New York Fashion Week

Sneak | New York Fashion Week...

Lauren Scruggs + Shannon Yoachum of Lolo Mag

Emily and I have been in NYC for Fashion Week since last Thursday; it has been non stop and full of wonderful little surprises (one being the BLIZZARD that rolled in with conviction on Friday)  I cannot wait to write more, but for now here's a little sneak...

Our view from Billy Reid Fall 2013.  Every single piece of this collection I die over.

Our view from the second row at Monique Lhuillier Fall 2013.  Ladies get ready for Emerald; it's here to stay.

Em shooting backstage at Monique Lhuillier after the show.

My sweet friend Hilary of Dean Street Society connected me with Anna of In Honor of Design.  This lady is a gem.  We took pictures in the snow at Union Square and grabbed coffee at Joes.

I got to meet and shoot Miss Courtney Kerr.  She is such a lovely person, has some awesome sass, and she's from Texas...I knew we'd hit it off!

More to come folks...just wanted to give you a little sneak!

 

The LoLo Ladies

Sometimes you meet a person and within the first few moments of talking you just know that you're kindred spirits. This is how it was the first time I spoke with Lauren.  She is kind, genuine, loves people, (loves The Bachelorette...which is super important in my book), and is a woman who is really walking out her faith and dreams in such an honest and contagious way.

We didn't know what our friendship had in store, but we both felt confident that there was some major purpose in our paths crossing.  Over the past almost year she has been such a sweet and encouraging friend, and has challenged me to chase my dreams unashamedly.

A few months ago I reached out to Lauren asking if I could shoot their street style at New York Fashion Week.  To my excitement she said Y-E-S!!

Lauren and her childhood best friend Shannon run Dallas Based Lolo Magazine.  Fashion, Fitness, and food:  these girls cover their bases well:)

It wasn't until  we were running into the Rebecca Minkoff show that I met Shannon for the first time.  To sum it up:  she's blonde, gorgeous, has amazing style, and is really sweet.

In the midst of running from show to show, to a million appointments, and blogging--these ladies stayed classy the whole week.  Also, may I say how impressed I was that they rocked heels every day??

Ladies, I could be more thankful that y'all let me run around town shooting your outfits and runway shows.  My time in NYC would not have been the same with out you ladies in it!  Can't wait for more memories with y'all:)

Enjoy my final installment of my trip to NYC.  Thanks so much for being on the journey with me the past two weeks!  What were some of your favorite outfits or shows from the past few weeks?

Meet Miss Lauren Scruggs (on the left) and Miss Shannon Yoachum (on the right)...

Friends don't let friends have fly-aways.

I love how uniquely feminine and different Lauren and Shannon dress.

Ladies...it's all about the details.

Shannon blogged her outfits with all the details HERE.

Reem Acra | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Reem Acra Spring Summer 2013 Collection. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You know you watch too much TV when you're at the Reem Acra show, you see leather, and all you can think about is Parks and Rec, Tom and Donna:  Treat yo'self 2011:  Fine leather gooooods....TREAT YO'SELF

After having my treat yo'self moment I thoroughly enjoyed Reem Acra's show, and you might notice as the week started going on I began to weasel my way into better spots in the photographers pit.  Go me!

The next four gowns are for me the highlight of the show.

New York Street Style | Part III

The boldness to be you.  Not someone else, but truly owning the person that no one else can ever be:  YOU. That is what sticks out to me about my day three at Fashion Week.

This young lady may be the most radiant person I photographed all week.  She embodies beauty and confidence, and it was freeing to be around her.

No two are the same.  If I step back I begin to see that there is somewhat of a unity that happens within our differences.

Monique Lhuillier | Spring Summer 2013 Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer 2013 Collection.  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. When I think of Monique Lhuillier I think of feminine, lacey, off-white wedding gowns (which I absolutely die over).  I didn't really know what to expect for her ready-to-wear collection.  Let me say, I was completely blown away.

Blue is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, everyone is doing it, yet she took a fresh approach to it by inviting a metallic navy blue with prints, and this amazing teal throughout the collection.

Many of the runway shows I shot were beautiful, but I did not see a lot of risks taken.  This collection, however, really did offer something new.  And I have to stop talking about it, so that you can see the collection.  Because I am in love...

The show started off with these lovely deep navy prints, leather accents, and collarless blazers...

The below pant suit is what I'm aiming for this spring.  I love the peplum top, and the ankle length tailored pant.

I'm sorry amazing navy blue sequins dress, but can I please have you, like now?

What I love about the below gown is it's unexpected from Monique.  The clean structure and hint of peplum is something I have not seen in her collections before.  Way to be bold Monique!

Words don't express how much I adore the sleeves and romantic lace on the below gowns.

This gold gown really was the perfect finish to what I believe to be a perfect collection by Monique.  This collection made me sososo excited to see her new bridal collection next month in NYC for Bridal market!

New York Street Style | Part II

Day two in New York. To be honest this was not a good day.  I woke up exhausted with feet swollen (I made the mistake of wearing heels to FNO and walking over 5 miles, and was still paying for it).

However, I was ready and excited to start my day off at the Lacoste show.  On my way to the subway however, I walked almost a mile in the wrong direction.  Did I mention that it was hot and the humidity was at like 99%?  On top of that it then got super windy, and my wrap dress was becoming a total peep show to the world.

By the time I got to the subway I was dripping sweat, and had no intentions of being found by the Fashion Police due to my wrap dress that would not behave.  Sooo...I literally RAN back to my place in Brooklyn (in my 4-inch Tory Burch's), changed quickly and was headed out the door when it started pouring rain.

There was no way I was going to make the show.  Hot, sweaty, and defeated I decided the only productive thing I could do was take a nap since my next show wasn't until the evening.

After pulling myself together I spent a few hours at my new favorite coffee shop in SoHo:   Saturdays Surf NYC.  The coffee was delicious, and the patio in the back charming, and a great place to sip, journal and have some space.  Which is just what I did.

Not only is Saturdays Surf a great place to chill, but the people were rad.  Below is Saturday Surfs NYC manager Mitsu Lowe.

After a slow afternoon in SoHo I made my way to Lincoln Center for the Monique Lhullier show.  On my way in I grabbed a few shots of street style.

I knew my day was turning around when I ran into Karlie Kloss.  Umm...not only is she gorgeous, she was really really sweet.

Stay tuned for shots from Monique Lhullier's dreamy Spring Summer 2013 Collection.

Rebecca Minkoff | Spring Summer 2013

Rebecca Minkoff Spring Summer 2013 Collection. I knew I was going to love it when the first model in all white walked down the runway to Tennis singing Marathon live.

Reds. Whites. Blues. Florals. Blazers.  Cut-off jean shorts.  It is an all-american bohemian girls' dream all in one line.

You'll probably hear me say this more than once, but really this was my favorite show.  This was my second show of the week, and once again I snuck into the photographers pit.  (I had a horrible spot by the way...but I just worked with what I had).

Everything was so fresh and springy about this line.  I love how Rebecca mixed flirty floral pieces with a splash of playful tomboy.  Not only do I love every piece from this collection, but literally I feel as though I could wear it directly from the runway.  Bravo Rebecca Minkoff.  Nailed it.

 

The Red White and Blue series was great.  It is what I like to refer to as the Classy Boho.

Mint Green Lace dress.  My favorite look from the show.

As you can see below, I'm literally behind dozens of photographers in this pit (and on my tippy-toes I might add)!

Also, I'm entering a Rebecca Minkoff contest.  Check it out HERE.

New York Fashion Week Street Style | Part I

What surprised me about the trends I saw throughout Fashion Week was that there were so many different types of people, fashion, styles, trends. Sure, there were the ones that were glaringly standing out above the crowd:  leather, print pants, peplum shirts.

However, not one person was the same.  I love how fashion can truly be an extension of who you are, an art form of self expression.  There really are not that many rules.

The one rule that I've realized that I'm going to stick with is to just be me.  Be fully me, that is the most unique thing I will ever have to offer.

Lastly, I'm super excited to have photographed street style at New York Fashion Week for Lauren Scruggs and Shannon Yoachum and their publication LoLo Magazine.  Check out more of my street style pics on their site HERE.

Below is Ella Catliff of the London based fashion blog La Petite Anglaise.  To me this outfit was one of my favorite outfits all week because it was simple, feminine, classic, and elegant.  She isn't trying to hard, and/or trying to 'keep up'.  Ella is timeless in this outfit.

Another favorite:  I just love the simplicity of the white v-neck tee with a pencil skirt and tan belt to draw everything together.

This young lady is gorgeous.  But what I love about this seemless white ensemble is that when someone from the crowd yelled 'who are you wearing'.  She replied back 'It's ALL Zara'.  

See ladies...you don't have to be a millionaire to dress fashionable.  It's the pieces you pick, and how you wear them:)

Below is LA blogger and stylist Cheyenne from Cheyenne meets Chanel.  You know I'm a sucker for a white blazer.  I Love her Rebecca Minkoff camera box green purse!

Minutes after the Rebecca Minkoff show as I was headed to lunch with some sweet ladies (Miss Lauren Scruggs and Shannon Yoachum.  If you don't know them, puh-lease check out the rad magazine Lolo).  Shannon kept talking about this girl that was wearing a blazer from Rebecca's SS 2013 collection.  Well we turned the corner, and found Miss Jules from Sincerely Jules rockin' the blazer.  I want.  I need. I want. I need.

The last show of my day was the Tommy Hilfiger SS Collection.  Much to my dismay they would not let us (Lauren, Shan, and myself) into the show.  So I stayed and got some shots as everyone was leaving.

Dear Tommy, please let me in next time.

Thanks, Kat.

Below left is Justin Doss, fashion editor of GQ.  Sigh.  So darling.

I may have not made it to the show, but I did meet these sweet guys that walked for Tommy.

I mean really, who doesn't like a guy in a well tailored suit and hat?  And that grin?

And that ends day one of New York Fashion Week Street Style.  More to come:)

 

Dreaming of New York City

For quite some time now, one of my dreams has been to photograph New York Fashion Week. This is a dream that was fun to think about, but the reality of it seemed so far from my grasp.  At the beginning of 2012 I decided that this was the year I was going to shoot New York Fashion Week. (If I'm being honest though, I more or less didn't really think it was ever going to happen).

However...a week and a half ago, I found myself on a plane to New York City with my suitcase, camera, and high hopes in tow to attend Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.  Me.  Kat Harris, Texas Girl...on my way to shoot runway shows??  What is my life?

So many emotions were going through me as I made my way to the city.  I was giddy because we all know how much I luhveee NYC, excited for adventures, scared that things wouldn't go as I hoped, nervous to meet new people and to weasel my way into very competitive photographers pits, but really I felt vulnerable.

Vulnerable to chase this dream.  When something is just a dream it's nice and pretty and untainted.  When you actually try for it, there is risk.  Risk of failure, disappointment, rejection.  What if I mess up?  What if I have no idea what I'm doing?  What if I look dumb??

But then I remembered that a life without risk is really no life at all, and how some of the most beautiful stories come from taking a step into the unknown.  Leaving the safety net of what I know to a space where I don't know if I will be caught.  I believe a life fully lived is one that continually involves risk.

My goal for New York was to shoot as many shows as I could, meet new people, get my feet a little more wet in the fashion industry, but most of all really be present to the journey God had for me.  I realized I had so many expectations going into this trip, but felt like no matter how things turned out I wanted to open to the story God was writing for me in it all.

Over the past few years I've had the privilege to work in New York quite a bit, and this trip was probably one of my most difficult (but growing) trips.  The next two weeks I'll be blogging everyday about my journey to The Big Apple.  My ups and downs, lefts and rights, adventures, and mishaps.

To kick it off, here is my trip via Instagram...stay tuned as I unfold the rest of my journey over the next two weeks!