Fashion & Shopping

How Fashion Insiders Are Shopping

three women wear outfits to new york fashion week

Shopbop; MyTheresa; Tyler Joe

New York Fashion Week—the live and in-person runways, the days of street style inspiration—is back in full force after an extended, semi-digital hiatus. Finally.

For the editors, buyers, publicists, and models filling our feeds with runway videos this September, the Spring/Summer 2022 shows mark a change in pace. New York Fashion Week is one of the first events requiring more than sweatpants, for several days on end, in…a while. In the spirit of getting dressed again, we asked a group of NYFW’s notable attendees how they shopped for the front row’s resurgence. No two women are approaching their NYFW wardrobes with the same philosophy. Yet each found re-entry pieces guaranteed to stand out throughout fashion month, with a side of styling advice to match.

Nikki Ogunnaike, Digital Director at BAZAAR.com

“I’m often asked what my style is and I always say classic with a twist. This season, I’m adding ‘elevated causal’ to the mix as easing back into IRL NYFW shows is making me crave a mix of polished and comfortable pieces. Hence a suit by Tibi and loafers from Celine: An outfit I can wear from 10AM to 10PM and still feel great in.”

The Leisure Suit Tuxedo Blazer

Pair with:  The Leisure Suit Pants, $385, tibi.com

Goya Anagram-Plaque Leather Shoulder Bag

Luco Chain Triomphe Loafer

Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director at Shopbop

“I can’t wait to see what all the designers have in store for NYFW this year. I am deeply inspired by each designers’ originality and I especially love (and miss!) seeing all the creative street styles too. Spending time away from the usual fashion show circuit has made me rethink my personal wardrobe and make different styles and items more versatile. I love mixing my favorite white or graphic tee under a more formal tank dress. My typical ‘go-to’ fashion week outfit definitely includes a pair of standout sunglasses and a bold and bright, trend-driven top and bottom combo. I’m a big believer in layering for fall so I love to mix and match, like this Marc Jacobs aloe green tee underneath a floral Brogger top. One new piece I bought specifically for NYFW is Brock Collection’s corset top. I can’t wait to pair this with a simple tee and add some dimension to my look.”

Thick Oversize Square Sunglasses

Kerry Pieri, Digital Fashion Director at BAZAAR.com

“Nothing makes me feel more ready for fall than an impactful trench coat. I like to find versions that take the classic idea for a spin—by mixing up the fabric or adding unexpected details. This one from one of my go-to brands Bouguessa is a star.”

Shada Faux Leather-Trimmed Trench Coat

Sandrine Charles, Founder of Sandrine Charles Consulting and Co-Founder of the Black in Fashion Council

“As a publicist, my look is usually all black. I am working, so my priority is to always blend in, but be chic. My jewelry is a standout for me to razzle dazzle the look.”

Spira Gold-Tone Hoop Earrings

Lauren Chan, Plus-Size Model and Founder of Henning

“Typically, fashion week requires that we wear top-notch looks for over a week-straight—which, when you have a relatively ‘normal person’ closet like me, is hard to do! The trick I use to make outfit planning easier is to style monochromatic looks. So, one day I’d go with creams, like Henning’s trench coat, an ivory turtleneck, some light khaki pants, and white sneakers. The next day, I’d throw on the trench in black, add a black satin dress and combat boots. After that, I would pair Henning’s terracotta pants with a matching button up shirt and brown leather coat. I try not to let the shows I’m attending influence my style, because I found that when I’ve done that in the past, I’ve felt a little uncomfortable or not like myself—nor am I rocking quarantine sweats to NYFW, ha! It’s such a busy work week that I need my clothes to make me feel super confident and energized.”

Tiffany Hsu, Fashion Buying Director at MyTheresa

“I dress depending on the weather, rather than the show. In New York I prefer to dress more relaxed as there’s a lot of running around the city and I want to feel comfortable. The show highlights I am looking forward to attending are Gabriela Hearst, Khaite, and The Row.[My go-to outfit] definitely includes a few good statement blazers, preferably by Jaquemus. To mix and match, I have some really good pumps as well in very bright and powerful colors.”

La Veste Soco Wool Twill Jacket

Void 110 Leather d’Orsay Pumps

Shelby Ivey Christie, Fashion and Costume Historian

“I usually lean more towards classic structured pieces with a twist. Right now I’m loving Ottolinger, Y/Project, and Peter Do because they kind of master adding an edgy element or twist to simple silhouettes. I’m also loving Black-owned brands Dorm Eleven and Projets de Jets Privés. They have great basics with a funky twist. I love their tanks and tops that come two-toned and with versatile straps. I definitely plan on pairing one with a good black blazer and some Y/Project denim for NYFW.

I love a neutral palette and lean on my accessories to tell a color story. However, during quarantine I discovered that I can make color work for me, but it had to be in a print or pattern. I’m looking forward to stepping out in my new round love of prints and patterns this NYFW!”

Roopal Patel, Fashion Director at Saks Fifth Avenue

“It’s surreal to talk about fashion week style after not attending shows for over a year and a half. This NYFW is going to be so special, and I am looking forward to seeing some of my favorite designers and friends including Wes Gordon at Carolina Herrera, Fernando and Lauren at Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Thom Browne, Gabriela Hearst, and Joseph Altuzarra, to name a few. I’m also looking forward to seeing emerging designers like LaQuan Smith, Sergio Hudson, and Telfar make their mark on NYFW.

My time away from the fashion week circuit has absolutely impacted my personal style. I think it’s made me realize that less is more, and there’s always a way to be fashionable and comfortable, to be practical and make a statement. For fashion week, I like to follow a simple wardrobe formula: one great statement piece or two pieces max. This NYFW, I like the idea of one piece dressing to keep things easy. I love the joy and happiness that the Christopher John Rogers Rainbow Striped Knit Dress brings. It will be great to wear on the go for a full day of shows!”

Rainbow Striped Ribbed Midi Dress

Leah Chernikoff, Executive Editor at Harper’s BAZAAR

“I have to admit I’m dreading the idea of getting dressed again. I think I’ve forgotten how? But I’m excited to try. I decided to look for a pair of generous pants—and by that I mean both chic, versatile, and as comfortable and roomy as the sweatpants we’ve all been living in—that I could pair with a white tee or a men’s button-down or a cardigan. I settled on Dries Van Noten’s podium pants. I’ve had my eye on various versions of these for years and, hey, why not now while the world is burning.”

Podium Pleated Woven Wide-Leg Pants

Virginia Nam, Fashion Partnerships at Instagram

“This NYFW, I just want to feel put together again so I have been gravitating towards tailoring. Fortunately, I don’t have to shop much to satisfy this: Not too long before the pandemic started, I had ordered the denim and tailored collections from wardrobe.nyc. I certainly wasn’t wearing any of these pieces while working from home so I am excited to get more mileage out of them come September, especially the tuxedo blazer. Overall, I am trying to shop less—though I have been eyeing an Edas purse after recently seeing it on [stylist] Mecca James-Williams…”

Alison Cohn, Deputy Fashion News Editor at Harper’s BAZAAR

“After 18 months of living in Live The Process bike shorts, I’ll admit I’m not entirely sure how to approach fashion week dressing. But I do know that my go-to accessory will be Kaze Origins face masks. These super comfortable lab certified KN95s feature a foam padded nose bridge and adjustable ear loops. If, like me, you’re over surgical blue, they come in 27 different colors including editor favorite onyx (with contrast ear bands), rose quartz, and forest pine. Maybe I’ll try a pop of racing red with my favorite mono Maggie Marilyn suit.”

Individual Series – Racing Red

Shelby Ying Hyde, Contributing Market Editor at BAZAAR.com

“When it comes to curating my looks for fashion week, I tend to err on the side of ease, especially for the busier days. (Think: coordinate sets and tailoring.) Because my week consists of a lot of running around the city, I try to balance my more elevated looks with chunky footwear or sneakers, that way I’m equal parts chic and comfortable. This season I invested in Prada’s platform loafers specifically for the occasion. However, because it is also the sort of unofficial return to the normal circuit, I plan to add more standout pieces like Blumarine’s plush bag into the mix. The bright-pink hue will pop against my go-to neutral color story.”

Gem-Logo Textured Shoulder Bag

Logo Lug-Sole Leather Loafers

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