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Published on September 6th, 2013 | by DearFashionista

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DearFashionista’s Capsule Collection for NY Trip

Hiya!! I’m back…after a spectacular experience at the New York/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (NYFW)! Overall, this NY trip was one of a kind…the pendulum swung from Fashion Week to the Men’s final of the US Open Tennis Championships.

As an aspiring fashion designer, I had a goal to make my own capsule collection/wardrobe for that weekend in NY.  My itinerary was as follows:

  • Day 1:  NYFW
  • Day 2: Central Park – it is my favorite place to be in NY….my husband & I usually spend a day there whenever we visit NY.
  • Day 3: Shopping…..Whoo-hooo!!  Yes, that included a trip to Saks, the Fashion district and my favorite Mood Fabrics
  • Day 4: US Open Tennis Championships  Men’s Finals. My favorite sport of all time is tennis and I was desperately hoping that my idol Roger Federer would make it….major bummer! But nonetheless we got to see the top two seeds in the world Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a spectacular finale!

So, what is a capsule collection?Capsule Collection

Wikipedia says: “Capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, dresses, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.  This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.”

In the US, this idea was popularized by Donna Karan, my fashion idol and most favorite fashionista. She normally releases both a capsule and a regular collection during the fall season.

So, all that was easier said than done.

I spent the last few months working on my mini capsule collection. I intended to create a very simple silhouette…one that flatters my curves (ahem!). I dabbled in some exotic materials including leather, crushed exotic silk, textured fabrics with a self-design…as a juxtaposition of soft and hard materials.

The results of which are the dresses I wore to multiple events. The details are on the photos below in HD and may take a few moments to load! I hope you like it… do let me know what you think! 

Now onto the NYFW experiences. The process of getting “invited” to the NYFW was far more arduous than getting tickets to the US Open Finals.

I began the process of acquiring an invitation to the NYFW back in January.  Working with a concierge service, I was initially told that only industry insiders, celebrities, PR people and fashion buyers are usually present at these events.  First, they wanted to know who I was….and collected some interesting tidbits.  There was a lengthy questionnaire which was very very detailed including asking for criminal history and other “important” questions.  I paused for a moment and wondered how Lindsay Lohan gets into these things….oh, well. She’s a celebrity.

One of the questions that was on the list deserves a special mention  – “Are you a porn star? Have you ever produced, acted or participated in any activity that would be considered pornographic?” — Well….now that stopped me dead in my tracks. That excludes a lot of celebrities, actors, models, who am I missing? Yup…the Kardarshian-types.  I wondered how they ever fill these seats! All jokes aside, they wanted to ensure that unsavory people didn’t show up at the event.  Thankfully I passed that test with flying colors! GO figure!

It was February by the time I heard that an invitation has been secured and all the details were arranged on my behalf. The tickets were purchased under the name of  IMG Worldwide…cool!

Time progresses…and I am nervous about the whole thing! Hell…I’m a girl from India, brown, short and round – all in contrast to the tall and skinny women that I was bound to run into at “Fashion Week”.   Not helping this situation is a knee injury that made it difficult for me to wear heels.  So, I decided to buck the trend and wear flats to NYFW….just not any flats, but Tod’s Collection for Saks.

At this moment, I had to say thanks _/\_ to a few friends and G+Plussers who kindly pointed me in the right direction. They said: one can’t help the brown or round(!),  but one-can-right-as-hell fix the short!  So, 4″ inch-pinch wedges were the chosen torture devices!

And then it was September or Festember  as I’d like to call it from now on! Having arrived a day early, I lounged around NY and went to bed early to get my beauty sleep! Too bad….I had the worst case of the nerves and didn’t actually fall asleep until very late.  My mind is playing a little number on me along the lines of….”Ooh, you’re wearing what? With what? Again, who made that?  Good Luck to you if it rips….You’ll make a fashion statement alright!” 

I wake up early enough, and being a proponent of “Fake it till you Make it”, I get ready for the event. I post a selfie for Friends & Family on Facebook….to see if there are any adverse or apoplectic, read “Oh NO!” reactions.  So far so good.

Off I went…in a cab traveling 3 blocks as I didn’t want to sweat off my dress and wanted to arrive early!

I took some photos of the Lincoln Center facade and entrance to the Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week.

The Project Runway Season 12 Finale Show was about to begin within a few minutes.   As I approached to get my seating allocation, you would think that after all I went through,  I would get in without any drama!

What happened next? Find out in the next post…shortly!

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About the Author

a.k.a Devi. I’m a technologist, world traveler, lifestyle aficionado & aspiring fashion designer. Enjoy my commentary on pop-culture, social events, products & advice, by way of keeping up with the Jones’ errr, I meant the Kardarshians! (ˆ▽ˆ)



  • Priti Rao

    Devi..very well written. Will wait to read the next part. :)

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