It was truly the experience of a lifetime for anyone who appreciates anything fashion related.
Entering the Moynihan building was something I'll never forget. Respected fashion designers like Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta , Rebecca Minkoff and Raf Simons just to name a few walked through the same doors I did. It was such an overwhelming feeling that I can't quite explain but It almost felt like you were walking into the podium waiting for your name to be called to receive your University degree. You were in a room that has inspired millions of designers, bloggers, artists and companies to formulate their next design or inspiration.
I was fortunate to sit in 3 different fashion shows in the span of 4 days. The first was DENIBI 's Utopia 2017 Collection where I was fortunate to sit in the second row. DENIBI's designs were beautifully made, and every piece in that collection would have been something I would've worn. Their collect ion left their audience in awe and definitely felt like they were needing to make a few pre orders stat. It was a very intimate fashion show with an average of about 80 guests, and myself being one of them. DENIBI's designs were very structured with gorgeous pleated trousers, high collared vests, ivory body suits and a stunning mint green cape that I couldn't stop thinking about. I wasn't too sure what the etiquette was when it came to taking photos of their designs so I unfortunately don't have too many photos.
The second fashion show I attended was Johnny Dar's JEANS FOR REFUGEES Collection. This was the first time I stepped into the the captivating venue - Moynihan Station. I was extremely fortunate to have been able to sit front row at this fashion show, which was a dream come true. Johnny's Dar's collection Jeans for Refugees’ was an artistic fundraising initiative dedicated to helping refugees around the world, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. I was able to find a video dedicated his project .
Below the video wrote :
Published on Oct 16, 2016 Internationally acclaimed artist and fashion designer Johny Dar joins forces with 100 celebrities for the ‘Jeans for Refugees’ initiative, raising funds for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support refugees worldwide. From Hollywood A-listers Ryan Gosling and Sharon Stone to British icons Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson, the 100 celebrities have each donated a pair of their jeans which are being painted by Dar, and given various artistic treatments before being auctioned online.
‘Jeans for Refugees’ began as Johny Dar’s personal quest to do something in answer to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. ‘The concept behind Jeans for Refugees is to spread a message through art, to create positive change and empower people to collaborate for a common goal’ he explains. With the support of international celebrities, icons and legends from the music, fashion and film industries including Karlie Kloss, Elton John, Anna Wintour, Cara Delevingne and Daniel Radcliffe, Dar’s dream has evolved into a global campaign touching the hearts and minds of people around the world.
How inspiring is that? I love the fact that celebrities use their power to help designers raise funds for those in need. His collection had some of the most intricate designs. In the video it shows exactly how he fashioned his designs with fabric paint. His pieces were bright, unique and incomparable to any designs I have ever seen. The eclectic array of colors he chose for his collection were very
I AM SO SAD --- September was the month that Snapchat changed a few of their options, and "memories" came into place. I snapped videos and photos so much during 4 days in NYC that it for some reason didn't save! There must have been a glitch in the system! All the memories are now preciously stored in my head I guess :(
The third show I attended was for The Arts Institutes Run of Show fashion show held at the Moynihan Station again. I chose to to get all dolled up for the last fashion show that I'd be attending. I chose to wear an ensemble from BCBG (black tailored moto blazer) and my favourite store of all time UNIQLO (cream pleated long skirt). The gold studded headband was from my Henri Bendel, and my purse was from River Island which I purchased in London England in May while on my honeymoon. I finished the look with a black paisley bandana tied around my neck and a high bun. It was quite hot that evening, so you can understand that as soon as the fashion show was over, I had shorts and my handy dandy Birkenstocks waiting for me in my cousin Tom's backpack.
Run of Show showcased student designers who were educated at the Art Institutes all across the U.S and Canada. There were 9 students who showed off their gorgeous designs on the runway and their names as well as their Instagram names in case you'd like to check out their work:
Bianca Zidik @biancazidik from The Illinois Institute of Art
Adrain Escoto @mr.escoto from The Art Institute of New York City
Melody Hernandez @__melody.h from The Art Institute of Dallas
Julissa Arrington @julissa_arrington from The Art Institute of California- San Francisco
Devon Pezzano @seaofmoons from The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Mimmy Begazo @mondobegazo from Miami International University of Art & Design
Rene Mejia @renemejiadesign from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Esther Ashiru @esther_ashiru from The Art Institute of Vancouver
Maria D'Ocon @mariadocon from Miami International University of Art & Design
This show was definitely my favourite show from the 3 that I've attended. It was roughly 45 minutes long and had the most beautiful introductions to each designer. Each designer picked a song from the 60s and 70s to start their show off with. The room was dark, the music played....lights, camera, action, 4 models hit the spotlight and one at at time walked down the catwalk. It was one of the most amazing experiences thus far. The collections the designers showcased were stunning. Some with flowy chiffon, lace, tulle and the list goes on. I truly felt like celebrity sitting 2nd down in that show! These talented students walked the runway with their chosen model and you can just see all the hard work, devotion and sacrifice in their face. I remember I had snapchatted the whole fashion show only to find out the next day that it didn't save on my phone. Bloody hell. I was so upset! Once again, these memories will forever be stored in my head and in my heart.
A huge thanks to my friend Ryan Massel @immrfabulous (www.immrfabulous.com) for making this dream come true. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
@immrfabulous & @paperdollsarah_ in SOHO Manhattan !