Good morning from Milan everybody! I'm about to get ready for day 2 of Milan Fashion Week, but I already feel like I need a break. Yesterday we ended up having 4 fittings (w/ Alberta Ferretti, Sportmax, Roberto Cavalli, and Moschino), we visited three shows (Fay, Alberta Ferretti, Philipp Plein), and one event. The funny thing in Milan is that a lot of things are planned last minute so we have to be super flexible and constantly adapt to changing programs. Everyday promises to be this hectic, but I pinch myself everyday for these amazing opportunities. I mean, this has always been a dream of mine, so I will definitely survive the lack of sleep (just three hours the last couple of days). But before I share more about my adventures here, let's go back to last week in New York.
SoHo is one of my favorite neighbourhoods in New York City, which is why we always stay there when we visit. The energy in this particular area is contagious and I can’t help but feel inspired. In the 1960s, SoHo came to represent the hip and creative avante garde scene of New York, with young aspiring artists taking up space in the low rent buildings that had previously been abandoned. Along with the outstanding art scene, low and high-end shopping boutiques, and inventive restaurants, it also boasts the worlds largest collection of cast-iron architecture, which I always enjoy looking at. Rain or shine, SoHo is worth the visit, especially during Fashion Week because a lot of the shows we attended were actually in the neighbourhood, which was super convenient.
There is nothing bland about the colors and style during fashion week, even plain old gray can be edgy and sophisticated! Sometimes, all gray everything is what you need. The shade is pure leisure and can really be worn for any occasion, whether I’m wandering around SoHo, doing a shoot, or going to a show. The soft, flexible material of this Stella McCartney dress was the perfect fit for this sunny day in NYC. I especially love the exquisite detailing on the shoulders and down the front. The rope appliqué quickly enhances this gray ensemble from simple to elaborate, and pairing it with low top white sneakers creates a streetwise off-duty outfit (getting tired of my white sneakers already? lol). Layering it with an oversized wool-blend coat heightens the comfort, but the accessories, like the metallic silver purse by Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney sunglasses, adds some more elegance. I think that these sunglasses, with their modern aesthetic and play on the balance between masculine and feminine, give the perfect finishing touch to this sporty ensemble.
Photos by Annick Meijer