Now that I’ve finally gotten a chance to prop up my heel-stressed feet after a whirlwind of fashion chaos at this year’s New York Fashion Week I can finally take a break, collect my thoughts and focus my energy on translating the best trends I saw to fit our unique South Florida flare.  Here’s my recap of the world’s most fashionable week, the people that attended and how you can interpret the most coveted pieces into your wardrobe.

Last week after flying into the City, I made my way to my new home for the next few days: the iconic New York EDITION Hotel. I was, thankfully, properly dressed in travel-friendly yet polished attire because there were swarms of paparazzi stalking the hotel entrance to snap pictures of all the celebrities that were staying there, including the fashion queen, Victoria Beckham.

new york fashion week hotel

My week began on Monday with the Zac Posen ready-to-wear show at Spring Studios. I scored a front row seat next to the bold Miss J from America’s Next Top Model. We were both rocking a classic charcoal palette; Miss J in an iridescent black pleated frock while I strutted around in a gray body-con dress by Miami designer Sen.

Miss J America’s Next Top Model

The Zac Posen show was an artful mix of both day and evening wear. The line was composed of floral prints and textures with dresses reminiscent of 1950’s femininity contrasted by edgier biker-cut necklines on the otherwise delicate jackets. The attention to surface details and the celebration of womanly silhouettes did not go unnoticed. After the show, I went behind the scenes for a personal meet-and-greet with Zac. He was just as gracious and endearing as his Spring collection!

Zac Posen new york fashion week

A few days later I was invited to an intimate presentation of Diane von Furstenberg’s 2017 Spring collection at the DVF flagship store in the Meatpacking District. The show was a testament to Jonathan Saunders’ talent as new Chief Creative Officer of the brand. The famous wrap-dress that launched the company’s success was reinterpreted by playing with fabric movement and alternating lengths. The collection also included a fabulous blend of saturated florals, stripes and color-blocking, giving fashion-forward businesswomen everywhere another reason to bow down to the DVF legacy.

The week was a delightfully dizzying experience. I got a chance to sip champagne with fashion’s finest (shout out to my gal and fashion blogger Christie Ferrari who took over the Lilac And Lilies Instagram Story) and gather inspiration for the shop.

new york fashion week mara hoffman

As you can imagine, there were a lot of beautiful pieces and people but the most notable trends this season were luxurious over-the-knee boots, pajama inspired ensembles and slip dresses, and dramatic layering. In other words, looks that make perfect wardrobe updates for our one-of-a-kind fearless Floridians.

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