For as long as I can remember, NYFW was always a dream of mine since I was young as most others of us in the fashion industry. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to sit where the Anna Wintour’s, Nina Garcia’s and Tim Gunn’s sat and enjoy that same experience. I’ve always loved and appreciated fashion shows and although I’m not into wearing the latest designer fashion- I have a great appreciation for designer fashion and trends. When I first began in fashion, I was so intrigued with attending fashion shows that I begin to manage and produce shows. I thoroughly enjoy the back of the house and producing such a grand event. Of course, being comfortable gaining experience in
the back of the house- I ended up being and end late, and most days, food (or stuck there. rest) was not involved. However- the pros definitely outweigh the cons- so don’t let So once I finally had the opportunity to anyone tell you otherwise. even be considered to attend NYFW- I ran with it! Now in my third season of Day 1 I literally stepped off the plane and attending. I’ve had the pleasure of headed straight to my first show. Thank attending numerous shows. goodness for having amazing friends that support you and pick you and your I was able to attend over 20 shows during luggage up from the airport. Day 1 is the NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 season. always the most exciting. You’re able to Now of course, as the saying goes “the get into the groove of being in such a grass is always greener on the other side.” special place and around other likeAttending shows is an amazing minded and industry professionals there experience that I wouldn’t trade for the to experience the same as you. Although world- but as with anything else, it’s not all like most others, I’m here to do a job glitz and glamour. My days begin early reporting and documenting what’s
coming next season, always super excited to see colleagues and friends that I’ve met in previous seasons and connect and meet new friends and business opportunities.
innovative, beautiful and representation because the show had a lot of looks that of my African heritage and culture. were representative of my personal style and aesthetic. I fell in love with the faux The Supima Design Competition was fur with bold graphic prints, bright colors probably one of my favorites of the day and lace. EDGII’s concept literally because it was a design competition describes me in “encourages girls to featuring fashion design students from believe in and express their inner self – Fashion schools across the states. I had The EDGII girl is confident, brave and the privilege of covering this show and independent and should be celebrated.” interviewing one of the contestants in the And come on, who seriously doesn’t show from Academy of Art University, want to be a Powerpuff Girl? Lihn La. Interviewing is one of my favorite things to do because I get a chance to Day 2 I was able to catch up with my meet the person behind the designs and friend and fellow journalist. It’s always get a bit more insight on who they are nice to have a friend to enjoy the shows and their inspiration behind the together- because since the days are so collection. One of the reasons I like seeing hectic and packed there is no extra time the designs from the Fashion schools is to see anyone if they’re not participating because these designs are always overly in NYFW. The day started with creative with no limitations. The simply Damowang’s “Multi-modal Expressiodesign for art purposes versus selling. nism of WU XIA in modern times” collection. The collection was full of heavy EDGII’s “The Powerpuff Girls” personal prints, bold colors and structured collection was also another fav of the day garments.
My first show of the day was Blancore’s debut collection, inspired by water. The collection was filled with sheer pastel. Next up was Dirty Pineapple who’s “Recycled Love” collection was layered with printed body part garments and nudes. Gender blending and androgynous garments, mix and match separates, oversize blazers and graphic hoodies were just some of the looks that came down the runway. Another one of the shows that I thoroughly enjoyed was Made in Africa featuring a collective of designers like Eliana Murargy and Maxhosa. I loved this show because the designs were
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