icy sidewalk, get a pic snapped, and promptly fall on my ass. And just like that, day one is over.