What Really Goes On At New York Fashion Week | Clozette

Every fashionista knows that New York Fashion Week is the most-awaited fashion event every season. It's where both seasoned and budding designers introduce their collections, where fashion and beauty trends are spotted, and most importantly, it's where street style thrives. But aside from all the glitz and glamour we see on the runway, what is it really like? 

Our very own Clozette Ambassador, Crystal Phuong, tells us the real deal behind NYFW based on her experience at the recently concluded NYFW Spring/Summer 2016--right from the trends she saw, to what she wore, and her exclusive interview with designer Zac Posen himself!


How was your NYFW experience?

NYFW is always an amazing experience. Three years ago, it was my dream to be able to attend NYFW. Last year, I was invited as a media and I couldn’t believe it was true! I was shocked, overwhelmed, scared, and proud all at the same time. This year, it was less shocking, but still very overwhelming and exciting. Each year inspires and motivates me to work harder and to strive to be better. 

Out of all shows you've seen, which were your favourites and why?

I liked most of the shows that I attended. But my favourite shows were Stella Nolasco, Dennis Basso, Lie Sang Bong, Reem Acra. I had a chance to go backstage, to touch and feel the dresses, and of course to chat with the designers about their collection. It was a wonderful experience.

What were the trends you spotted during the show and which ones do you think would make it big in Spring/Summer 2016? 

There were so many things to see this season: tie-dye patterns, fringe hems, ruffles, pastel colours, chiffon and lace details. I think fringe hems and tie-dye patterns would probably make it big this SS16, but we shall see. 

Were there any beauty trends you liked as well? 

This season, it’s all about natural and subtle beauty. It focused more on bright eyes, well-hydrated and radiant skin with a bright coloured lipstick. I always love that less-is-more trend. It’s timeless. 

NYFW is such an intimidating activity in the fashion world, how did you decide on which outfits to wear for the shows you attended? 

NYFW is truly intimidating, especially for newcomers like me. I planned my outfits 2 months in advance actually, like the outfit I wore on day 5 and day 6, I actually had the outfit hung in my closet for 2 months. One of them was sponsored by a designer Michelle Worth from Indonesia. The other ones that I wore on day 3 and day 4 were sponsored by the local fashion brand Society A. I picked the outfits based on the activity that I would do on that day. Sometimes, it all changed at the last minute when I had new outfits to fill in. 

Can you share to us a few NYFW tips? 

Always bring phone charger, lipstick, and a pair of comfortable flats if you can or lots of bandages. It sounds silly, but they will save your life. Walking in heels all day every day was no joke. My feet hurt so bad from standing while waiting to enter the show and walking from one place to another. On the last two days, I didn’t care much. I changed from heels to flats once I left the show and put the heels back on when I arrived at the next destination. It’s insane. I know, but that’s how I survived. Other than that, just be confident and enjoy the moment. 

How was your interview experience with Zac Posen? 

It was a dream come true for me. I screamed when I received an email from the PR Agency asking me to interview him. I thought they made a mistake, but they didn’t. I was nervous and excited at the same time. It’s Zac Posen, you know? But when I was there, I quickly got over my worries and just focused on how to make a good interview. It turned out to be great. Zac Posen was so friendly, calm, sweet, and passionate. He could spend hours talking about his passion, his business, his motivation. It’s very inspiring listening to him.   

Which of his designs are you a fan of?

I’m a huge fan of all his evening gowns and cocktail dresses. In this latest collection ZAC Zac Posen SS16, I’m obsessed with the black and white printed silk pantsuit. It’s so chic and classic. 

We all know that the street style photo op phenomenon is as big as the show itself. Were you able to spot a few stunning looks from them as well? 

Street style plays a huge part in fashion week nowadays. There were many great looks I spotted on the street. There is one look that still stays in my memory until now. I saw a man, who is about 50+ years old, wearing leather pants, black netted top, spiked choker necklace and a long mohawk hair. He caught many street style photographers’ attention. I thought that was really cool. 

Which designers are you looking forward to watching for the next NYFW?

Monique Lhuillier, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DVF, Zac Posen, Stella Nolasco, BCBG, and a couple of others. 


What do you love most about NYFW? Let us know in the comments below! 



After a stand-out Fall/Winter 2015 showcase, Manila Fashion Festival is back with an inspired lineup for Spring/Summer 2016. Presented by Art Personas and co-presented by luxury Swiss watchmaking brand, BOMBERG, the latest instalment of Manila Fashion Festival seeks to push the boundaries of the fashion industry in the Philippines even further by expanding the event into a 360 degree spectacle that intends to bridge the gap between brands, local designers, and consumers.

With the industry's leading talents taking charge of the production behind this 4-day affair, Manila Fashion Festival is all about the holistic approach in merging the market, artistry, and integrity of Philippine fashion--featuring innovative and trendy ready-to-wear collections displayed in an ever evolving runway experience. 

So if you're as excited as we are to catch the shows, here's what to expect this coming 22nd - 25th October at Green Sun, Makati as Manila Fashion Festival launches their latest sartorial affair.


Stunning Designer Line-up

The event features a highly curated lineup of familiar and fresh contemporary designers. With renowned designers such as Chris Diaz, Anthony Ramirez, and Banggo Niu returning as trailblazers for trends; together with industry veterans, Avel Bacudio and Randy Ortiz, who will be joining the festival for the first time.

Overall, expect thirty-one designers to showcase their collection in five distinct shows, scheduled over four days.

Get Ready For New Elements

Seeking to differentiate itself from the traditional runway experience, new elements have been added to the show--including a creative configuration of stages and seating, a competition of aspiring models for the comeback of Face of the Philippines, a new layout for the Soma Store booths, and the graduation show of Fashion Institute of the Philippines.

The New Breeds & ARIN

Exhibiting their flair on the runway and their fresh voice in the industry are the new breed designers such as Bengt Enrique, Eliz Marcelo, Via Valencia, and Esme Palaganas who'll be showing their collection on 24th October, together with ARIN (the in-house fashion label of Art Personas).

Following its stellar Pretty Vacant collection showcased at the F/W 2015 season, ARIN is set to present its third collection for S/S 2016.

A Fashion Collaboration With BOMBERG

A fashion collaboration at the heart of the event will see Tony Evan and pioneer Manila Fashion Festival designers Pablo Cabahug, Cheetah Rivera, and Renan Pacson producing pieces in collaboration with BOMBERG watches.

Shop The RTW Collections At the SOMA Stores

Bringing the fashion from the runway right into the sights and hands of consumers, guests will be able to browse and purchase the designers’ collections at the SOMA Stores in Green Sun. As for online shoppers, Manila Fashion Festival has partnered with AVA.ph to present selected designer pieces for sale this coming November.

Manila Fashion Festival runs from 22nd - 25th October, 2015
6pm onwards at The Eye, 4th floor Green Sun. Magallanes, Makati.

Full Festival Schedule:

22nd October (Thursday): Chris Diaz, Milka Quin, Nino Angeles, Enrico Carado, Renan Pacson, John Herrera

23rd October (Friday): Fino Leatherware, Happy Andrada, Odelon Simpao, Androgyn, Azucar, Mia Arcenas, Avel Bacudio

24th October (Saturday)

Afternoon Show: ARIN, Bengt Enrique, Eliz Marcelo, Via Valencia, Esme Palaganas, Tony Evan, Banggo Niu

Evening Show: Joy Chicano, Cheetah Rivera, Veejay Floresca, Patty Ang, Ann Ong, Bomberg

25th October (Sunday): Jaz Cerezo, Anthony Ramirez, Mark Bumgarner, Pablo Cabahug, Randy Ortiz



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Admit it, colder seasons are the best times for fashion--you can be more adventurous with your looks by going beyond your regular outfit by adding in a dash of layering! So for this Fall season, go beyond the 1-is-to-1 outfit ratio and add a 3rd, 4th, and even 5th piece to complete your look.

Need a closet style guide? Here are 5 items perfect for layering!



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Never underestimate the power of a well-tailored blazer. It can elevate an outfit in an instant, such as this one from 2nd Day Woven. Its fully lined fabric and oversized fit adds a touch of menswear flavour without going overboard. This piece literally looks good with anything and everything in your closet. 


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Add a bit of pizzaz to your polos by layering on a sweater for a preppy chic look! It instantly makes you look polished without exerting much effort! Pair it with jeans and you're good to go. 

Wool Coat

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For your future travels to places where snow is about to fall, make sure you make space for a thick wool coat. It will keep you warm, stylish, and extremely comfortable. Wear it with a dress and stocking for a feminine touch! 

Tie-Dye Kimono

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Skip the plain and floral print kimono for a tie-dye print one. It has been rumoured that this trend is back for the spring/summer season, but it wouldn't hurt to be the 1st few ones to sport the trend. It's perfect for those not-so-cold days for a a bit of boho vibe!

Leather Jacket

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Owning a leather jacket doesn't automatically mean you're boyish, grunge, or a bit of a rocker, it just means you're fashion forward! Adding a piece like this for a casual chilly days makes your outfit a bit more edgy and it stands out more. 


How will you be laying this season? Let us know in the comments below!