The first day of New York Fashion Week was a whirlwind of excitement. In the morning, we had appointments, lunches, and runway shows, and the evenings were filled with glamorous parties.
Last week I went to New York to see the designers’ Spring ‘22 collections. It’s been more than a year–18 months to be exact–since my last in-person Fashion Week. For the last 5 seasons, designers have presented their new designs through mini films, digital presentations, and other new and creative ways. But this season, in-person shows are back and, as always, the first stop on the fashion circuit is NYC.
Preparing for Fashion Week is always chaotic. You need to be very critical when packing your suitcases and plan out all the looks you’re going to wear to each event plus pack some extra pieces for any unforeseen events or last-minute parties that you didn’t have on your schedule. I flew from Miami to New York on Tuesday, September 7th, to wake up very early–fresh and energetic–for the first day of New York Fashion Week.
On Wednesday September 8th, I got up and felt a level of excitement for Fashion Week that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I think that not having gone to one recently created a sense of euphoria and anticipation like no other. The first thing I did was order room service—a bowl of berries, some avocado toast with cheese and arugula, a glass of fresh grapefruit juice, and some coffee–a light but complete breakfast that gives you tons of energy. As soon as I finished my final cup of coffee, I started feeling a familiar nervous feeling, one I hadn’t felt in a long time: New York Fashion Week had begun.
I unpacked all my suitcases (more than five) and, as usual, all my clothes did not fit in the closets, so I decided to transform the living room of the suite into a walk-in closet. This made it easier to see all of the clothes I had, and although I already had each look planned out, I was able to make slight changes to my accessories or shoes before leaving the hotel. That day, I had some early meetings and brand presentations, so my outfit had to be comfortable and allow me to “run” around the city.
For my first look, I chose vibrant pieces that stood out well against the concrete jungle of Manhattan. I combined a Balenciaga iris blouse with golden high-waisted trousers from Bottega Veneta, and to complete the look, I decided to wear a classic Chanel pastel peach patent leather Boy bag, a pair of electric neon green pumps, and a neon peach belt from Saint Laurent. This outfit is perfect for daytime and also great for getting the photographers’ attention when leaving a show or walking to the next appointment in a showroom.
After my appointments, I decided to take a break and get something to eat (toast with burrata with tomatoes, olive oil, and truffle cheese) before heading back to the hotel to get dressed for the evening’s events. When I got to my room, I was met with an incredible surprise from Bulgari. For the party celebrating the launch of their latest B.zero1 collection, the brand sent me a set of earrings, gold rings with diamonds, and necklace and gold pendant from the collection. I really love each of these beautiful pieces!
For the second look of the day, I did a 180º and opted for totally different hues: a white long-sleeved dress in an A-line silhouette with a ‘70s feel, a bow detail at the neck, and contrasting black buttons. I paired this with tights and black high-heeled sandals with crystals and pearls. For a bag, I took my Serpenti Forever in red leather with a chain. This pop of color was perfect and also looked good with my signature red lips. I topped off my look with my new B.zero1 pieces from Bulgari.
The first stop of the night was Le Bain, one of the most famous and iconic nightclubs in Manhattan, located on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel and with 360º views of the city. It was the perfect place to celebrate the new Bulgari collection with music by Paul Sevigny. One of the surprises of the night was a live performance from Chloe x Halle, who got all the guests dancing (the guest list included Irina Shayk, Lily Aldridge, and Eiza Gonzalez, among others). Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay until the end of the show as I had another engagement on the other side of the river. I quickly crossed from the Meatpacking District to Brooklyn, to the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibit opening at the Brooklyn Museum. After a few minutes in the car (in which I got a second to unwind), we reached our destination. The event was incredible: a retrospective of the French maison with more than 250 pieces from the Dior archives of different creative directors from Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan to Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Gianfranco Ferré and John Galliano. I enjoyed the story of Christian Dior while spending time with friends and acquaintances.
It was a dreamy night and the perfect way to kick off New York Fashion Week!
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