Here’s What Changed In New York

“Hey Dayna, come see how cool the new toilet flushes!” my dad said when I came home for my brother’s 30th and Fashion Week. Some things never change…

When I was in New York I subconsciously was looking for that “ah ha moment” where I’d feel like, this is home and this is why I love NYC.  That would’ve been easier… knowing that one day I’d come back and be closer to my family and friends. But I never had that moment of clarity.

Did you ever have that feeling of excitement coming home from college, that, “it’s good to be home” feeling as you drove around wowed by all the little updates in your town? It felt as though New York and I were growing together and I loved that. But this time was different. I drove around lovely Long Island (sarcasm) and didn’t feel a thing. In fact, the most “exciting” upgrade in my hood was my dad’s new toilet.

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#modelsjustwannahavefun

Models backstage on Make A GifWhen I was backstage at NYFW, I noticed how many of the fresh faced models were just young teenagers.  As they innocently snacked on pizza and ice cream popsicles while waiting to have their makeup done, I cringed at the idea of getting into their personal space before the show.  The last thing I wanted to do was treat them like they were hunted prey.
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I tried to put myself in their shoes (which by the way didn’t look too comfy).  I knew if it were me, having my nails done, hair teased, and eyelashes glued on, the last thing I would want to do is give my best pout to a photographer or talk to a reporter.oGO2FV on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

That’s when I decided to try something different.  Since it was truly laughable how crazy it was backstage, I thought the girls could use a good chuckle to lighten things up. While using the cool new app, PHHHOTO, with the models backstage, I was able to capture their natural smiles and we enjoyed a few laughs. I realized walking in with my iphone 5, that I wasn’t going to capture a better shot than another photographer with a big fancy camera; but, I knew I could give my followers an unique inside peek backstage and an original fun teaser that certainly wouldn’t be found on Vogue.com or WWD.

Remember ladies, never take yourself or fashion too seriously… or you miss all the fun!

For more spontaneous snaps follow me on Instagram @pinkytoposh

WAIT! Don’t Toss These Trends…

Fashion Week is a wonderful time when women can come together and celebrate the designer’s hard work while showcasing their own individual style. I couldn’t help but notice this year how some of our beloved trends will be repeating itself this year…

Prepare for more peplum! 

There was plenty of peplum on peplum silhouettes, as well as structured peplum pieces. This polished look is timeless and puts femininity back into a woman’s outfit. Tia Cibani, Zac Posen, Son Juan Wan and Red Valentino are just a few designers who prove that the peplum is only at its peak! The sophisticated houndstooth Oscar de la Renta suit was accessorized with a black belt, which helped create an hourglass figure by accentuating the waist. Make your peplum outfit extra fabulous by wearing a statement belt to complete the ensemble.
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Son Jung Wan RTW Spring 2014

Son Jung Wan RTW Spring 2014

Don’t you dare “white out” black and white just yet! 

Just because this trend is colorless, it doesn’t mean it’s boring! Alexander Wang, BCBG Max Azria and Carolina Herrera showed off solid white looks which makes you wish Labor Day hadn’t just past!  Meanwhile, designers such as Kaelen, Suno and DKNY displayed a bold black and white combination that can certainly be applied during the winter season.

Don’t cut the crop out of your closets!

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2014 RTW

Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2014 RTW

Alice + Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez, and Peter Som are just some of the many designers who made the crop-top completely classic this year. Contrary to mainstream belief, you actually can look sophisticated while showing a touch of skin. Christian Siriano, Jill Stuart, John Patrick and Mara Hoffman took this trend to new heights by pairing the crop with a high-waisted pencil skirt.

Alice + Olivia, Spring 2014

Alice + Olivia, Spring 2014

This look is flattering because it’s showing just a peek of the tiniest part of a woman’s waist.  Ladies remember, you can always create a more business appropriate look by throwing on a blazer.

Baby Got…Beautiful Hair!

“Oh, my, god, Becky, look at her hair, It is so big, ugh! She looks like one of those designer’s models. But, ugh, ya know, who understands how to do those hairstyles…”

#ModelsYouMustFollow

Have you ever wondered if the models all get along backstage? If they have a good relationship with the designers? Or just what life is like as a top fashion model?

Vogue, Style, and WWD capture the best moments highlighting the latest fashion from Fashion Week but why not see it through the model’s perspective?!

There’s nothing we “like” more than models not Photoshopped, not airbrushed, and just putting their best face forward while being naturally fashion-forward. Here are just a few of my favorite fashion models worth following on Instagram and backstage shots from Fashion Week from their stand point:

@CaraDelevingne

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Cara Delevingne is not only known for being the face of Burberry’s Beauty campaign and strutting down the Victoria Secret Runway, but she is also notorious for her silly faces on Instagram (that somehow still look chic). Her headline, “Don’t worry, be happy! Embrace your weirdness” makes you feel like; hey, this chick is actually relatable!

Cara was named Top Model Of the Year in 2012 at the British Fashion Awards and is now the face of Chanel’s Resort 2013 campaign. She walked in the Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and many more runway shows during Fashion Week. Follow her Instagram for a refreshing array of ridiculousness and out of this world shots that are actually pretty down to earth!

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Touchdown in London Town!

Down…set…hut hut…hike! First down at London Fashion Week, Burberry Prorsum!

Wow, they definitely brought their “A” game…London Fashion Week sported some serious fashion equipment on the runways but Burberry has certainly called their play. From structured jewel-colored capes and coats to metallic shoulder pads, this designer had us doing major situps in our seats! While we were cheering from the sidelines, bidding on this designer, others may think this look is a complete foul. Although Burberry Prorsum might be a wild card, we don’t believe this look was totally out-of-bounds! In fact, we’re looking forward to tackling these structured silhouettes this spring!

Burberry Prorsum has made their play…are you game?

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The Unpredictable Peplum

  Flared or flat, ruffled or rounded… the peplum trend is anything but predictable on the runways! Designers, Alice + Olivia, Cadwick Bell, Daniella Kallmeyer, Zac Posen, Carmen Marc Valvo, and ICB by Prabal Gurung prove that the peplum is only at its peak. There was plenty of peplum on peplum silhouettes, as well as structured peplum pieces at New York Fashion Week. This polished look is timeless and puts femininity back into a woman’s outfit. In the big pool of peplum there are plenty of styles to compliment everyones figure, giving their body the flare it deserves!

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Stripe-ing Sweaters

Stripes are always a classic, but designers have crossed the line, taking this trend to a new level! Vertical or horizontal, thin or thick, or even stripe-blocking looks spread the runway. Marc Jacobs chose a clean and classic approach by using black and white stripes and added a modern twist by incorporating sequins and shine. Meanwhile, Marimekko, Michael Kors, and Ohne Titel and Nicolas K use stripe-blocking techniques in their collection.  Tommy Hilfiger topped off his collection by adding stripe-blocking details in the upper right pocket of the tops.

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