FINALLY! I have a bit of time to share with you the wonderful week I spent in NYC to cover Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It was a crazy few days, running from one fashion show to the next, one backstage to the other, squeezing a few street styles and finishing the night at a party. I’m not going to complain, of course, but I will say I’m sorry I couldn’t post these images before today!

My first show of the whole week was LACOSTE, at the Lincoln Center. As soon as I arrived on the runway, I knew this collection was going to be all about the chic side of skiing… the middle of the runway was actually decorated with a plastic window filled with fake snow, that started blowing as soon as the show started. Winter wonderland. The fashion was all about sporty colour blocking, total-looks and layering. Perfect for our canadian winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

(and I was seating a couple of seats from Scott Schuman and Garance Doré)

 

Before heading to my 2nd show Herve Leger, I stumbled upon PORTER GREY’s Fall-Winter presentation. I was very happy to discover this line that featured perfect masculine inspired basics and feminine dresses. I especially loved the cute flawy dresses and the wool capes.

 

 

 

So my next stop was HERVE LEGER by Max Azria. In the last few seasons, I’ve been very impressed by the line’s evolution. It’s not easy to keep reinventing yourself when you’re working with such a precise canvas (i.e. the bondage dress), but Max and Lubov Azria manage to bring new things to the table. This season, it was all about the equestrian world: intricate leather harnesses, “horse-like hair” fur added as trims, tassels… Some dresses even had  a very equestrian print featuring chains and straps. I also really loved the more lady-like feeling of the dresses.

 

 

 

As always, the Herve Leger show was filled with stars. While backstage, I met Camila Alves (a.k.a. Mrs Matthew McConaughey), all dressed and got to chat with the beautiful Coco Rocha!

 

 

After Herve Leger, I was off to the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center to meet with the AVEDA team backstage at Christian Siriano. The hair that the designer wanted for his show was inspired by bats and Antoinette Beenders, the Global Creative Director for AVEDA, translated that into a sleek and very flat look. I really liked this look because it was simple, relatively easy to do at home and very practical for everyday life. Of course, I don’t have enough hair to do it myself, but I strongly suggest you to try it!

 

Antoinette Beenders discussing the look with Christian Siriano.

If you want to try it at home, here’s how to do it…

Step 1: you separate the hair in 4 sections (top, bottom and sides) and you braid both sides very tightly to the head, up until the nape of the neck and you tie it with a small elastic.

Step 2: You straighten the rest of the hair with a flat iron (including the loose end of each braid)

Step 3: To get this final bat-like result, you use two little hair combs (attached together) at the nape of the neck and a bit of Control Force Hairspray.

 

My last backstage stop of the day was back at Lincoln Center, with the M.A.C. Cosmetics team at Monique Lhuillier. Knowing the designer’s beautiful red carpet looks, I was expecting a very sophisticated look, and that’s exactly what I discovered. This season, all the emphasis was put on the lips, bold dramatic red lips, beautifully imagined by the the head make-up artist Val Garland.

Val Garland, working on a model.

While I was backstage, I was so happy to meet Anaïs Pouliot, our Quebecois beauty and one of the hottest models right now!

Literally right after I took my last picture at Monique Lhuillier, I was off to TIBI‘s show. This season, Amy Smilovic offered a strong collection filled with basics we really want to wear. To die for masculine inspired suits, beautiful printed pants and a bit of shimmer! I especially loved the Hitchcock-inspired bird print. When you look at the success of Tibi and other lines such as Rachel Roy or Alice & Olivia (that I will feature later), we realize that consumers are really attracted to the more affordable, but still fashion-forward lines. People want to see what they can buy. Can we blame them?

 

At the end of the show, I met Amy Smilovic, whom I have to admit, is the perfect ambassador for her line. I also ran into one of my favourite bloggers, Katherine from Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

As if 4 shows and 3 backstages weren’t enough to fill up a day, I still had to get to 2 parties… My 1st stop was at Ajna Bar, in the Meatpacking District, where Max and Lubov Azria had invited 300 guests for dinner and a big celebration of their 2 shows (BCBG MaxAzria & Herve Leger). I couldn’t believe their generosity, the food was great and the music, spinned by Solange Knowles, was pretty cool. The 2nd party was hosted by M.A.C and celebrating super hot designer Joseph Altuzarra at EGG in Chinatown.

The Asian inspired setting at Ajna Bar.

DJ Solange Knowles!

That’s it for day 1, I’ll be posting my recap for the rest of Fashion Week in the next few days. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, I’m always impatient to read them!

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