As any man who owns a tuxedo knows, if you buy it, they – the black tie invitations – will come! If only it were so easy with New York Fashion Week. The Twitterverse has been flooded with gushy tweets like â€œMy @(fill in the designer) invitation has arrived! #nyfw #fbâ€. The underlying snarky message is â€œHas yours?â€ The usual reply among hard-working, subway-taking, sidewalk-stomping fashion show-goers is â€œWhat are you wearing that day?â€ Since between show outfit changes are a luxury only enjoyed with a car and driver or a nearby office AND a â€œlightâ€ schedule of shows to attend, most of us have to choose one outfit to wear to half a dozen shows or more. This invariably leads to the awkward backstage designer interview moment when s/he asks you archly â€œwho are you wearing?â€ or worse, the more direct â€œwhy aren’t you wearing my clothes?â€ In the end, somehow, it all works outâ€¦
As anyone who attends these events knows, once the lights go up, all eyes and minds are on what’s to come six months from now. What you may not know, is that in the few fevered moments as people rush to their sections and seats, all eyes are on what the guests as wearing, invariably the â€œmust-haveâ€ clothes, the latest â€œitâ€ bags with the â€œclosedâ€ waiting list, or the impossible-to-get (and harder-to-wear) dream shoes of the CURRENT season. The stress of trying to stay on the cutting edge of fashion can be too much for even the most seasoned fashion show attendee.
The truth is that the hardest working editors and stylists – who attend a dozen shows a day – often find a uniform of sorts. You can easily apply this formula to you daily life as well. If black slush and falling ice have restricted your wardrobe to your good winter boots (the ones that keep your feet warm and dry) and black leggings or your favorite jeans, then fear not. With a few well chosen items you can work around your concessions to environmental hazards and still be on trend and seasonally appropriate – even if the weather is not complying!
Thomas Meier‘s poncho let’s you hit several of this season’s white hot trends while still rocking jeans and boots. First, you’ll be sporting white, the color of the season, and semi-sheer, but the ultra-luxe cashmere will ward off the winter chill. Secondly, if you’ve stuck with your yoga-lates routines you can put one arm through the neck hole and give them the one-shoulder look. You can also belt it into a drapey dress look with your favorite pop color belt. Miu Miu‘s bubblegum pink patent leather belt with the acrylic buckle is the perfect item to draw attention to your commitment to that gut wrenching ab routine. If the winter weather has your favorite vintage YSL spectator pumps in cold storage, bring the look up to your waist and opt for this season’s Oscar de la Renta black-and-white perforated leather wide belt.
The spring cardigan is another item that you’ll need to get through these last days of winter in spring style. T by Alexander Wang is one of the most hotly anticipated brands to hit online retailing and his shawl edge cropped cardigan is the perfect complement to your black leggings and boots. The shorter length keeps your legs looking impossibly long. Style it up with some great accessories and you’ll be right on trend for the season. If this season’s lace is a little too ladylike for your taste, then spike it up with Aurelie Bidermann‘s silver dipped lace cuff bracelet. Even the most jaded fashion rocker chick can sport this trend without losing her edge. If your passion for bangles has your usual armloads stifled by long sleeves, then drop the dazzle below the wrist and get your hands on Etro‘s chain mail hand ornament with the attached ring.
I’ve been obsessed with hand ornaments ever since I saw Helena Rubinstein‘s starfish-shaped jeweled hand ornament. Granted that iconic but binding piece of jewelry harks back to a time when fashionable ladies of means and leisure could gesticulate and make bold proclamations to be jotted down by an assistant proficient at shorthand, but today’s version gives you the flexibility and freedom to text and tweet your heart away.
What could draw the eye up and away from your winter uniform below the waist than a really great bag on your shoulder? Opt for a bright attention grabber like Jil Sander‘s slouchy shopper in fuschia or, if you like a slightly more structured bag, then Prada‘s handled hobo is the bag for you. The denim keeps it casual but the instantly recognizable shape and crocodile skin closure are what make it truly enviable arm candy. However you choose to get through these last days of winter, know that you can take even a basic winter uniform and spring it up. Stay fashionable and seasonally appropriate over the next few weeks and we’ll be giving them full on spring fashion as soon as the first crocuses break ground!
1. Thomas Meier Cashmere Poncho $995
2. Miu Miu Skinny Patent-Leather Belt $275
3. Oscar de la Renta Layered Leather Belt $450
4. T by Alexander Wang Draped Cotton And Modal-blend Cardigan $175
5. Aurelie Bidermann Silver-Dipped Lace Cuff $985
6. Etro Gold-Plated Chain Mail Bracelet $440
7. Jil Sander Market Leather Bag $895
8. Prada Denim Hobo $1450