Wednesday, February 22, 2012

nyfw - vera wang at lincoln center

First, let me preface this post by saying that Tuesday, February 14, 2012 was one of the best days of my life.

I woke up at 5:30am. Not only that, but I did my hair and makeup. Now, ask me to wake up for work at 5:30am and I will laugh in your face. But if waking up at the crack of dawn has anything to do with shopping, traveling or New York Fashion Week, I'm up with no problems. Funny how that works.

 This day was the perfect ending to my NYFW experience. The atmosphere at Lincoln Center was intoxicating. I felt like a kid going to Disneyland for the first time; I was so happy.

*All photos are from the iPhone, unless otherwise noted *

I had to be there at 8:30am for a presentation by Norisol Ferrari, on behalf of The Looks for Less.
The presentation was really cool; all of the looks were displayed on mannequins in the center of the room and the audience walked around to look at each one. I was one of the first people on line, so I got in before the room got packed and was able to get great photos of each look.

Check out my full post, including photos of all of the looks from the Norisol Ferrari Fall 2012 collection

I then had the most ridiculously amazing and huge opportunity to attend the Vera Wang Fall 2012 collection runway show, thanks to my mom. She is all about helping me out and doing anything she can for me and she was all about trying to get me into this show. When she called me to tell me my invitation was in the mail, I screamed and shrieked for two minutes straight. My mom is so supportive. She's always encouraging me to do that which inspires me.

Here's my invite --- I felt like I'd found a golden ticket when I saw the envelope in my mailbox!!! I stared at it for three days. On my way there I was super paranoid about losing it, so I kept checking my bag. What can I say --- I have the worse case scenario gene, and it's dominant!

After the Norisol Ferrari presentation I decided to stick around and just people watch. Maybe I'd see someone interesting...

I spotted Anna Dello Russo (editor-at-large of Vogue Nippon), Giovanna Battaglia (editor, stylist, model), Joanna Coles (editor-in-chief of Marie Claire), Andre Talley (editor-at-large of Vogue), Joe Zee (creative director of Elle). I even saw Nina Garcia (fashion direction of Marie Claire and Project Runway judge) on her way into a show. I totally called her out and she smiled back at me -- Good enough, Nina. I'll take it!!!

Anna Dello Russo was wearing a crazy hat!!! Her boots were AMAZING!!! Too bad they couldn't fit into this pic I took of her in the lobby.

Giovanna Battaglia making her way to a show. She's gorgeous!!!

While wandering around, I saw Brad Goreski, stylist and former Rachel Zoe associate, and asked him for a photo. He was so nice. Then I asked him if I could take a photo with him and he said yes again. Not only that but he complimented me and said my purple blouse looked beautiful on me. Love it!!!

Another really exciting moment was getting interviewed by, because they liked my outfit!!! This happened right after I took my photo with Brad. This was super cool mainly because I didn't try that hard --- Yes, I obviously wanted to look good, but I also wanted to be comfortable and warm. I wore the same outerwear and bag that I discussed here; black Zara coat with leather sleeves, Michael Kors black faux fur and black quilted BCBG bag. I wore black jeans from Urban Outfitters and a bright purple silk blouse from J. Crew that I stalked for months until it went on sale.

I also wore these amazing boots, which I first spoke about here, and finally got on Gilt Groupe for half price!!! These are my feet in the back of a cab. This is the best $10 I spent all week. Even though they are flat and comfy, I was walking around for six hours and my feet and legs were ready to fall off!!!

Let's be serious. It is more than likely that my interview will end up on the cutting room floor, but it was still really nice to be asked.

After wandering around for a little over an hour, it was finally time to line up for the Vera Wang show. I think I was probably the third person on line to enter the show. We had to wait for a while, then they started to let people past the entry area. After that all the standing room only people were corralled in an area outside of the show, until all the people with seats were let in. I was standing there for a solid hour --- I'm not complaining.

Picture a scene from an apocalypse movie where people are charging the aisles of a grocery store for water and supplies. No, better, Walmart on Black Friday, right when the doors open at 3am. This is what entry to the show was like once they gave word that we could go in. People were clawing their way through the door. If you were slow, you would certainly get pushed and potentially trampled.

When I finally made my way into the show, I literally gasped. This was a moment when I realized that I was actually living out a dream.

The room was gigantic. It was packed, wall to wall, with people in stadium seating. Hundreds and hundreds of people. Filling every seat, every space. After making my way through the crowd and finding a standing room spot, at the very top of the stairs, I settled in and waited. My vantage point was  perfect.

There was a guy standing next to me who tried to strong arm me but I was prepared to throw him down the stairs to keep that spot. He got the point and quickly gave up --- Smart move, pal!!!

As soon as the lights dimmed the crowd was instantly silent. The music began to play and the runway was lit. At this point, I had become pretty confident with my camera. I'd had lots of practice in the days before, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I used a 55-200mm lens, and shot in shutter priority, this way I was able to catch the models in action, without the photos being blurry. I had the ISO cranked up to 3200. It was super dark everywhere except the runway.

Anna Wintour (editor-in-chief of Vogue) was across from me, in the front row. Here's a photo I got of her with my real camera. I was pretty far away from her and got this on max zoom. I lightened it up a bit.

Here's a quick shot I took with my phone midway through the show.

As I snapped away with my camera I kept checking the display. My photos were looking amazing. I was so excited. The collection was beautiful. The styling was impeccable. The shoes were fantastic. The show was EVERYTHING!!!

Check out my full post and runway photos from the Vera Wang Fall 2012 Collection

It was over in a flash. This is a real camera pic of Vera Wang at the very end of the show. She didn't walk the runway with the models. She just peeked out for a few seconds.

It was over, and once I made my way out of the room, I had to take a minute outside to breathe and soak the whole thing in. I'd just been part of something so amazing. I had to gather my thoughts. Surreal would be the perfect word to describe the experience of the show. It did feel like a dream. It was really beautiful. Everything was pieced together perfectly.

After the show I spotted J. Alexander, runway coach and judge on America's Next Top Model. I waited until he was done with an interview to get a photo with him. We both had on furs!!!

Finally, one last photo of me outside, right before heading out.

The day was done. I wandered around a bit more outside. I really didn't want it to be over. It was a strange feeling. I think I've been feeling it ever since. It was so amazing to get to experience NYFW first hand. No words can really do it justice.

I just feel lucky.


Jennifer said...

oh my gosh! this is one of the best blog posts ever! i feel like i was right there with you from start to finish. oh what an amazing time. i had tears of excitement in my eyes reading about how excited you were to go to NYFW!!! thank you so much for sharing your experience with all of us!

ps - what amazing pics you got. i am a huge fan of Brad's, so i am loving that pic! you and ms. jay look too cute together ;) if you get published for, you'll have to send me the link so i can check it out.

and thanks again for everything you did for my blog. i can't thank you enough! until next year....

Michell said...

That was an awesome blog. I enjoyed reading it.I felt your excitement and enjoyed every moment of it with you...even days late LOL Thanks for sharing. <3

Mary said...

Congrats Vanessa - what a fun post!

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