Having been in NYC just a few weeks ago, I did not tritz over to the City as street-style wannabe; I had neither time nor inclination to forge my print presence in that way.
Though I am not a complete tomboy, I definitely am not the first person to go running to a fashion show. Yet, somehow I recently got invited to a show during NY's Fashion Week. Out of extreme curiosity, my mom and I decided to go.
I've been attending Fashion Week in some form or another since I was about 12, but I've always done so as somewhat of an outsider. It started with my mother, then a prominent stylist, who would take me as her plus one to a show whenever possible.
The edgy, snarly yet bombastic Mercedes Benz Fashion Week downed curtains for the season with a lot of pomp and show.
Over 300 people came out to support the fashionable fundraiser which will benefit Ice Hockey in Harlem, a charity focused on education and empowerment with a mission to help children get onto the right track in life through the sport of hockey.
As I navigated the shows at New York Fashion Week, I was stunned by the lack of excitement that seems to plague so many in the fashion industry. Not so at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's Costume Institute this summer, where 125 incredible teenagers showed me just how inspiring, exciting, and empowering fashion can be!
Are they faced with the same pressures of being a "product"? How do they internalize the demand to be "picture-perfect"? And what about the stereotype that they are brainless mannequins?
As fashion collides with wearable technology, what we wear will most likely be transformed in surprising and complex ways.
We'll be keeping our eye out on how this all translates to the racks in the months to come. But for now, we can all shop our own closet racks to play dress up, or dress down, with the shirts we already have.
An interesting mix of New York grit and the well traveled gentleman, the Public School brand continues to evolve and provide their perspective on contemporary menswear.
Three of my favorite looks to play with during fashion week can be amped up for the runway or toned down for an evening out. And many are inspired by the past, but can be individualized and altered for a very current feel.
While the rest of the fashion world and glitterati hit the Big Apple for Fashion Week this year, I chose to pass on the event because, well, I'm over it. And while I'll probably go to fashion writer hell for this heinous admission, it's the honest truth.
What was once an exclusive event for the fashion elite, has become the Super Bowl for fashion lovers, full of live streaming, Tweeting and up to the minute commentary. I, for one, watched in my pajamas, and not the expensive, pajamas-as -day-wear kind of PJs.
In a year where the deaths of over 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh revealed that the West's demand for cheap product literally kills, the need for a solutions-based approach like Modavanti could not be more pressing or timely.
Fashion Week has long been a culmination of starving souls yearning, aching and damn near dying to be noticed. It happens twice a year, for a week at a time (and thankfully not more).
As Fashion Week kicks off in New York, Phillip Lim and Target are making their own show in celebration of their collaboration, with a massive instillation of the longest moving, interactive digital image.