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Style column: Kiley Stenberg shares a day at New York Fashion Week

Kiley Stenberg of “A Sequin Dress at Breakfast” is going to be sharing her style knowledge with LovingYou. She starts off with what a day in the life of New York Fashion Week is like.

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Kiley Stenberg of “A Sequin Dress at Breakfast” is going to be sharing her style knowledge with LovingYou. She starts off with what a day in the life of New York Fashion Week is like.

Day in the life of NYFW

There’s no better place to be twice a year for any fashion-loving girl than New York Fashion Week, which happens every February and September in New York City. The majority of designer shows take place at the famed (and gorgeous!) Lincoln Center with a handful of other shows at various studios and unique venues around the city. I just returned from a whirlwind four days of NYFW where they were showing fall and winter 2013 collections, and am thrilled to report back on what I saw, did, heard and found.

Despite the rain and snowstorm that hit the city last week — and the wild amount of umbrellas I saw flip inside-out due to the severe wind — most of Fashion Week carried on as planned, save for a couple events and shows that were delayed. While packing for NYFW is always a tricky and strategic event, it’s a whole other ball game when trying to dress up in severe weather.

While no day is the same during NYFW, there are a few things that stay pretty consistent, and I wanted to share how a typical day goes down.


I have to start the day with a strong cup of coffee. Caffeine is a complete necessity for the long days, early mornings and late nights. (Prodigy Coffee in the West Village was my go-to)



While the subway is sometimes the quickest way to get from point A to B, I typically catch a cab to get to where I’m going. It’s just nice to have a breather for a few minutes and get a chance to sit back, check my phone and take in some of the city.



Many invitations come through email, so once I’m at the show, I have to pull up my invitation to scan the QR code and get my official ticket printed out.



Walking into shows can sometimes feel like you’re being herded in. You have to shuffle past a crowd full of people and photographers, the latter of whom are a sight to see. All the photogs are situated at the end of the runway to get the best shot and have some pretty intimidating and intense cameras.



Once I’m in my spot for the show, it’s a heart-racing waiting-game until the lights go down, the music turns up and the models start heading down the runway. It’s a thrilling moment to be able to see what a designer has created each season for the following spring or fall. Just like that, the show from start to finish is usually less than 10 minutes!


My favorite fall trends

For fall 2013, I saw a lot of bright color! Typically fall shows have a lot of the usual autumn colors, such as maroon, olive and navy, but this time I saw a bit of everything — from hot-pink ombre feather skirts at Lela Rose, to bright-red long-sleeved midi dresses at Tadashi Shoji, to bright sparkly green-embellished dresses at Herve Leger.

While I wasn’t able to attend the Kate Spade presentation, the photos looked completely girly, gorgeous and fun — with lots of hot pink, polka dots and cheeky flats (including a pair that look like taxi cabs!) As a fan of anything but basic black, I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come this fall.

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Photo credits: Kiley Stenberg

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