Alicia Key’s and Jay Z described it best:
“New York. Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There’s nothing you can’t do…These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you.”
That’s the vibe – INSPIRED!
New York City is the most energetic, inspirational city in the United States. Yep, you guessed it. It’s my favorite city. It’s walkable, the public transits are dependable, the people are fit and fashionable, and just about any brand you can think of has a stand alone store in Manhattan. While I spend much time there on business, this year I got to experience New York Fashion Week in all of its glory. Here are the highlights.
Impact Fashion Show
A group of girlfriends and I attended the Impact fashion show on the 17th floor of Studio Arte in Midtown. IMPACT NYFW is a non-profit event with the mission to bring sustainability and ethical design to the forefront with fashion shows featuring a very talented group of designers.
A friend from college was the featured makeup artists for the event. Unlike any other show, garments featured were made of recycled fabrics like organza, rubber from tires and even plastic bottles. It’s been said that the fashion industry is one of the most wasteful when it comes to manufacturing its products. In fact, the fashion industry’s CO2 emissions are projected to increase to nearly 2.8 billion tons per year by 2030— equivalent to the emissions of 230 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017).
With such staggering statistics, it was great to be in the room with industry professionals who care about the future of the world, and who are striving to make more responsible decisions when it comes to garment construction.
The show was followed by a cocktail reception with an incredible DJ, Chris Krispy K from Philly, who gave us Hip Hop, House and EDM all night long. It was a party!
Levi x Shopbop Pop Up Event
We stopped by Shopbop’s pop-up event on Sunday and customized jeans at the Levi’s® Tailor Shop with exclusive designs by Farm Rio.
Pop-up shops seem to be getting more traction these days with the success of online retailers. The line for this and other pop ups were literally wrapped around the building. I see more affordable brands (less high fashion brands) using this as a great way to connect to consumers even more in the future.
Tacos and Girl Talk at Lupita
After shopping (in heels because I wanted everyone to be fabulous), we sat down to rest our feet, people watch and chat over a late lunch at Lupita in SoHo. The gluten-free vegan tacos were yummy.
After our first round of Moscow mules, my friend, a size 2 who also lives in Atlanta, looked at me and said, “I feel like my body is appreciated here. People aren’t trying to shove food in my face. And I don’t feel the need to be overly sexual in my wardrobe choices.” I totally understood what she was saying. And I agreed that the vibe was nice.
Her willingness to open up about body image was a breath of fresh air. You see, Atlanta men and women like breasts and booties. And slim women like me and her are often under appreciated.
Interestingly enough, as we walked through the streets of SoHo later that evening a young man looked at me, pointed to my look and said, “I appreciate you.” He pointed again and said, “This look. Everything. I appreciate you.” A far cry from the responses a bad ass double-breasted suit would’ve gotten on the streets of Atlanta. 🤷🏽♀️ We laughed about it.
Drinks and Music at LasLap
A friend from Brooklyn invited us out to hear some 90s and 2000s R&B at a cute (very small) lounge in Chinatown, LasLap. The crowd was the most intriguing part. It was filled with Black doctors, lawyers, advertising execs and business owners.
Out of the five total looks packed, only two were photographed. 🙄
Booties: House of CB
Cropped Top: Target
Leather jacket: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: BDG by Urban Outfitters
Booties: Saint Laurent