What Going to Fashion Week Is Actually Like
New York Fashion Week is a biannual fashion extravaganza ostensibly meant to showcase the coolest trends of the coming season—aka what we’ll all be wearing in six months. And while the whole "see now, buy now" movement has changed the slow-to-evolve industry a bit, NYFW is bigger than ever. Tie in after parties, pop-up shops, and sponsored lounges, and it’s the best (not to mention busiest) time of your life.
Attending NYFW can feel a lot like a walking into your high school cafeteria; so many different people, and so many different motivations. There are writers, editors, bloggers, models, A-list celebs, and photographers all gathered for one reason: To see and be seen. Oh, and the actual fashion shows, of course.
Lucky for me, Stanford University is on the quarter system and starts later than most universities, which gave me just enough time to experience the madness that is NYFW before heading west. About one week prior, I thrifted some rad vintage items from Beacon’s Closet and pulled my own closet favorites, which mainly come from Zara, Brandy Melville, and Urban Outfitters. (Proof you don’t have to wear head-to-toe designer to attend designer shows. Not everyone has Kylie Jenner’s stylist. Or budget.)
Over the week, I sharpened my fashion analytical skills to cultivate this fashion week breakdown listed below:
Kaelen’s SS17 presentation marked my first stop. Lofted above a Chinese vitamin and herb shop (undoubtedly an unusual location for a fashion show!) Kaelen’s presentation revealed classic ruffles, pastel prints, and a thrifty feel. Kaelen told me at the start of the presentation that her collection is “something you can keep in the family and pass down, but doesn't feel retro.” Who doesn’t love an effortless vintage look? The ruffled, sunflower-colored halter jumpsuit and deep v-neck tropical blazer were just two of my favorites.
Then I headed to Banana Republic, where former Hills star and onetime Lauren Conrad nemesis Olivia Palermo unveiled Banana Republic’s Spring 2017 collection. The collection achieves a balance of classic sophistication and playful street-style. Embroidered jeans, suede outerwear, and light clutches were the most riveting looks on the stage (and you don't have to be a street-style star like Palermo to pull them off).
Tracy Reese—a favorite of Michelle Obama’s and now mine, too—showed a breathtaking collection that accomplished more than a beautiful presentation. The presentation represented diversity in race, size, and age; an important element missing from many of the NYFW shows. Animal prints, ornate lace, and colorful satin were prominent looks within Tracy Reese’s spectacular garden. Oh, and Clover favorite, Charli Howard, stunned in a sheer lace slip dress and leopard jacket.
Whitney Pozgay’s delightful WHIT presentation was also the subject for The New York Academy of Art’s drawing class—and the actual clothes were every bit as whimsical as the event. The looks seamlessly fit in with the gallery’s art installations, with models decked out in striped sundresses, geometric cut swimwear, and colorblocked separates. Playful prints draw inspiration from the compelling nature of California and Mexico, places where Pozgay spent time road tripping. Next time, bring us along?
By Autumn Greco, 17