We asked style savvy Vancouverite and blogger on the rise, Claire Liu of Von Vogue, to share her first fashion week experience at NYFW SS'16. Read on for celebrity sightings and high-fashion mayhem!


What was it like being at your first fashion week?

I didn’t think it would be so overwhelming! I took the subway all the time from one location to another, because I was shocked by the New York traffic on the first day (I was late for my first show on the first day, but the friendly security guards still let me in to see the end of the show). After the first day, I learned to manage my schedule and time properly. Google might suggest the travelling time from one location to another is 20 minutes, but I would extend the traveling time to one hour because you just don’t know what might happen on the road!

What did you wear during NYFW?

I wore culottes most of the time since the weather was pretty hot and humid in New York. 90% of the time I also wore Johnston & Murphy sandals—they were very comfortable for running around the city from show to show or sightseeing. When attending a show or going to a meeting, I quickly changed my footwear into Joe's Jeans heeled sandals.


 Which shows did you see? Which was your favourite?

I attended BCBGMAXAZRIA, Zimmermann, Hervé Léger by Max Azriari, Ohne Titel, Tommy Hilfiger, Zang Toi, and Lie Sangbong (plus the Banana Republic and Josie Natori presentations). Tommy Hilfiger was my favorite because the production behind the show was incredible. It’s more than just a fashion show—Tommy Hilfiger always brings his audience to his creative space and surprises them. Banana Republic was another of my favourites because the styles were beautiful and the models were actually engaging with the audience.



What was one recurring trend you saw on the runway for SS’16?

The models were wearing flapper/bucket hats at both BCBGMAXAZRIA and Tommy Hilfiger.

Which of your fashion icons did you see?

I was fortunate to meet so many inspiring people at the shows. I had a small chat with Zanita Whittington, my favourite Australian photographer (love her style too), after the Hervé Léger by Max Azria fashion show. While waiting at the Tommy Hilfiger show, I saw Rachel Zoe and her family sitting at the other side of the runway. After observing for a while, I think it’s very safe to say that she is very friendly in person.



What was the atmosphere like outside of the shows?

At the big shows like BCBGMAXAZRIA or Tommy Hilfiger, there were at least 50 photographers taking street style photos. It was crazily busy and crowded. Some people would try to pose for photographers, walking in front of them and trying to catch their attention.

What was one trend that you noticed show attendees wearing?

Flat shoes and Stan Smith sneakers could easily be seen on the show attendees.


Where is the best bar/restaurant in New York to mingle with fashion folk?

Surprisingly, the nearby Starbucks' are probably the best places to see lots of fashionistas. Mainly because everyone needed to charge their phone!

What is one thing that would surprise most people about NYFW?

I saw many well-known fashion bloggers at the shows—I always thought there would be tons of fans following them everywhere or photographers asking for photos, but at the show venue photographers and reporters tend to gather around other well-known socialites and celebrities instead. However the bloggers are still street style photographers' favourites!

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