New York Fashion Week Diaries – FW17

Here’s a run down on my trip to New York Fashion Week . Finally got around to it. I spent 4 days in New York . It was everything I was hoping for and more. I love the energy it comes with and meeting friends , and meeting new people.

The first day of NYFW , we had a storm – of course.

TADASHI SHOJI 

I was fortunate to get backstage access at Tadashi Shoji before the show. I love seeing everything put together before the show. The hair , make up , last minute touches and the energy is almost palpable. Here are a few sketches that I did backstage . These were quick and in less than 5 minutes of the hair and make up .

I used my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil this time at the shows. It was quite easy to navigate in the crowded spots and , not to mention, easy to move around with . I drew on Procreate app on the iPad.

Here is the link to the final walk on Instagram.

An illustration from one of my favorites from the show – my favorite part of post show 🙂

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NOON BY NOOR 

I was supposed to head to Noon by Noor’s backstage. But I didn’t have the courage to exit the building into the storm to get backstage. Not happening -unless, I really had to . So I headed straight to the show after Tadashi Shoji within the same facility.

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I have a thing for capes ..

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HAKKAN AKAYA

This show was all black , all fierce and edgy . Loved the vibe.

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JILL STUART

JIll Stuart’s presentation was filled with haunting beauties in one of the most gorgeous architectural spaces I have seen in New York – The Skylight at 195 , Broadway Street.

 

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FRANCESCA LIBERATORE

There was lace, metallics , bold graphics and typography , stripes and patterns along with the most gorgeous makeup and hairdo.

My favorite look from Francesca Liberatore illustrated below.

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I hope you liked the run down – a mix of photographs and illustrations . These were the illustrations from some of the shows that  I attended. Sketches from my other favorites are already up on Instagram.

All the illustrations above have been sketched with iPad Pro using Apple Pencil in Procreate app. Its easy to carry around and I can grab at inspiration when it strikes. I worked on some sketches in between shows, easy to carry , store away. I had to make sure to get my charger , portable charger along to charge my phone and iPad (sometimes). While I am all about my pens, markers, watercolors, paints and brushes, I wanted to try out the digital materials this time at NYFW. Downside – I had to be really careful not to drop the iPad or the Pencil – for obvious reasons ! I would’ve not been happy with my decision – but both contraptions made it through backstage trysts , coffee shops, lounges and lived to tell the tale of this trip. Hope you like them.

If there are any questions about the illustrations , or NYFW, feel free to write to me and I’ll do my best to answer them

Take care,

Lakshmi

NYFW FW16 – Recap – Tadashi Shoji

Hello my dear friends,

I have been absent for sometime. Here is where I can get wordy and write about what lights my fire. I have been gone for good reasons – not excuses ! Late in January ( like the 31st of January) , I decided that I was going to attend New York Fashion Week. I felt like I had to experience it all myself, in person. I wanted to work on runway sketching and sketch  live as much as I could. I wanted to meet the people I have befriended on Instagram.

Not knowing how to go about it, I still did. I had no idea if I was going to get passes to attend shows, considering I had never been to one. But, I decided the days I wanted to be there and the shows that I really REALLY wanted to attend .

Once I did that, I made my requests for shows. And I was blessed with passes for most of the ones that I asked for . I was at NYFW on the 12th and 13th of February .

As the days drew closer, so did the weather forecast – one of the coldest weekends that New York City was going to experience. So fun.

I felt my entire experience was a learning one. I figured out that this is the right place for me to be. I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I met some of the friends that I wanted to meet. So much more fun meeting in real life . I met some kind strangers and befriended them . I realized I was one of the few women who moved between shows all myself ! Everyone had a girlfriend, associate, fellow blogger , colleague – you name it ! But when you are by yourself, your instinct to work your way to being noticed and meeting new people kicks in.

Both days were cold. Friday was not as bad as I thought it would be. I was wearing a bright orange dress by AND – Anita Dongre’s western line. I picked it up when I was visiting India in December. I made sure to dress in layers . And I was glad I did !

Do I have pictures of my looks from either day ? Of course not. Because that would mean, I’d be very organized about my own OOTD . I was , of course, obsessing over other people’s looks. Fashionistas who braved the cold and were dressed in short dresses and killer heels. Ladies, I don’t know how you do it.

The SHOWs :

Finally , lets talk about why I went to New York . I was to attend 3 shows on Friday and 3 shows on Saturday – a total of 6 shows. I was able to make it to 5 of them. Turns out 3 shows a day can be pretty busy. Lucky for me 4 of them were in the same spot and one was further away. On Friday, all three shows were in the same place . So I did not have to travel from one spot to another. I stayed pretty close to the venue during the breaks between shows and met up with blogger friends and Instagram friends , as and when I could.

The first show that I attended was Tadashi Shoji . I am a huge fan and I love his dresses for their feminine quality. Sublime and simply gorgeous.

According to the show notes, this was a ‘remix of body orientation’ and concluded with ‘ gather your tribe. The night is young.’ The mood for the show was very mysterious and I could not wait to see the collection.I wish I had better pictures to share from this show, but I was at the top row and my pictures just aren’t good enough to share, but I’ll share them anyway !

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Check out the tribal design for the backdrop of the show

The collection had sheer, geometric patterns, intricate designs that had a tribal feel . Colors – black,  dark purple to copper tones.

Even from where I was sitting I knew wanted to sketch the two looks below ! I guess, there’s something about the design or the fabric that captures my eye.

 Here’s the man himself !..a grainy image , I apologize .

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And finally … 🙂 Below are a few looks illustrated , my favorite part. I have to say, to see a collection in person, and experiencing it first hand with the music and the vision the designer has , impacted my sketches .

 

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I am  obsessed over the drenched hair, the chokers and dark, mysterious coppery eyes that the models sported.

I hope you like the illustrations from this show. I loved detailing the drenched hair, and of course the dresses. Its hard to pick favorites !

I’ll be back soon with the recap and illustrations of few of the other shows that I attended and other looks from NYFW. They are already up on Instagram.

Cheers!

Lakshmi