[Day 1] of my first New York Fashion Week (NYFW) ever! When I first started receiving invites, I thought to give them away like I did last season. I wasn’t about to hop on a flight to attend. It wasn’t until some convincing from others that I decided to experience it all — and I was nervous (to say the least). The minute I landed, I regretted the decision because I didn’t know what to expect, whether it was worth taking off work, or anything. This season I attended: Noon by Noor, Laurence & Chico, Pamella Roland, BLDWN, Self-Portrait, and R13 Denim — and no they were not all seated invites. Three of those invites were ‘standing’, meaning I was asked to fill in empty seats (hence how I got to sit second row most of the time), but any invite was a way into the experience!
Noon by Noor was the first show, since I didn’t really know anyone I just started making conversation with anyone around me. In doing so, I met some pretty amazing women. The show was spectacular (honestly). After waiting in line to: scan the invites, get in the elevator, be told where to sit (there was a lot of line waiting), once the music started, those 8 minutes of runway show were worth it. Little by little, the anxiety of trying something new went away, and I was just plain excited for the next shows.
Noon by Noor:
I started Day 1 with Noon by Noor’s F/W 2019 collection — being Arab from my father’s side I was low-key proud to attend the elegant & minimal women's line by Bahraini cousins Noor Rashid & Haya Mohammed Al-Khalifa.
Noon by Noor is known for their laidback yet elegant looks, this F/W 2019 collection included bold colored slip dresses and neutral relaxed co-ords pieces. The classic camel coats were a few of my favorite pieces as the ultimate sophisticated look with a twist of chic structure. The silk pleated blouses and dresses were a mixture of forest green, yellow, and black — all stylish, edgy, and subtle yet gorgeous as the models flowed down the runway.
Laurence & Chico:
One of the first brands to ever reach out with an invite, Laurence & Chico was not a show I could miss. Their thailand influenced runway and flight attendant whimsical humor reflected the brand’s true identity.
Laurence & Chico’s Fall/Winter 2019 is inspired by the designer duo’s recent trip to Thailand. Starting the show was a ‘flight attendant’ taking us through the air in their beautiful collection. The show was as dynamic as the collection was. Thai culture and cuisine are reflected in the collection through the use of bold colors, intricate beading and embroidery. The beautiful floral & leaves patterned outfits were my favorites, I loved the color mixture of green, pink, and navy. Silhouettes reflecting traditional Thai garments are reinterpreted with the Laurence & Chico touch of humor and whimsy.
Of everything I posted from day 1, most commented on the dresses from the Pamella Roland show! And with good reason, at one point i put my phone down and just stood up during the show to look at each phenomenal design.
All overall WOW for the Pamella Roland collection F/W 2019 collection. Especially the dresses that were sparkling, glittering, and feathery— Pamella Roland did not disappoint with this collection. A strong sense of femininity and elegance, each dress made me think of wedding season in the Middle East, where gowns and cocktail dresses are made for the red carpet. The intricacy of the designs reflect the inspiration of Tiffany stained-glass windows — throughout the cocktail dresses and formal gowns, the collection is filled with elaborate detailing in texture and embroidery.