Feb 20, 2011
It was the last day of my first New York Fashion Week as I sat in my hotel room blogging away. I had just hit “publish” on my last post for the week and instantly felt this weird rush of energy…I still couldn’t believe that I had attended and successfully survived my first NYFW.
Since returning home a lot of my friends and family have asked me about NYFW…And I can’t help but think to myself time and time again, where do I even begin!? The past week has been an absolute blur of fashion sensory overload! Given that this was my second time in New York City and my first trip left me swearing I would never visit again, I can say that I have completely changed my mind. As a Los Angeles native, NYC can be very overwhelming as a whole. It’s a place that really never stops moving. In my opinion, it’s easy to look down and get lost without even realizing it…yet NYFW somehow captures everything beautiful that the city has to offer and creates this exciting energy within (and around) Lincoln Center and it’s runway shows, which are continually inspiring.
Now, that’s not to say that NYFW is a glamourous vacation…people with that conception are very wrong. NYFW is fast paced and overwhelming. I truly felt that Amy and I were constantly working on the go as we literally ran from shows to events to more shows. But in an odd way, that was the beauty of it-we worked together as a team. As our understanding of our partnership and strengths grew, so did the content we produced for the MyFDBlog. As stressed out as I felt the majority of the time, it was that “good” type of stress where the minute a show was over, I got to mentally process it and then write about it creatively for the MyFDBlog. Prabal Gurung’s show was life changing for me as he told a story of love and heartbreak through his latest collection…You could feel the emotion and excitement not only on the runway but in the crowd too. As a theater major, I could appreciate not only the fashion but the huge amount of thought and effort Gurung put into his collection to tell a thoughtfully and emotionally evoking story through his designs. After the show ended, I realized that fashion in its own art form can be just as moving as any other type of artistic performance…
Besides continually networking, meeting people and just spreading the word around town about MyFDB, another highlight of my NYFW experience was seeing my fashion favorites in the flesh! Being from LA, I don’t really ever get “star struck” but spotting my fashion icon Anna Dello Russo in her crazy yet fabulous ensemble at the Diesel Black Gold show as well as the stunning model Karlie Kloss at Starbucks made me giddy. And yes, even though I was at one point, literally 20 feet away from Wintour herself, I found more excitement and inspiration in spotting Dello Russo because she’s a fashionista who continually looks stunning regardless of the risks she takes…there’s a certain type of confidence and security she exudes which I can only hope to fully embody one day.
Speaking of fashion risks…this trip has also left me dying to re-vamp my wardrobe…It’s true, you think you look good and then you arrive at NYFW and are totally surprised at the amazing creativy some of these fashionistas have when it comes to putting together the chicest looking of ensembles…even in head to toe black…some of these women just looked stunning. All in all, my first time at NYFW was slightly overwhelming, adventurous, and overly inspiring. It was an amazing opportunity to wake up each morning and excitedly head to Lincoln Center to join hundreds who were just as fashion crazed and eager as I was…to know that I was in the same space as some of the industry’s biggest influencers, with a shared a love and appreciation for fashion, continues to be a daily inspiration.