New York Fashion Week

I have a dream...

Do you remember that dream you used to have as a child?  That one that went like - "We could move to a farm and then I could have all the animals I want and I could run around and play all day and I wouldn't have to go to school anymore..."  Well, this is kind of like that.

When I was a child, we used to cut through on this street called East Shadowlawn.  A narrow street with old, quaint houses.  And I had my house all picked out.  It looked like it had been plucked out of some European village with its stone walkway and rose vines crawling up its walls.  But what really sold me on the whole dream was West Shadowlawn.  West Shadowlawn had been rezoned for business.  All kinds of different businesses in old houses.  So, my dream was to live on East Shadowlawn and to walk to work on West Shadowlawn.  And there is currently a photography gallery named Jackson Fine Art on West Shadowlawn.

So, here is where the dream starts to get a little childlike.  I am a member of the Atlanta Photography Group.  This is a group that allows photographers to submit pictures for possible selection by guest curators, and the guest curator for the next show happens to be Anna Walker Skillman, who owns Jackson Fine Art which is on West Shadowlawn.  So, I submitted a photograph hoping Ms. Skillman would see my work and like it and maybe one day show my artwork at Jackson Fine Art and then I would be "working" on West Shadowlawn.  

Well, she selected my piece for the show at APG, which is on Bennett Street - not West Shadowlawn.  But a connection has been made!  She liked one of my pieces.  Now, I'm just waiting for the farm and all of the animals to show up...

Model off-duty

Trend Report

During the process of taking 2000 photos of fashion show attendees over the course of 2 days, I started to see some trends.  I don't talk a lot about trends, because I generally prefer people to look different from each other.  But it is nice to look "current" and to have fun with a new style.  The good news is that there are a lot of options.  So, pick the one that fits you.  

Here are the main trends I saw popping up in New York over and over again - 

Fringe

I saw fringe in Atlanta the other day worn this way - 

Red, white, and blue

It's not every season that a certain color combination is a trend, so I was surprised to see this combo pop up over and over.  You have to be a little careful, because you could easily look like the American (or French) flag.  But when worn with interesting pieces and proportions, you will look like you are happy about Fall.  If you need more support in order to wear some red,white and blue, Marc Jacobs' Spring 2016 collection is a vote for this trend.

Ripped jeans

This trend is old enough that it has trickled down to mainstream fashion, but the new factor in this trend is that ripped jeans are now considered fashionable enough to wear as normal pants to a nice event.  This is the second time this phenomenon has surfaced during my lifetime.  I remember having an argument with my mother regarding the appropriateness of wearing ripped jeans to lunch at a restaurant.  I won.  She was embarrassed.  That was in the 80's.   

Silver shoes

Flat shoes were abundant at New York Fashion Week, and coming in number 2 (sneakers were number 1), silver was the shoe of choice.  They are like jewelry for your feet.

And this trend has found its way to mainstream New York as well - 

Colored Frames

A little pop of color on your face is always nice - 

More trends

The trends keep coming - 

Which trend are you most likely to try?

Menswear at New York Fashion Week

The men in New York were well-dressed (for the most part) and were sporting several interesting trends - 

Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, packed a lot of trends into this outfit.  Colored frames, gingham shirt, sneakerized loafers (with a suit).  And even one piece I haven't seen before - a blue leather belt with a blue suit.

Lookin' sharp.  Maybe a little 50's throwback?

Ken Downing, Senior VP of Neiman Marcus, is sporting a lot of denim with a blue sweater and a blue gingham shirt.  

This is a bold outfit that may only work on him.

These are just people I saw walking down the street, but I thought this guy looked nice in his blue suit and maroon tie with a tie clip.

Another "normal" guy hanging out on the street - but this one is wearing a very fashion-forward outfit featuring culottes. 

Another 50's reference.  Simple and elegant.  I like it.

I don't think I've ever seen this look before - silk scarf with leather jacket.  Very interesting.

Graphic hip-hop.

Preppy chic.  The leather in this outfit is so rich.

Preppy chic.  The leather in this outfit is so rich.

Artistic bomber jacket with a collar.

Another silk scarf...with the addition of a crazy bag.  

Another silk scarf...with the addition of a crazy bag.  

Large pockets are a popular design feature right now.

Don't try this at home.

This is a fashionable hiking outfit, and once again, a lot of blue.  I like the hat and the green boots.

Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-large of Harper's Bazaar, wearing a fun bomber jacket.

Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-large of Harper's Bazaar, wearing a fun bomber jacket.

Almost every man at Fashion Week rolled their pants at the ankles.  Red pants were popular with the men as well.

So, bomber jackets, rolled ankles, and almost any shoe goes.  And if you are going to dress up, think 50's and wear a tie clip.

So, bomber jackets, rolled ankles, and almost any shoe goes.  And if you are going to dress up, think 50's and wear a tie clip.

Interesting photos - New York

Here are some photos from my recent trip to New York that I found interesting but didn't really fit into the more "fashiony" posts - 

A sea of black with a pop of blue (and the wall art is great).

Model distracted by a smaller photo shoot.

A little mystery is always good.

Weeds, rusted metal with rivets, old brick buildings with wall art - all beautiful.

Good style on a bike.

Dangerous in pink

Bold pattern and nose ring

Run, business man, run!

I love the magic of "Miracle on 34th Street", so I had to include this photo with the sign above and people who look like they may be waiting for a little magic.

My camera settings weren't ready for the inside of Grand Central Station, but I love this old man too much not to use this photo.

A lot of the fashion shows were held in this gorgeous (and huge) post office built in 1912.  This was the post office that appeared in "Miracle on 34th Street".

I'm not going to spell it out for you, but I see some similarities in this photo.  

This is a great example of why you should take one item off before you leave the house.  Would have been perfect without the shorts.  I just don't understand.

He asked me after I took this shot - "Am I famous now?"

So many great buildings in New York.

A Lexus decorated with marker art by Shantell Martin.  And I like how the girl matches the car.

More Fashion Week Style

Natalie Joos (right), casting director

Anna Dello Russo

Amy Giles, Owner of Progressive Kenpo Karate

Chiara Ferragini of The Blonde Salad

Flats

I know sneakers are not normally called "flats" in the fashion world, but they are now being worn as "flats"...and are quickly replacing heels.  I am here to report that there were more flat shoes at New York Fashion Week than heels.  Halleluia!  

Don't get me wrong.  Heels are beautiful, but I love the fact that women's fashion has embraced practical shoes.  Sneakers, menswear style shoes, platform sandals - here we go!  

And there were a lot of silver shoes.

Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram