Bye Bye, Bryant Park!

My fabulous friend Dana, who had guest blogged for me back in September, is back to share her experiences at New York Fashion Week.

Thanks so much, Dana!

Dana (wearing a French Connection dress) strikes a pose on the runway before the start of the 3.1 Phillip Lim show.

So, here we are once again — Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the last one in Bryant Park.  There was an unspoken sense of sadness underneath the white vinyl this past week.  The designers aren’t outwardly supporting or bashing the idea of the move, mostly they’re just expressing their memories from Bryant Park, as shown through quotes on the entrance on the Avenue of the Americas.  “Bryant Park became the beacon of what New York fashion stands for – an industry that’s fearless, tireless and always moving forward,” said Ms. Wintour.   I think the designers are remaining cautiously optimistic about the move to Lincoln Center in the fall.  There were plenty of nay-sayers at first about such an event taking over Bryant Park for a week when it began there in 1993.  And now, just as people are beginning to welcome it back twice a year with open arms, a new part of town will have to accept its presence and the craziness it brings.  We’ll just have to wait until September to see the full effect of the new location will be.

This was my first Fall/Winter fashion week where I was able to actually see a show and take note of what the tent revelers were wearing.  Now, for those of you in sunny beautiful weather, take note — it is far from that here in NYC.  In fact, I didn’t think the tents were going to hold up last week when the north east was blasted with several feet of snow.  Impressively, they did.   I even more so thought that there was no way anyone was going to try to go all out and wear ultra outrageous outfits just to try to attract attention from the crowds milling about outside the tents’ entrance.  I was wrong.  Now, I fully support expressing your style and what better location than NY Fashion Week?  But, when there is a foot of snow of the ground, some sort of common sense has to come into play.  Right?  Some ladies got the look half right — they did Aspen chic on the top — full fur hat, luxe fur coat — but the look didn’t hold up from the waist down — paper thin leggings and sky-high open-toed shoes.

Photos by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Due to the schedule and when I was there, I was only able to go to one show — 3.1 Phillip Lim.  Wool blends, shearling coats and animal prints in tans and neutrals rocked the runway.  Overall, I quite liked the collection.  I could definitely see most of the separates being worn off the runway, and not looking like it came from the runway (in a good way).  I was completely taken off guard when the finale dress came out — bright peachy/pinky with neutral sleeved adorned with huge gemstones.  I was in love.  It was so different from the rest of the collection and really unexpected.  Mr. Lim, if you’re reading this post, and clearly I know you are, I would love to borrow that dress for my next red carpet event.

Photos by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Overall, it was a great couple of days at NYFW.  I was definitely sad when I walked out of the tents knowing that it might be the last time that I will step foot in there, but I was happy knowing that I was lucky enough to experience it, if only a couple of times.  Thank you again for letting me share my experience with you!  Hopefully I’ll get to go to Lincoln Center in the fall!

Until then….xoxo,


21 Responses to “Bye Bye, Bryant Park!”

  1. February 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    great guest post! love the looks you rocked while at NYFW (something i would definitely die because i just wouldn’t know what to wear!) great recap! xoxo, steph

  2. February 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    That’s such a lovely dress Dana has on. I’m loving the pink flowy trail on that outfit.

  3. February 22, 2010 at 9:11 am

    hellO! thanks for the update on fw. your friend is doing a great JOB,
    cant wait for your next outfit post my dear.
    love your style.

    xx ediot

  4. February 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

    oh looks so fabulous! i love the movement in that pink dress! xx

  5. February 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

    That first coat is amazing! gorgeous girl

    Enter my giveaway to win a beret for Spring!


  6. February 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I really love Dana’s hair color. 🙂

    P.S.: ♥Please don’t forget to join the Schnappy Jewelry giveaway!♥

    Good luck!

  7. February 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    That was by far my favorite show!! And how sad about Bryant Park huh? I’m just glad I made it this year!

  8. February 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yayy for Dana! Great recount and so jealous she was at Phillip Lim!! xo, Mel

  9. February 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Dana is a hottie….LOL. Awesome post! I hate that they’re moving from Bryant Park before I ever got to experience it, but I’m sure that whenever I make it to NYFW the location & experience will be just as dope.

    p.s. Hopefully Dana will get to borrow that dress for her next red carpet event – then she guest post about that, too! 🙂


  10. February 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    i love love her striped dress
    shes so pretty!!!

  11. February 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Awesome post! I really love your striped coat! The bright pink dress was surely a surprise! xoxoxoxoxox

  12. February 24, 2010 at 12:02 am

    wow Dana is so lucky! The Philip Lim show was great.

  13. 14 Dana
    February 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Thank you everyone for your kind words!!!! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!! :):):)

  14. February 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

    “The tents” are certainly going to be missed. It’s a big change for the industry as we know it… for me, personally, it’s like the end of an era. They symbolized my immersion into fashion.

    But enough with the dramatic. I really love that striped dress!


  15. February 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    love that dress! congratulations i absolutely love your blog!


  16. February 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    how nice!!! great to have a lovely guest blogger.

    thanks b for your gorgeous wishes on my course. i’m really enjoying it 😀


  17. February 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    oh yeah! and i play classical songs 🙂 x

  18. March 4, 2010 at 3:30 am

    gosh i wish i could go to fashion week. great post! 🙂

  19. March 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I love the striped dress and button down coat in your first pic…nice post

  20. January 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I keep forgetting you’re at the new address! Haha. I do kinda miss this place, though. BTW I think you should do a post on the new love brigade jeans.

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