Our lovely New York Fashion Week guest blogger Elizabeth Landers is a hard working CNN reporter during the day and freelance fashion correspondent at night. She leads the ultimate double life and always looks fabulous doing it, especially with a satchel in tow!
“Of late, New York has experienced ungodly weather, some of it just in time for fashion week, yet the parade of shows and presentations, not to mention vodka-fueled dance parties, kept me extremely busy. Every season I am faced with the conundrum of how to balance warmth with style, while carting around all my necessities. I mix a healthy amount of fur from my grandmother with bright coats from J.Crew, plus cashmere, skinny jeans, and trusty boots. My Cambridge Satchel Company bags, now a small collection of fall and spring colors, take me from day to night. My daily uniform has to balance my schedule of hard news on the assignment desk at CNN with fashion freelance writing that I do for SCENE Magazine. Let the games begin.
My motto for the first day of fashion week: slow and steady (and practical) wins the race. I bustled around to the Save the Garment District party at the Carlton Hotel, where I ran into Valorie Curry, who I had just interviewed for the March issue of SCENE. I grabbed some much-needed Kusmi tea from their gifting station and then my leopard print slip-on sneakers carried me to the Maison Jules for Macy’s collection where I chatted with Garance Dore briefly about the inspiration.
Thursday marked the official kick-off for the shows at Lincoln Center. I skipped across the street from CNN to the Hudson Hotel for Jay Godfrey’s rockabilly presentation replete with leather, slim suits, and guitar picks strewn on the floor. Then there was Tome at the Tents utilizing heavy silks in dusty pink paired with rosy red elbow length gloves. That night I stopped by the Peter Pilotto for Target launch party at Gotham Hall, the arched-dome space packed with early shoppers. Finally my fellow SCENE editor and I trekked down to the Boom Boom Room in The Standard for the Vince IPO party. We hammed it up in front of the photobooth, then slipped out 30 minutes later, already dreading the next morning’s early wake up call.
Fast-forward to Saturday morning. I snapped this Instagram in my cab ride to the Tents for Ruffian: fur to ward off the cold, Celine sunnies to protect my peepers, and of course my embossed CSC bag (Buy yours here)! I made the show by the skin of my teeth and was lucky I did. My favorite part was the red tights that were styled with nearly half the looks- a titillating pop of color for a 9 am show. The day continued on with gothic girly at Jill Stuart then a break from fashion to catch Kinky Boots on Broadway. The afterparties that evening included Prabal’s at Up & Down and then the BCBG party at the Boom Boom Room.
Only a show like Delpozo (pictured above) could arouse me from my exhaustion on Sunday morning. The front row was stacked: Olivia Palermo, the Moda Operandi girls and Giovanna Battaglia. And the clothes were sheer genius: a cream wool cape with strong but curved shoulders and pale, loose gowns. As these things go, the other notable show that day was on the opposite side of town at the newly opened Spring Studios. Diane von Furstenberg managed to lure everyone from Anna Wintour to Anna Sophia Robb down to TriBeCa for her 40th anniversary show. Though I prefer her collections in the recent past, the spectacle of St. Vincent performing and a shower of gold confetti at the end still got my heart racing.
I caught one of my favorite shows of the season, Naeem Khan on Tuesday. Drawing upon the inspiration of the 1930’s boudoir, he molded the most stunning gowns for a woman’s body. Later I made a quick stop at the Timo Weiland afterparty at Bar Nana and then hit the sack early. Balancing fashion week, the news desk, and winks of beauty sleep proved challenging but oh so worth it.”
All street style photography was taken by the talented George Maier.
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