#NYFW 2018 Fall Mash-up: Shows, Events + Everything in Between

Jarel Zhang- Photographer, Patrick Hovan

"Start spreading the news... I'm leaving today ...I want to be a part of it ..New York, New York" - 
Frank Sinatra- New York

There is just something about New York that causes one to get excited ... If Disney is the happiest place on earth, New York is the happiest place on earth for "Big Dreamers and Hustlers". For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to go to Fashion Week in New York, but this year I actually went. I must say a huge thank you to Fashion Mingle an amazing company that connects creatives and really cares about all of us and really, really connect all the dots.

The schedule was hectic and though I've never taken a train I had my mind set on going to the shows that had my name on the Itinerary. Keep reading to hear all about my NYFW 2018 Winter experience and everything else in between 😄

The Michael Lombard Show

Michael Lombard is an amazing Leatherwear designer who specializes in Jackets for males and females with bold statements and hardware. This show was the main reason I went to Fashion Week and I'm must thank the Designer for the invite. I showed up late (1st-time train taker ) and missed the show ... BUT! Caught all the backstage action and got to see and touch the designs in person as well as meet and mingle with the models and Michael himself. The pieces are amazing! They are not your average bulky leather jacket from "back in the day", they are chic, fun and trendy. ( Look out for story soon)

Nolcha Shows

My schedule had Nolcha shows (Morning + Afternoon) again I was late and had no idea where It was but I have photos thanks to the Fashion Mingle Team. Nolcha shows give independent fashion designers a chance to showcase their designs are New York Fashion Week.

Neubryne - Photographer, Julie Stanley
Yurita Puji - Photographer, Julie Stanley

LuYang by YangLu - Photographer, Julie Stanley

This award-winning event gives the designers a chance to present to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists, and industry influencers. The overall concept behind this event is really cool as over the last 9 years the NNolcha brandhas established a platform of discovery; cutting-edge innovation fashion designers through runway shows and exhibits.

Fashion Mingle NYFW Networking Event

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer

Julie Staney- Photographer
Since I'm a part of the Fashion Mingle team I went as a Blogger/Volunteer to help with the set-up of the event, plus whatever else there was to do. I've been on events teams before, but this was different, though there was "crisis mode" according to founders Melissa and Beth, everything was organized and we all did our part to make it all work. There was so much fun interesting people who came out in numbers and it was a great experience to meet new people. People actually wanted to know what I did and where I'm from which I found kinda strange. No shade, but here in Jamaica networking events are more about "gloating" and showing off at events rather than meeting people. My squad for the Night was Fashion Merchandising student Milly from Taiwan and Amisha who were super cool and knew what they were about.

My Birthday

I spent my 31st Birthday in New York which was a dream of mine. I spent the morning searching for the Wendy Williams Show, where I found some cute cafes along the way and somehow ended up at NYU (New York University) It was cool to see how the students dressed to showcase their very unique and individual personalities. In the afternoon, I treated myself to lunch at Red Lobster since it was the 1st Restaurant I saw on 42nd Street after a morning of "train-taking" and walking ... then I went in the middle of Times Square by the famous "Red Steps" and "Red tables & chairs" where I saw other people doing touristy things and convinced a man to take my photos.

I then went to Forever 21 which was huge and had like 5 levels and spent most of the day resting and shopping. It is so huge that they have a huge "charging station" with seats where I sat most of the time as I wondered how I would make it to the next level. Somewhere in all this chaos I lost my scarf and had to purchase a hat, yes a hat as all the stores were completely sold out of scarves and those guys on the road were selling them for $30.

I then went home to pack for my trip home.

The Take-Away

As with every trip I take, I always, always come back feeling different as If I literally grew overnight. New York is a fast-paced city that is great for building character and your brand and to just make your dreams come through If you are strong enough. Taking this trip prepared me for the unexpected as it relates to transportation as I drive everywhere at home and never walk! It was definitely tough taking the train then walking but it prepared me to be flexible and to roll with the punches and not rely on one thing. I would definitely be back next year and ensure I'm on time to the shows and have better "train-taking and walking" shoes.

TIP: Get a Weekly Unlimited Metro Pass for $32 as it will save you so much and you get to see as much as the city as you like by bus and train.

Have you been to NYFW or New York? Tell me all about your experience in the comments below

Photo Credits

Julie Stanley | http://juleimages.com/

Patrick Hovan | http://patrickhovanphoto.com/

Special Thanks to Fashion Mingle | https://fashionmingle.net/

Special Thanks to Michael Lombard | https://www.michaellombard.com/

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