New York Fashion Week kicks off this week. For the first time since February 2020, in-person shows are back and we couldn’t be more excited. This year’s NYFW program is filled with shows hosted by quintessential American designers including Altuzarra, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Markarian, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler and Victor Glemaud, mixed in a plethora of presentations. new names. As we tour New York, it’s important that we dress. Read ahead to see what Vanity Editors will wear to celebrate NYFW’s triumphant return.
Nicole Chapoteau, Fashion Director
“Fashion week is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love the pomp and circumstance of it all, everyone dressing up in all their favorite things, the excitement of seeing a designer’s new collection… it’s all very exciting.
Daisy Shaw-Ellis, Director of Accessories
“I have two styles of outfit that I turn to (jeans and a blouse or a sweater, and a simple dress). This Molly Goddard dress has been on my wishlist for much of the summer. I love the oversized sailor collar, shape and color. Not too hard, not too bright, not too short or too long, just the right amount. I’m still not really ready to face the world in heels, let alone the Olympic event that is fashion week. I like a flat Mary Jane that feels grown up and more interesting than a ballerina but just as comfortable and versatile. Considering Fashion Week will be the first time I’ve been in a crowd since the last in-person Global Fashion Tour de force in early 2020, and while I’m vaccinated, you can’t be too careful these days- this. I will gladly wear a KN95 mask to evolve together. They are comfortable and stylish enough to go with anything I wear.
Laura Regensdorf, Beauty Director
“My approach to fashion week apparel is more about stealth mode. Behind the scenes, where beauty looks come together in a crush of models, hot tools and makeup stations, it’s good to keep a low profile. A pair of high waisted black jeans has polish with functional pockets; Bottega Veneta flats have a similar functionality to city running, with bonus points for their strong figure and nubby texture. Yet, there is fun to be had, with the lace on this Bode shirt. And for dinner it will be time for a little color, a little wine. This Gucci dress reminds me that even though we are in september, it is always officially summer.
Miles Pope, Menswear Editor
“This season, comfort is my number one priority. It’s been really hot in New York recently and I want to make sure I stay stylish while still being comfortable in the heat. My favorite pants lately are the Bottega wide leg pants. I own them in all colors and they have been my favorite since Daniel Lee released them in his fall 2019 collection. As for the shirts, I live in the Thom Browne cotton oxford – it’s breathable and stylish (and j ‘has more than I would like to admit). Shoes are crucial for running from show to show. You’re up all day and want to make sure you can last until at least 10pm because you don’t know what event or dinner you’re going to need to go to. A high top Converse does the job for me, I said and will continue to say these are the perfect sneakers. Finally, one thing I learned when I entered this industry was to always have a notebook. During the parades, I write my favorite looks, my accessories or even my brands that I have to review. Hermes makes the best mini laptop, it fits in your back pocket and is great for anything you can think of.
Kia D. Goosby, Market Editor
“It’s hard to believe we haven’t had an in-person fashion week in over a year. Getting all of this back to normal is both exciting and scary. While I always look forward to seeing new collections and going on an adventure through town, I’ve always approached my fashion week outfit with the idea that comfort is king. Believe it or not, The Row’s Constance heels are quite comfortable and have the minimalist ’90s appeal that I admire in a sandal. I’ve found that green is really my color, and this cute shirt dress from Christopher Esber checks all the boxes for its chic, ease, and portability. Not to mention, it also reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow in Great expectations. No outfit is complete without a large bag that holds all your daily essentials, including my vaxx card, hand sanitizer and extra masks, complemented by the most perfect sunglasses. Elisa Johnson makes the best sunglasses that go well with any outfit.
Morgan Evans, Business Writer
“For this year’s Fashion Week, I’m betting on effortless chic comfort with bold colors. The Shoko Two-Tone Rib Knit Sweater Dress by Staud is one of my favorite dresses I own and my go-to for a simple but trendy outfit. This incredibly versatile knit piece can be styled in a number of ways and is a perfect day or night staple. For the coming season, I’m excited to start wearing athletic boots, especially white boots. True to my zeal for everything related to Staud, I love their Lars leather boot. The ’90s-inspired square-toe shoe is a little taller than a bootie and features a sleek, fitted silhouette. I’m also a big fan of the shoe’s perfect 2-inch square heel, great for comfort and efficiency when it comes to roaming the streets of New York and running from show to show. And for that mostly neutral color look, I have to add a bold splash of color with this Jacquemus Cuicui crossbody bag. The rectangular suede bag (with a practical integrated vaxx card holder) is perfect for the summer-fall transition.
Jessica Neises, Associate Fashion Editor
“Returning to fashion week shows in person for the first time in over a year requires making a bold statement. To me that means bright poppy colors and standout pieces. I’ve had an eye on this Bottega dress for some time now for its unique ‘budgie’ green hue and knit design, a huge trend that’s sure to carry over from summer to fall. Anyone who knows me knows that my basic shoe is a cowboy boot, and this Isabel Marant shoe is one of my favorites. Not only does it add character to any outfit, the low heel and comfort is necessary for running from show to show. To top it off, these West African mask inspired earrings by Khiry, one of the fine jewelry designers I most expect to see in new styles from this NYFW.
Samantha Gasmer, Associate Fashion Editor
“As we all navigate to get dressed again, I rely on my basics to make my job easier. Even though it still looks like summer in New York, I’m ready to kick off fall with my tried and true leather pants. I love that this Agolde pair is durable, using skins that would otherwise have been thrown away. Dries van Noten is one of my favorites – his pieces are always the easiest to wear and elevate a look like no other, and this 70s vibe tee is no exception. I’ve been obsessed with just about every pair of Bottega Veneta shoes that Daniel Lee has released. These moccasin mules are a great seasonal transition shoe and give me enough momentum to look good together, while the block heel keeps them comfy so I can wear real shoes again. Nothing completes a look like a fun piece of jewelry. I lean for this Bea Bongiasca ring which obsesses me.
Kayla Holladay, editorial assistant
“I like to let my look do the talking and for me that means the bolder the better. I’ve always had an eye for animal prints, so the volume and silhouette of this Khaite dress gives it the impression of a new take on the beloved leopard print that may fade from the trend cycle every few years but still makes a triumphant return. Pairing this dress with a low heel ankle boot is not only functional for running from runway to runway is chic! The sophistication of the square toe is a nice compliment to the playfulness of this dress. The cool-toned blue mini bag looks like the icing on the cake – adding color, intrigue and structure to create a dynamic pairing. Health and safety is my top priority these days, but when it comes to a mask, I like to keep it low-key. Simplicity and design seamless pattern of the Skims mask make all the difference. I’m delighted to see how the designers will either exploit the current zeitgeist through underlying themes in their collections, or escape it by escaping onto the catwalk.
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