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NYFW FW18 Recap

I remember my first fashion week invitation four years ago – I was SUPER hype to be backstage, and I’d felt like I had ARRIVED as a blogger! Fast forward to today; while being invited to NYFW shows is an honor, I’m now approaching fashion week differently. Rather than try to get into every show and presentation (after last season’s complete fail), I’ve been prioritizing my time so I can be inspired without getting overwhelmed. This NYFW FW18 season was the perfect mix of shows, events, and downtime, plus I came out of it with a new hairstyle!

February 8, 2018

I started off my fashion week cycle with a hair appointment at Ion Studio NYC in Soho. They had actually invited me backstage for the shows for which they were doing hair, but I’ve done the backstage hair thing before, and unless it’s a show with many models of color, backstage hair is not quite interesting for me or you guys! Instead, Ion Studio NYC invited me to experience their salon first hand. I’m trying to lay off color for a while, and my ends were looking a bit raggedy, so I went in for a cut! Stylist Angelica Vargas went to work on my hair, reshaping it into a beautifully rounded fro. I actually just washed my hair for the first time post cut, so stay tuned for a YouTube video!

Tapered Natural Haircut by Angelica Vargas, blonde natural hair, tapered afro

After my cut, I met up with my friend Sade to attend the Pamella Roland show. I loved her show last season, and this season was a mix of feminine takes on menswear and embellished evening wear all inspired by Prague ! Here are my favorite looks from the show:

Images via Vogue
Images via Vogue

Day 1 was brutally cold, so I wore a simple off the shoulder sweater, super distressed jeans with leggings underneath, gold heel ankle booties, and my go to red faux fur coat. Another attendee at the Pamella Roland show had the same coat and we waved to each other in acknowledgement of our warm fierceness! After the show, Sade and I were both photographed for Essence Magazine’s website!

Hannan Saleh for Essence Magazine

I finished off the day by stopping at the ElleUSA x BCBG event, where I met Nyja of MyEpiphany for the first time. She’s socute!! Aunt Flo knocked on my door while at the event, so I didn’t stay very long, but I did chat a bit with one of my fave NYC based bloggers, Krystal of This Time Tomorrow!

February 9, 2018

I skipped quite a few events on Friday due to cramps, but managed to get myself out of the house for the Midori Linea event at the W Hotel Downtown. It didn’t occur to me that the event would be more of a party and less of a presentation, and the only thing that didn’t make it a waste of time was seeing my girl Whitney! Her smile is so amazing, every dental care company needs to partner with her!

We Should All Be Feminists Tee | Klassy Kinks

I wanted to keep it smart but casual so I built my outfit around white sneakers and a white blazer. I wore an awesome slogan tee that said We Should All Be Feminists – a nod to the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie, with the coziest fleece lined leather leggings.

February 10-11, 2018

There were SO many NYFW events over the weekend but I wanted to spend some quality time with my husband so I stayed home. On Sunday, I’d planned to make my way into the city but a church member lost a loved one so we went to the wake to support them. I think in the past I would have been really bummed to miss shows and events, but I’m now realizing that attendance at fashion week is NOT the defining criteria of whether you are a style influencer or authority. Real life comes before life on the gram!

February 12, 2018

All of my weekend resting was worthwhile because Monday was the MOST exciting day for me! It was all about Black Panther as I went to the media preview for the Black Panther NYFW Welcome to Wakanda event. Designers Chromat, TOME, Cushnie et Ochs, Ikiré Jones, Sophie Theallet, Fear of God, and LaQuan Smith all created one outfit inspired by the movie Black Panther, to be auctioned off for Save the Children. Brother Vellies, Douriean Fletcher, and Josh Bennett created shoppable capsule collections inspired by the movie.

Black Panther NYFW - Laquan Smith | Klassy Kinks
Black Panther NYFW - Chromat | Klassy Kinks

Black Panther NYFW - Brother Vellies | Klassy Kinks
Black Panther NYFW - Douriean Fletcher | Klassy Kinks

My favorite interpretations of Black Panther were Laquan Smith’s black sequin jumpsuit with a cape, as well as Chromat’s ankara dress with cutouts and a matching headpiece. They both looked absolutely amazing on the mannequins, but even better on the models that wore them later that evening!

Ankara dress with cutouts and bubble sleeves, fingercomber kinky kurly afro unit, klassy kinks, black panther outfit

I had a hard time coming up with an outfit for this event, because I needed it to work for both day and night, but I ended up wearing a custom dress with detachable bubble sleeves by Amakwakye for the party. To make it casual during the day, I wore a crop top by Dope on Arrival, and switched out my metallic gold sandals with white sneakers (pictured in the feature image). All week long I carried a new satchel from Zac Posen, that matched every single look, was big enough to tote around my laptop when necessary, and was also chic enough for fashion week!

February 13, 2018

I started off the day with a Galentine’s Brunch with some members of the PureWow Coterie. I love the content that PureWow puts out and am so happy to be a part of their Coterie, and was excited to meet some of the other Coterie members! We ate brunch at Bocaphe, which was a cute restaurant with a French and Vietnamese inspired menu.

PureWow Coterie Galentine's Brunch | Klassy Kinks

My look for the day included a wool beret, which is my new favorite hair accessory! Perfect for my upcoming trip to Paris for Paris Fashion Week (!!), and great for days I don’t feel like laying down my edges.

After brunch, I went to the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe show, which was quite long but very well put together. A lot of the styles were a nod to mid century fashion with long hemlines, cinched waists, and interesting necklines, and many of the models wore elaborate headpieces. Here are my favorite looks from the show:

Images via Livingly
Images via Livingly

I hope you enjoyed my NYFW FW18 recap – looking forward to the September shows when I can actually put more effort into my outfits because it’s not freezing!

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  1. I’m just in awe. What an opportunity to attend such an event. Who knows maybe one day I will see you there. I love the blog post and the outfit you choose to take on the trip. What an experienced to be among influencers. Much love to you!