NYFW 2018: Snakeskin, Leopard and Dunkin Donuts

Ever since I picked up my first Vogue and flipped through pages of couture and read through runway editorials of Marie Claire while watching Carrie Bradshaw strut across the Upper East Side on SATC wearing Manolo Blahniks on a Tuesday afternoon, I have DREAMED of going to NYFW. While, no, I was not front row at Balenciaga or Fendi (yet!!), I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience all the creativity, passion, and energy that goes into each showcase I saw on the runway.

This year’s trends have been nothing bold, chic and very street-style-luxe. From animal print (my favorite) to metallics, bows + ruffles, sheer blouses, the color green (my 2nd favorite) and chunky tennis shoes, each have made their appearances this season and I’ve LOVED seeing how other bloggers have styled and combined these trends as we transition into fall.

Being my first Fashion Week ~ I took a full week to outfit plan, and a full 2-hours at 2am the day before departure to actually pack (whoops; but I wasn’t going to sleep anyways). I’m going to share with you each style I put together, what shows I wore it to and who/what/wear I got the inspo from!

P.S: Did I mention I brought my best friend along for NYFW for her bday? I mean, GOALS!! We had the best time skipping around the city high on life and mac and cheese because that’s all that ever sounded good to either of us. I wouldn’t have survived the crazy week without her.

DAY ONE – Ulla Johnson @ TheRealReal + Style Fashion Week

First event of the night was the preview showcase for Ulla Johnson at The RealReal in Soho, an upscale retailer selling luxury designer labels at up to 90% off. We watched the presentation then enjoyed some champagne while we walked around and checked out all of the Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga options. Next, we were off to Style Fashion Week Opening night where we saw four different runways showcasing a variety of styles and collections.

What I Wore

Look No. 1 – Bold Color + Leopard Combo 

Would you believe me if I told you I got most of this look from SheIn? Everything is linked below!
Top: Knot Cuff Bright Yellow Pleated Blouse; SheIn ; $6.00
– OPT 2: this was my original first choice, however it’s a bit pricey – Pleated Crop Top ; Tibi @ Revolve ; $297
– OPT 3: this was also in my basket, however a bit more orange – Georgette Blouse ; Nicholas @ Revolve ; $245
– OPT 4: I’m also a sucker for big bows and LOVED this option – Cotton Silk Blouse ; Scotch & Soda @ Nordstrom ; $145
Tie Shorts: Leopard Leland Short ; House of Harlow @ Revolve ; $138
– OPT 2: Leopard Print Mini Shorts ; Alice + Olivia @ The RealReal ; $50
– OPT 3: for a fitted denim look – Bite short; Denim x Alexander Wang @ Revolve ; $245
Bralette: Hook Front White Crochet Lace Bralette ; SheIn ; $9.00
Shoes: the ones I have on are currently not available in nude online so picked alternates below:
– OPT 2: Bizzy Strappy Pointed Pumps; GUESS ; $99
– OPT 3: Piercing Pump w/ stud detail in Natural; Steve Madden, $89.95
– OPT 4: for budget & comfort – nude simple strap platform; Missguided , $33

DAY TWO – Cosmo FW + Art Hearts Fashion Show + Ralph Lauren Anniversary Event

Located in one of the most stunning venues I’ve ever seen ~ the Angel Orensanz Center is one of the prettiest event centers I’ve ever been in. With old Catholic architecture, sky-high ceilings, golden dim lighting and gorgeous steeple, it was an extraordinary setting.

We sat front + second row for all of the shows, giving us an up-close and personal look at each style that came down the runway. From couture gowns to bold swimwear and power suits, there was a magnificent variety of collections, including menswear and some youth collections.

What I Wore:

Look No. 1 – Scarf Print Blazer + Mesh Booties 
Jacket: Scarf Print Power Blazer ; ASOS DESIGN ; $72 **note – since this is a ‘relaxed’ fit I recommend sizing down. I’m 5’5″ – 124lbs – 33 bust – 25 waist and orded a Size 4 and it was a little big on me
Shoes: Levesna Bootie in Black ; Vince Camuto ; $79.97
Earrings: Bold Hoop Earrings in Gold ; SUGARFIX by BaubleBar ; $10.00 (PS – got SO many compliments, come in rose gold and silver too! Perfect staple and not heavy)

Look No. 2 – Fringe Skirt + Western Twist
This was definitely my favorite look of the entire NYFW and I had SO much fun wearing it. Believe it or not, it was oddly comfortable, even though the fringe skirt got caught on absolutely everything.

Top: The Starstruck Body ; GoodAmerican ; $62.90 **On sale!**
OPT 2 – no stars – Black round neck mesh bodysuit ; Missguided ; $27.00
Bralette: Very Sexy Push Up bra in Black lace ; Victoria Secret ; $59.50
Skirt: Tiered Fringe Skirt in Emerald ; SheIn ; $23 (PS – not stretchy and runs a little large in the waist which is why I wore a belt!)
Belt: Western double buckle belt ; Nordstrom ; $64.80
– OPT 2: for a slimmer belt – Studded Double Buckle Western Belt ; EXPRESS ; $34.93 **On sale!**
Shoes: Levesna Bootie in Black ; Vince Camuto ; $79.97
Hair: I used Sea Salt Texture Spray ; John Freida & CurlRecover hair spray ; Big Sexy

DAY THREE – STYLECON + TopShop NYFW Showcase

Day three was all about networking at StyleCon. Hosted at Root Studios in East Village, it was a quaint event with top tier influencers, speakers and brands showcasing new products and demonstrations. Brands such as Better Skin Co., beGlammed and, most importantly, TopShop were all there.

What I Wore

Look No. 1 – Flirty Floral + Braids
Romper: (exact print is sold out so picked other fave) : Melody Floating Playsuit in Taupe Floral ; Zimmerman ; $630 or $225 online at The RealReal – (ask me about getting on the waitlist!)
– OPT 2: Spring Fling Devon Romper ; Majorelle @ Revolve ; $153 **On sale!**
– OPT 3: Golden Ruffle Playsuit in Sienna Bouquet ; Zimmerman @ FORWARD by Elyse Walker ; $455 (**On sale && prettiest color!!)
– OPT 4: Tempest Gathers Playsuit in Rouge Desert Rose ; Zimmerman @ FORWARD by Elyse Walker ; $620
– OPT 5:  Delano Jumpsuit in Magnolia ; Show Me Your MuMu ; $212
Shoes: (exact shoe is from WhoWhatWear however I can’t find it online so picked next best) :
OPT 1: (same color as pictured) Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal in Charcoal Grey ; Vince Camuto ; $59.97 **On sale!**
OPT 2: (same style as pictured) Crina Heeled Lace Up Detail Sandal in Blush ; Just Fab ; $39.95

Look No. 2 – Suited Up in Snakeskin
Blazer: Longline Blazer in Snakeskin with padde shoulders and waist tie ; UNIQUE 21 x ASOS DESIGN ; $72
Shoes: Emma Metallic Heel in Silver ; Rachel Zoe ; $174
OPT 2: for a school-girl vibe: Metallic Leather Slide in Gun Metal Silver ; Gucci ; $830
OPT 3: for a strappy gladiator look: Buckled Heeled Sandal in Mirror Metallic ; J.Crew ; $164.99 **On sale!**
OPT 4: for a sassy boot option (which I almost went with but wanted to give the attn to the blazer): Lace-Up boot in Metallic Leather Silver ; Calvin Klein ; $1,290 (obviously a splurge but SO pretty!!)

The In-Between:
Wondering where all I ate, drank and grabbed coffee? See my list below! Also including a couple places I would HIGHLY recommend, however I didn’t make it to. & you can also check out my other blog post where I talk more about my full time job plus my side gig. I’m still working on my “Why” – as it seems to change the more I learn, the more people I meet and the more opportunities that open up!

Rooftop Pick: Public Hotel @ 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 (East Village) – I swear this is the best view in all of Manhattan – you can see clear from the Empire State Building to the World Trade Tower, go before sunset and grab a drink!

Brunch Pick: Vin Et Fleurs @ 69 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho) – give me all the insta-worthy floral vibes with ivy and greenery decor galore! This dreamy restaurant boasts a minimalist French ambiance with an American twist, not to mention offer pitchers of mimosas at brunch. #signmeup.

Dinner Pick: Pietra Nolita @174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012 (Lower Manhattan) once again, this insta-work pink sensation of a restaurant does not disappoint. Serving healthy Italian cuisine and robust drinks, I seriously enjoyed the special of the night – lobster ravioli with a true moscow mule. Little on the pricey side however for what you get and this location it doesn’t get any better! Only downer is no reservations and the venue is quaint so arrive early if you don’t want to have a long wait. If you’re looking for a more extensive menu check out my other favorite Italian options!

Coffee Pick: Corvo Coffee @ 542 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018 (Time Square West) – I usually always aim for a good Dunkin Donuts trip, however, this gem popped up right next to our hotel and y’all it was some of THEE best coffee I have ever had. I didn’t have to add ANYTHING to make it better, it was like he knew my perfect potion and balance to make it just right for me. Not to mention their muffins and breakfast croissants are to die for.

This is one of the longest blog posts I think I’ve ever written and it definitely took me a few days so I hope you all enjoyed reading about my trip, the shows, my outfits and some of the spots we hit along the way! Everything is linked.

 

 

 

 

What else would you like to see? Comment on my insta post or below!

xx.

Abby

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