New York Fashion Week is one of my favorite times of the year! This vibrant city has a special energy that I love and I'm always so excited to visit the Big Apple. It's an exceptional place that's extremely inspiring and makes you feel like anything is possible.
It was, however, a bit trickier for me this year because of the baby and breastfeeding. Deep down inside I want to do it all, but I had to decide which show I really wanted to attend and how I was going to manage my 5 hours in New York. Yep, I wrote five hours. I left in the morning right after dropping my kids off at school and flew with my photographer/friend Patricia right into beautiful sunny New York city! Lucky us, it ended up being a perfect day to take a few pictures of some street style fashion.
To not waste any of our precious time, we headed straight from the airport to the AIC building to attend the Monique Lhuillier runway show. We were invited backstage which is always fun and always interesting. It is a priveledge to get a behind the scenes peek at all the preparation and hard work that's involved in a runway show that only lasts a mere 17 minutes. I love checking out all the details of the nails, make up, meeting the models and getting a little preview of the collection. I was also really happy to have the pleasure to meet and interview the absolutely fantastic Monique Lhuillier herself.
It's always so enlivening to see people from the fashion industry. The way they creatively express themselves through their look, their style and their knack for mixing and matching textures and patterns. It's refreshing for the soul.
In true New York fashion, there was the spattering of celebrities among the little people …. Jaime Chung, Devon Windsor, Rachel Hilbert, Cara A Santana, just to name a few!
Monique describes her Spring/Summer 2017 collection as a surreal fairy tale where the season's sophisticate is never the first to arrive, but always the first to be noticed. Her signature silhouettes are embellished with intricate detail of sunset, peony, lavender and sky. Her diaphanous gowns boast floral embroideries and ostrich feathers. Antique rose, mint and cotton candy are outlined by noir and highlighted by metallics. The collection uses top fabrics that skim the body in flowing skirts and slinky playsuits, and the structured lace blazer and perfect palazzo pant offer an eccentric take on "le smoking". Accessories of jewels, lace and ribbons adorn flats and thin-strapped sandals and add the final embellishments to richly-textured looks. Not to mention laser-cut leather appliqués and piped Guipure lace in intricate day bags. The overall effect is undeniably feminine, with a darker edge.
Sidebar: with social media being a huge part of our daily lives (and so much more for bloggers), my Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook had to be on point, but the show hadn't even started yet and my battery was already low :-( It's crazy what a slave I am to my phone since I use it not only personally, but professionally, but this dilemma (and that fact that I had my photographer with me), definitely made me appreciate the present moment and to not sweat the small stuff cause it all worked out in the end. Now back to the topic at hand. Here are a few of my favourites from the SS17 collection, very feminine and sexy with a sheer effect that I love!
I simply loved the show and the collection! It was truly very beautiful and ethereal. In my opinion, Monique Lhuillier creates the most beautiful dresses in the industry!
After the show Patricia and I had time to hit up one of my favorite NYC spots, The High Line in the Meat Packing district. We had a quick bite to eat at the Standard Grill and you will NEVER guess who was sitting one table over!!! Chiara Ferragni!!!!! You KNOW you are in the right place at the right time when the biggest fashion blogger is next to you during NYFW! BTW, she’s even prettier in person and she’s very nice and approachable. She totally made my day and my 5 hours in NYC complete!
So there you have. I saw a beautiful fashion show, interviewed the wonderful designer, spotted some celebrities, actually spoke to and had eye contact with a badass blogger and got a mini break from my mommy life & routine. Not too shabby if you ask me, but okay, okay, I absolutely missed my little prince back home.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for another post about this amazing city and my favorite New York shopping routes and a few of my ideal spots!
Photography by Patricia Brochu