HONOLULU Magazine Gets a Behind-the-Scenes Look at New York Fashion Week

Fashion editor Brie Thalmann shares an inside scoop from New York Fashion Week.


Join our Managing Fashion Editor, Brie Thalmann, as she takes on New York Fashion Week. Brie will be on the scene, scoping out the runways and the streets for an inside look at the shows, crowds, trends and happenings, throughout the week. She’ll be joined by photographer Tommy Shih who will be snapping pics of some wild NYC street style, and stylist Summer Shiigi, whose fashionable findings, Best Of NYFW picks and fashion show highlights will be featured on the Lei Chic shopping blog.

An inside look from Brie:

The first show that I went to was the Pamella Roland SS15 Runway Show at the Salon at Lincoln Center…

Lincoln Center

As of 2010, NYFW has been primarily held at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West side of Manhattan. The Center offers a handful of venues: Salon, Theater, Pavilion, which vary in size.


The area right outside of Lincoln Center becomes a fascinating fashion attraction in its own right. During NYFW an eclectic mix of fashion personalities congregate here —photographers looking to get photos of the models, editors and celebrities coming and going from the shows, street-style photographers hunting for an early glimpse of the next big trend, fashion bloggers having their own photos taken for their websites, and fashion fans dressed to the nines hoping to have their photo taken by any of the above. The outfits range from dapper and vintage glam to uber-trendy and over the top—the more unusual or attention-grabbing the better. It’s really a sight to see!

Inside Lincoln Center

Once inside Lincoln Center, you’re greeted with a massive lobby. On one side, there are free water and soda stations, a cute drink bar, an eBay station complete with a photo wall themed around its new Shop Inspired street style campaign, the E! News lounge, a Samsung tech lounge where you can get a sneak peek at the company’s new style-minded products,and aTRESemme hair-product station.

On the other side, there’s a Papyrus card-mailing station where you can check out the stationary company's new collection of fashion-y cards, and a Pandora Jewelry photo booth.

Smack in the middle is a crowded media area where bloggers and journalists feverishly race to post and send in runways snaps and reviews. On display: NYFW sponsor Mercedes-Benz’s sleek new CLA-Class and a dress from London-based brand Cute Circuit, made using ultra-high-tech fabrics.


The Show: Pamella Roland SS15

Themes: Light and airy was the name of the game here with a nod to the simple beauty and zen-like quality of Japanese gardens. Think strapless, silk organza gowns and paneled lace dresses adorned with obi sashes, cherry blossom prints, Japanese knit waists and beaded bonsai motifs. The color palette – ivory, blush, violet and a range of blue, with a few metallic-tinged champagne pieces mixed in.

Hair and Makeup: Long, slicked-back mid and low pony tails paired with pretty pink lips and coral-pink blush that started at the cheeks and went up to the sides of the eye.

Celeb Spottings: Nigel Barker, Kat Graham, Estelle, Garcelle Beauvais

Favorites: Look three featured an ah-mazing ivory laminated lace. Peplum fans will love look 11—a stone-blue shift dress with a lace overlay and blue ombré lacquered feathers affixed at the waist. And there was a collective “ooh” from the audience when look 38 floated out, an ivory sheer-topped silk gown featuring a beaded, sweeping line “zen garden” pattern and a gauzy, multi-layered skirt with thigh-high slits.

Fun Fact: Most of the models were rocking nude and pink versions of the '90s go-to hair accessory—the scrunchie!

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