The CHIC Fancy How-to Guide to Fashion Week

Tons of us enjoy watching fashion shows via live stream or swooning over pictures on style.com. Although this is exciting enough, there is nothing more exciting than actually being there in person. In a flash the lights dim, the crowd silences and the once lonely runway is joined my an army of models adorned in the next seasons must haves! Truly excitement at its best!

It is certainly no easy task to be amongst the privileged clan of guests, but it can totally be done.  As a recent first timer to the epic event I have learned a few ways to get the opportunity to attend. Fashion week is an invite only event so you do have to have an invite to attend and here are a few ways how to try and get one:

1. Intern or Volunteer

As an intern or volunteer your fashion week experience will be quite different. Depending on who you work with you may not get a chance to sit down and actually view the shows. However, you get an equally sweeter experience by being apart of the hands that help to get the show started. As an intern or volunteer you will be asked to do a number of different things, stuff gift bags, set up seat numbers, steam garments, dress models ect. It may be a bit of hard work, but you can potentially be up close and personal with the fabulous pieces, see how the show comes together and gain experience all at the same time. If you would like to work with a range of different designers the best option is to try to get a volunteer position with IMG, the company that makes fashion week happen, you can find the application here. If you are interested in working with specific designers I would suggest focusing on PR firms and brands. The application process involved in this option is a little more strenuous because, you would have to do research to find out which PR companies represent which brands and go from there. Either route you decide to take just remember to start EARLY! There are hundreds if not thousands of other people looking to grab these positions just like you.

2. Press

Attending fashion week as press involves contacting PR firms and requesting press credentials. This option isn’t the easiest because you actually have to be creditable source in order to even be considered. If you are a journalist or blogger that has a pretty popular publication or website this option will work for you. As press you get to attend the shows and sometimes also get access to backstage to conduct interviews before and/or after the presentation of the collections. Not to mention you get a pretty spiffy badge to wear that makes you look super official! :)

3. Guest of a Guest

As in any aspect of life success is mostly about who you know and this is no different during fashion week. You can gain access to a show merely based off of who you know and sometimes who you meet. If you are fortunate enough to know or meet someone who may offer to either invite you to tag along or give your their invite this could work for you. I personally found this option useful during my first time attending fashion week, read more of my experience here. This option is merely for people who have built relationships or is interested in building new relationships. If you want it you have to go out there and get it, but remember to build genuine lasting relationships. No one likes to be used so cherish the people you meet.

If none of these options work for you, you can always become a major celebrity and simply get invites sent to you personally :)

But seriously, I hope that this list helps all of you out there that are interested in attending fashion week. It is a wonderful experience and if you are so fortunate to get the opportunity to attend it will be a week you will never forget! If you have specific questions please leave me a comment below and I will do my best to answer them for you.

Peace, Love Fashion,

Dominique

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Farah Angsana

Oohs and aahs were heard throughout the duration of the Farah Angsana show as dramatic gowns and flirty party dresses glided down the runway. The ultra feminine presentation of each piece was apparent with shimmering sequins and bead work, as well as super girly silhouettes.

Each piece is a party girls dream. From cocktail parties to over the top balls, there donned a dress for many occasions. I enjoyed the movement of the dresses and the attitude each one presented. There were a mixture of bright and bold colors, as well as, subtle exotic prints. Although the dresses were at the forefront of the show Angsana did manage to drop a few separates in the mix, that blended quite well with the overall theme of the show.

The ultimate pearl clutching moment was certainly the finale dress, which consisted of a totally sheer fabric topped with glistening purple and feather-esc finishings. It was a show stopper, but I don’t see anyone rocking that dress as is. There will definitely be some adjustments made before we see any young socialites painting the town red in it. Overall I enjoyed the show, not only was it fun to watch, but it was certainly one of the more lively shows I attended. People just couldn’t hold in their excitement!

Check out more from Farah Angsana at farahangsana.com/

So what do you guys think? Are you feeling the Farah Angsana fall 2012 line?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lars Andersson

After a long day at the Lincoln Center I rushed over to view the Lars Andersson presentation. Walking into the Soho Grand hotel I had no idea what to expect. Typically, I like to do a little bit of research and view past collections of designers, unfamiliar to me, before I attend the showings, but with lack of time I did not have that luxury.

The Soho grand had a very luxe, dark feel to it, complementing the presentation quite well. Lars Andersson is a knitwear designer that takes inspiration from his Swedish background, described by him as “very dark, and the furthest thing from fancy”. For his fall 2012 collection, Lars Andersson displays an array of hand crafted knitwear for men and women.

Not going to lie I was a bit taken back by the grim reaper-esc styling and near death eye make-up at first glance, but as I took a closer look, I noticed the craftsmanship in each piece. It’s not easy to sit around and knit up full garments by hand, but Lars Andersson did it so well. I enjoyed the rustic feel of each piece and the way the hem curled at the ends of the garments making them unique in their own way. The draping effect on most of the pieces were interesting as well, as they added a bit of warmth to the over all look of the knitwear. The very rich, dark colors helped to display the idea of the “dark, urban, hippie” design aesthetic of the brand.

Looking past the styling, which isn’t in my particular taste, Lars Andersson presents some very wearable pieces. Comfy, well crafted, plush, hand-made knits, who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in some of these pieces on a cold rainy day? I would! My only critique would be that, I would have loved to see the leather accents he brought into the collection with the addition of the belts, be displayed in some of the knitwear. Maybe as a trim of some sort or contrasting element, such as a pocket, sleeve or hood.

Overall, I enjoyed the Lars Andersson fall 2012 collection and the fact that each piece is handmade makes it even better. I’d take the draped maroon sweater off his hands any day.

Check out past collections at larsandersson.net

What do you all think? Are you feeling the Lars Andersson fall 2012 collection?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Nomia

I made a mental list of shows that presented great ready to wear pieces and Nomia certainly made its way on to my list. Yara Flinn, the designer behind the Nomia brand, brings her love for art and fashion together in such a way that I can relate to. She uses a clean structural aesthetic to bring about a clean, sophisticated, chic and edgy point of view to her pieces. The fall 2012 line presents a strong hip woman who has a love for self, determination and all things chic.

I absolutely adore the neutral color palette with peek-a-boo pops of neon pink and muted iridescent fabrics. The no fuss silhouette and fit of the clothing are picture perfect and come together beautifully with the clean lines displayed through the collection. Flinn’s color blocking technique comes together with sporadic layered draping details and cutesy bow finishings. The Nomia collection is truly a down to earth display of the trendy girl who stands out because of her chic simplicity.

I personally knew nothing of the Nomia brand until this season, but I have ultimately become a fan. Yara Flinn’s design aesthetic is very relatable and I rather enjoy that. When a designer displays minimalistic type clothing it can become easily lost in the world of memorable patterns, logos and flashing lights. However, well done and simple pieces can and will live on from season to season and I see Nomia being around for a long time. I can not wait to see next season, Bravo!

Check out past collections at nomia-nyc.com

What do you guys think!? Are you feeling the fall 2012 Nomia line?

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Fotini

During my time in New York for fashion week I attended a few shows and presentations. A few I received invitations for and others were a mere, “hey whats going on in there” type  of situation. The Fotini presentation was one of those, “hey whats going on in there” situations. I was leaving a show and happen to walk by the studio where most of the presentations take place. I was immediately intrigued as I caught a glimpse of beautifully crafted dresses. So I glided my way in to take a peek, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Inspired by an inherited ancient perfume bottle from the luxurious tomb of an Egyptian Queen, Fotini takes us on a journey through her take on modern Egyptian royalty. Known for her feminine and soft silhouettes, she displays this well in her Fall winter 2012 collection that is complete with dresses, suits and evening wear.

I love the way that each piece gives off a luxurious feel, but the clothing still seems very down to earth. When I look at the type of  woman she is inspired by, I see someone who is confident, strong and glamorous. Although I enjoyed most of the pieces the leather trimmed coat dress seemed a bit disjointed from the overall collection. I understand the purpose of the piece, to show a stronger version of her woman, but the mixing technique of soft and hard fabrics helped to reinforce the idea of the strong modern woman, so the coat was simply not needed.

The styling of the hair gave off a more Russian than Egyptian feel to me and it felt a bit old. I would like to have seen a more sleek look to better complement the gorgeous pieces and give off a more youthful feel.

Overall, I enjoyed the Fotini presentation and I believe that many women will too. This being only her second collection I can see that Fotini is going in the right direction. There is certainly something here for the woman who wants to give off a feminine, strong and glam look.

Check out her website for more fotini-nyc

What do you guys think of the Fotini collection? Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

And I Love It!: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012

As you all know I am in New York for Mercedes-Benz fashion week and life has been a whirl wind since I’ve touched down. There is so much I have to share with you all including my recap of the independent fashion blogger conference, show reviews and my fashion week survival kit suggestions!

Before I arrived in New York I saw a very exciting tweet from one of my favorite bloggers, Danielle of The Style and Beauty Doctor. She was looking for reporters to cover a few shows for her during fashion week while she attended MAGIC in Las Vegas. Of course I jumped on the opportunity and sent in my writing sample and guess what…..she chose me! I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to work with Danielle. I admire her progression in the blogging world, as well as, her writing style. She keeps its fun and fresh and I love how welcoming her writing style is.

In her place I attended the Naeem Khan show and it was absolutely amazing! Check out the recap here.

Thank you Danielle for the opportunity and please be sure to check out her personal beauty and fashion blog The Style and Beauty Doctor  and her beauty contributions on the Fashion Bomb Daily.

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Stay tuned for more of my Mercedes-Benz fashion week coverage!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique

And I Love It!: A.L.C. Pre-Fall 2012

In my world the sophistication movement is totally real.  I have been truly inspired by simply being stylish with classic pieces that can take you from season to season. Andrea Lieberman has put her magical touch on the basic pieces that make women like me feel pretty, sophisticated and chic.

Your amazing clothes aren’t the only thing that impress me. I love that she pair each look with a classic pair of pumps. You guys know how much I love me a classic pair of pumps! Do you guys love it? I know I do! Bravo!

Peace Love Fashion,

Dominique