After the whirlwind of NYFW, it’s time for a recap! So today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing tidbits of the shows I attended during New York Fashion Week FW 2017. I skipped Day 1 to do lots of personal errands and in turn missed several of the shows I was invited this season. Instead, I went on Days 2 to 4. Below are the shows and some snaps of how our NYFW FW ’17 went along with a mini travel/foodie guide when in NYC.
New York Fashion Week FW 2017
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On Day 2 of New York Fashion Week FW17 (our first day), we arrived a bit late in the afternoon. So before I headed to the first NYFW fashion presentation on my agenda, we had late lunch at Jollibee. Since we were running late, I stopped by RtA fashion presentation first before checking in at our hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton at Times Square South. After unpacking and freshening up, we walked around the city and took outfit photos. We then found ourselves at Korea Town and tried KyoChon. Yum!
Jollibee is a Filipino fast food chain that we miss back in the Philippines. Honestly, it’s just fast food – burgers, chicken, spaghetti, etc. – nothing special. Back home, I hardly even crave for it. But it’s when you leave your home country that you suddenly miss those types of food from where you grew up. And when you get the chance to eat them again, it’s like the best thing in the world. If you’re not Filipino, you might find the spaghetti weird. It’s sweet and has sausage/hotdogs and ham in it. So if you’re a first-timer, I suggest getting the chicken or the burger steak with rice instead. Try the halo-halo or the peach mango pie for dessert.
R + A FW17 Presentation
RtA (Road to Awe / R + A) was launched during Spring 2014 by Eli Azran and David Rimokh, and is based in Los Angeles. Their collection features effortless, chic and cool looks that gained a strong following from celebs like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Olivia Wilde (to name a few). The brand is sold at top retailers including Barney’s, Intermix, Neiman Marcus, and Maxfield in the US, as well Selfridges, Montaigne Market, and Restir.
After outfit photos, we were already a few blocks away from Korea Town. Thus, we decided to just walk around the area and look for a new Korean resto to try. We enjoyed our food at miss KOREA BBQ the last time, but we wanted to try something new and more casual. We saw KyoChon across the street and was drawn to the many people lining up. There are two floors and we ordered at the ground floor before finding out the second floor was the table service. The ground floor was just take out. But there are probably about 4 tables in addition to a long bar-type table available to dine in. They also have a selection of beer. Had we known, we would have ordered upstairs. But it was okay since we were able to sit down anyway. GUYS, I have to say, these are the best chicken wings I’ve tried. Make sure to order the soy garlic chicken wings. We also tried their sal sal chicken and it was so goooood!!! My husband and I are already planning to go back when we visit NYC. He said it has to be the first stop. Haha! Price is pretty decent – in the $15 range for the dozen wings and about $8 for the 5-piece sal sal chicken strips. Beer was about $6.
STAY: DoubleTree by Hilton
There’s not a lot of affordable hotels in Manhattan that allow pets. Some of them charge way too much – like $150 to $250 pet fee. Others charge a daily rate. And then there are others that charge both! While looking for a hotel near the shows I was attending (Midtown Manhattan), I found DoubleTree by Hilton at Times Square South. It was walking distance to all the shows on my list except for the last one. But it was okay since we were checking out of the hotel and was going to be dropped off by the hubs to the show anyway. When I saw that their pet fee was only a one time fee of $50, I booked it right away. All the staff including the valet were friendly. They gave us warm cookies and even upgraded us to a king size bed. The room was small but it was decent and clean. We had free wifi too. So we’re all set. The location was so convenient for me. And if you have plans to visit Times Square and the Empire State Building, this hotel is walking distance!
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On Day 3 of NYFW, I planned a shoot at the New York Public Library early in the morning. However, not everything went according to plan because the snow was melting and it was wet everywhere. Louis and I were supposed to sit on the steps! 🙂 But oh well. We had breakfast at Bluestone Lane Coffee before heading back to the hotel to change my hair. Oh yes, watch the video to see what I’m talking about or read here. After that we went to Yuna Yang FW17 show. Then we had late lunch at Momofuku Nishi around the block before heading back to the hotel to freshen up. Next shows were from several designers presented by the Oxford Fashion Studio at Studio 450.
EAT: Bluestone Lane Coffee
Bluestone Lane is a trendy Aussie-inspired cafe that offers healthy lattes and breakfast treats. OBVIOUSLY I had to get the Avo smash (avocado toast). Mine had cherry tomatoes and the hubby’s had prosciutto. Nothing special but it was pretty good. I also ordered their matcha latte which was divine, and their popular insta-perfect pink latte – the beetroot. Yes, it did tasted like beet which was weird for me. It was okay, but not something I’d like to drink often. I preferred the matcha latte which was what the husband had.
Yuna Yang FW17
Yuna Yang’s FW17 collection shows that “light shines brighter in the darkness”. She features both looks with bold prints and dancing colors and looks that play with chiaroscuro, such as dark velvet and light fabric. Women protesting in the streets of South Korea, the US Women’s March, and elsewhere was the designer’s inspiration. With the FW 2017 runway show, Yuna Yang celebrates women who make their social and political voices heard “the power of one person holding a candle”.
In love with the pajama style looks!
EAT: Momofuku Nishi
We went to Momofuku Nishi for ramen but ended up eating Jajangmyeon noodles ($22) with pork sausage, chili pan mee, and fried egg. Yum! It’s like a pasta but with Korean flavor. After all, this eatery from David Chang approaches Italian cuisine through Korean and other Asian cooking styles. We also ordered the Chicken Katsu ($14), which, to my surprise, came in a sandwich form. That’s for not reading the description! Haha. In my mind, once I saw the chicken katsu in the menu, I immediately thought chicken katsudon – with rice. But no worries, this one with bread is pretty good too. When we went there a little past 2 pm, it was still packed. But since we were just two, we were easily squeezed in. We enjoyed our food a lot. The only thing we both wished was for the jajangmyeon to have more noodles because there was a lot of sauce in one serving. Other than that, everything else was perfect. Even the service was excellent. Our server kept refilling our drinks without us telling. Definitely a must when in NYC.
Oxford Fashion Studio Shows
My last show for the day, OFS, had 8 different international designers showing their FW17 collections: Leotards SA, Matt Sarafa, David Alford Harare, Leg Code, Clan of Cro, Norish Kareem, Anthi G, and Gozel Green. You can watch the video at the end of this post for the show finalés of each label.
Anthi G’s final piece has to be my favorite of all. I need that ruffle top in my life!
EAT: Thai Select
You know those “who would have known” kind of restos in the middle of nowhere? Well, it’s not really in a secluded area. But I wouldn’t have thought of looking for some place to eat in that part of 9th Ave. Thai Select in Hell’s Kitchen is a pretty sleek eatery with authentic Thai dishes. Craving for Thai fried rice, we opted to have dinner there. The place is nice, food was good, service was great, and the price can’t be beat. Thai fried rice for about 10 bucks? Yes, please. And oh, don’t forget to order the Thai iced tea. So yum!
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My NYFW FW17 was quickly coming to an end. Our early morning plans didn’t happen because it was raining. Instead, we had coffee and muffins at Gregory’s nearby. Took outfit photos just outside the hotel before checking out and then waited for our car. We had lunch at Ladurée Soho before going to my last show, Verdad.
EAT: Gregory’s Coffee
Since the rain ruined our morning plans of heading to 5th Avenue for mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and coffee at Ralph’s, we looked for a nearby coffee shop instead. We found Gregory’s and decided to try it out. Lattes and pastries were good, nothing out of the ordinary, but pretty good. So in any case you find yourself in NYC and needing coffee to warm you up on a cold night, Gregory’s is a good option.
EAT: Ladurée Soho
Ahhh… the famous Ladurée! I always went to their boutique in Madison which doesn’t have the restaurant. So finally, we had time to go to their Soho location to have lunch before my last show. It was lovely. The ambience, the food, the service – all were great. Honestly, we were still full from the pastries at Gregory’s, even if I only ate half of the muffin. But we just had to try Ladurée’s food! I was pretty relieved that the servings were tiny. But for the price point, I expected it wouldn’t be that small. Still, I would go back again just to try other dishes and to dine in their outside garden when the weather is warmer!
Verdad FW 2017
VERDAD, a new womenswear brand helmed by veteran LA designer Louis Verdad, debuted its Fall/Winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week at the Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea. FW 2017 marks the second season and the very first runway presentation in New York for the LA based label. For its newest collection, VERDAD took its mood inspiration from Fall on the streets of LA – with tops, separates and dresses in a range of dark colors, floral and watercolor inspired prints mixed with crisp cream looks and shimmering paillettes for evening. Long knits, sheer blouses and voluminous sweaters made playful statements of volume through artful layering. Classic VERDAD design signatures include a bomber jacket and midi length, knife pleated skirts.
VERDAD is probably my favorite show I went to this season! I almost didn’t make it. They already closed the doors and the show has already started when I arrived. But the kind lady at check-in let me in. So glad I was able to see the collection. I wanted several looks in there!
EAT: Red Ribbon
When in New York or New Jersey, we never leave without making a stop at Red Ribbon Bakeshop. While it’s a bakery, they also serve food. Palabok, which is a popular Filipino noodle dish, is our favorite. They have combo meals where you can pick a cake with it too. We always choose either the ube (purple yam) or mango cake. Usually, we only stop by to grab sponge cakes to take home. The mocha and butter mamon are definite musts! The ensaymada is also a delicious treat!
Watch My NYFW FW2017 Recap Video
And that concludes my NYFW FW 2017! I created a video sharing my three-day New York Fashion Week trip along with the fashion show finales of the shows I attended. Please watch it (click the HD setting) and I hope you enjoy!
Until next time, New York! Can’t wait to be back for September New York Fashion Week season!