Some things are tourist attractions for a reason. Like the Empire State Building. I had no idea what I was in for. All the movies, all the hype about the romantic-ness of this particular spot made me curious, no doubt. Even so, my expectations were far surpassed when I stood up there looking over the whole city. Seriously took my breath away!
The shows on the agenda for the day were Concept Korea, Reem Acra, and KaufmanFranco.
The Concept Korea runway showcased mini-collections by 4 designers. All had their own individual aesthetics. This dress was part of a fashion-forward, streamlined collection. I loved the slight structure in the pieces and the crisp, black and white color scheme.
I absolutely adored these three Reem Acra pieces. The whole collection had a Hollywood glam vibe. From shimmering fabrics, to sequin decals, and sheer materials, the outfits were just gorgeous. The polka dots kept things playful and light.
KaufmanFranco absolutely blew my mind. As soon as I saw the tailored jackets hit the runway, I knew we were in for a great show. They were structured beautifully and were absolutely a class act. Another highlight of the show was the intertwining straps on the bodices of a few of the dresses. The asymmetry was very well thought-out; it was a really striking element. And the show-stopper was the sequinned-print long-sleeved gown. Absolutely beautiful!
The runway photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy! ((Disclosure:)) It and 6 months of Service were provided for me as part of the Verizon Voices Style Program.
bag: c/o old navy
Thankfully a streetstyle photographer at NYFW snapped a few shots of my look at Lincoln Center and was kind enough to pass them on to me. They turned out to be my only photos of this outfit before I tragically lost my red glasses! Yes, they were only $5 from Charlotte Russe but they were priceless to me. Perfect little pop of color. Tears, many tears. Overall, the look was a bit casual and summery for Fall Fashion Week, I’ll grant you, but it is just so stinkin me, I simply had to don it.
This is the day I met 203948602 people and ate the best meal of my life. Among other things! Such as a nice relaxing morning Epicurie Boloud breakfast pastry and coffee with Chelsea at the pavilion across from Lincoln Center. So much fun just being in the middle of all the fresh fashion buzz. Shortly after, we headed backstage with Tracy Reese, where we got a glimpse of the styling and beautifying that was taking place. The hair, as led by stylist Edris Nicholls, was curled, backcombed, and pinned for a soft, romantic look. Make-up artist, Mally Roncal, together with the company Shu Uemura, focused on creating a high-shine, dewy/natural look with the art really happening in the eyes. The graduations with pinks, plums, and golds were stunning.
While make-up and hair is ever-important, it must be working in synchrony to let the star of the show be the clothes. And weren’t they ever!
brought a stellar collection to the runway. The prints were striking and memorable, each so ready for wear, by a bold fashionista all mixed together, or by a more simply-stated lady integrated with some classic pieces. As a printmixing fan, I adored how the looks were styled. Made me want to boost my silk neck-scarf collection by tenfold, no doubt about that! Tracy Reese paraded multiple new trends for spring, such as crop tops, the color orange, all-white looks, the black & white color combination, as well as vintage florals. The collection was one of my favorites of the week.
Talk about fish-out-of-water experiences every 30 seconds at the Reward Style
Party. So many familiar faces, but none of them having ever been seen in 3D. One thing I have to say… Instagram has made it way more possible for me to get to know and stay in touch with so many different bloggers. I love visiting blogs when I have time, but I always check my Instagram feed, and it feels so much more personal sometimes, depending on the blog, I guess! So it was really great to be able to connect in person with ladies I’ve bonded with through Instagram/blogging, etc.
The Glam Media Dinner held true to its name and was everything glamorous. It was held at Morimoto, one of the top 100 restaurants according to top food critics. Let me tell you, I agree with those food critics. We had a generous sampling menu of so many intricate plates, with a wide variety of flavors for the palette. I still dream about this dinner.
Julia, Caitlin, Kristin, Jessica, Hallie, Lauren, Christina, Katie
Jessica, Hallie, Ashley, Alyson, Lexi
Hallie, Alyson, Lexi, Devon
Christina, Kristin, Sophie
dress: talbots || shop similar here—> mega splurge, splurge, save
glasses: charlotte russe || shop similar here—> splurge, splurge, save
white heels: make me chic || shop similar here—> steal, save
phone case: kate spade || shop it here
outfit photos via model mayhem
runway photos via elle
tracy reese backstage & rewardstyle photos by chelsea & me
Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful Monday.
On day 2, we decided to galavant about town enjoying some of the sites and being tourists (minus the statue of liberty and 1 heart NYC shirts/foam fingers). Every good day starts with a good brunch, so Maison was first on our schedule. Everything tasted great! Then we meandered over to Times Square and then Bryant Park. New York City is just alive. All the time, so many people buzzing about. My favorites were a few older men playing chess in the park. And then another playing saxophone on the curb. In a moment’s glance, they taught me so much about relaxing and enjoying the moment. I went to the Titania Inglis show after Bryant Park, which was great! My photos didn’t end up turning out that wonderfully so I won’t be sharing them on here, but I did share a couple on Twitter & Instagram (@lindsey_herzog).
We went to the Supima Design Competition after-party on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel. Where I met two of the coolest ladies ever, who I couldn’t stop talking about the rest of the trip. They have been in the fashion industry for a while and taught me so much about the history of New York Fashion Week from location, timeline, to designer feuds and collabs.
I loved the blazers. The peach was a perfect hue and the ivory fabric had a bit of a glossy finish in the fabric, giving it that luxe feel. We can’t go a minute more without talking about those sequin pants! The drawstring waist and hem of the pants is on-trend also. The styling was playful and whimsical. I mean, those mossy shoes were super innovative and a healthy dose of fun.
And that my friends, was Day 2! PS-I’m back home in my sweet Minneapolis. Ready to settle into a routine again and definitely to sleep in my own bed. I miss NYC already, but am happy to be home!
plaid pants: jcpenney
(and no this post isn’t sponsored by jcpenney in any way, I just love JCP!!)
bag: vintage coach
bracelet: c/o derng
Everything but my outfit photos was taken with my Samsung Galaxy! ((Disclosure:)) It and 6 months of Service were provided for me as part of the Verizon Voices Style Program.
Ahhh! One more thing. Fashion Week is actually coming up here in Mpls, and locals, you are gonna freak. Come on back here next week Tuesday for a chance to win a ticket to The Shows!