Vanessa Barcus, owner of Goldyn boutique in the Highlands, along with Laura Krudener, of Among the Colors, are attending New York Fashion Week. Vanessa and Laura are exclusively reviewing NYFW for 303 Magazine.
Read day 5 of their experience at NYWF Spring 2016 below.
Today marks the beginning of New York Market Week, aka where the real business of fashion begins. With NYFW and Market Week overlapping this season, our schedule officially went into full tilt.
VANESSA BARCUS, GOLDYN
This week the fun and glamour of the runway shows turned into the down-to-business work of reviewing collections and writing spring orders as Market Week began.
Today was a jam-packed day of appointments right off the bat, which included checking out a few Goldyn mainstays as well as a couple newer brands. First stop was the very progressive, directional showroom Maryam Nassir Zadeh, where I got to peruse the gorgeous, handmade knits from Lauren Manoogian.
Lauren’s knits, though fashion-forward, are very wearable and great for layering in a snowy place like Colorado. Her muted color palette definitely seemed on-point with the zeitgeist of the collections this season.
From MNZ I made my way over to Findings Showroom to check out bohemian-chic collection Ulla Johnson, as well as cult handbag label Jerome Dreyfuss. Both did not disappoint. Ulla offered up a perfect assortment of peasant blouses and lace, mixed with some stunning saffron-colored silks that would surely be a hit with our Colorado fashion hippie set. Jerome Dreyfuss’ buttery soft leather bags were equally as suited for the Goldyn girl, with the perfect balance of functionality, understated elegance and chic style.
In between appointments I made a mad dash to see the always playful runway show of fashion darling Jeremy Scott. As promised, the show was a wild ride of over-the-top vampy glamour and kaleidoscopic colors – a visual candy store, if you will. Leave it to Mr. Scott to bring the sartorial party and remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.
Next up was Goldyn best-seller Rachel Comey, whose Spring collection featured a spectrum of blushes, nudes and indigos in oversized, flowy shapes, which always manage to ride the line between playfulness and sophistication – Art teacher chic in the best way possible. I especially dug her shoulder cutouts and jumpers in this season’s group. The last appointment of the day had us checking out up-and-coming designer Haus Alkire, whose absolutely stunning Spring collection featured digital prints taken by the designers’ husband of the Central Park Conservatory. Her unbelievably luxurious silks and super unique use of textiles had our jaws dropping. Then it was off to dinner with the family again before getting some rest for yet another busy day of appointments tomorrow…
LAURA KRUDENER, AMONG THE COLORS
Day 5 was my last day in New York. This city has a certain air about it that converges so many different types of people, ideas and creative output together. On my last day in NYC I took in some market research with a few of my favorite designers, worked out and walked around to simply take in the uniqueness that is New York City. I started my day at SLT with a merciless workout, and rewarded myself with my favorite NYC treat, Juice Press. Juice Press is an institution in New York. With over 10 stores all over the city, the amount of vegan, raw, good-for-you goodness that pours out of their locations in stunning.
I walked my way over to the Meatpacking District for the afternoon. This little nook in the city is full of boutiques and hot spot eateries. I spent some time scoping the current Fall ‘15 collections of Rag and Bone, Trina Turk, Vince and Rebecca Taylor. I was most taken by Rebecca Taylor’s collection. There was an emphasis on neutrals, sheer texture and subtle patterns, not too far from some of what I have seen continuing into spring at both runway shows at Mara Hoffman and Tibi. There were also some fun punches of ‘70s inspired patterns, colored pale blue fur and layered pieces.
After browsing the boutiques, I headed over to Spice Market for a little hour reset with a ginger margarita and salmon tartare. The people watching outside on the patio was amazing, as bloggers and fashion-goers scurried down the streets leaving the latest shows at Milk Studios. I finished off the evening with Goldyn Guy, Caleb Tillapaugh, as we ventured to Soho’s new Hugo Hotel for drinks. There is a lot of NYFW buzz around this new hotel, including exclusive coverage by designer/blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad. We then strolled to the Lower East Side for dinner at one of my favorite spots in the city, The Fat Radish.
The Fat Radish is something you might expect to see in Denver, and if you did it would be full all the time. A British cuisine meets farm-to-table concept that is an industry favorite, I can’t come to New York without visiting this darling SoHo gem. With a rustic vibe full of all local farm greens and macrobiotic plates of the day, it is an easy retreat from the city and a perfect way to reflect at the end of an inspired trip.