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New York Fashion Week: The Shows Part 1

Have you read about all the outfits I wore at New York Fashion Week, read that here. Now I’m going to dive into the week of shows itself. My first shows of the week were the Style Fashion Week runway shows at the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum. It was a treat going into the Intrepid at night without the massive crowd that usually surrounds the tourist attraction. I had never been inside at night and that was a experience within itself let alone the fashion shows. Style Fashion Week hosts an array of shows, performances and showcases brands both on and off the runway during the week. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to all the shows due to work and conflicting fashion show time slots but I expected an endless array of new fashions. I got to attend the evening shows of day one which included designers Gregorio Sanchez, Peyman Umay, Meriem Belkhayat.

Gregorio Sanchez

Sanchez is a Mexican designer known for his colorful fashions. His Spring 2018 collection was no different with with colorful embroidery, patches, prints and accessories. The colorful applications were set against neutral and calmer colors such as navy and white.The silhouettes were clean and crisp allowing the bold patches and embroidery  to shine. The bold and bright colors make you want to throw on these clothes on a rainy day to brighten the mood. By far my favorite pieces were the high wasted pants and ethereal emerald and navy sheer dresses. If styled not so editorial (for everyday wear)many of the pieces would be great for the office. Although the dresses in the collection deserve a night out on the town.

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Peyman Umay

Peyman Umay is a Turkey native who fell in love with fashion while studying civil engineering in his native country. He transitioned into fashion which brought him to NYC and by 2009 he created his brand. Peyman originally only catered to bespoke tailoring for men. His aesthetic of American comfort and European design had women asking for their own designs in no time. By 2013 he launched a Women’s made-to- measure bespoke line. The Peyman Umay show was a bold collection of tailored suits for both men and women. Blacks, reds, oranges and whites mixed well with the collection’s graphic prints. A men’s  blazer with a newspaper type print and a women’s button down blouse with a comic book print were some of the interesting ones. A trend you must be brave enough to wear… the pant/short  that accompanied the crisp black and white tailored double breasted blazer. I would definitely wear some of the blazers and suits. You can’t go wrong with great tailoring, as for some of the colors I might not be so brave.

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Meriem Belkhayat

The Meriem Belkhayat runway show was Kaftan heaven. The show transported watchers to her native Morocco with muted hues of pinks, blues and flowing fabrics. Known as a master in making Kaftans, Meriem has dressed many Moroccan and Arab celebrities as well as royalty. A mix of fabrics such as velvets and lace created a collection that was both glamorous yet wearable. Sheer panels and capes added a daring punch to the floor length designs. My favorite pieces included her to the floor length black caftans that were embroidered with bright red, orange and blue floral embroidery or applications. The traditional Kaftan was modernized through the use of colors, feminine bombers, bold shoulders and a single earring as jewelry. It’s safe to say I’d wear 99% of Meriem Belkhayt’s current collection.

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P.S. : An honorable mention goes to Malan Breton who showcased a gorgeous collection of dresses in sheer and metallic fabrics. By far my favorite pieces were the floral and military inspired trenches for women (that would fit well in my dramatic coat collection). While the menswear showcased Asian, military and sportswear inspired looks. I wish I could have been there for this show!

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I’ll have another round up of shows and events soon. What was your favorite design or designer that I wrote about in this post? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

*Although I was invited and attended the shows, pictures showcased here are courtesy of Albert Evangelista, Liza Rosales and the Style Fashion Week media and press release.*

 

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New York Fashion Week Sept 2017: My Outfits

New York Fashion Week is over! Sad to see you go but more than ready to get back to my normal daily routine. Ask any blogger, editor, photographer or industry person that attends fashion week and they will tell you it feels like a month of craziness rather than a week. That being said I have a huge pile of laundry to do and things are a mess! Now that I’m getting back to the usual swing of things I want to recap my time during New York Fashion Week. Here are the outfits I wore during the week. I will also have a rundown of events and fashion shows up soon.

DAY 1

Day one I mixed my love of vintage pieces with modern accessories. The coat is a vintage piece that was handed down to me from a family member who no longer wanted it. I knew when I wore it, it would be a hit. The coat has a semi-weight to it perfect for transitioning into seasons. I left it open when I was in between shows, but buttoned it for warmth at night. The inside is fully lined in a green lining, while the sleeves are embroidered with roses. The overall coat has pin strips for a classic feel. The dress is also a vintage dress handed down to me by a family member. Its a very light material with no lining perfect for summer. The shoes came from Payless Shoesource  and the purse is from Target. I topped the look off with shades from Target.

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Day 2

Day two for me was Sunday, I could have gone to a few shows on Saturday but I was too tired! I knew that day would feel more like fall,  so I thought it was time to break out another awesome coat. The camel wrap coat is from Boohoo and was given to me by a close friend, Lillie Morales of the blog  JerseyFashionista. Don’t you love it when you and your friends have similar taste! The coat is very light but the large collar and the ability to wrap the coat around you feels like you’re wearing a large blanket. The boho style top came from Boscovs while the baby blue pant was another piece given to me by a family member that I believe came from Target. The grey kitten heel pumps came from Primark and the purse is from Wilsons Leather. Courtesy of my mothers closet, because that was the best purse for the look. My mother and I have almost exactly the same style as well.

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Day 3

Day three I was tired of wearing heels and so it was a day for cute flats. I decided to feel super NYC and go mainly black. The dress is from Boscovs and has a high low hem. A great everyday dress I’ve worn to work as well. I continued the great coats trend with a firey red bomber with honeycomb mesh detail and a gold zipper. This gem perfect for events like fashion week was found locally at Glitterbuzzstyle Boutique. This trendy boutique is own by fellow blogger Chastity Palmer. The ballet style flats came from I.N.C at Macy’s while the bag is London Fog. Simple hoops completed my comfy yet chic look.

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Day 4

Day four I wore some unique finds that were both vintage and modern.  The green dress is a knit dress from the brand Torn by designer Ronny Kobo. originally almost $200 I found it at a pop up sample sale in Chelsea Market a few years back for way cheaper. The dress is intricately knit with an attached knit lining. It is a piece of art to say the least. The pin striped coat is a vintage piece given to me by a family member. It came with a matching dress that I wear separately. The look was finished with a purse from Target and block heels from  Payless. I added gold jewelry for sparkle.

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Day 5

Day five I was ready for heels again and wanted more of a rock and roll look. My dress is a vintage piece given to me by a family member and has a snake skin print and A-symmetrical hemline. Its a very light dress with a lace up corset back. The faux leather jacket is from Burlington and the booties are from Rock and Republic found at Khols. I finished the look with a lace and bow chocker from Glitterbuzzstyle  and wide brimmed hat from Target. I felt the London Fog purse went perfect for this outfit as well.

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Day 6

Day six I wanted to feel comfortable yet chic so I mixed a bit of athlesuire with my outfit. The snake skin print wrap dress is from Express and is a great office piece as well. The sneakers are from Keds which if you don’t know about them, you should! I threw on my jacket and purse and was ready to go.

 

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Fashion trends come and go, but true style is instinctual and eternal. You don’t need the latest and most expensive pieces to feel confident in what you are wearing. As you can tell here and on Instagram I love mixing high and low as well was vintage and modern pieces. Find whatever is your style and express yourself through the art of fashion!

Next post will be about Fashion Week itself. Let me know what your style is! T.S.

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New York Fashion Week SS17 Round up 2

Exhausted is the word I would use to describe myself at the end of fashion week. Exhausted but satisfied and grateful for the amazingly wild week. I’ve met so many great people working in fashion and other creative industries. Here is my continuation of NYFW.

Sept 11: J. Loren Presentation

The collection “Her” was inspired the idea of women unleashing their inner Amazon goddess. J.Loren designs for the woman who is powerful and knows who she is. Particularly geared towards woman who celebrates femininity and knows how to enjoy nightlife just as much as a casual dinner. The NY brand was created in 2010 by Harriette Thomas and Jason Scott.  With self taught sewing skills, education and experience in the industry the designers were able to build a brand that has been worn by Taraji P. Henson. Trends were animal prints, neutral and classic colors, bare shoulders feathers details.

Pic Credits: Clement Holder


Sept 12: Steve Boi presentation.

This collection was inspired by the designers days in the Boy Scouts and his southern upbringing. The prints resembled tree bark and the color scheme was neutral greens, burnt oranges and  beige. The presentation was held in The Foley Gallery downtown on Orchard Street.

 

Sept 13: Storm Dorris Show

The fairytale Cinderella is what came to mind while watching this collection. Purples, pinks, tulle, lace and beading were the highlights of the show. The designers aesthetic of “ethereal glamour” came through via the fashion show. Originally hailing from Georgia the designers NYFW début showcased his spring/summer 17 collection. Introduced to fashion by his late grandmother a seamstress, he carries on the love of the art. His ethereal collection was inspired by his travels to Cambridge England, castles and flowers.  His admiration of Christian Dior and the original courtiers shine through in his detailed couture. The complementary nail salon and café was a great stop to relax before or after the show.

Sept 14: Latinista Fashion Week

Latina Magazine’s Ebby Antigua and creator of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted Conversations with Ebby Antigua. During this roundtable of influencers and fashion professional’s we discussed the stereotypes we still face and how the media and the fashion industry could improve in reaching the Latina market. We love to buy expensive brands, but we know best how to mix it with a lower priced but equally fabulous pieces. Our connection to the urban market gives us the knowledge in making a lower priced item look just as expensive as higher priced items. Fashion no matter the price point styled correctly can make you look great. It’s a matter of personal style and choosing pieces that fit your esthetic and body type.

What the fashion industry and media need to improve on is showing Latinas the way we see ourselves not the way other cultures see us. We love our natural curves, but we continue to try shift the focus on how the world sees us. We also appreciate the Latina’s like Sofia Vergara and J.LO who represent us in the media. They have not only shown that we are mothers or daughters but strong woman with complexities. We want the same experiences in life and in fashion as other women. All women want to feel good in what we wear, apply great products to our face and bodies and buy great quality accessories.

In correlation with September being National Hispanic Month and Fashion Week Latinista held their fifth annual fashion show featuring Latino designers. Creative Fashion Director of Latina Magazine and Ebsession Ebby Antigua and Founder of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted the event. Both Designers César Galindo and Henry Picado of Estes & Chlo showcased their  individual Spring/ Summer 2017 collections.

César Galindo showcased a presentation featuring beautiful colorful, floral printed and sequined dresses. Below the knee and maxi length dresses draped the stage. Pleated details, multi-patterned prints and this season off the shoulder trend was in full affect.

The Texan designer’s 22 year career began designing for the Miami City Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. His move New York City in the mid 80’s allowed him to gain experience in a showroom and launch his own line consisting of his signature collection. The collection introduced his aesthetic for feminine social and evening dresses. Soon after his introduction the collection was placed in Henri Bendel.  He continued designing for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein Collection and L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani. His second namesake line CZAR by César Galindo geared towards a younger customer launched in 2011 on the Neiman Marcus website Cusp. His collections have been on the cover Elle Magazine and worn by celebrities like Madonna. His collection has been sold domestically and internationally.

 

Henry Picado of Este & Chlo featured a collection of his signature beaded gowns and cocktail dresses. The Costa Rican designer was educated at FIT and after graduating  designed collections at Bob Mackie. He then became senior director at Aidan Mattox and design director at JS Group International. While working at Aidan Mattox his clothes were worn on the TV show Gossip Girl and Dancing with the Stars. His designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez and Tyra Banks. His week was full as he also presented at Couture Fashion Week.

That concludes NYFW ss17 for me. I look forward to February and bringing you more info on great designers.

T.S.