New York Fashion Week Diary – Part I

Stylist Summer Shiigi gives us the lowdown on NYFW.

Editor's Note: Our New York Fashion Week correspondent, stylist Summer Shiigi, is back in the Big Apple for her second year documenting the event. Look for Part II of her diary next week.

Dear Diary,
I’m back in the Big Apple and loving my first bite. For one glorious week, fashion has consumed the city, from the off-duty models shuffling through the subway to the industry’s finest crowding Lincoln Center. You can taste the couture in the air. All the designers are showcasing their Spring/Summer 2015 collections, and while I wish I could absorb them all, here are a few I got to see in my first few days here:

Friday, Sept. 5
The Rocker-and-Roller: Mark and Estel 
What better way to begin my week than with rock-and-roll duo Mark and Estel. Not only did I witness a killer collection (above photo), but I also got a live performance by the designers themselves, who rocked out post-show. Their brand is truly ready-to-wear, comprised of sweater knits, denim and jerseys that were presented so strongly on the runway as to make a bold statement. I would love to own one of their draped maxis or lightweight jackets. 

The Glamorous Gentleman: Carmen Marc Valvo 
As if to perfectly contrast the casual designs of Mark and Estel, Carmen Marc Valvo awed with sheer glamour. This collection features beautiful peekaboo mesh and soft watercolor florals juxtaposed with sharp geometric lines. I particularly enjoy Valvo's style for reinventing retro-inspired looks into something fresh and modern. I appreciate his attention to detail in the cuts, which showcase skin in slimming ways without being too sexy. His hair and makeup story is also my favorite so far. The models all had a subtle streak of silver in their hair with clean minimalist makeup. The whole concept read ageless elegance. 

The Rebel: Crown by Colin King 
The final show of the evening was by far the most fun. With most brands striving for serious recognition, it was refreshing to see a designer having a genuinely good time with the runway. Crown is a debut line by new NYC designer Colin King, who designs stylish pieces around a simple scheme of black, white and metallic. I couldn’t help but smile throughout his show. The use of leather crowns (accent pieces for the show), hippo purses (a collaboration with PLOOSH LTC.) and especially the finale of a model in a bed sheet really tickled me.  Whether his statement is against the fast fashion of bigger brands or the somber tone of elitists, his collection was well-received. I’ve seen at least 10 of his hippo purses around NYC. 

Saturday, Sept. 6
The International: Lie Sang Bong 
In a sea of mostly white collections, Korean designer Lie Sang Bong stole the show with his whimsical prints. Sang Bong infused clouds, butterflies and polka dots into one amazingly bright collection. Even the runway was tiled with his signature print. As a designer myself, I always find it a challenge to blend different fabrics and prints within one season so I was especially impressed with the cohesiveness of this grouping. I don’t know if I can pull it off, but that mesh trench in full sky print is pretty fantastic. 

Well, it’s been a long couple days in the city that never sleeps, and I need to recharge.  Stay tuned for another entry with backstage access and my “Best of Fashion Week” recap!


To see more of Summer's New York Fashion Week adventure, check out her Instagram.

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