Written and photographed by Baille Gelwicks.
FOUR DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 1
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week… what more can you really say? It was my first time at Fashion Week and I only had four days to lose touch with reality and drown myself in a world of fashion before heading back to the daily grind that is DC. A fashion lover’s heaven, yes, but a relaxing vacation, no. There was barely enough time to soak everything in let alone attend fashion shows, network, and take photos of the incredible fashion.
My journey began at 4 am Friday morning to catch the earliest train I could take to New York. After thirty minutes of attempting to get some work done, my brain simply was not committed to the idea and considered my efforts futile, as visions of silk, florals, and lace danced in my head.
The week, however, was already off to a good start with a free metro ride offered by a New York policeman and a free room upgrade at the hostel I was so humbly staying at. Now off to Lincoln Center. My first show was Noon by Noor, organized by People’s Revolution (one of my favorite fashion PR companies). Sitting second row I couldn’t ask for a better view. Timeless feminine styles and luxurious fabrics made for an eye catching collection. Even now I can still remember the use of a soft pink fabric with gold lurex threading throughout.
With a long break until the next show, I went to sit outside in the sun to relax for what I knew would be my last opportunity for the duration of my stay. It was there that I ran into Walter Grio. Both having not eaten yet for the day we ran for a quick bite across the street before heading to the Rebecca Minkoff show. It was now my second show but I could already get in the zone of getting in line early so that I could get a prime location to stand. After being herded into the Studio like cattle, I was again lucky enough to get a seat as many seats were not filled. I sat next to a lovely woman who blogged for a New York magazine who told me horror stories of local fashion socialites and their larger-than-life egos. This provided me with a good 20 minutes of pure, unabashed entertainment. Rebecca Minkoff’s collection couldn’t have been more DC. Inspired by the vacation destinations and wardrobes of socialites in the 60’s and 70’s, the collection was beach resort chic at its finest. I headed back to my room for the earliest evening of my trip and got ready for the long days ahead of me.