A former CEO turned style blogger
Illustration of street style. (Shutterstock/andersphoto)
Fashion Week is never just about the clothes presented by famous designers during their shows. Of equal importance is what the audience is wearing at the shows. These are the trendsetters, the fashion-forward players and the risk-takers.
It’s not all good, but it’s always interesting.
- White after Labor Day. Perhaps it is climate change, but the rule about no white after Labor Day has gone the way of the dodo. I was not the only one to embrace this idea, and I noticed that others paired their white tops and dresses with black shoes and bottoms. Balance is key.
Marwa Biltagi of MademoiselleMeme and myself (on the right) outside of the NYFW tents at Moynihan Station, NYC. (Heidi Nazarudin/Michaell Johnson)
- Midi-length skirts and pants. Flowing fabric was everywhere so, half the time, I could not tell if the midi-length bottom-half was a skirt or pants. But I did see a lot of bare ankles at every turn.
Midi-length skirts and pants.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
- Sleeveless tops. You have had the last eight years to be inspired by Michelle Obama’s arms, which may be why there were lots of sleeveless outfits, from tops to vests, to be seen.
Sleeveless tops.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
- Bare shoulders. If you do not want to go sleeveless, you can always bare your shoulders, which was a style seen both on and off the runways. This looks great on anyone and is not nearly as risqué. (Plus, women of a certain age can be thankful for not having to bare their whole arm, because we’re not all Michelle Obama after all).
Bare shoulders.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
- Layers and textures. Perhaps mimicking or foreshadowing many of the designs I saw later in the shows, there were different textures in outfits, mixed patterns and layers everywhere.
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Layers and textures.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
- Floral. The flowers have not died. We saw them in spring, and we are still seeing them this fall. Prints ranged from subtle lace to more bold but less overall.
Floral.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
- And a hint of the garden was even found on this fashionista’s feet.
Rebecca Minkoff show on Greene and Prince Street.(Heidi Nazarudin/Michaell Johnson)
- Stripes. The French have made stripes fashionable since their naval uniform that had 21 horizontal stripes on it to represent each of Napoleon’s victories over Britain. This year we saw stripes in different manners, including vertical designs, or even in headwear.
Stripes.(Heidi Nazarudin/Denton Taylor)
I enjoyed all the fashion shows this week -- both inside and out on the street. Let’s face it, NYC has great fashion on the streets, and in the subways, all year round.
Heidi Nazarudin is a former CEO turned style blogger, public speaker and event host based in Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles and New York. She has worked with brands such as Saks 5th Avenue, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo and Mont Blanc. She is the blogger-in-chief of TheAmbitionista.com and co-founder of Blogger Babes. She resides in Santa Monica, CA by the beach and lives on Instagram @theambitionista.
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