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:

Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17

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.

Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17 Misha Collection New York Fashion Week Spring 17

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.

Francesca Liberatore NYFW Spring 17 Moynihan Station Francesca Liberatore NYFW Spring 17 Moynihan Station Francesca Liberatore NYFW Spring 17 Moynihan Station Francesca Liberatore NYFW Spring 17 Moynihan Station Francesca Liberatore NYFW Spring 17 Moynihan Station

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).

Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lulus Style Studio NYFW Lu Puf at Lulus Style Studio NYFW

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.

Katie Gallagher Eclipse NYFW Spring 17 Katie Gallagher Eclipse NYFW Spring 17

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.