So, I have spent most of this weekend not hitting tennis balls as planned or attending tiara parties to snarkily mock a certain sartorial beauty pageant – which shall remain nameless – as similarly planned. So good gracious, I had a sulky time of it (from the couch, with my cozy tea, my HP Lovecraft, and my adorable daughter quietly amusing herself with her wooden puzzles). Waaah, whine. Poor me, so busy I got sick from running around too much. And yes, without a doubt, it was a week fueled with caffeine, carbs, zero workouts, and many mixed beverages, which is probably why I got sick. But at the same time, should I be complaining about attending NY Fashion Week? Should I whine if I put in a couple extra hours working on the Fall Arts Preview for an amazing client – The Greater Hartford Arts Council– because I was handed the amazing opportunity to select and edit the arts listings? Heck no. Nope. So I’m settled in with The Wolf of Wall Street on the TV, a glass of 90 Plus Cellars Pinot Grigio – ice cold and delicious – and yes, it is later than I had planned to start working on this blog, and I do feel a bit under the weather still (shh, I know I should be drinking tea and not wine, but I just can’t do any more tea/water/I-want-wine-don’t-judge-me).
I will work on balance, I promise. But for now, let’s focus on the awesome, sparkly, fun time that my good friend Carolyn and I enjoyed:
At Nolcha Fashion Week! Also, Carolyn blogged about our night for City Ella – check out her write up here!
Nolcha is the indie, emerging artists’ platform during Fashion Week. Housed in the uber trendy Eyebeam Attelier in the lower west side of Manhattan, removed from the bustle of the Lincoln Center, and hosting some serious emerging talent in the Fashion Scene. Like Kathy Xiomara, whose show we were fortunate enough to attend last Monday night (yes, I said Monday night. Yes, I worked a full day Tuesday. Yes, it was a late night, and heck yes! it was worth it).
But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Before we left Connecticut, we were red carpet pampered by the lovely ladies of Blo West Hartford. Thanks to my good friend and client, Stacey, for hooking us up with such amazing hair:
We’re so spoiled. Note my Channel bag in the foreground. And my Marshall’s dress in the background!
Not pictured: Carolyn’s Disney Princess coffee mug full of prosecco. Because we also classy.
Stacey described my hair as ‘skyscraper straight’ and I think that’s pretty accurate. Side note: new favorite hair style
Suitably glammed up, we headed down to the City, and towards the Eyebeam Attelier. On the walk there, we discovered Champagne Charlie’s. How can you possibly not stop for dinner at a place called that?
I use ‘dinner’ in a very loose sense of the word. We had champagne and french fries. It was one of the best meals of my life.
Upon arriving at the Attelier, we immediately took a very necessary selfie:
Such necessity, so importance
Dropped by the step and repeat:
A very wise choice, as it was absolutely mobbed later in the evening
And enjoyed some delicious (free!) drinks from some very generous sponsors:
Very delicious, Dasani, I’ll try these again. They were good mixed with rum at the event AND also to go for the ride home!
My favorite, however, was the Bellaforma fruit wine:
Specifically, the Sorell (floral) variety. The lady was kind enough to be amused and not disparaging by my multiple trips back. If anyone would like to try at a discount, use the code: NOLCHAFW14
As mentioned previously, the show we were there to see was by Portuguese designer, Kathy Xiomara. She is known for her geometric patterns, evidenced in intricate peter pan collars and stunning cut out details, combining cutting edge trend with a vintage store feel:
I could and would and should wear this eggplant midi creation
Kathy Xiomara also collaborated with Otterbox to design a dress featuring their new shatter proof protective phone case in a gown:
Photo courtesy of the Nolcha Blog
The effect of the swinging phone cases on the runway was ethereal and effortless, appearing to be an avant garde take on the trend of high/low skirt transparencies which is so en vogue. It was only after reading about the show after the event that I realized we had experienced, essentially, the “unconventional challenge” element from Project Runway. Oh, and speaking of Project Runway? Otterbox hooked up the show attendees with a brand new phone case, designed by none other than the legendary Nina Garcia:
It looks really fab on my phone. I love it.
As far as free swag goes, a brand new iPhone case is pretty far up the list of things that I’d ask for if I was inquired onto the subject. But the point is, one should never look a free gift swag in the mouth anyway. Although, some parties based solely around swag – and featuring $14 glasses of prosecco, may be best to avoided. We may or may not have attending one which was somewhat questionable for a grand twenty minutes, which could have been unfortunate as it was all the way uptown in Times Square. But if you look hard enough, there is a delicate silver lining to every cloud, and ours happened to be truly awful, greasy, tourist trap pizza at… wait for it… Sbarros
I would feel shame, but it would be unAmerican to do so.
Dashing back to the safety of trendy Nolcha, we caught the standing room only end of an ethereal showing of evening gowns
Side note: Carolyn has found her future wedding dress
And we also met the sparkling and talented Paula Mele – founder of the New York Fashion Meets Fitness Runway Show
Thanks so much for arranging our passes, Paula! Also, you ladies sure do know how to pose.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. But man, for a first trip to Fashion Week, I don’t think I could have asked for anything better. And hopefully I can go back next year!
Yaaas to the beautiful people and the beautiful threads.