Experiencing NYFW for the first time – Day 1 of NYFW 2016

Last week I returned home from New York Fashion Week full of inspiration and having made some new blogger and writer friends. To be honest, I was hesitant about making the investment to go, but it was more than worth it. I plan on devoting a whole post to sharing some tips and ideas if you’re planning to go for the first time. However, I’d like to say that anyone can attend fashion week with a bit of work. There are so many shows, showrooms, and events that people with different size followings have something to choose from and there truly is something for everyone. If you have a question about NYFW that you would like to have answered, please leave it in the comments or feel free to send me an email.

Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing a day-by-day overview of all the things I experienced during my first NYFW.

Here is day 1:

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Misha Collection

My first show of NYFW was the Misha Collection. Held at the Skylight Clarkson venue, it was the perfect place for a NYFW-newbie. With just a standing room ticket, I didn’t have many expectations. However, it was quite the experience and perhaps my favorite show of the weekend.

This venue had a small lounge, open-to-all where you could get water or coffee and some pastries before the show started. It was a great area to catch your breath, eat a little something, and network with some of the attendees. Following the lounge, you can head inside to the venue. If you have an assigned seat, you will be ushered straight to your seat. If you have standing room, you will wait in a line until all of the standing room people have been seated. Since I had no idea how this worked, I pictured that I would be standing in the back of some area in the room. I didn’t even know that they took the standing room people and used them to fill in empty seats. Needless to say, I was pretty surprised when I was ushered into the front row!

I also loved the pieces – scroll down to see all of the photos and the rest of my day. The Misha Collection was started in 2013, by Australian designer Michelle Aznavorian. It’s now sold in places like Nordstrom and is described as designing for a woman “who is timeless; [and] her style is not dictated by seasons or trends.

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by Chloe

Following the show, I decided to spend walking around and taking some photos in the neighborhood. I also knew I wanted to eat a good, hearty lunch while I had time, so I walked over to by Chloe. I had the Guac Burger (black bean, quinoa, sweet potato patty, corn salsa, onion, guac, tortilla strips, chipotle aioli, whole grain bun). It was delicious and kept me full for the rest of my busy day.

By Chloe New York on AnExplorersHeart.com By Chloe New York on AnExplorersHeart.com

Laduree

Following lunch, I headed back to where I was staying on the Upper East Side to rest and get ready for the evening. However, I wanted to do a bit more exploring and Laduree was on my list of places to check out. I have had it on my list for my last few visits to New York, but hadn’t been able to fit it in yet. I stopped in for a small treat and an iced coffee.

Laduree Madison Ave New York on AnExplorersHeart.com Laduree Madison Ave New York on AnExplorersHeart.com

Francesca Liberatore

My evening started with the Francesca Liberatore show at Moynihan Station. This was a much bigger venue – more photographers, more seats, and more people assigned to standing room. I was standing in the back, but since I was attending the show alone, I was able to squeeze in in the second row. I also experienced my first celebrity sighting of the weekend when I saw Ms. USA and Ms. Universe as well as Kelly Osbourne in the row in front of me. Having watched her on E! on the Fashion Police, it was fun to see how she reacted to the show. If you click here, you can watch the runway show for yourself.

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Lulus Style Studio

Following the show, I headed to the Lulus event. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, there is a lot more to Fashion Week than just the shows. If you’re a blogger, events are a great place to speak with brands face-to-face, meet fellow bloggers, and of course, have fun! As you can see from the photos, the Lulus event was super cute. I picked up fun cosmetics from Winky Lux and the Balma Nume curling wand, as well as a cute dress from Black Swan (that will be coming to the blog soon).

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Katie Gallagher

The Katie Gallagher presentation was my final event of the day and an interesting note to end on. Unlike shows that have a specific start time, presentations usually last for a few hours and designers have their clothing displayed either on models or mannequins. Like an art museum or gallery, you can take in each piece at your own pace and look at the pieces in whatever order you choose. Located in an actual art gallery, the Katie Gallagher presentation was a nice change of pace as well as location from the previous events.

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What I Wore:

Unsure of what to expect  for my first day, I opted for something comfortable, but still a little fun. I wore my favorite lace tee (much like this one) and paired it with this black midi skirt (which is now on sale for under $15). I wore these black pointy flats and finished the look with some tassel earrings from H&M (similar to these) and this bright pink lipstick. You can see the photo on Instagram.

  • amy loochtan

    that first dress is amazing!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

  • Looks like you had an amazing time!!! Your pictures are amazing!! xoxo

    Kristen
    http://www.everychicway.com

  • Greta Hollar

    It looks like you had an amazing time! Love your photos!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Lauren Ruehl

    The photos you took at the shows are absolutely beautiful. Looks like an amazing experience!

  • Had major FOMO for not going this year. So glad you had an amazing time!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  • Kathryn Wesson

    This looks like an amazing experience! I’ve always wanted to go!

  • great post! the Misha show looks amazing!
    http://layersofchic.com

  • Loved hearing about your NYFW day!! Gorgeous photos too!

  • Mackenzie Lee

    So awesome! I’m so jealous you got to go. It looked like such a great experience!!

    • Thanks Mackenzie – it was amazing. I’d highly recommend it – I’ll be sharing some tips for going soon!

  • simplygailg

    What a great recap Lauren! Your first day was amazing! I should have been hanging with you! I must keep that in mind for next time. Lol. You captured the events so well. The photos are stunning! I can’t to see what’s coming next! Xoxo

    • Thanks Gail! It was so fun to meet you – hope to see you more next NYFW 🙂

  • Nicole Leffew

    I love this post and hearing about what you did! I’m so jealous you saw the Misha Collection! I’m obsessed with her style! Xo

    • Thanks Nicole! It was fun to see you around 🙂 It was a beautiful show!

  • Valerie

    I really hope to go next year!

    http://www.styledmuse.com

    • You should Valerie – I’m planning a post with some tips for how to attend going up next week!

  • Sarah Lindner

    I was there for NYFW I had a great time, these are some great photographs you took!
    Xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.TheHouseOfSequins.com

    • Thanks Sarah! Glad you had a great time – it really is such a special experience!

  • What an experience I dream to go next year!! I hope to make it!!

    Courtney Bentley || http://www.courtneyvioletbentley.com

    • You should Courtney! Stay tuned for a post with some tips on how to attend coming soon!

  • Such gorgeous pictures from NYFW. I’m definitely going to have to go one day!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

    • Thanks Nina – you really should!

  • Ellese Launer

    Oh my goodness! How did I miss you! I attended all of these events expect the Francesca Liberatore show! Congrats on attending and the beautiful round up. I could tell from all the places you visited between shows, we would be good friends! Hopefully I’ll run into next time! Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • That is too funny! Yes, I kept seeing posts from fellow bloggers at the same events who I didn’t see. I hope to see you next time 🙂

  • Love this recap! I wish I could have gone! I need to check out these designers now 🙂

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

    • Thanks Maggie – next time 🙂

  • I love this post so much and girl these pics are magazine worthy! All heart eyes! xo, Roselyn

    • Thanks Roselyn – so sweet!

  • Amber Marie Werner

    Those pictures are amazing! Such beautiful pieces in that collection. My goal is to attend fashion week next year, once I have more blogging experience under my belt. Thanks so much for sharing this!
    xoxo

    • Thanks Amber! Yes, you definitely should. As I mentioned, I thought it would only be beneficial for “big” bloggers, but there really is something for everyone.

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Your images are beyond stunning here. I love every single look!!! That food looked crazy good!! Thanks for such an incredible overview love!

    • Thanks Ruthie – so nice of you!

  • These pictures are stunning!!! I’ve been dying to try by Chloe – looks so good!

    Shaheen | Lows to Luxe

    • Thanks Shaheen. It was really good!!