New York Fashion Week

Time Square
Time Square…we’re back!
Cushnie et Ochs high waisted pant with cut out knit top
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring '14 collection
Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring ’14 collection
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can't find a cab!
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can’t find a cab!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant directors!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant experts!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen....their cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen….the cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
Big Gay Ice Cream
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop!
"The Glob"
“The American Glob” No, you really can’t have just one bite!
Oooh...ahhhh...Starbucks Gold Card!
Oooh…ahhhh…Starbucks Gold Card!

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I am New York looking at the next season when the current season is just beginning! I love giving you glimpses into our market trips and this Fashion Week is no exception. You have been loving what we have in store right now for fall (thank you for being so supportive of our local business) and you will be over-the-moon for the spring ’14 fashion we are hand-selecting right now for you!
As you know, I like to highlight a few experiences of our trip and one that I couldn’t wait to blog about was the inspiration for Cushnie et Ochs spring ’14 collection. Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs always push past the norm in inspiration and this season held true with their focus being the straitjacket. The model came out in these sophisticated, edgy looks that are so striking and then their sales director lead us to the inspiration board. I had to take a picture to show you (peek at it a second). You actually can see in the looks the similarities to the straitjacket. Would you ever in a million years think that such luxuriously modern pieces could have been derived from an association with an ugly  medical garment that is meant to constrain and bind ? Carly and Michelle are truly creative and talented designers that continue to get accolades from CFDA and dress celebrities such as Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez and even First Lady Michelle Obama!
We are creatures of habit and after a day of back-to-back appointments, we always like to conclude with dinner at a great local restaurant. Our Lela Rose reps take great care of us in this category (and with their exceptional collection) and always recommend yummy restaurants that are in their neighborhoods. In fact, when we walked in the showroom, Betsy had a list all ready for us…we just love her!  ABC Kitchen in Union Square was the must-dine-at winner for the evening with its local organic environmentally conscious food offering. Here’s the link: We waited close to two hours for a table. And after getting up at 3:30am to catch our flight that morning, I wasn’t sure it would be worth the wait, fortunately, I was wrong. I would wait three hours if necessary….it was soooooo goooood!  They also recommended we go for ice cream to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (you would only know about this ice cream place if you’re a local). So, we made the pilgrimage to have ice cream and both ordered the American Glob…ice cream rolled in pretzels and sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. I thought I might have to wear sweat pants the next day I was so full, but I couldn’t stop eating it. It was nothing fancy, but it was INCREDIBLE! It is a must for you, put it on your list now…you will be sending me gifts of thanks later!

On our last trip we had our flight home cancelled.  This trip we continued the trend…ugh…I guess we are consistent if you want to look at it that way.  Our flight was cancelled due to weather and we couldn’t get a flight until the following night!!!  I swear I am jinxed!  Fortunately, Deb Clark our merchandise manager was also in market and so we joined her for her appointments…atleast we were productive during our misfortune!

Lots of time in market creates the need for caffeine and quick food during the day….our favorite choice while in the city is Starbucks.(Venti China Green Tips tea, please!)  Today at home when I was opening mail, there it was…..the Starbucks gold card.  I never even knew this secret club existed, but I’m feeling kinda cool and that this is the moment in which I have “arrived”…ha!  Who would have known being in the fashion business would have these type of perks!