New York Fashion Week

Bloggers at Ferragamo's NYFW partyA bloggers’ who’s who at the Ferragamo x Bloglovin’ NYFW party at The Box

“There’s over 138 bloggers here,” we overheard someone say at the Ferragamo x Bloglovin’ party at The Box last night. It made sense, because everybody looked KIND OF familiar. It’s like, “Oh, are you a friend of a friend or did I see you on like, Raya, or something?”

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Basically everyone there was really tall and good looking. In the main room we spotted the lovely Suarez sisters, Natalie and Dylana, and the recently brunette Lisa Dengler, while upstairs on the balcony Nicolette Mason and Christian Siriano’s other half, Brad Walsh, Snapchatted and selfied over cocktails in the corner. The Surf Lodge owner Jayma Cardoso did a drive-by with Tommy Saleh.

DANCERS AND WHIPPED CREAM ON TOP: READ ON

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British-born, New York-based footwear designer Paul Andrew picked a West Side penthouse as his New York Fashion Week base camp, but not because his collection has an overtly urban bent. Oh, these are shoes you’ll want to wear on the best city days and nights, but Paul always ties his seasons to a place on the map and fall’s geographical muse isn’t about concrete and steel.

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WATCH OUR VIDEO TO SEE WHERE THESE SHOES CAN TAKE YOU

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“Shoes are literally my whole life,” Alexandre Birman told me. “My friends have a joke that instead of a crib I had a shoebox.”

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The son of a Brazilian footwear entrepreneur, Alexandre was born and raised in the industry. In his home country, his family brand is a household name, and here in America, his collections of exotic leathers, strappy sandals and artisan-driven boots and flats are gaining escalating traction each season. He says he’s on his way to realizing a childhood dream of designing and producing his own world-renowned namesake line one season at a time.

Alexandre points to three key elements for the season ahead: velvet, strong boots and python.

STEP INSIDE AND SEE HOW THOSE PLAY OUT

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As I looked around Tanya Taylor‘s bustling, buzzy presentation on Friday afternoon, it seemed that everyone in the downtown Manhattan space was wearing the young New York City-based designer’s clothing. Colors were electric, silhouettes and hemlines were artfully mixed (high with low, low with high) and prints, patterns and playfulness were favored.

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After spending the first 10 minutes with one eye on the stylish crowd and one eye on the alluring gradients of fall color—from rust to black to bright to neutral—I decided that, yes, lots of these women were wearing Tanya Taylor, but more to the point: Tanya Taylor designs exactly the way we dress. She makes clothes that fold effortlessly into what we are already pulling on.

And yet she manages to push us forward too—with color, with cut and with an imaginative collaging of all of it.

HEAR TANYA TAYLOR TALK ABOUT HER TAKE ON FALL COLORS

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It’s a peculiar thing to go backstage before a runway show. The atmosphere is at once highly charged and quietly intimate—imagine arriving at a friend’s house an hour early for an incredibly important dinner party, if your friend was an artful chef and the guests were the world’s most important gastronomes. As I watched Israel-born Yigal Azrouël wind quickly and kindly between models just moments before his fall collection hit the floor, that was what I thought of. He tamed coifs, he straightened lapels, he was easy and calm and totally in control.

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“I love to design with a strong, confident girl in mind,” he told me later via email, and on Friday morning I could feel him imparting that confidence to each of the women he touched. Later, after a beautiful show, he answered some questions about the darkly romantic looks he issued for fashion’s most important season.

FIND OUT WHAT INSPIRED THE COLLECTION

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New York Fashion Week party at the Standard

The best thing about shooting the Empire State Building is the reflection of the UFO-like chandelier

It was unbelievably cold on day one of NYFW, so you can imagine what it was like once night fell. And on the West Side of NYC? Bitter. Our cab driver said the city was quiet; clearly most people weren’t crazy enough to venture out in that wind chill. But we were pretty excited about seeing Swedish singer Seinabo Sey performing, so no polar vortex could keep us in.

Seinabo Sey at the Standard

Seinabo Sey performing

Mia Moretti, Margot, Thaddeus O’Neil, Vogue’s Kristin Tice Studeman and more were among the low-key crowd that turned up at the Top of The Standard for the event. The room is an event in itself, any night of the week. The Roman & Williams–designed 18th-floor space is probably the most beautiful in all of New York City, and the view is even more stunning. Look one way for One World Trade Center and turn your head for the Empire State Building. It’s essentially impossible not to enjoy oneself.

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Among the exciting new-for-spring brands at SPACE is the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund winner Brother Vellies. Designed by Aurora James and fabricated in collaboration with African artisans in developing communities, it’s a line of supremely wearable shoes that you can feel supremely good about wearing.

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In a photo studio converted to a sort of butterfly house out on the Far West Side yesterday, Aurora showed how a recent trip to Ethiopia transformed her ideas about the language of women and really killer boots and handbags.

SEE BV’S OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS AND SUSTAINABLE, UPCYCLED FUR

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One of our favorite New York Fashion Week traditions is getting into town early and stopping off at Jeffrey Kalinsky’s office in Chelsea to talk about the week ahead.

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Yesterday we went by and got Jeffrey’s take on the Show to Watch Out For. Spoiler alert: it’s very likely not a name you’ve already heard. If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga or just the type who loves knowing things before everyone else does, get in on this.

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They say you never forget your first, and we’ve found that applies to anything and everything. Your first kiss, your first trip to Paris, your first CHANEL purse. Those are all locked in. Likewise the first New York Fashion Week show of Nordstrom’s VP Fashion Director, Jeffrey Kalinsky.

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We hung out in his adorable Chelsea-neighborhood office the other day and let him tell us all about it. Any guesses—before you watch!—as to what decade it was?

HEAR JEFFREY REMINISCE ON FASHION WEEKS PAST

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By all accounts—say, Givenchy’s—Alyona Subbotina is an incredibly cool-looking girl. Beautiful, yes, but more importantly, cool. But one of the first things she says to me after my photog friend Mike and I sit down with her in a SoHo pizza joint is, “The real me is something more aggressive.” She tells me how she used to have bleached-out eyebrows and says she’d love to have messier, shorter hair, but I won’t find out what she really means about being aggressive until she’s more than halfway through her piled-high veggie slice.

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All images by Michael Yuri Chard

See, Alyona was a member of her country’s Olympic volleyball team and had her eyes on the 2008 Beijing games when she was spotted in Kazakhstan by a modeling scout. Fast-forward to now—with pause points starring Helmut Lang, ACNE, Fendi and Armani. She loves fashion, and she loves the industry, and you only have to talk to her for, well, about as long as it takes to eat half a slice, to know that she’s got her head on straight about it.

“We have a perfect job. We get good pay to work just one or two days and I’m not in some factory somewhere. I respect my clients and I am happy to be who they want—to be what the market wants. But I see it as … how do you call it? A circus.”

And ladies and gentlemen, Alyona is an expert practitioner of the best circus-coping stress reliever out there.

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