(Renee Cafaro reports from NYFW on the curves taking over the bi annual fashion fest.)
Each year, the most stylish VIPs brave the arctic chill and flood the streets of New York – as well as flooding your Instagram feed- with all things Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It is very difficult to navigate the icy sidewalks teetering in sexy stilettos but well worth it! This is the chance to check out the newest trends on the catwalk and at presentations in chic locales all over Manhattan.
I had the amazing opportunity to check out a few events during NYFW. Since plus size lines have not (yet!) made it to the main runways, I made my way to the Bryant Park Hotel where PLY Clothing was doing their presentation. Overlooking where the infamous “tents” resided for years, models mingled amidst press and industry revelers showcasing the newest designs. The “P” in PLY, Pamela looked fierce in a red pantsuit and spoke to me about her line that is only roughly a year old. A lot of their pieces where sleek and in a classic black, white and neutral color palate. If you love sharp structure and a modern look, PLY is for you! One of my favorites was the ¾ Jacket pictured here with a cropped front that will highlight a waist and give some interesting design flair.
Later, I went to trendy TriBeCa for the viewing of Danish fashion collective, Carmakoma. Co-owner Heidie gave me a tour of the racks, which I must say were more than impressive. It was an eclectic line that featured a lot of thoughtful detailing, quality fabrics, modern patterns and a very high fashion aesthetic. I am a sucker for the luxe-meets-rocker look and one of my favorite pieces is a dress with leather “sequins”, side zippers and lace panels. This line also had several sleek suiting options. Much like PLY Clothing, Carmakoma can be purchased online but soon they will be also expanding to Nordstrom’s across the U.S., so look out for that!
After trekking across the city, it was a great tome to get warm at one of the hottest after-parties in town, a latin-infused jazz standards show by Michael Fredo for the the Tommy Hilfiger NYFW after party. Fredo has cultivated quite the fan base crooning duets with folks like Fergie in the most exclusive places in town-from The Plaza or Trump SoHo to his current venue, the highly acclaimed Beautique. It certainly doesn’t hurt his VIP-appeal that he is the fashion royalty as Hilfiger’s nefew! So what better place to celebrate Fashion Week than with his crew at a place I previously had only read about in Page Six? A lot of good times, good drinks and good accessorizing were had by all! I can’t wait until the next fashion week!