There’s your daily life, and then there’s the day that you’re seated 30 feet away from Anna Wintour at NYFW. When I first received Rag & Bone’s Fall/Winter 2015 invite, I knew it was going to be an amazing show, but I never expected it to be this FAB.
I could dedicate an entire blog post just to the people watching at Rag & Bone’s show, but I’ll try to control myself. Let’s start at the beginning…The moment I was ushered into the lobby at Spring Studios, I felt like I was living inside a Condé Nast fairytale. Some people are celebrity obsessed, while I am editor (and blogger, and photographer) obsessed. As a fashion publicist, you are trained to constantly research and study these influential media contacts, and forge relationships with them. In my opinion, they are the TRUE trendsetters. That one fact alone, makes me far more star struck than any celebrity ever could. Here’s my personal account of my night…
Enter hallway. Almost ran smack into Grace Coddington, creative director at VOGUE, whose signature flame-colored hair was a near perfect match to my Stephan Carnas fox fur jacket. I was speechless. You have NO idea how much I wanted to take a “selfie” with her. (No, I didn’t ask)
Make a beeline to the bathroom to catch my breath. This was one of the only shows that my photographer boyfriend Scott didn’t attend with me. I had to keep all of my excitement to myself, it was actual torture.
Decide to go inside and find my seat. I contemplate taking off my jacket as I’m starting to get warm. Before I can make a move, a photographer runs up to me in the darkness, snaps a picture and walks away. I run after him to give him my info. It’s Stephen Eichner, famed Women’s Wear Daily photographer, he tells me they’re doing a colored fur trend story, and hopefully I’ll make it into their online slide show. All I can think is, this jacket is staying on all night.
Even through the dim lighting, Grace’s orange hair catches my eye again. I squint and next to her I can make out an infamous bob-cut, sunglasses-wearing, silhouette next to her. Its Anna Wintour…wearing a BRIGHT RED COLORED FUR COAT. We were the only two people in the entire room wearing colored fur. I’ve never seen Anna in person before, and I didn’t know if I ever would. I couldn’t breathe.
Call the coats a coincidence, call it winter in New York City, I’m calling it a sign. A sign to keep pursuing my biggest dreams and keep my sights as high as ever. At that very moment; all of my reservations about blogging, this crazy new career path, doubts about whether being true to your own personal style actually works…completely left my mind. If it was good enough for WWD and Anna Wintour, it was good enough for me. I was finally at peace, I must be doing something right.
The room darkened, the show was about to start. I snapped out of my dreamlike state, and whipped out my iPhone to capture the show. That night, Rag & Bone sent an incredible collection, punctuated by bright orange pieces, down the runway. The next day, headlines raved about their show, and also declared that “Orange really is the new black”.
Best night of my life.
THE BRAND: Rag & Bone Women’s Ready-To-Wear
THE DESIGNERS: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville
Rag & Bone’s women’s ready-to-wear fall 2015 collection was all about the ’90s. Think major outerwear in bold colors including bright orange, yellow, burgundy, and taupe. Layers prevailed; lace-trimmed camisoles and skirts were incorporated into the majority of the looks, styled over tees, knitwear, trousers, even zippered track pants.
True to their New York roots, the collection was also full of chic, yet utterly functional cold-weather pieces; cropped nylon parkas, quilted vests and glossy coats with quilted liners. Vogue.com said it best (per usual); “tomboy toughness spliced with girlish charm, military rigor shot with feminine attitude, and urban sportswear cut with a tailored hand.”
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Jeans: Rag & Bone
Top: The Kooples
Jacket: Stephan Caras, Courtesy of Avant-Soirée [similar jacket here]
Booties: Ralph Lauren
Choker: Serene Sky
Snood: Zara [similar here]
Scott White [Haute House Flower]. Runway shots courtesy of Getty Images, and Zimbio.
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