This past Tuesday was my first time in the big apple during Fashion Week. Although I did not have tickets to any of the shows, I made it a priority to make it into the city to observe what New York Fashion Week is all about. As I made my way up the stairs at Lincoln Center, I was surprised to find that the area was not as hectic as I expected it to be. I approached the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tent, that has currently taken residency at Damrosch Park, and I was captivated by the array of people standing around like mannequins. From the chicest ensembles, to what some might consider too outlandish to be seen in public on a day other than Halloween, it was a scene far from what would occur in my hometown.
A current trend that I took note of right away are leather (or pleather) maxi skirts! I was able to stop one of the Fashion Week attendees to find out where she purchased her high wasted, pleated, leather maxi skirt, “ZARAS", she quickly stated as she rushed over to a group of photographers. I quickly realized that merely standing within the vicinity of the main Fashion Week venue was part of the experience. Whether it was to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, the "it" model of the moment, or to view what everyone was wearing, outside of the tent was a fashion show in and of itself.
Personally, when it comes to putting an outfit together, I consider the entire look, similar to the way people dress up when they're playing a character. This is what I find so inspiring about fashion. You're not obligated to define yourself or stick to one aesthetic, each outfit can express a mood or fit your settings. I see clothes as everyday costumes and something to have fun and experiment with. This is why I will never be able to define my personal style, since I am open to many different looks and have an appreciation for a variety of designers and their styles.
The look for my trip to Fashion Week is what I'd like to call "minimalist and chic". I wore a simple fitted black tank-top (Forever21), black skinny jeans (H&M), a white blazer (H&M), black stilettoes (Charlotte Russe), black rhinestone earrings with a gold backing (Forever21), and a silver feather ring from Macy’s. I pulled my hair back into a sleek bun, which I always highly recommend as a go to hair style! My regular use of the classic bun stems from my love for ballet and my unwavering appreciation of Parisian style.
When it comes to makeup, I say it's always a no to wear a full face of makeup on a day to day basis. There's something so much more interesting about a person’s face, when you can actually see their "imperfections". It brings out a certain raw unique-ness that can't be achieved with any amount of cosmetics.
Although I don't wear makeup every day, I truly enjoy using it just as much as anyone else! I mean part of the fun of going out and attending an event is the process of getting ready! To start, I used a Laura Mercier foundation primer, followed by Fresh Cosmetics Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation in Chalet Girl. To set my foundation I used bareMinerals in Golden Medium and Too Faced matte bronzing powder in Chocolate Soleil (it even smells and TASTES like chocolate, YUM!) to contour my cheekbones. Next, I applied Guerlain blush to the apples of my cheeks for an extra glow, this product is one of my favorites because it is a combination of a shimmery blush and bronzer! For an eye-shadow I used bareMinerals concealer in Summer Bisque. It had a light pink tinge to it and is too light for my skin tone to use as a concealer, which is why it worked as an eye-shadow. On my top lid I did a slight cat eye by applying Shu Uemura gel liner in M Night Blue. It is an almost black gel liner with a slight hint of blue, depending on the lighting. On my lashes I applied Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara on my top lashes and only a few light strokes on my bottom lashes. To pull my look together I applied Philosophy lipstick in Vision!
When applying makeup always consider what your clothes look like. That evening my outfit consisted of monochromatic colors and minimal jewelry. Which is why I found it acceptable to apply a full face of makeup. I specifically left out bottom lid liner and did not contour my eyes with a darker colored eye-shadow. In my opinion, the top gel liner was there to do most of the work and the look is sleeker and more polished when there is a minimal amount of eye-shadow. My advice: don't be afraid to experiment with various colors and bend the rules when it comes to makeup (and clothing), the results may surprise you!
Many of the outfits seen at Fashion Week ranged from simple and chic, to extravagant and over-the-top. What separates the Fashion Week attendees from everyone else, is how they style their entire look and how they carry themselves. It is often someones charisma and attitude, which make an outfit stand out!