I remember the first season Jenny Packham showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I instantly fell in love with her designs the minute the first dress came down the runway. And her Fall 2013 collection was just as beautiful. I could see all the dresses on the designer’s A-list clientele including Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton as well as Katherine Heigl and Vanessa Hudgens, who sat front row at the tents. I caught up with Vanessa backstage to hear her take on the collection, and got to speak with the designer herself to learn tricks for making every woman feel like a princess.
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(Vanessa Hudgens, backstage at Jenny Packham, Katherine Heigl, runway, Empire lobby, saying bye to NYC)
For my last day of fashion week, I attended one of my absolute favorite shows: Jenny Packham. Backstage, the designer told me she wants her clothing to evoke an emotion. For me, that emotion was love. Each embellished dress was more beautiful than the next. It was the perfect ending to an incredibly chic week.
Keeping with the girlie theme of the day, I went with lace for my look, edging it up a bit with a studded belt. I didn’t have much time to get ready so I threw my hair back into a sleek ponytail and added a red lip. It’s my go to quick-fix when I need to up the glam factor.
(Carolina Herrera, American Express Skybox, Mathieu Mirano, DL1961, Alice + Olivia, Reem Acra)
I was so thankful to kick off my morning watching Carolina Herrera at the American Express Skybox. Not only was the show incredible with its 1940s splendor, escaping the chaos of the tents in a serene lounge was the perfect way to deal with the awful weather! Next it was on to Mathieu Mirano’s mad scientist-inspired collection, where I fell in love with the nude and black color combos.
Over at DL1961, I picked up a few styling tips. My fave being layer a button-down over sleeveless peplum to make it seasonal. Then I sipped pink champagne (designer Stacey Bendet’s fave!) over at the Alice + Olivia presentation. Standout pieces included a leather bustier as well as lace and feather dresses. I ended my day at Reem Acra, who was full of drama from the goat hair coats to tulle masterpieces that ended the show.
As for me? I combatted the rain with patent pumps. This dress is a wintery version of the illusion dress I wore last fashion week. The black side paneling makes it just as slimming but the thicker material keeps you warm. Then, I brightened up my look by layering two colorful necklaces over my dress.
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Ever wonder what it’s like backstage at fashion week right before the show? I’m always intrigued by the excitement leading up to the models walking the catwalk so I decided to give you a sneak peek. Check out the pieces at Herve Leger up close before they’re on the models (the detailing is incredible!) and see what the models wear for the final walk-through. Plus, hear from Max Azria about the inspiration behind the Fall 2013 collection.
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