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Category Archives: New York Fashion Week
September in New York City can be pretty unpredictable when it comes to weather which can make getting dressed for NYFW a challenge. Sometimes we can get fall-like weather pretty quickly after Labor Day, sometimes it can be hotter in the first few weeks of September than it was all summer, and because it’s hurricane season, it can also rain tons.
What’s a fashionista to do?
I had an amazing opportunity this season to work with Go Red for Women and Macy’s to tweet live during the Red Dress Collection pre-show red carpet and during the show. My homey Ty from Gorgeous in Grey was alongside me doing a live Periscope broadcast (which you can watch here if you missed it).
Model Aria Francis at the Texture on the Runway Show
Yes, a lot of what you see on the runways at Fashion Week aren’t meant to be copied at home. So much of it is fantasy and created to give a designer’s show a more artistic feel. But there are times when what you see can be translated into the real world and out of those times there’s a very, VERY small amount that is in anyway relatable to those of us with textured hair.
If you haven’t noticed by now, the 90’s are making a quick comeback. Don’t fret, we’re not talking dark lipliner and nude lipgloss, but rather the moody brick red lip hues and maroon toned eyeshadows that once took over our beauty routines long, long ago. In the case of the LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2016 show, the designer paid homage to the classic French roll hairstyle that we were all guilty of rocking at Junior and Senior prom—c’mon don’t lie you definitely did—and paired it with a thick cat eye liner alongside a subtle golden accent and muted lips.
Thank the high heavens that New York Fashion Week is OVER. I need like a football stadium of chill after enduring the last seven days. I remember waaaay before I started my blog when I was doing the Image Consulting program at FIT, I would work NYFW backstage dressing models, wishing that I could not be under the watchful eye of my instructors who gave us a list of mostly don’ts concerning how we were to behave backstage. The more shows I did, the more things I got to see (other than a model’s boobs all in my face). One time I was working an Altuzarra show (eyeballing Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn) and word spread that Anna Wintour was on her way to preview the collection before the show. Not only did Wintour look me dead in the eyes and
ate my soulsmiled at me, but I was thisclose to ALT (Andre Leon Talley) himself. Now that I’m finally on the “other side,” every season I cover NYFW there’s always some sort of magic like that that happens and keeps me coming back. Even though it can be the most exhausting and eye-rolling-est week of your life, you keep going back for more. Because: fashion.
After years of covering New York Fashion Week, there are very few “rituals” for me. OK—well maybe that’s not true—I have yet to commit to memory where the Salon, Stage, etc. is at Lincoln Center and almost ALWAYS have to ask security…lol. Oh—and I also get super tired and overwhelmed by like midday Day 1. But my actual fave ritual during NYFW the past few years is it always culminating with covering The Blonds backstage.