A fresh morning in New York began with the Carolina Herrera fashion show in the stunning location; The Frick. Situated along Fifth Avenue just next to Central Park this place was stunning – and the clothes we’re lovely too! In true CH style we saw full skirts and dresses and wide leg trousers, but we also saw denim frocks and metallic fabrics which was a new twist for the American designer. Monochrome stripes were key throughout as we have seen at so many shows so far this season), as well as bow details and lace overlays. On the front row was Olivia Palermo, Nicky Hilton, Anna Wintour and supermodel Karlie Kloss who took the time to pose for a picture for Friday.
As I came out of the show there were no taxis in sight, (don’t believe anything anyone ever told you about being able to get a taxi just by standing on the NYC sidewalk), so I decided to make my own way back to the hotel through Central Park. I found a bike to hire and cycled around the park. It was incredible to think that in this concrete city there is such a huge park! The weather was perfect. There was just time for a quick change into this gorgeous LK Bennett skirt, New Look top and Forever 21 shoes before I was off to another show – this time; Oscar de la Renta.
The location was unusual for a fashion show – a library. But the fashionistas were all there and the catwalk was just perfect. The clothes had a strong Eighties feel with puffy shoulders and nipped in waists. Tiered skirts gave the collection a Spanish feel, and intricate embroidery brought the pieces back to what we would expect to see from the brand. The finale included beautiful wedding gowns. Once again the queen of fashion, Anna Wintour, was at the front – she appeared to be smiling, so the collection has the fashion approval!
There was no time for any breaks today - I went straight on to the Rag & Bone show at the NYFW space. This collection was simple yet stylish. It was very American with number sweatshirts and preppy pieces. There were looks for both men and women that were very wearable.
As soon as the Rag & Bone show was done I was on my way to the highly anticipated DKNY show. The show was taking place on the trendy Highline in New York’s Meatpacking district. I had a quick change into a black dress by Zayan the Label before heading in. The presentation was led by supermodel Bella Hadid (sister of Gigi). The clothes put a new twist on sportswear, giving it an eveningwear feel. These clothes aren’t for everyone but they looked amazing on the catwalk. Actress Emily Ratajkowski looked stunning on the front row, wearing DKNY of course.
After all those shows I thought it was time for one treat so I headed to dinner with a friend at the famous Michelin-starred Al Fiori restaurant at The Langham Place hotel on Fifth Avenue. Despite its luxury appeal the place was very relaxed and chilled – the perfect way to finish the day. The Italian and French cuisine restaurant is run by Chef di Cucina Marianne Bondad. I opted for the four-course tasting menu which was delicious. I chose the slow poached egg for starters, the homemade Tortelli pasta with ricotta and mascarpone for seconds and aged strip loin beef for my main course. I was so full after I could barely manage the walk home!
Tomorrow is another crazy day so after all that good food I was off to bed.