My first fashion week is flying by! I still can’t believe I’m in New York City. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d like to be in such a big city. I thought it would be loud, congested, and confusing to navigate, but I’m completely enamored with the city, filled with so much to see and even more things to do and eat! We used Uber and the cheaper versions of Uber only available in NYC called “Juno” and “Via” to navigate the city, and they were complete lifesavers! I would’ve missed several of my shows if it weren’t for these services! I was invited to 7 shows on the first day; however, I only had room in my schedule to attend three shows and one presentation. A runway show is what people typically think of when they think of a fashion show – models wearing the designer’s looks walking down a runway. A presentation is more like a living museum, where the models are arranged around a room wearing the looks the audience moves around them. For clarity, while this fashion week occurred in September, designers showcased their looks for Spring/Summer 2018 (SS18), and everyone wore warm weather clothing rather than fall looks. Fashion Week happens twice a year (September and February). It includes four sets of fashion weeks worldwide, back to back, beginning with NYFW, followed by Pairs Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, and London Fashion Week!
I’m in the process of creating individual posts about each show I attended because they were amazing and so inspirational, but here is a rundown of what my first day looked like:
Noon-1 pm: Galtiscopio SS18
1-2 pm: Romeo Hune SS18 Presentation
3 pm: Vaishali S SS18 Show
6 pm: Cindy Monteiro SS18
I wish I could have attended more, but with fashion week, shows typically start 15-45 minutes late and are scattered across town, or there can be several shows running at once. There were three shows I was really excited to be invited to that, unfortunately, occurred simultaneously. Next year, I’m hoping I can organize my schedule better so that I can attend more shows. I quickly realized that I couldn’t get from one show to the next just by walking/jogging, so we started taking cars to get from points A to B, which helped tremendously. Thankfully, I had an assigned seat in one of the front two rows for every show I was invited to, so I didn’t have to wait in line and risk missing out due to the show being overcapacity. Some people waited outside for an hour only to be told they couldn’t get in due to fireside safety regulations.
I saw lots of beautiful, inspirational trends in the shows I attended. The above photos were from Cindy Monteiro’s incredible show. She showcased her line that I would describe as organic yet architectural, because she paired incredible, ornate silhouettes with leaves and natural fabrics like burlap. I’ve never been a fan of burlap until I saw what could be done with it. The music from the show made me feel like I was at an ultra-chic island resort somewhere tropical, sipping a piña colada watching the waves roll in. As you can see, she utilized negative space, elegant and expansive shoulder details that reminded me of what Daenerys would wear in Game of Thrones if she were at a resort, intricate folds, bell sleeves, and collar necklines, also reminiscent of GOT. I adored her creations, and I’m so thankful I could attend and see her models present the collection.
Other trends I saw on the first day included lots of recycled fabrics, organic, plant-based dyes, leaf motifs were featured in several collections, pastels and neutrals were huge, ornate necklines, large sleeves, and shoulder details that extend past the shoulders were major in the shows I attended. Fringe, bell sleeves, cutouts, contrasting colors, lots of different textures, and small details were a part of each collection. As for accessories, the theme I noticed across shows was that smaller statement pieces layered in dainty stacks had replaced chunky statement necklaces. In the Galtiscopio show, however, models rocked wrists stacked high with beautiful mixed metal bracelet collections. Overall, simple colors and bold cuts were very much “in,” and each piece definitely said “Look at me,” much more so than I’ve seen in years past. The clothing presented definitely helped the wearer take up and own the space around them.
I had such an incredible time, and I’m so thankful I was able to attend. In high school, I put together a fashion show of prom looks where about 60 of my classmates rocked their prom looks down a catwalk to win tickets to prom, a limo ride, and other prizes, but this was nothing like that was (mainly because I didn’t have to go through the stress of organizing it!).
I’ll be posting about more of the shows I attended and other outfits I wore soon!