NYFW Lookbook and Recap
I can’t believe it’s already been a whole month since New York Fashion Week! True to form, it’s taken me forever to finally sit down and write my travel post, but here we are. This time, though, it’s 100% been because of my rebrand! Stay tuned, I’ll be telling you all about that very very soon in great detail. Right now, we’ve gotta focus on fashion week!
Attending the Dapper Q Dress Code show was the whole reason I came to Fashion Week in the first place! I’ve seen a fair number of runways and this was, hands down, the most diverse, inclusive runway I have ever seen. Every single brand rocked it though I favorites were Stuzo, Audio Helkuik, and Kris Harring. Overall, the general theme of f*ck your dress code let’s wear what we want. It was AMAZING. Even better? Seeing some of my faves on the runway including Alysse (Ready to Stare + Fashionably Femme Feature), Gio, and Brianne.
Food and Drink, Day 1
- Boris and Horton’s – Dog-friendly cafe!
- Bagel Boss – vegan bagel with tofu? Yup, we had to stop.
- Brooklyn Museum Cafe – This was a I NEED FOOD NOW kind of stop but the food was pretty good!
- Burger Ur Way, Brooklyn – Post-show, food was necessary. This place had a whole section of vegan on their menu with a bunch of different patty options! So good.
Beyond attending DapperQ, I made the trek to New York to attend the Style Collective conference, NYFW edition! This was a great chance to connect with other bloggers, work on my mission and pitch, and so much more.
That evening, we were lucky enough to get to attend the NYFW Gala presented by Fashion Week Online! It was a magical evening on a twinkle-lit NYC terrace with all the rose you can drink and a live jazz band.
Food and Drink for Day 2
- Sweetgreen (thanks for feeding us at the Style Collective conference!)
- Shorty’s – Philly Cheesesteaks and beer. Because I’m [not so] secretly a sports bro who enjoys bar food and beer.
Day three dawned… gloomy and rainy. The weather most of the time was gloomy and rainy because of Hurricane Gregory. We made our way to Boris and Horton’s again because it was so fun on Day 1 and, let’s be real, I need a regular dog fix to function.
As planned the day before, Ari and I met up with some fellow Style Collective members to take some outfit photos, get a bite to eat, and get together before attending shows.
Oxford Fashion Studio, a presentation of fashion students from Oxford University, had shows going all day. We made it for the third set of the day and, oh my gosh, it was awesome. I always love seeing pieces made by students because they have this undiluted innovation and enthusiasm. This is where I saw some jaw dropping gowns, amazing use of color, and more!
After shows, photos, and general immersion into NYFW fashion culture, it was time for some food! Ari and I ended up at a seafood restaurant I’d visited last year, Seamore’s. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a good fish taco in Manhattan.
We wrapped up our evening in Brooklyn with some live theatre. I’d searched LGBT events to go to during our visit and Time Out New York gifted me with a link to a show called Queer Eye IRL. It’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. Five gents got togther, embodied the personalities of our favorite Fab Five, and gave an audience member a “makeover” on stage. It was hilarious and everything I needed after a long day!
Food and Drink for Day 3
- Boris and Horton’s – yes, again. They had adoptable dogs this time!
- Seamore’s – Fish tacos, wine, and some amazing tuna tartare .
- Sugarburg – Just stopped for a drink and some fries before Queer Eye.
Seconded only by DapperQ, Nonie was my favorite show of Fashion Week. I absolutely loved the runway filled with solid colors and pieces that I would truly wear regularly. Draped silks, gorgeous lines, and just so much. Every single piece was one I would personally wear.
I wish I could say the rest of the day was amazing and we had so many adventures and everything but that would be a lie – I went back to our AirBnB and slept for most of the afternoon, rising only when it was time to eat. So we made our way to another sports bar – that need for bar food and beer again – only to realise that the Bears vs Packers football game was on. Our night turned into cheering in a bar for my Chicago Bears and being utterly infuriated when, with a double digit lead, we LOST in the time it took us to walk back to our beds.
Food and Drink for Day 4
- Meme – Mediterranean brunch. No wait after trying to visit The Butcher’s Daughter
- Professor Thom’s – Sports, beer, jalapeno poppers, and a heartbreaking Bear’s game.
We had nothing to do on day 5 so it was a day for exploring! Ari found a place that did New York style vegan pizza so we made our way there. Turns out, to do a vegan pizza you need to order a whole pie. This thing was easily 24 inches! So we shared with anyone and everyone.
A friend of ours who we met in Chicago recently moved back to NYC and so we were meeting up with her to catch up and explore the city. It turns out, we were right on the corner where she grew up! And her parents still lived in the same apartment! so when we had extra pizza, she called her mom down and we gave the pizza to her. Talk about a small world!
Annie took us around Chinatown and we saw so many places. We walked more in this single day than we had possibly the entire trip thus far. But I can solidly say I’ve experienced Chinatown as shown by a local. And that’s pretty awesome. Food and drink listed below but we also visited the Tenement Museum and Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center. Let me tell you – that was an awesome place. I love socially aware establishments, especially activist bookstores. There aren’t many left in the world so getting to visit one outside of our beloved Women & Children First in Chicago is a treat!
After dinner and some down time to unwind at our AirBnB, we got back up and headed somewhere I’d been meaning to take Ari – the Stonewall. I was lucky enough to visit last year and knew she would have to go, too. Turns out, we were there when they were doing Drag Queen Bingo! So we stuck around and watched some rounds while enjoying our beer and the environment.
Food and Drink for Day 5
- Williamsburg Pizza – vegan pizza
- Donut Plant – vegan donuts
- Baby Cake – more vegan baked goods
- Barn Joo – Korean BBQ and apps. Amazing happy hour!
- Stonewall – An essential visit if you’re queer and visit NYC. Toast Marsha P. Johnson and all the other folx who began the fight for Pride.
The highlight of Day 6 for us was getting to meet up with former Fashionably Femme feature, Remy! It was great to see them and just catch up, relax, and not worry about being “on” for once. Between Remy and Ari ganging up on me, this was solidly the day I made the decision to officially rebrand the blog. You have them to thank! Outside of seeing them, though, this day was mostly spent packing up, taking last showers, and getting ready to go as we left the next day.
Food and Drink for Day 6
- Tulu’s Bakery – All Gluten Free with some awesome vegan options!
- Real talk, I have no idea what we did for dinner this night. I was so tired at this point that I cannot remember for the life of me. Oops.
Wrapup – NYFW Success!
I’m sure you noticed that by the end of the week I wasn’t sharing new outfits anymore. It was so chilly and rainy that half of what I brought dind’t work! I wore the same sweatshirt and jeans on repeat just to keep warm and comfortable. Such is life.
Still, NYFW was awesome! My only complaint was the rain which was not the end of the world, just made it hard to want to go do things on days when I didn’t have shows. Thank goodness for friends, right?