Runway Recap // Part One

NYFW - Mara Hoffman FW 2015

So I’ve recaped a lot of my own NYFW outfits for you (last seen here, here and here), but wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the shows and presentations I fawned over while in NYC. So what better way to start than with one of my favorites, Mara Hoffman. Her show took place on a particularly gloomy and snowy NYC day, so it was a breath of fresh air to see winter white, her usual geometric prints (albeit, more subtle than the graphics she usually uses) and beautiful boho-like dresses that screamed anything but I am bundling up for winter and walking outside in a negative five degree windchill’. I was especially fond of the styling; the models’ hair was done in variations of gorgeous milkmaid like braids that wrapped around their heads almost like ethereal crowns. Albeit not entirely wearable for everyday, the fuzzy, alpaca like colored coat was one of my favorites. Perhaps it was the colors that popped so well against the model’s skin and the black underneath, but that my friends I would’ve willingly snatched right off the runway and put on for my walk outside back to our hotel after the show…. if I were just a little bit taller! So while it’s still freezing outside, let’s take a moment to appreciate some of Mara’s current RTW collection available now: loving this printed circle dress perfect for a Mexican beach getaway, or this embellished navy maxi dress.

NYFW - Kate Spade FW 2015

I wasn’t invited to the Kate Spade presentation, but that didn’t mean I was going to stalk the heck out of Instagram and all the socials of my blogger pals who were at the presentation, in between my meetings throughout that morning. I had experienced a special visit to the Kate Spade Madison Avenue flagship store (more here & here) just the day before, so I had reason to not be too disappointed in not seeing the looks in person. A particular phrase came to mind when I looked at the presentation photos, “Mad for Plaid”. Of course, we’ve been seeing a lot of 60s-70s inspired looks on the runways, in editorials, etc. But I was quite impressed with what Kate Spade had dreamt up. It was playful meets chic and preppy all in a good way. I felt too that it was a bit more mature than the usual Kate Spade we see, often print-clad and brightly colored. However, I really want to get my hands on quite a few pieces from this collection, especially the coats. I love a good winter cream, especially against my skin tone, and that first fur collared number is divine. I at times tend to be weary of the midi skirt (I’m only 5’3!) but these plaid numbers are rather iconic. Of course, it wouldn’t be Kate Spade without the perfectly playful cocktail dress, and the bow-backed number was just that! I also really loved the pairing of stacked, embellished heels with the dress too. Love this color-blocked cocktail dress currently available (and now on sale), I picked it up while at the store in NYC!

Zimmerman FW 15 - NYFW

One word: obsessed. Zimmermann got me good. The wide leg, high-waisted pants, the fringe, the wide-brim hats. Everything I love and would hope to be clad in when it’s fall and temps are beginning to cool off. The nips at the waist, with a belt to make it that much more defined, plus the giveaway to flared hemlines at the pant legs, too good. The eye for fabrics also had me wowed – lace, chiffon, silks – talk about serious beauty all combined into a collection without over doing it. I went to the University of Texas so of course anything with a burnt orange hue immediately catches my eye, but sometimes it can be too much. Zimmermann was obviously not designing with the UT fan in mind, but the cutout top and those high-waisted pants are simply divine. The way pieces moved down the runway were just magical. The fringed number is at the top of my list – seriously tres chic! I also really loved the pastel-toned pant suit with the lavender jacket. I got a little J.Crew vibe from it (not complaining here), but together as one or as separates those two pieces were Alex approved and wardrobe ready to my closet come fall. Shop the latest RTW collection here. This coral pair of stovepipe pants are calling my name.

I’ll be back in a few days with another addition to the NYFW/MBFW recap madness, including some of my favorites from my time there! In the meantime shop some of the current RTW pieces for spring and summer below. Have a good weekend!

*All images via Style.com

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Sweater: Kora Rae (20% off your first order) // Skirt: Mara Hoffman // Tights: Plush // Booties: Dee Keller (sold out, grey still available) // Coat: No label (similar) // Sunglasses: Celine // Earrings: vintage via Cheeky Vintage (similar)// Purse: Marni (similar)

The nice thing about staying across the street from the tents was the ability to run back and forth to change in between shows! This ensemble was another of many on Saturday; I couldn’t resist wearing a printed ready-to-wear piece from Mara Hoffman for her FW 2015 show at Lincoln Center. You may’ve seen an Instagram shot of mine – here – but the show was beyond, ethereal, crown hair braids and printed pieces with signature geometric patterns.

These Dee Keller booties were one of the best purchases I could’ve made. Not only snow flurry resistant, but super comfortable for lots of walking and standing. If you haven’t heard of Dee Keller shoes, then you seriously need to check them out asap! The Italian-made quality truly shows and they’re definitely a worthwhile investment (I’d say they’re rather reasonable for the quality)! During the warmer months I wear my DK flats (on major sale right now at Last Call!) on heavy rotation (last seen here). I’m longing for this gorgeous pink suede pair of heels and these pastel pumps from the latest collection. Now all we need is some warmer weather!

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Top: Kate Spade // Skirt: Kate Spade (unavailable online – call Kelly C. 212-988-0259 for assistance; also love this solid blush version) // Pumps: Kate Spade (navy) // Bracelets: David Yurman // Watch: Michele // Earrings: via Pomp & Circumstance boutique

Isn’t this skirt just darling? There really is no other word to aptly describe it. Kate Spade is definitely on it’s A-Game, as there were so many things I wanted to try on (and take home with me) during our visit to the Madison Avenue store; last seen here. As I said before, normally midi/A-line skirts do not flatter my petite body type the best they could, so I tend to steer clear. However, every Kate Spade skirt I tried on felt and looked like it was tailored just for me! I especially love the print in this skirt, with the pops of blush pink and the pantone color of the year – Marsala – mixed in and pulling from the delicious suede pumps as well.

Special thanks to Kelly and everyone else at the Kate Spade Madison Avenue NYC store for assisting with this post. If you like what you see, call 212-988-0259 and ask for stylist Kelly C.

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Coat: J.Crew (my color is sold out online, check your local stores!) // Sweater: Zac Posen // Turtleneck: J.Crew // Belt: Hermes (also here) // Leggings: Hue via Nordstrom // Boots: Stuart Weitzman // Hat: Free People // Clutch: Stella McCartney // Earrings: Loren Hope via Rocksbox c/o (use code adoredbyalexxoxo for discount at sign-up)

Since it was so cold in New York, this Southern gal had to wear a lot of layers to be able to aptly frolic around the city – so with that being said, I took a lot of outfits and belted them for better shape and definition.

This cocoon coat has been one of my favorite purchases as of late, I also have it from last season in cobalt blue (last seen here). I get so many compliments every time I wear it. Not sure if it’s the neon orange color or the simple & sleek silhouette, but it’s been really fun to mix with different looks. I love the juxtaposition of it against the black – such a pop of color on a cloudy, dreary day.

NYFW was quite the experience, upon arriving and leaving shows, photographers were eager to snap photos left and right . Definitely something I am not used to, in the least. The inner E! News lover in me had so much fun posing for the multiple cameras and making new photographer friends, like Kamel Lahmadi of Style and the City. Checkout this street style gallery on Latina.com featuring yours truly before walking into the Mara Hoffman show.