Saturday, September 24, 2011

MBFW: Backstage at Betsey Johnson!

"We need her on line NOW!"
Insanity would be an understatement if I had to describe how hectic it was working backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011.
From Venexiana to Jad Ghandour, every show I worked, was a learning experience. Fashion is everything but glamorous. With my fashion emergency belt, holding everything from safety pins to double sided tape, I was ready for anything that needed fixing. 
Hmm...guess there wasn't anything in there for my nerves?
Biting my bottom lip, I immediately push away the exciting nerves in a safe box.
After working my first show, I was already excited to start on my second.
When I found out it was Betsey Johnson I was working for, I couldn't help but to squeal inside!
Betsey Johnson's "fuck yeah!" attitude always inspired me. And her creativity and personality shows through her fun designs. And here I was, dressing for one of my favorite designers!
So I was totally psyched and yes, nervous to work at her Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show!

I dressed my model, Anastasia, below. Here was the first look!

Betsey takes so much time and dedication into her work, you could really tell she loves what she does.
She made signs all over backstage, motivating the models to "KICK ASS!" and "YOU ROCK!" her enthusiam was the life of the party!
After hair and makeup, I made sure that I read the dress card that gave specific instructions on how Betsey wanted each look to look like. Dress, bra, necklace ready to go, I armed myself.
The necklace was a bit of hassle to put on Anastasia; it weighed a ton and you had to fasten it with 2 safety pins. "Make sure to put the necklace on right-we had one of them fall last time" said one of the overseers backstage.

I grabbed a third safety pin for good measure. I am not taking any chances!
The massive platforms was an easy way for my nerves to start again. As I was tying the thin ribbons on Anastasia's shoes, she pleaded for me to tie them tighter. I knew she was nervous and the shoes already looked hard enough to walk in, so I pulled the laces tigher and snap! it ripped.
Eyes wide, face hot, I quickly grab the laces to continue tying them-too short.
"We need Anastasia on line NOW!"
Panic has reached full capacity, ladies and gentleman.
The anxiety is actually rising again, as I'm typing this.
I snatch up the strip of ribbon, tie a knot with the connecting ribbon, pull tight, and thank God-it tied.

Dress on hand, I was ready for her next look. I had some help with unlacing her last shoes, as we quickly pulled together her next next look!

Last look for all models: t-shirt, undies, and a balloon!
Betsey- YOU ROCK!

I was so happy to have worked Betsey's show! My model thanked me, and I headed to my next show, Jad Ghandour. This experience was a really big eye opener for me. I loved the idea that I played a part in fashion week. That I wasn't just an attendee who came, saw, and applauded. It also made me appreciate everyone who works backstage or behind-the-scenes in everything. Because without them, nothing would be possible!
I worked hard, and it paid off!
See you next season MBFW!

Take Erin Wasson's Advice

I chatted with supermodel turned designer, Erin Wasson, on her take of the fashion industry and being yourself. To say the least, she inspired me. Check it out!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Teen Vogue: Declare Your Denim Fashion Show!

I know, I know. Things have been insane this year!
I haven't had a chance to actually sit down and make a post in a really long time!
But I made sure to dedicate some of my time for this post. We all know that Fashion Week was just a few days ago. And as always, it was hectic! While juggling school and shows in between, being a New Yorker has always taught me the valuable skill of multi-tasking. I've got tons to update you guys on, from working backstage at Fashion Week to the latest events. I won't keep you in the dark any longer!

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Teen Vogue's Declare Your Denim fashion show at Lincoln Center. The energy was bursting with excitement as attendees hurried to locate their seats. I spotted a couple of celebs in the front row before the show started, check out more for the update on the show!

How's this for declaring my denim? Mixing & matching different denims are always fun!

Of course, neon was the first collection to kick off the show!
Here are a few of my favorite picks!

I've grown to become obsessed with denim lately.
It's incredibly versaile and wearable for any occassion and outfit!
this denim shirt is on my most wanted list!
I'm diggin' the 'dos. Yes I am.

Is that a shearling and knit collar paired with a denim shirt? Genius!
The layering on this one looks so well put together! Chunky sweater are always a must for me during fall!

The next looks have to be my favorite out of the entire show.
I absolutely love the mix of feminine-meets-masculine!
The tulle paired with the neon denim gives it such a different look! And it covers up! Ha!

blurry, but one of my favorite looks!

there's nothing like embellishments to make an outfit POP!

Nickelodeon, Victorious actress, Victoria Justice & singer Omarion were just one of the few celebrities in attendance :)

Omarion must be really funny with that smile on Victoria's face... I loved her headpiece!

Victoria took the time to talk, take pictures, and sign autographs for her fans
She definitely got brownie points in my book!

Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell and I

What's a fashion show without the goodie bag? The goodies were amazing!

What did you think of the show? Spotted any of your favorite pieces?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fashion's Night Out 2011!

At Tiffany's! 
Um, so can we talk about how delicious these glittery macroons were?
Oscar De La Renta at Bergdorf Goodman The crowd was bananas!
Anyone can recognize this bob! 
Signed by the editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour 
Model Erin Wasson! 
She is extremely down to earth and I really respect her "F*** it!" attitude. 
She has such a strong head on her shoulders, I can't help but to look up to her (literally & figuratively;)
I got a great swag bag form Mulberry

I have to say, this year's Fashion's Night Out was far by the best! I had such a great time with my girls, I wasn't even all that concerned about hitting all the hot spots. What a memorable night!
How was everyone else's Fashion's Night Out? :)