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My FIRST NYFW Experience in a Nutshell…
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Last Call Neiman Marcus Blogger Event at Katy Mills

My FIRST NYFW Experience in a Nutshell…

Gosh… in a way, I’m still reveling in the fact that September 2014 was the month and year I was able to attend THE New York Fashion Week. I want to thank Fashion Mingle (I literally can’t thank them enough) for allowing me to join the team to cover the intense week of everything fashion. It was a dream come true!

The boy and I drove…yes I said DROVE…from Houston to NYC, stopping at different cities along the way. We stayed at Yotel in Hell’s Kitchen, which was fairly close, but still a brief cab or subway ride to Lincoln Center. In between shows, we played tourist and WALKED EVERYWHERE (like 20 blocks from a show to our hotel) and my entire body ended up being in pain for the first few days; but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t feeling pretty amazing by the end of our NYC stay.

So, basically everything that you hear about Lincoln Center and NYFW is true. Just standing outside by the fountain and walking to the tents was a rush; as well as seeing the editors, celebrities (like the Hiltons) and bloggers in their designer threads and the swarms of street style photographers was an experience in itself. I met THE Grace Coddington, who was just as humble and lovely as can be. I had also wanted to see Bill Cunningham…and did…and that was BEYOND disappointing. I thought he would be the kind man that was portrayed in his documentary, but alas, he was quite the opposite. Anyway, once inside the tents, you get your ticket scanned, which determines where your seating assignment is. Then you can either mingle at some of the pop-ups or hang out in the media lounge, until time to line up to get into the shows. When we were able to get into the salons for the shows, it was literally like being herded in there like cattle and everyone was in a rush of sorts. I did have the chance to stay in the media pit for most of the shows… it was THE pit of all media pits…but nevertheless, I was able to conform myself into small yet decent spots and managed to get relatively good photos (I was even laying on the floor and sitting on concrete in CHANEL…but that’s how much I love blogging…) Like ALL fashion industry events, the shows ended up starting late, but you know what… I didn’t mind…I was just so entralled in the whole experience of just being there.

Would I do it all over again? HELL YES, I would! However, NYFW will longer be held at Lincoln Center after the F/W 2015 shows in February. So we shall see as to what the plan will be. I know I’m beyond curious.

Last Call Neiman Marcus Blogger Event at Katy Mills

Huge thanks to the folks at Bitner-Goodman for the invitation to the blogger event at the Last Call by Neiman Marcus at Katy Mills, outside of Houston. Myself, along with maybe twenty of Houston’s most stylish bloggers gathered for an intimate preview of what’s trending for Fall. We were also treated to a light breakfast, goodie bags (including a $25 gift card to Simon malls), participated in a giveaway (and I was the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Last Call) and tour of Katy Mills ‘Fashion District.’ We listened, took notes and pictures as the store manager-Phillip Wilson explained each of the thirteen trends and showed us some key pieces that went along with each trend: Color-Like a Box of Crayons, Singing the Blues, Green with Envy, Colorful Fancy Pants, Leather Leather Everywhere, Fur-Ever and Ever, Chunky Monkey, Horse Play and Jackets Required. He also explained that Fall’s ‘must-have’ accessories are: Big Statement Handbags, Tote Bags, Riding Boots, Pumps, Ballet Slippers, Jewel Tone-Colored Jewels, Dramatic Dangling Earrings and Brooches.

~Color-Like a Box of Crayons~

**Photo from LastCall.com**

Cashmere sweater basics from the Neiman Marcus Collection ranging in a variety of colors and styles were showcased. Prices range from $135-139.

~Singing the Blues~

Brands used include: Blue Tweed Dress ($129) & Black Ruched-Sleeved Jacket ($99) from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Blue Trench Coat ($175) from Marc New York, Charcoal/Black Leopard Print Top ($99) from BCBG Max Azria and Black Knit Legging ($59) from Romeo & Juliet.

~Green with Envy~

Brands used include: Army Green Drawstring Dress ($165) by Single, Givenchy Tarot Card Print Scarf ($225), Kelly Green Bell Sleeve Sheer Blouse ($49) by Romeo & Juliet, Black Oversized Tank Top ($39) by James Perse, Black Stretch Knit Skinny Pant ($69) by MICHAEL Michael Kors.

~Colorful Fancy Pants~

Brands used include: ‘Tyler’ Cigarette Jean ($89) by MEK Denim, Giraffe Print Skinny Jean ($119) by Rich & Skinny, Relaxed Fit Color Jean ($75) by JAG Jeans.

~Leather Leather Everywhere!~

By the way, I learned a new rule during this segment: It is now a faux pas to say “faux,” instead it is best to say-“Eco-leather.”

Brands used include: Black Leather and Knit Sheath Dress ($119) and Ivory Cashmere Turtleneck ($70) by the Neiman Marcus Collection, Olive Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($415) by Marc New York, Olive Heather Long-Sleeve Top ($69) by Vince, “Eco-Leather” Legging ($49) by Romeo & Juliet.

~Fur-Ever and Ever~

Another interesting fact I learned is that Houston is one of the biggest cities that has the highest fur sales.

Brands used include: “Eco-Fur” Vest ($149) by Neiman Marcus, Long-Sleeve Tee ($59) and Black Knit Pant ($99) from ISDA and Co., Royal Purple “Eco-Fur” Crop Jacket ($99) by Romeo & Juliet, Black Stretch Knit Pant ($119) by French Connection, Maroon Fur Vest ($1,380) and Fur Poncho ($1,680) by Leonard Gorski.

~Chunky Monkey~

Brands used include: Fawn Colored Cable-Knit Sweater ($69) and Missoni-Inspired Cardigan ($99) by Design History, Black Knit Legging ($59) by Romeo & Juliet, Camel-Colored ‘Fisherman’s’ Sweater ($119) by Design History, Shawl Collar Handkerchief Hem Cardigan ($95) by Neiman Marcus, Flared Leg Dark Denim ($139) by Hudson Jeans.

~Horse Play~

Brands used include: Quilted and ‘Branded’ Flat Soled Boot in Nigeria ($449) by Stuart Weitzman, Oakland Tmorro Boot with All-Weather Sole ($399) by Alberto Fermani.

~Jackets Required~

Brands used include: Black/White Geometric Print Trench ($269) and Black Stretch Dress ($199) by Diane von Furstenburg, Black Knit Bat-Wing Jacket ($99) and Black/Blue Sleeveless Knit Dress ($79) by Shelli Segal.

And photos from the rest of the event….

Including a group shot courtesy of Live Life in Style!

Huge thanks again to Bitner-Goodman PR, Phillip Wilson and the folks at Last Call Neiman Marcus at Katy Mills for the wonderful event! For more information on Last Call by Neiman Marcus services, including: special events, trunk shows, Last Call Rewards and great associates/stylists who will email/text or call you… go to LastCall.com.

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