A day at NYFW
Bryanna Santaromita describes her day at the 2016 BCBCMAXAZRIA NYFW show
My day starts out by taking the 7:10 AM train from Poughkeepsie into Grand Central Terminal to make it in time for one of the first shows of NYFW, BCBGMAXAZRIA. This year was special, as Mercedes Benz was not the host, instead the shows were held at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station. Once I arrived in Manhattan, I jumped in an Uber, to escape the 20 degree weather, and get on my way to meet my mom outside of Penn station for a quick shoe change! On the corner, there were about 15 photographers waiting for the fashionista’s, bloggers, models, and celebrities. We walk towards the entrance to find more photographers and the Beckerman sisters, looking colorful as always! Shortly after I spot Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal in a suede mini BCBG number, knee high boots and a black leather jacket, my mom and I were dying over her!
We make our way into the venue to check in. Thank god for technology because the process was a breeze, they scanned our barcodes from our phones and we were able to walk right in. We wandered around the lobby area filled with well-dressed and trendy men and women. There was an entire area roped off dedicated to TreSemme, complete with a hair bar and lounge area. I start snapping pictures of everything and anything!
After stalking people in the lobby, we made our way into the seating area. The room was dark with minimal lighting, except for the runway, lit with white lights, and flashes from the photographers. At the end of the runway was at least 25 photographers waiting to capture the show. We found our seats in the third row right near the backdrop where the models come out. I walked around the runway browsing for anyone affiliated with the fashion industry. Some important names that I spotted were Cat Sadler, Dani Song, Aimee Song, Julia Hengel, Arielle Charnas, Paola Alberdi and Jay Manuel. The lights began to dim and everyone took their seats. The music starts, the models came out, and in a flash, the show was over.
Months and months of preparation for a show lasting less than a 10 minutes. The models were very natural looking with wavy, beachy hair. Makeup was minimal. The runway was filled with knits, metallic basics, wraps, color blocking, long draped pieces, colored fur and tons of layering. I fell in love with a black leather culotte jumpsuit and a long white wool vest that almost hit her ankles. It is so cool to get a sneak peak in person before the pieces actually hit stores. NYFW occurs twice a year and I just can’t get enough of stalking the shows online and on social media. The people in attendance are just so creative, eccentric and different, and really inspire me to try to stand out among the crowd anywhere I go. As a fashion merchandising major, it is important to follow the trends for next season, as that will have an impact on the market and what the buyers plan to put in stores. I admire my mom’s hard work, passion and drive to succeed, which have ultimately led her to where she is today. I hope one day I can bring my daughter to New York Fashion Week!
By Bryanna Santaromita