At Fashion Week, sometimes it’s not so much about the looks on the runway, but about the outfits on the women in the audience or the ladies milling about inside the tents or even those waiting on the steps at Bryant Park hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite fashionista. Really, all of these people serve as my inspiration because I know fashion comes full circle – â€œreal lifeâ€ people inspire designers to create unique styles, and in turn, fashion designers inspire us to try out new trends.
At the Adam show, for example, I noticed a chic girl sitting a few seats down from me. Her look was clean, fresh and sophisticated and I made a mental note of each visual element. The defining piece was her cashmere sweater-jacket in a lovely butterscotch shade with dramatic fur collar that perfectly framed her shiny, trimmed haircut and understated makeup. Paired with black skinny pants, ankle booties and minimal jewelry, my muse of the moment looked comfortable (as in can stand in line for hours at the shows) yet 100% put together.
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To avoid the fur vs. faux argument, I’ve chosen Spiegel’s Swing-Sleeve Tweed Jacket ($49 at Spiegel.com) for the jacket. I also think Lela Rose’s Bow Front Â¾ Sleeve Jacket in cotton-silk tweed nails the look ($1,050 at shopbop.com).
Front-row starlets were in full-force at Fashion Week with a mix of actresses, musicians, reality TV stars and socialites. Most took the simple party dress one-piece look, while others played with print dresses and tops paired with skinny pants and long cardigans. If you have the privilege of being in the front row, you better look good, and you better have the hottest shoes because yours and the models are the only ones that get seen (and make it into some runway photographs). While eying the covetable front row at the Barbie fashion show, I spotted a brunette (off-duty model maybe?) in a chic black tiered ruffle dress, belted at the waist and paired with edgy jewelry – a long gothic-inspired cross necklace and oversized men’s watch, all pulled together with a casual ponytail, rose blush and pink tinted lips.
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I like Banana Republic’s beautifully crafted mixed material pump. With a patent shine, stacked wooden heel and modern elastic strap, these shoes are suited for the front-row ($140 at bananarepublic.com). A dress worthy of photographer attention is Marc by Marc Jacobs Ruffled Jersey Dress ($298 at neimanmarcus.com).
And of course, there’s the runway itself. I was happy to still see a lot of interesting prints, and especially liked Nanette Lepore’s vintage-esque dress with rustic color palette. In my opinion, Oscar de la Renta never disappoints and this collection was no different. I was taken with his textures, embellishments and color – especially the orange red that I’m dying to try.
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Try prints for yourself with a Milly multi-color floral print halter dress ($525 at neimanmarcus.com) or be bold in Halston’s silk new shirt dress in eye-popping orange ($1,995 at net-a-porter.com).