Fashion Week FW19 Show Reviews

Fashion Week FW19 Show Reviews

Another Fashion Week has come and gone, and I can honestly say that the collections this year were outstanding. There was so much life and color on the runways this season, which is something that hasn’t been seen in New York for a long time. Many designers played around with the juxtaposition of traditionally male and female details and silhouettes, and brought them in rich jewel tones and bright yellows and lilacs.

I had a blast attending some of these amazing shows, and seeing videos/photos from ones I could not attend, but here are my favorite shows from Fall / Winter 2019 New York Fashion Week: Yuna Yang, Bibhu Mohapatra, Cushnie, Veronica Beard, Kate Spade, Adam Lippes, Jonathan Simkhai

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Wearing Cushnie Resort‘19 and Fall’18, Pose Inspired by  @Tezza

Wearing Cushnie Resort‘19 and Fall’18, Pose Inspired by @Tezza

Cushnie FW19 Backstage

Cushnie FW19 Backstage

Friday

I have been lucky enough the past three seasons to help backstage at the company I work for, Cushnie, so Friday was completely consumed with our show! As much as I love attending shows, working ours is always my favorite day each Fashion Week. There’s something about seeing the hard work of your team and yourself come to life, and there’s no adrenaline rush like the moments before the show!

I wrote a full post on What It’s Like To Work NYFW, because despite the flashing lights and hoards of celebrities, it’s actually not as glamorous as you’d think! (but so worth it!)

Saturday

Saturday I was up bright and early for the Yuna Yang show! The presentation was held in a beautiful bookstore in Flatiron, with a live jazz ensemble playing as the models glided down the center isle. Yang’s collection can only be described as sporty meets spring in the Hamptons, and I am here for it. Yuna Yang was one of my favorites this year, and I’m dying for her fuzzy-sweatshirt / lace skirt / hoodie look!

Photos via Fashion Week Online

Next up was the Oxford Collective Shows. These are groups of designers that show all at once as opposed to having thier own show, because these shows are extremely expensive to put on, and smaller designers have a hard time affording them. The best part about these shows is being able to find up and coming talent that hasn’t been discovered yet!

My favorite from this show was by far Ron Ramos. His equestrian / utilitarian looks were all topped off with the chicest hats, and his entire collection made my heart sing. Plus, as a fellow FIT alumnus, I’m pulling for him to get discovered and take off! Watch his full Fall/Winter 2019 collection here

Sunday

Sunday I took it a little easier and opted to just attend the Nolcha shows in the afternoon. I met up with my good friend Sophia to attend with! Sophia is an eco-friendly style blogger with an amazing talent for makeup! check out her Instagram and Website!

Photos via Just Call Me Sophia

We also met some amazing other bloggers while we were chatting between shows, and a photographer, Drew Podwal, asked to snap a group shot of us! One of my favorite parts of Fashion Week is the ability to meet other bloggers in person rather than over a screen! These girls were so sweet and I’m so glad we got the opportunity to connect!

Monday

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Monday I had class in the morning (the joys of being a student!) but I played hooky from my second class and headed over to Spring Studios to attend the Bibhu Mohapatra show! This collection was by far y favorite of any I attended this NYFW. The intricate laces, vivid colors, and delicate florals had me swooning the entire show, and there were several gowns fit for a modern day Marie Antoinette. My kind of collection!

And that’s Fashion week wrapped! Check back Saturday for my full show reviews with shoppable trends! Or subscribe to the newsletter to have posts delivered straight to your inbox!

xoxo,

Audra

What It's Like Working New York Fashion Week

CUSHNIE FW19 Backstage

CUSHNIE FW19 Backstage

One of the questions I get asked most often is what it’s like to work New York Fashion Week. While as a fashion blogger, and am lucky enough to attend some smaller shows, my primary job is working in luxury women’s fashion, currently for the brand Cushnie, and so the bulk of my ‘fashion week’ is dominated by getting ready for, and working our show the day-of!

Spring Studios Rooftop Party after SS19 runway

Spring Studios Rooftop Party after SS19 runway

This is my third season working the Cushnie show, and I have worked several other designer shows in my four years as a student at FIT, so as my father would say, ‘it ain’t my first rodeo’.

So from a relative Fashion Week veteran, here’s what it’s like to work the shows: 

CUSHNIE SS19 Runway

CUSHNIE SS19 Runway

You prep WEEKS before | Even a month out from the show, the PR team is already casting models, and finalizing celebrity guest lists and creative concepts. The design team is still recieving and rejecting samples, and curating what from the collection will end up walking the runway. The fun part about being at such a small company is that even though I work on a different team, I’m often pulled to help with PR, design, or any department that needs an extra hand that day! 

It’s a lot of late nights | Especially the 2-3 nights before the show, samples need to be altered or fixed, and everyone is rushing to finish everything before the show! Last spring, I spent two nights re-beading two samples that had to be completely altered. It was tedious work, but watching those two pieces go down the runway was so worth it

CUSHNIE SS19

CUSHNIE SS19

CUSHNIE SS19

CUSHNIE SS19

You’re on your feet ALL day |  The day of, you’re up early and on your feet from dawn till dusk (and often in heels). You’re running to find a table for camera crews to set up, trying to find a missing accessory that was supposed to be in Look 12, or even just standing and waiting for the next order to be given. Either wear flats or pop some Advil. 

You also probably won’t eat all day | I’ve learned the hard way to eat a BIG breakfast and carry snacks! You run on adrenaline all day, so if you aren’t careful and set phone-reminders to eat, you’ll look up and suddenly it’s 9pm and you’ve had nothing that day but coffee, water, and champagne.

CUSHNIE FW18 Backstage

CUSHNIE FW18 Backstage

The hour before the show is madness |  There’s always one model who shows up obscenely late, something that goes missing, some celebrity who refuses to enter through a main entrance, you never know! The hour before is always running around trying to put out seven fires at once!

The seconds before the show are gut wrenching |  The lights start dimming, the music starts playing, and your team’s months of hard work culminate in this 8 - 12 minutes. Anything that’s gone wrong, you now have to drop and hope that it’ll all be ok.

CUSHNIE SS19

CUSHNIE SS19

When you watch it walk, it’s magic | Whether you’re backstage watching the monitor, or sneaking into the press booth for the best seat in the house, there is nothing like those magical few minutes when you forget all the late nights, all the flaws, and you see it come to life under the runway lights. You see Vogue editors, bloggers, and celebrities ooo and ahh at something you helped create, and that feeling will push you through to the next fashion week!

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 And of course a huge thank you to my amazing CUSHNIE fam for working hard, creating something truly beautiful, and being some of the best people I’ve ever worked with!

xoxo,

Audra

What its like to work New York Fashion Week, NYFW

How To Plan Outfits For NYFW

How To Plan Outfits For NYFW

One of the best parts of Fashion Week is checking out all the amazing streetstyle around the city! It’s a full week where everyone brings out thier best, and you can pull inspiration from each persons unique style. If you plan on attending NYFW this season, here are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t pull a major fashion faux pas:

Research Trends

While I highly encourage personal flair, it might be helpful to research some current trends and plan outfits around those, just to provide some general guidelines. For example, last season some of mine were menswear inspired, monochrome, and playing with proportions. From there, you can build outfits that show your own personal style!

Some good places to research new trends are articles like these from Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Cut, and WhoWhatWear.

Check The Weather

Standing in a pile of snow in stilettos and a tank top is never fashionable, or fun! Neither is getting caught in a downpour with no umbrella. Dress for the season and check the forecast before you go!

February - It’s COLD and often snowing. This is the week to break out the fashionable coats and your favorite boots or booties, and play around with dressing in layers! See if you can rent or borrow some statement coats so you’re not braking the bank!

September - You have a whole lot more room to play around during this week. The weather is usually pretty nice, but prone to the occasional random downpour. Plan on having a more medium-sized bag that can fit a small umbrella just in case! Also be sure to add some layering pieces so you can adjust in case it’s a little warmer or cooler that day!

Keep It Practical

In New York, you will be outside and waking A LOT. You can definitely still bring the style game, but don’t be in pain for the sake of the look. If you want to do heels, make it a block heel that’s not crazy high. Believe me, it’s way more enjoyable, and you’ll look so much better if you make sure the look isn’t insanely uncomfortable. (to stay in for 8+ hours)

How to plan outfits for NYFW

Make It YOU

Make sure your own personal style comes through in your look. The best part of Fashion Week is seeing everyone’s completely different styles, so don’t be the 100th girl wearing a Baker boy cap, thigh-high boots and a Gucci logo belt (circa the last two fashion weeks)

If you have an idea for an outfit and you’re unsure if it’s ‘too weird’ or ‘not cool’, WEAR IT. That’s how trends are started and that’s who streetstyle photographers are going to want to snap! The more unique and personal your style is, the better!

Borrow, Don’t Buy

Putting all these outfits together can cost a pretty penny if you purchase everything you’re wearing. Instead, borrow the clothes! Here are two fairly easy ways to do that

Rent The Runway - Especially if you’re first starting out, Rent The Runway is an amazing tool to borrow designer pieces for Fashion Week! They have an Unlimited plan (Which you can totally use for just this one month, although it’s addicting) Plus, they have a showroom in NYC where you can go swap out pieces if you want to!

Brand Contacts - If you have a relationship with a particular brand or PR rep, you can always reach out and ask to borrow clothing for fashion week! Most brands love doing this, since they know it will be highly photographed, both on your feed and by streetstyle photogs. Even if you don’t have an existing relationship, there’s never a better time than now to start one!

You can get a free pitching template on this blog post which easily adapts for this!

Take Photos / Lay Them Together

Once you’ve finalized each outfit, snap some photos on your phone of each one, and if you’re traveling, lay out everything in groups together at your hotel so you can easily grab a pile and throw it on! There’s nothing worse than running late for a show, and not being able to find those little things like tights or earrings, then running around like a madwoman to find them!

If you still need help with those pitch emails to get you invites, check out my post on How To Get Invited To NYFW with a free email template!

xoxo,

Audra

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How To Get Invited To New York Fashion Week As An Influencer

How To Get Invited To New York Fashion Week As An Influencer Blogger

As the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future.this is known as Fashion Week”

Fashion week is one of the best times of the year in New York, from the shows, to just seeing the streetsyle all over the city! And the good news for smaller bloggers is that it’s entirely possible to attend shows now, with the rise of the Microinfluencer! But that being said, PR Managers who create those invite lists are BUSY people, and you have to pitch yourself just right to snag that invite!

Keep reading below for my step-by-step system that’s gotten me into some amazing shows in the past few years, even as a blogger with under 10K!

6 Weeks Out - Research The Shows + Schedule

Depending on that days you plan on attending, check out calendars like the CFDA Fashion Calendar to see which shows are going on those days. Keep in mind that not all of the shows will be listed on this, and they’re usually big designers, so also check out apps like GPS Radar for smaller designers (who still have great shows!).

Make a list of the one’s you are able to attend (I recommend starting a spreadsheet, it will come in handy later!) and jot down what time each show is and location if that’s available.

5 Weeks Out - Curate Your Contacts

Take that spreadsheet you made earlier and dig up the PR contact of the brand either by going on Modem, (They list contacts each year, since brands will often use an agency or production company for fashion week) or by digging up the PR Manager for the brand itself. They will often forward your email to thier agency if they’re not handling it in-house, but always best to go straight to the source if you can!

If you’re having trouble finding a contact, look up past press releases from the brand, and at the bottom there will usually be an email for a PR person, or at the very least, you now know how thier emails are structured and can plug a PR-persons name it if you’ve found them separately.

For example: If you’ve found out that the PR rep at Kate Spade is named Sally Jones, and you’ve found an email for someone else at the company name Bob Smith structured Bob.Smith@KateSpade.com, you can pretty easily assume that Sally Jones’ email follows the same format.

How To Get Invited To New York Fashion Week As An Influencer Blogger

4 Weeks Out - Plan Your Outfits

Once you know roughly the number of shows and days you plan on attending, you can start prepping outfits. If you’re attending in February, I highly recommend going with a warm coat and more practical footwear. (Yes, it’s Fashion Week, but you’ll be walking a ton, and standing outside in lines usually for up to an hour, and NYC gets COLD) If you’re attending in September, you have a lot more freedom, since the weather is nicer, but I’d still leave the stilettos at home.

One great resource is using something like Rent The Runway Unlimited, where you can select some designer pieces to wear a head of time, I’ve used this quite a bit, especially to grab some stylish coats in the winter!

Or, if you have relationships with certain brands or boutiques, you could always reach out and ask to borrow pieces for the week! This usually takes a prior relationship, but you can always start one!

2-3 Weeks Out - Request Invites

About 2-3 weeks out is a good time to start sending emails to PR contacts asking for invites. Make sure yours is unique to each brand, short enough that a PR manager will actually read it. Here are a few good tips for a pitch email:

DO:

  • Make it snappy - 2-3 short paragraphs maximum

  • Give a quick bio - elevator pitch on who you are. 2 sentences max

  • Give stats - Make sure to include all your blog and social media numbers

  • Give links - directly link all websites and social media. Make it as easy as possible for them

  • Make it personal - look up a recent press release, launch, or anything recent about the brand and include 1 sentence mentioning you liked it. It makes the email much more genuine and shows you did your homework

  • Include past coverage - If you’ve written about NYFW before, even if it’s only covering shows you watched online, include a link to it! It shows your writing skills and knowledge of the fashion industry.

DON’T:

  • Tell them it’s your ‘dream’ - make the email about what you can do for them, not that it’s your lifelong dream

  • Make it too long, or give unnecessary information. PR Managers read thousands of these, so it should be unique but too the point

  • Send the same email to everyone - PR managers can spot a blanket-email within seconds. Make sure you personalize the email to the brand

1 Week Out - Follow Up

If you haven’t heard back from them about 7-9 days before the show, send a short follow up email. Just 2 sentences saying you’d love to attend and are excited to hear back.

2-3 Days Out - Finalize Schedule

You should have heard back by now, and be able to finalize your schedule, outfits, and travel for the shows. Keep in mind that NYC traffic is insane during the week, and sometimes the subway, while not as glamorous, might be faster, and these shows will not wait to start!

Then get ready for an incredibly fun, whirlwind of a week! See you there babes!

xoxo,

Audra

How To Get Invited To NYFW as an Influencer Blogger

NYFW SS19 Part 2

NYFW has come to a close! Scroll to read what I did the last few days, and more reviews of my favorite shows!

SUNDAY

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Sunday was sadly a cold and rainy day (weather is always terrible during NYFW!) and I had to swap my cute spring dress for a more temperature-appropriate look.

I opted for my new favorite plaid Vero Moda pants, with a mustard-yellow short sleeve sweater to brighten things up a bit! Of course, I’m obsessed with the fanny pack trend, so I brought my snakeskin one out again for the day!

To top things off, I went with a crown-braid (because braids are the best rainy-day hairdo!) and paired the outfit with a burgundy statement earring! (You will definitely be seeing mustard and burgundy as a huge color-combo this fall!)

I wore this look to the Nonie SS19 show, and the collection was phenomenal! Tons of sheer-organza pieces, neutral colors with pops of vivid red, and a stunning satin red-pink colorblocked dress that I swooned over!

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I did a quick change for the Ruby Fang show in the evening, and opted for a Drake’s silk button down, a pleated yellow midi skirt, and added a black neck-bow!

Ruby Fang’s collection focused on jewel-tones, specifically bright red, rich purple, and vivid blue. There was also a ton of ostrich feathers on her runway, which I’ve been seeing a lot of! (hint: upcoming trend!)

I also met one of my favorite influencers, Caroline Vazzana! She was so sweet in person, and I’m so excited to read her new book, Making it in Manhattan!

MONDAY

I was supposed to attend the CAAFD showcases on Monday, but I pulled a muscle in my back and spent the day in bed! That’s what happens when you run around like crazy for a week straight!!

SHOWS

Tibi

Tibi’s SS19 collection was sleek, tailored, gender-neutral, and delivered fresh colors without being overwhelming. There was a lot of playing with proportions, and the over sized trend is still ringing through with this collection.

Key Callouts: Gender-neutral suiting, oversized fit, leather garments, muted citron, clementine, and pairings of light blue with navy.

Get The Look:

Carolina Herrera

For Wes Gordon’s first collection for CH, he kept the vibrant and playful air alive, but scewed it a bit younger than past collections. He started strong with a plaid pantsuit, which we’ve seen on practically every runway all week, but took a turn and went a bit western, with eyelets and embroidery. He balanced the boho-cowboy chic with a bit of quirky-schoolgirl vibes, and while those two styles don’t appear to co-exist well, Gordon made them marry flawlessly!

Key Callouts: Plaid suiting, bright yellow, dark florals, contrast piping,

Get The Look:

Veronica Beard

Veronica Beard kept the 80’s wave going that they’ve been riding for a few seasons, but this time toned it down for the cool, sultry 80’s baby. There were, of course, tons of metallics, vivid colors, 80’s plaids, and sequins, but they also toned it down with some dark earthy florals and understated stripes. I am ALL ABOUT what’s going on in this new collection.

Key Callouts: Large gingham, plaid, metallics, sequins, neon colors, dark florals

Get The Look:

Alice + Olivia

The Alice + Olivia collection was a Wonderland of colors, prints, and textures, and in true A+O fashion, designer Stacey Bendet brought out the quirky, whimsical, fantasy pieces that her girls crave. Important colors were pale blue, bold red, and citron yellow, as well as handkerchief prints, and bold florals.

Key Callouts: handkerchief print, pale blue, bold red, and citron yellow

Get The Look:

xoxo,

Audra

NYFW SS19 Part 1

NYFW SS19 Part 1

It's been a wild few days! Between both working and attending NYFW shows, seeing tons of my blogger friends, and battling the ever-unpredictable NYC weather, I'm both exhausted and exhilarated! (and we're only halfway done!)

The first part of my recap will be what I've been up to, what I wore, etc! If you want to read about some of the shows, new trends, and shop the new trends now, scroll down to the second half of this post!

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Top Trends From NYFW '18

Top Trends From NYFW '18

NYFW is my favorite two weeks of the year, and (by no coincidence, I'm sure) Fashion Week in February always falls during my birthday! This year, I had the pleasure of attending multiple shows, as well as working the show for the designer I intern for, Cushnie et Ochs. All the shows were phenomenal, and there were several key colors, silhouettes, and details that were present throughout MANY collections. Even if these were Fall/Winter collections, these trends can definitely be worn in Spring and Summer! I pulled out some of the best ones, gave a little runway inspiration, and then curated some great pieces so you can add these trends to your wardrobe! (and at a MUCH lower price than the designer budget!)

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New York Fashion Week Recap Part 2

New York Fashion Week Recap Part 2

And that's a wrap! NYFW closed yesterday, and everyone is speedily jetting off to London for the next week of shows, but I still have Part 2 of the NY shows to share! On Tuesday, I put up Part 1, with some amazing designers, and here's the second half!

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New York Fashion Week Recap Part 1

New York Fashion Week Recap Part 1

It's that time of the year again. When people flood the world's fashion capitals for some of the largest names in fashion to show their collections. There are hundreds of shows, but I'll be covering a handful of my favorites throughout the season. 

We kick off in my neighborhood, New York, and after that move to London, Milan, and Paris. Get ready, because there's about to be a flood of high fashion coming at you in the next month! 

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