If you’re lucky, perhaps there is something in life that moves you. Just within my circle of acquaintances, there are travel junkies, foodies, film snobs, and sport super fans. These things can make you happy, or they can make you sad, but they move you to a point of emotion that makes you care about them just a little bit more than other aspects of your life.
As someone who feels strongly about dressing and style, New York City has been a mini Mecca of mine for quite some time. To be near the pulse of artistry, creativity, and retail for the industry that moves me has been such an amazing experience, so I hope you enjoy this first timer’s experience.
For years, I’ve rambled incessantly about how all I wanted to do was to go to New York during fashion week, stand outside the tents, and breathe in the beauty/madness that is the fashion royalty scurrying between shows. This year, the stars aligned and I got my chance. I could not have been more excited to sweat outside the shows in some of the most humid weather I’ve ever experienced, and take in the surreal scene outside Lincoln Center.
From what I’ve heard, fashion week has turned into a street fashion circus over the years, so I was mentally prepared, but still in awe, of the scene outside Lincoln Center. Many were there to people-watch, many were there to photo document the celebrities and outfits, and many were there just to be…well…photographed.
This young man dressed up in this avant garde look just to be photographed by the many street style photographers who milled around Lincoln Center. All he did was stand there, just like this (he moved to a few new locations every now and then), and wait for his photo to be taken.
And it worked. A bit gimmicky, no? Is this art? A reach at celebrity? I’m still not sure.
A personal favorite of mine, Miroslava Duma, as she swiftly left the DVF show.
I loved catching the moment between photographer and subject. I found the photographers just as fascinating as the fashion peacocks.
The weather finally cooled down for the last week I was there, so I happily threw on my blazers.
For sight seeing
Outfit details – J.Crew Crewcuts blazer :: J.Crew shirt :: 7 for all Mankind jeans :: Saks Fifth Avenue pocket square :: Ann Taylor belt :: Valentino handbag :: Miu Miu shoes :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/0) :: pearl bracelet
Afternoon at MoMA (I’m a Rothko fan, can you tell?)
And a little later for an evening with new designer Patricia Chang:
Annabelle, me, Patricia, Wendy
Cute robot theme for the Spring collection
Outfit details – Zara blazer :: Ann Taylor shirt :: Paige jeans :: Ann Taylor belt :: Valentino handbag :: Miu Miu shoes :: Kate Spade watch
My very first day in New York was spent at LuckyFABB where I ran into so many people I have only seen or chatted with via blogs, Twitter, or email. Putting faces to blogs was so much fun! Special thank you’s to Alana and Amy who were very nice to let me tag along most of the day.
:: photo thanks to Alana ::
Outfit details :: Banana Republic shirt :: J.Crew Crewcuts blazer :: Saks Fifth Avenue pocket square :: Banana Republic Factory shorts :: Ann Taylor belt :: Valentino handbag :: Miu Miu shoes :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/0) :: pearl bracelet
I also fell in absolute love with the architecture around the city. I love art deco, so the opulence of design had my eyes dancing all over the place. My favorite building by far was the Chrysler Building. So much so, that I spent my last two days trying to track down the cheesiest of tourist souvenirs…a mini Chrysler Building figurine. Turns out, there are tiny Empire State Buildings everywhere, but no good Chrysler Buildings…what gives tourist-trinket industry?
I have a little bit of a crush on the Chrysler Building
love the zara jacket on you. the only reason i haven’t gotten it is because I have too many navy jackets, I was hoping for a different color after you said it fits perfectly.
I felt that way about the last red/blue version of the blazer, although this blue one runs way smaller! Hopefully there are more colors soon, like, maybe a burgundy. Or black would be pretty awesome.
it looks like a once in a lifetime experience, kelly! nyfw is one of my goals too – maybe i’ll find some poor med student in nyc to crash with next year, eh? hahaha. i appreciate that you channeled your true tomboy style amongst all the over-the-top craziness that is FW style and enjoyed a cultural overdose in the city while looking great and meeting with fellow bloggers! how exciting. i like that photo of you talking with your hands
That’s what we did! We crashed with a friend who now lives/works in NY and it seriously saves you so much money b/c NY hotels are really expensive, especially during fashion week. You’d love hanging out near the fashion shows. So many fun outfits!
That studded blazer is AWE-SOME! Thanks for sharing your pics and experiences at NYFW – living vicariously through you :) Am pinning Miroslava’s dress for DIY inspiration.
I’m sure you can find a better photo of Miroslava in that dress on a street style blog. She flew past me, but I think she stopped for some full-body shots at some point for other photographers. =)
sounds like you had a great time there! I love NY. I miss NY. :) Thanks for sharing the experience!
Thanks for sharing your experience. New York is such a fine place. Love your outfits and the photos are awesome!
Glad you’re first trip to NYC was a success, except for the humidity though :(. Welcome to the East Coast, you Cali girl :). It must have been awesome to feel the energy in the air. Did you get photographed by anyone?? Maybe you did and didn’t even know it! I’ll have to help you track down a Chrysler Building for you! Loving the art deco and gargoyles!
Thanks Lisa! I got photographed by a few people but I can’t imagine I’d make the cut on any street style blogs because I was an absolute mess from all the heat and running around. I’m kinda hoping I don’t get posted anywhere because I fear what I may have looked like. =P
Yes! If you see any good Chrysler Building figurines, let me know where you saw them and I’ll try to stop in if I’m ever in town again (which I suspect I will now that I’ve had a little taste of that wonderful city…hehe).
I’m sure you looked great! If I see you anywhere on blogs, I’ll let you know ;). And I’ll be on the lookout for Chrysler Bldgs (tho I’m not in NY either but read a lot of NY blogs :P)
Thank you for sharing your pictures and experience with us. I hope I can visit NYC one day. But for now I will live vicariously through you. Love the studded blazer on you. I can’t wait for Zara to open here.
Ditto about Zara! Open, open, open. =)
Your open open open is making think lady in the Mervyns commercial who looking into the store waiting for it open.
The humidity you referred to was extreme even by New York standards. It’s extremely unusual — so be sure and come back!
That’s good to hear! My hair and makeup were struggling for a few days!
You are too cute; even in wording this event with the fashion peacocks. Love your outfits and poses with designer Patricia Chang. Your hands manage the universal language well; body language is far stronger conveying a message than words ever can. Great posting about this Mercedes Benz Fashion week in NYC!
Hugs to you,
Thank you Mariette! Hope you are well!
Aww loved the pics Kelly! Thanks for sharing! Wow I didn’t realize there was a wikiFashion…that’s awesome!
Thanks Karen! I love wikiFashion! I do wish it was more extensive.
The robot theme is so cute! I love those shoes so much with that purse…pretty sure I have said that before!
Glad you enjoyed New York…it sounds like you really cherished the time spent there. Are you considering relocating there?
Glad you like the bag/shoe combo because they were definitely on repeat for two weeks straight! I had always kinda thought about how cool it would be to live in NYC, but after this trip I could definitely see myself there for a few years if the opportunity arose. I really like that whatever you want to do, it’s in NY. That’s my one gripe with San Diego…I’m always traveling to LA because the things I want to do are just not here. In NYC, that’s multiplied by 100!
Absolutely loved meeting you during NYFW! Hope we can see each other in February for the FW collection : )
It was so great meeting you! Hope you had fun with your boys! Already counting my pennies for February. =)
What size is that crewcut blazes? Thanks
It’s size 8. I liked the shrunken fit.
It looks great on you. !
Glad you enjoyed your trip! The humidity was weird…so glad it’s gone!
Great travel diary – looks like you had an amazing time in New York!
Wow what an experience! That was like sensory overload!!! :)
So funny that you met Alana and Amy at LuckyFABB too. They were my ‘line’ friends as we were few of the first people on line to get in that morning.
Wish I was able to say hi to you.
Btw, I’m ‘twitt3rbug’ on Twitter.
I tweeted you during Fashion week. :) Hope you enjoyed the rest of your adventure around New York :)
Aww…bummer our paths didn’t cross at LuckyFABB! I would have loved to meet you!