NYFW Experience Recap (9/17)

To my dearest:

Finally, I am able to wrap up NYFW! What better way to do it, than with an experience recap right? From my perspective, NYFW really isn’t what it used to be. I remember, eons ago, when I first participated in Fashion Week, I was in college. My participation then, only consisted of attending designer events, in-store parties, and sales in stores. My experience was far more commercial than what I have experienced this year. I have also attended shows here and there during my modeling days, but that was more of an insider industry look to it all.


This NYFW, however, was the first Fashion Week I attended as a blogger. The experience was truly different. Being invited to view a collection and spy the latest trends was definitely eye opening. Getting to breathe, sit through the whole show and enjoying it was a nice change of pace as well. However, it obviously got hectic. Now that my schedule consisted of different shows to attend and all at different locations, I had to make sure to jet out and follow my schedule to a tee.

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I think you’ve heard of stories of how far shows are from train stations. Yes, that is the truth. As a matter of fact, they’re usually located about 15-20 minutes away from the nearest train station, so you will either have to walk or call an Uber. When you’re pressed for time and running around in heels, it’s definitely not going to be easy, so proper planning is a must! I experienced this first hand this year!

I kicked off Fashion Week with a late start and actually missed out on many events last minute due to schedule conflicts and personal errands I needed to run. When dealing with Fashion Week, you really have to have the no FOMO (fear of missing out) attitude, or it can get really draining. There’s just too much going on!


My favorite show this year was an industry show by Nolcha. They had four different collection shows and I attended two of the four! I really enjoyed the collection by upcoming designers and artists and loved to support local talents! The atmosphere was laid back and the highlight of it all? I got to meet my long time Taiwan drama idol, Danson Tang. I sat only seats away from him! I’ve been a fan since High School days, so you can imagine how much I squealed! Many of you probably don’t know who he is, but he’s a famous model turned singer and actor in Taiwan. If you’re into Korean dramas… think Taiwanese version of Lee Min Ho or Sung Joong Ki. He actually walked the Luyang by Yanglu show that I was supposed to attend, but decided to skip on because of schedule conflict. This was the one time FOMO should’ve existed! Perhaps next time…

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nyfw mesh top

My favorite presentation this year would have to be Katie Gallagher’s Rain. I loved the overall presentation – theme, music, designs, and all. It was just so suitable and melded so well together! My favorite trend I spotted was the mesh top with little iridescent pearls. I attempted to recreate the look the week later by wearing mesh with rhinestones!


We can’t leave Fashion Week without parties now can we? As a member of Style Collective – a blogger community, I attended a pretty awesome get together party hosted at the Inside Park at St. Bart’s. We chatted with glasses of rosé, cocktail pops, cheese, dinner, chocolates, and more. We also got the chance to get glammed up by make up artists and hair stylists! There was also a nail bar to get gel manicures. I arrived to the event late due to coming from another show and only was able to make an appointment to do a gel manicure, but it was fun nonetheless! The best part was meeting new blogger babes to hang out with! (View recaps and all images here.)

Another awesome party was the one hosted by Rakuten Affiliate Marketing. It was on the last day of NYFW, at the Glasshouses with open bar and hors d’oeuvre. Many brands attended, so it was a great chance for networking with brands as well as meet new friends in the industry! Not to mention, they spoiled us crazy with a crazy gift bag that I would say worth up to $500 USD!

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The disappointing party was the one hosted by Twitter and CreatorFirst. It was the same day as the Rakuten one, so I left Rakuten’s party early and headed to Twitter Headquarters with my gang of blogger babes via VIA (lol). Only to find a group of people outside Twitter being extremely frustrated, because they were told the party was at max capacity. I would’ve thought they would be more strict about their guest list and not over-invite. However, it happened and it was not a pretty sight. My babes and I waited 15 minutes and we were done. I heard the party was awesome though with photo booths, ice cream from OddFellows, Burgers from Shake Shack, and drinks. Oh well, things happen.

grey out grey by jason wu

I also did get the chance to attend the little events from designers such as Grey by Jason Wu at Cadillac House. It is open until September 30th, so definitely stop by and have a look for yourself if you have the time! You’ll be able to listen to pretty awesome sound tracks, see their latest style displayed, and more!

Anyway, NYFW was fun and I managed to not overwhelm myself. It opened doors to many new experiences to come and it was definitely worth my time. I can’t wait until February and attempt to trek out the dead of winter and attend my second Fashion Week as an influencer (if I manage!). However, if not, next September it is! I hope you all enjoyed little bits and pieces of my story! Write back to me! I’d love to hear from you all!

PS: Excuse the bad quality images! Note to self: Must bring my own DSLR at all times next NYFW! For a better look at my outfits/look book during NYFW, view Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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Sincerely Ophelia
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  1. Erica
    September 28, 2017 / 2:00 PM

    This is a world I know so little about. Though I did live in NYC and my roommate went to the Fashion Institute so I definitely remember fashion week. It must be so fun to get to go there as a blogger.

  2. September 29, 2017 / 3:32 PM

    Aside from the Twitter party issue, it sounds like a lot of fun! I’ve always wanted to go to NYFW. 🙂

    Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com

    • September 30, 2017 / 1:13 AM

      Hi Sarah! Yes indeed! I hope you’re able to attend some time! It’s definitely worth the time and effort for the experience!

  3. September 29, 2017 / 4:41 PM

    I loved your post! I’ve never closely followed the fashion week but heard a lot about it. It must be truly amazing to do what you did 🙂 so congrats!!! xx

    • September 30, 2017 / 1:15 AM

      Hi! Thank you so much! It’s a wonderful experience!

  4. September 30, 2017 / 1:51 PM

    I’m not really into fashion. Being a lazy girl, there little time (and interest) to actually try dress more fashionable. Love the shoes, btw!

  5. September 30, 2017 / 11:41 PM

    Sounds interesting and sounds like you had a good time! I’m sorry about the Twitter party being over capacity though. I am glad though that the other NYFW parties turned out good!

  6. October 1, 2017 / 12:24 PM

    Those gift bags are insane! 500USD!! how wonderful to take something home from an event you love 😉
    ps. I wonder why that model looks so super sad.

  7. October 1, 2017 / 12:50 PM

    Looks like you had a great time. My cousin would be very jealous of you. She’s a fashion designer in Australia but I don’t think she gets much further than the Melbourne Fashion Show every year.

  8. October 1, 2017 / 4:56 PM

    This looks like an amazing experience although I would be annoyed about all the venues being so far away from the train stations and having to do a load of walking

  9. October 1, 2017 / 10:46 PM

    I’m not a fashion girl by any means, but this was still really interesting to read! I never realized how big of a thing NYFW really is with all of the different events. Your point about having no FOMO would definitely pay off. 🙂

  10. October 1, 2017 / 10:47 PM

    Beautiful photos. If all shows how much you enjoyed. And the gifts…

    Many thanks for sharing.

  11. October 1, 2017 / 11:54 PM

    This sounds amazing! Such a cool experience

  12. October 2, 2017 / 7:33 PM

    Those heels are to die for. I love the studs and the neutral color!

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    October 5, 2017 / 12:10 AM

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  14. October 11, 2017 / 9:16 PM

    You are so lucky girl! I hope to make it to NYFW soon! But it looks like you had an amazing time and saw some amazing pieces! This article is a great read for those headed there for the first time!


  15. October 11, 2017 / 10:24 PM

    I would love to go to fashion week. So many eliciting designs .

  16. October 14, 2017 / 10:40 PM

    Great event. Looks you have a great experience. I wish i could experience this kind of event too.

  17. January 1, 2018 / 7:15 PM

    Wow! what a lucky girl! I never have any experience of fashion shows. It would be an honor if I could witness one of this in the future. I love to read your experience it reminds me when I was working in a very known brand before, by the way I love your outfit as well. And who is that guy Danson with you on the photo? I think he is someone known in Asia?

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