NYFW AW17 – THE REST OF THE SHOWS

DAN LIU

I was surprised by the absence of florals and prints, unlike last season's show. Talented designer Dan Liu kept with warmer colors, including makeup and hair, while still maintaining a light, whimsical-like fairytale amongst his collection. I appreciate the focus on winter wear. My favorite? The half up half down look with soft ringlet curls to fit the theme. And also Mr. Liu's singing abilities. Yes, he performed live singing a beautiful melody! 

HAKAN AKKAYA

I have to say, this was was my utmost pleasant surprise of the week! Going in I wasn't at all familiar with Turkish designer, Hakan Akkaya, but be sure about this – you'll be seeing a lot more of him in the future! His entire collection was all about freedom and the art of sporty couture. He played only in black and white with tons of strappy belts, ruffles, and patent leather. I loved how several designers this season, including Akkaya, embodied their feelings on the current times. The political landscape is a vast one so it is completely refreshing to see that come through in the light of fashion. It isn't only about clothes, and this collection proved just that. (Even though I want EVERYTHING from this collection, regardless if it's for men or women!) 

LEANNE MARSHALL

What can I say about this amazing designer? Project Runway winner from Season 5, Leanne Marshall never disappoints with her ethereal collections. Effortless flow with a touch of contemporary this season, I loved the cream lace tops and skirts that mixed in beautifully with monochromatic, old world glam gowns. And I couldn't take my eyes off the earrings (Hello tassels) and the pop of red from the lips of the models! Lastly, silk has made numerous appearances in several collections. Major trend alert. Just breathtaking. Always such a gorgeous show.

ANNIESA HASIBUAN

An Indonesian-inspired D'Jakarta collection, models wore hijabs for each look, clearly demonstrating uniqueness and the freedom in expressing other forms of style & beauty. Each detail is rich in culture. I especially loved the glittering silvers and sparkling golds, the fierce, energetic music and knockout pieces such a ball gown composed of rose gold tulle made in the shape of roses paired with bronze and black, and the closing piece, an all black gown and cape stitched with Hasibuan’s signature “A” in gold. The perfect collection for any Super Woman! The show was completely filled with passion and empowerment. 

VIVIENNE TAM

Bright and eclectic, Tam's collection was inspired by the electrifying energy of Hong Kong nightlife, with bursts of neon fuschias, greens, purples and midnight blues inspired from omnipresent neon signs and grids that light the skyscrapers. Iconic signage, traffic lights, and contrasting dark tunnels are translated into neon prints, alluding to modern city life. I adored the evening bags that doubled as travel kits (how cute is the airplane one?!) Such an amazing collection for the cultural explorer! I may need a piece (or two) for my upcoming travels... ;)

MIMI PROBER

First time seeing Mimi Prober and 'Hallelujah'! The models walked down the runway as the familiar tune played in the background. What was interesting was the play on lights. Each step further led to the room becoming brighter and brighter. And with a limited play on color, only using off-white, black, grays and beige, this collection was all about sustainable luxury and growing maturity. I loved the stress on lace and crochet, but more so, the small touch of details, such as the last look with emerald and gold embellishments. Absolutely spectacular! And don't even get me started on the coats! 

THE NOLCHA SHOWS

The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week just wrapped the Fall/Winter 2017 season at Artbeam Studios, featuring 9 runway shows.  The platform for indie brands remains the go-to downtown destination for discovering fresh designs during fashion week. I attended the “Ones To Watch” show which kicked off spotlighting emerging brands including: Mariana Valentina (Arabian Architecture-inspired statement dresses), Son Collection (Vietnamese womenswear), Just In Case (men’s and women’s streetwear from Taiwan), Chèlbè (made especially for tall women 5ft11+), and Stevenson University (a collective of students debuting their take on the little black dress).  

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ShopStyle Early Spring Look

WEARING: H&M METALLIC BOMBER | FRENCH CONNECTION 3D FLORAL LACE PENCIL SKIRT | 
HALOGEN V NECK NAVY BLUE SWEATER | MEDUSA SOFI CROSSBODY BAG | 
EGO OFFICIAL VELVET BOOTS | VINTAGE BLUE NECKLACE 

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It may be President's Day (correction, more like: NOT my President's Day) and still technically winter, but temps in New York City this past weekend have sky-rocketed and we have definitely fallen into the deadly trap we all know to be called 'spring fever'. I'm definitely not complaining since it got quite cold during fashion week!

The past two seasons of NYFW I had the pleasure of attending Shop Style's amazing event, where many other bloggers/influencers get together and catch up over fun festivities like personalized accessories, illustrations, cocktails + bites, and the best part? Getting to choose a few pieces to style into your wardrobe! And since the weather's warmed up drastically I opted for transitional pieces you still can wear during the winter. I went for this oversized H&M metallic silver bomber because I'm a big fan of the oversize trend. But less is more in this case. You don't want to be wearing everything oversized... it'll give you no shape and in turn, you'll only look like you're wearing a massive potato sack of some kind. I usually go with one oversized piece in a look and style it from there. That's why this 3D floral lace pencil skirt from French Connection goes perfectly with the silver jacket. It gives me a silhouette and how pretty is the periwinkle color?! A definite favorite hue in the blue family. 

Accessories include my ultimate go-to velvet boots from Ego Official. The purple always gets me feeling extra snazzy when wearing 'em. :) The gorgeous white crossbody bag is from MeDusa. Run by two talented Israeli designers, they are bringing innovative textiles into the mix. I can tell you right now, they are going to take the fashion industry by storm! Keep an eye out for them... stay tuned for more upcoming coverage from NYFW! I did A LOT so there are two more posts coming your way. Another recap of several shows and last but not least, all my outfits and events I attended too! Catch y'all very soon! Happy Monday!

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NYFW Backstage with Aveda – Hellessy, Tibi, Public School & Tome

HELLESSY

Backstage makeup vibes at the Hellessy AW2017 show at Highline Studios in New York City, Aveda Artist, Janell Geason, used NEW Aveda Petal Essence™ Face Accents in Seychelles Sand (infused with aromatic floral notes) to illuminate and contour cheekbones in a more natural-looking way and NEW Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color in Coral Sands (with a certified organic peppermint and vanilla aroma) to give lips a warm, soft peachy color. Definitely such a fresh, dewy look!

TIBI

Aveda Artist, Frank Rizzieri, created thick, healthy and face-framing hair for the TIBI AW2017 show –inspired heavily by menswear – held at Skylight Modern in New York City. Aveda Thickening Tonic) with a pure-fume™ aroma with certified organic rosemary, geranium, cinnamon) helped expand strands from root to tip, while Damage Remedy™ Split End Repair sealed ends instantly. No matter the length, each model had full and super plush strands. (Not to mention the tonic spray is my favorite Aveda hair product! Keeps my new fringe bangs intact without the hassle!)

PUBLIC SCHOOL

Aveda Artist, Allen Ruiz, created weightless body and volume for the Public School AW2017 show held at a packed Milk Studios in New York City. Aveda Phomollient™ Styling Foam (with a pure-fume™ aroma with certified organic peppermint, ylang-ylang, bergamot) helped make the most out of what each model had already without weighing the hair down. The bigger the better. 

Male models received matte texture with a pliable hold from Aveda Artist, Allen Ruis. All-star Aveda Control Paste™ (with a pure-fume™ aroma with certified organic ylang-ylang, clove and clary sage) was worked into dry hair for a loose and piece-y high texture style. 

TOME

Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders honed in on natural hair textures to create an array of individual styles for the Tome AW2017 show – celebrating confident, strong women – held at Clarkson Square in New York City. Dry Remedy™ Daily Moisturizing Oil was used to instantly add moisture and bring hair back to life. The sleek ponytails and curly styles were then set with Air Control™ Light Hold Hair Spray featuring the Pure-Fume™ aroma with certified organic lavender, bergamot and palmarosa. And one of my favorite makeup looks from this fashion week was their simple white-lined eyeliner. Minimal yet extremely powerful. Just gorgeous!

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NYFW DAY 1 – Nicholas K, Desigual & Erin Fetherston

NICHOLAS K

Their clothes are a style often referred to as "urban nomad" and clearly, reflect the brother/sister duo's viewpoint. Last year, I took notice of their collection which included white silk parachute fabric and I've been crazy in love with their designs since. But this past week, on the first day of fashion week here in New York, I had the pleasure to attend their show! And for their new collection to be the first show on my list?! I couldn't tell you how excited I was! The show was completely hip hop 90s inspired with much attention to the political militancy of that period... hello, berets! Velvet continues to make an appearance along with metallics and lots of wraps. Layering like a ninja, on point! Overall, the show had lots of attitude and power.   

DESIGUAL

Spanish New Wave & the California rock scene resonated in their bold pieces like military jackets, animal prints, checkerboards, lots of buttons, transparent skirts, wide belts and punk-variated boots that would've been so dope to trudge through the snow in on that particular day! We got about a foot of snow in the city, and it can be too much for some people (I know a few girls who chose to skip out on the storm and stayed cozy at home) but I'm from the Midwest and I don't mind the winter at all. The floral runway was too adorable and complemented perfectly with the collection's fun and vibrant show. It definitely brightened my wet, cold snowy day! And how amazing is the eye makeup?! :) 

ERIN FETHERSTON

Fresh, feminine and all about the empowerment of women. Think Romanticism and ethereality meet soft tailoring in rich hues of burgundy, indigo, olive, and blush pink. I love the added balance of the pantsuit to the collection along with more use of textures in her dresses. It's a nice touch for the more confident woman who isn't as girly. Fringe was used in almost everything from the hairstyle in bangs to the long thin scarves and dresses. The metallic gold slides were chic and very boho. I especially loved when Erin came out with the rest of the models, joined hand in hand with nothing but smiles and applause down the runway. A lovely show. 

Photos by © Suzanne Spiegoski 

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They Don't Call It The Big Apple For Nothing

WEARING: ASSEMBLY NEW YORK STANDARD BLACK BELT COAT | 
ZAFUL LACE PANEL CUT OUT KNITTING DRESS | AE DISTRESSED DENIM | 
DRESS LILY FRUIT SHAPED ZIP AROUND CROSSBODY BAG | 
STEVE MADDEN BLACK ANKLE BOOTS 

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NYFW has taken the city by storm, literally. And I'm having way too much fun. It has by far, been the best season I've experienced, in more ways than you'll ever know and I cannot wait to share everything about it with you guys! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may already have had a little sneak peek into my New York fashion week adventures. :)

On Day 1 of fashion week, I was photographed outside the shows by WWD & Getty Images. Not a shabby start, am I right? I also attended three back-to-back shows that day which will be coming up next on the blog! Last season, I compiled all my experiences into one post, but this time around and with my blog's focal point being toward fashion + style as of late, I definitely have a TON of NYFW content coming your way. And a lot of my experiences are first-time, so I'm really excited to get it up and ready for you! 

About the look - been wearing my favorite black belt coat again by Assembly New York. The knitting dress by Zaful has a lace panel with cut-outs on the sleeves, which I styled with an old pair of AE distressed denim jeans and my latest pair of black boots by Steve Madden. But the apple to many eyes? This gorgeous fruit shaped zip around crossbody bag by Dress Lily. If you guys haven't checked Dress Lily out, you should. They really have great quality items at an affordable price. 

 

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