Let me start by saying I'm no "expert" in fashion. I've never worked in fashion, never studied it in school. But, I like to think that I have an above average sense of fashion. My friends like borrowing my clothes and my sisters steal them so I'd say that's a good telltale. Recently, New York Fashion Week hit the streets and I followed the new styles and shows via Snapchat, Instagram stories and of course, Vogue's photo slideshows. Vogue has an index with clickable links to photos of each designer's show. It is very helpful when one is deprived of a ticket, as most of us common folk are.
I wouldn't consider myself a fashionista because that seems very professional, I've come up with my own term, fashion-ish-ta. Seems more fitting. Before I get to my runway review...Story time.
I did have one fashion week experience of my own and I must say I was feeling pretty glamorous. One my favorite bloggers, Amber Fillerup Clark, was walking in the Rebecca Minkoff show and posted that she would be having a meet and greet after she hit the runway (ugh, the life.) So I thought, "umm amazing I'll go and meet Amber and my life will be close to complete... this is awesome." I was struttin' myself down to 96 Greene Street, trying to feel confident in my Free People skirt and $3 Charlotte Russe crop top as I passed a man in a full Gucci jumpsuit, when I approached a very long line outside of the Rebecca Minkoff store.
I approached a security guard outside the Rebecca Minkoff store. "Umm hi, is this the line to see Amber?" He looked very confused and replied, "this is the line for the Rebecca Minkoff after party."
I paused thinking my dreams of meeting Amber were crushed. But, I figured I'd ask to go inside anyway...And he said yes. To be fair, I think anyone could go in but small details like that aren't important.
So there I stood, inside the Rebecca Minkoff after party holding a glass of champagne.
And there she was in all her glory...Amber! I definitely cut the line to meet her but I wasn't taking any chances and one must be assertive when meeting a celebrity. Luckily it seemed quite organic because the girl talking to her asked me to take their photo. Hopefully, I didn't act too weird or awkward as I low key...Ok, high key fangirled over her to her. But I told her about my blog and how I love her style and how she is an inspiration and she was just so sweet. I even tweeted at her later and she responded so that's when you know you've made it. I thought all the excitement was over and I was still shaking a little from talking to her when a photographer approached me and asked if I wanted a photo with Rebecca. I embarrassingly said, "Rebecca Minkoff?" as if there was another Rebecca to take a photo with. So in one day, I met two amazing people and I feel that this is a true fashion week accomplishment.
Now to the runway, back to the fashion-ish-ta take. I have picked my favorite and not-so-favorite looks of 2017 New York Fashion Week for you all and again, not an expert but who doesn't love playing fashion police every now and then? Sorry if I offend ~fashion~ but let's be honest, some of these "designs" are quite unsightly.
* All photos are from Vogue and AOL...I have linked the photo slideshows to each.
Best Trend: Sparkle and Shine
So I was into that whole matte trend for .5 seconds but I've always been a glitter kind of girl. I mean seriously who doesn't love a little shine in their life? I've noticed a lot of shimmer and glittery looks in many shows and I am very excited about it.
Worst Trend: The Way oversized
OKAY WHAT IS WITH THE OVERSIZED BAGGY LOOK? Like seriously I don't get what is appealing about an outfit that looks 50 sizes too big. I get form fitting and not skin tight but the whole, "I'm wearing my dad's Sunday best" thing is not cute and it never will be.
Oh, please no trend: Orange is the new black
I'm just not a fan of orange and I see quite a lot of it on the runway...Please fashion gods, please no.
Best: Rebecca Minkoff
Let's start with Rebecca Minkoff because I kinda-sorta know her.
First off, here is the jacket I tried on which I absolutely LOVE but was upwards of $500. By the way, the back says "feminista" and the lettering artist, Brian Kaspr, was at the party with a booth painting anything anyone wanted on the back which was one of the most creative and seriously impressive things I've ever seen. Check out his website because I'm now obsessed with him. Inside the store, there were really cute t-shirts also but I don't see them on the website or in the show. Overall, her clothing and accessories are super wearable. It's not anything insane that only a celebrity could wear, which I think is very appealing. Floral for spring is really nothing new but I love a good floral rocker-chic look. (I also think I need one of those fuzz jackets...thoughts?)
Worst: Jeremy Scott
I don't want to shit on Jeremy too much because I do like some of his looks. That being said, I really don't understand this one trend he used for 3 of his designs. It kind of reminds me of the gems I would use to decorate journals and picture frames when I was 8? Do you feel me on that? It's like those gems were magnified x20 and then glued on black outfits. I just honestly think it looks tacky. I feel like the only reason someone would think this is fashion is the fact it was made by Jeremy Scott. If you saw this in a thrift shop or even TJMaxx wouldn't you send it via Snapchat to all of your friends with the caption "wtf" because I would. Also, do we like the monster thing? Because I could see it being a big thing just not on me.
Gucci wore a tracksuit with loafers, so I wore a tracksuit with loafers. I mean seriously, could there be any better news than tracksuits being back? Should I have saved my Juicy velour sets circa 2008? Mmmm, ok maybe I should not get too ahead of myself. I feel like it's cliche to like the Gucci line but I am also slightly surprised because I expected something insane. Matter of fact, although these pieces are very high fashion, to the right occasion, like when I get invited to a magical ball, I would ask my fairy godmother to put me in that gown. Maybe minus the purple crystal swim cap.
Hahaha haha ha ok sorry what? What's cookin' good lookin? (Sorry, had to.) I really just don't understand how people who design clothes like this get a show in Fashion Week. Honestly, if I was at this show I would have laughed out loud when the lady with the giant floral bow ?shirt? start walking down the runway. Clearly a re-gift. This takes the whole baggy trend to a new level. That dress shirt is legitimately for a giant. And the giant bathrobe? Okay, maybe that is comfortable but seriously wut? The half khaki half black pants would have gone great in the notorious Norfeldt Elementary School Opposite Day. This is a day in kindergarten where people wear things like one sneaker and one sandal. I remember the creative parents taking two pairs of pants and sewing them just like that. So, Norfeldt saw it first, nice try Vaquera. Please send me a list of what buyers said yes to this collection. Please send me the phone number or email of anyone who purchases these clothes because I would really love to understand the appeal. Also, going through this slideshow is scary because many of the model's facial expressions are terrifying! I would start by laughing but then stop right away in fear of being turned into a zombie.
Best: Alice + Olivia
I already like Alice + Olivia, not that I own anything, but in general, this designer Stacey Bendet has always stood out to me as having really cute looks and I am very pleased with the use of embroidery. I have been loving the embroidery look for a while and I am so pumped that it is starting to pop up everywhere. I mean these jeans are killer. I have to admit, my sister Erin was way ahead of the whole bell bottoms thing because she asked for them for Christmas in 2011. I found it questionable then, but the 60s and 70s styles are definitely coming back...and I am not mad about it. Also, check out the second look in the slideshow below. How amazing is that dress? That jacket? And the boots? Everything! Dead. 11/10, Stacey.
Worst: Marc Jacobs
I really wanted to love the Marc Jacobs looks. My first designer purchase was from a Marc by Marc Jacobs store in Providence Town, Cape Cod and I always love his stuff. I was honestly going to look at his show to put it in as a best but then wow was I surprised. These patterns remind me of the 60s disco dress I wore in a High School Pops n' Jazz show that was from a Party City costume set. Also, Marc, why are you on that baggy trend? What has the world come to where women's fashion is an oversized men's collared shirt? What is the Horton Hears A Who Sally O'Malley collar vibe going on? Let's leave that look to the Dr. Seuss character...She wore it better.
That's about all I have for my fashion takes. If you saw any worst or best looks you believe are worthy of sharing, let me know. I can start an ongoing gallery of contributing fashion-ish-ta thoughts because there will never be enough.