By: Caroline Vazzana
Another New York Fashion Week in the books. And like most seasons, this one left me in awe, so grateful of what I do, but also, utterly exhausted. I mean, it’s eight straight days of full hair and makeup, running around in heels, and being on your A-Game- you’d be exhausted too. But during the excitement and craziness, I got a Facebook memory that six years ago was my very first Fashion Week, wow, do I feel old! Which means this was probably my 12th or so season since it happens twice a year!
This season was very different than others though, on August 21st, as some of you might know, I just launch my first book “Making it in Manhattan” The Beginners Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the World of Fashion.” This was something I’d only dreamed about for years and the process of planning and executing my launch party was A LOT of work! Similar to planning a wedding (I would assume!) it’s this one night you’ve dreamed about your whole life so you want it to be perfect. But, with that being said, since my efforts were so focused on my book launch, I didn’t really focus on fashion week as much as I usually do. Which made it a more “go with the flow” kind of season.
To be transparent, I now call in clothing or do showroom pulls from brands each season so I don’t have go out and buy a completely new wardrobe. When I first started out though, and was working in editorial, I didn’t get this luxury, but overtime through building relationships I’ve been able to. This season though, I didn’t call in as much as I usually would so I had more fun incorporating my favorite pieces of my wardrobe (most of which I’ve already worn and posted on my page) and reworking them into my Fashion Week looks. Below I’m breaking down some of my favorite moments, looks, and events of the week.
Tadashi Shoji Contest Giveaway
This Fashion Week, to celebrate my book launch I wanted to give one of my followers the opportunity to attend Fashion Week with me! Especially since I talk about Fashion Week so much in my book and the magical experiences I’ve had, I wanted to give one to you- because that is what “Making it in Manhattan” is all about! So, I partnered with Tadashi Shoji and we gave away the opportunity to attend their show as my plus one, sit front row and to be dressed by the designer. My follower @mosi4roti was the winner and it was even more special because she had read my book and was referencing the advice and guidance while she attended her first show with me! And after we even got to venture backstage so she could meet the designer!
Vanity Fair Best Dressed List Party
Vanity Fair always throws the best party to celebrate their Best Dressed List! This year it was at Manhatta downtown in partnership with Saks. I wore a bright red power suit from Beatrice B, and paired it off with vintage accessories. Attendees included, Tommy Hilfiger, Anna Kendrick, Olivia Palermo, Caitlyn Jenner and Tommy Dorfman- to name a few!
Backstage at Marcel Ostertag
My last big show of the week was Marcel Ostertag and afterwards I got to interview the designer backstage for my IGTV! Check out the full video here!
Sally Lapointe Fringe
I always love the Sally Lapointe show, this season the collection was really so powerful! Her use of fringed sequined skirts, paired with chunky knits was just to die for! I’m still dreaming about the look below, by far my favorite of the entire collection! And did I mention all of the models wore Manolos?
Anna Sui Bazaar
For those of you that don’t know, my first internship ever was with Anna Sui! So when Interparfums invited me to the show, and I was offered to be dressed by the designer, it was really a full circle moment! Inside, Anna Sui had the coolest setup of Fashion Week, transforming her runaway into a shopable Bazaar! And of course, no Anna Sui show is complete without sister duo Gigi and Bella Hadid! After the show I received a bottle of her fragrance Fantasia and have been wearing it everyday since! The fragrance is amazing and I’m thinking it might become my new signature scent!
Christian Siriano Cheetah Girls
I always look forward to the glamour of a Christian Siriano show- he always chooses the best venues! This season his show was at Gotham Hall. Of course, there was a show stopping gown or two but, the real winners were the leopard print pieces and over-the-top sleeves!
A Simple Favor World Premiere
On the Monday of Fashion Week, I attended the World Premiere of A Simple Favor at The Moma followed by the after party at The Diamond Horseshoe. I had seen previews for the movie, so I was really excited when I received the invite. Honestly, I was absolutely blown away, gasping at the twists and turns and even squeezing my assistant next to me- I was literally on the edge of my seat! Not to mention Blake Lively in vintage Ralph Lauren and an array of Christian Louboutin’s- that alone is a MUST SEE!
Cynthia Rowley Roller Rink
Rather than the traditional runway show, Cynthia Rowley put all of her models in roller skates, YES! Probably the most fun show of Fashion Week, the #GIRLPOWER vibes were so real! With models skating down Mott Street, twirling around her studio, cartwheeling, and dancing in this seasons newest looks, what could be better?
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