As promised we are wrapping up our New York Fashion Week coverage into the weekend. This way we will be back to our regularly scheduled program on Mon! With that said, I had many people ask me how did I get through NYFW? I wish I could say that I was eating well balanced meals, getting plenty of rest and exercising to start each day. But in reality Fashion Week is a hectic schedule and with this season launching my line and doing appearances, it was even crazier! With that said, you find comfort where you can! In the day, that may mean spending an extra 20 mins to mingle with friends between shows, maximizing the fun of lounges or just taking a moment to go off site to get some work done so you're not as stressed.
For me, I took the night time to get comfortable while I worked to stay current with shows. During UGG's Post Fashion Night Out brunch, I soaked in the sun, yummie nibbles/bevvies and loved our gift - fabulous Ansley shoes in Grey. Seeing that I was in heels everyday and standing for long periods, my feet deserved the ultimate in comfort! Due to all the fun outfits I wore (which I can't thank Natori enough, it simply meant that in coming home, I had to slip into something comfortable that wouldn't stop my work flow. LnA hits the spot as it's cozy, cute and in a pinch, I can throw on leggings and make a quick errand if need me. Finally, my skin is another way that I revitalized my self after hours. Bliss' Sugar Scrub in Blood Orange White Pepper Sugar Scrub ensures that my skin stays soft and glows so that I can rock my Ted Rossi pieces and my Virgins, Saints and Angels one as well.
My after hours routine in terms of NYFW is all about obtaining comfort without distracting from the work that had to be taken care of. Having these at my disposal ensured that I looked great and was prepping for the next day of events.
Above are images from the Robert Verdi gifting suite where I launched Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 by chatting it up with Verdi himself, chit chatting with Nigel Barker (ANTM and phenom photographer - his wife is super cute), my 4th Anniversary of Kitten Lounge party at Shobha, my appearances on HSN prior to NYFW, inclusion within Cosmo for my Get Palladium Pretty campaign and co-hosting Fashion Night Out with Ted Rossi at Henri Bendel.
In doing this post, I feel like I am doing those "What I did over my summer vacation" write ups that we all had to do when we were in school. I remember that one summer was super uneventful and I literally worried about what I would present! But as we're enjoying the fall that has blown into NY (um Pumpkin Spiced lattes, light scarfs and cute layers - hello) I had to look at the 360 of Fashion Week and what it has meant for me in terms of coverage as well as my brand.
Regardless of who you are, Fashion Week for editors and such begins months in advance of the actual shows themselves. We spend a lot of time interacting with brands, their PR firms and related areas. These cultivated relationships, write ups and more result into us having access to the shows, backstage, parties etc which allows us to share with you what's going on. That has been my experience for the past 8 seasons. I cover a number of shows, presentations and lounges but this season took on a new significance due to projects that I had been working on for a number of months that all became public during SS12 NYFW!
Aug 28th - Sept 1st: Since NYFW in Feb of this year, I have appeared on HSN for Sebago as their spokesperson and days before the runways bustled with activity, I beat the hurricane to go to Tampa to present fall fashion within HSN Fall Showcase presented by Elle Magazine. It was a fun series of shows and I love that in terms of my styling, I wore SBS (Smart By Style) which launches in Spring 12 and as the face of the brand, it was amazing to wear them on air - then it was back on a plane home to NYC to do last minute preps and pulls for my appearances for NYFW!
Sept 7th: Although the season ran from Sept 8th - Sept 15th, I started it off with Robert Verdi's Chic Week Twitter Party where we officially launched and shared news about my Kimmie Smith x Spring 12 collection with a room full of my fellow blogger colleagues and press. It's always fun to chat it up with Robert Verdi and to give sneak peeks to people in the know! We streamed this as well so our virtual audience got in on the fun.
On the same day, newsstands had the October Issue of Cosmo Magazine and my Get Palladium Pretty campaign came out. I had shot the photos and the video in the beginning of August and if you go to Cosmopolitan's Facebook Page you can see the video I shot as well as find out how you can get an amazing piece as well. It's my second placement in the magazine as a member of the Beauty, Brains and Blogs Network that was created by the publishing team of Cosmo so being in the Sept issue and then having a huge page in Oct was huge and of course coming out during Fashion Week - I was thrilled! You can see everything here.
Sept 8th: On the first official day of Fashion Week, it was time to hit the shows and of course, that night it was Fashion's Night Out! I kicked this off at Henri Bendel with my dear friend and designer, Ted Rossi! We styled up fans of the brand and I provided amazing tips on how to look fabulously blinged out as he has been dressing me in python and Swarovski for years. It was the first time I did an FNO event and doing it at my accessory destination with a brand I have worn and loved for years was phenomenal! Kitten Lounge also did a Digital Fashion Night Out by selecting brands that we love that people could shop from throughout the day!
Sept 9th - Sept 11th: Although there has been a lot of activity, I'm only at day 2 and it's Friday. Fortunately, it was light enough that I was able to spend a few hours hanging out at the UGG Australia Showroom on their terrace for a post brunch to FNO (also I LOVE LOVE LOVE the slipper moccasins which kept me going in the evening when I was updating). We definitely needed it and I loved catching up with the Fashion Indie crew. You need a bit of a breather as many of my shows were falling on Sat and Sun and I wanted to be rested. In addition, over that weekend I hit a lot of the media lounges that took place which lets you know about in season or future product and of course, it's a great way to have catch up seasons. I ran into Verdi at the tents and we did a fun Pop Up Show with Robert Verdi talking Spring 12 Trends that you should keep an eye out for for First Comes Fashion - Fashion on the Go and we had one of my fave pop up guests, none other than Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson - Law & Order SVU) popped by too - she's gorge.
Sept 12th: Mon arrives and I'm running on the pure will to go forward as it's my birthday, I have a number of shows and presentations and I have my first Meet and Greet for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lounge for Chic Week which takes place every NYFW! My shoes had been showing since the 8th but due to scheduling I could only come by on various days. It was such a great first day as I was able to see a number of buyers and celebs which I highly recommend checking out the gallery of images as Real Housewives Jill Zarin and Alex McCord (plus her hubby) came by, Nigel Barker (amaze photographer and judge on America's Next Top Model) popped in as well as a number of stylists and bloggers! It was amazing to see Shape, Elle and so many more come through as well. How did I celebrate my birthday - we headed to Pop Burger for Peach Cosmos, burgers and fries!
Sept 13th: It's Tuesday and I'm still going to shows, presentations, media lounges and spending a few hours chatting it up at my second Meet and Greet at Robert Verdi's We end the night having dinner with an amazing meal at The Red Cat with Adam, winemaker of Cupcake Vineyards.
Sept 14th: Wednesday, I have a few shows but that night, I had a fun Kitten Lounge NYFW 4th Anniversary Party at Shobha (where I get my brows threaded). This night was made possible by Shoba, Vita Coco, PopChips, Covergirl, Cosmo, Havaianas, Elizabeth Grant, Crest 3D White (I'm a brand ambassador for them - they are a must for me) and Birchbox - so much fun to have people swing by (read about it here). Earlier on this day, I saw that an article about myself and the merge of traditional and new media had been posted on Huffington Post Style (apart of AOL media) - so this was super amazing!
Sept 15th: It's Thursday and the last day of Fashion Week, so it's all about seeing the last shows and of course my final day at the Verdi Lounge to showcase my Spring 12 collection. By this time, sleep has definitely been a luxury and I have met so many people, brands and so much more that I can say that this is not only a successful season from a coverage standpoint but it is also successful for Kitten Lounge as well as the Kimmie Smith brand. Due to the coverage, we have received a lot of press and interest for upcoming projects and people finally get to see the items that I have been working on from my design line - SUCCESS. I also love that Shobha (which I'm a huge fan of) included me as a blogger/personality that is not only browlicious but my thoughts on Fashion Week and how I prep for it!
Sept 16th: That brings me to today - Fashion Week may have ended yesterday but now it's about making sure that everything was accurate on the coverage end, saying that you for the invites and of course following up on the items that involve my personal brand. We will be doing interviews about the shoe collection and my brand ambassadorship positions as well. In terms of what's next, it's about holiday at this point and I am already on the schedule to shoot an amazing video for a large beauty brand that has a tie in with a movie that will be released on DVD which is exciting. I'm already in the planning stages for designing yet another season and we're excited that it seems that Kitten Lounge will get a fun mention in a show that will be airing that covered Fashion Week - beyond thrilled. So the work continues and moves on but I'm so glad to have been apart of the hectic nature that is NYFW. Also a HUGE thanks to Natori, that dressed me for a number of my Meet and Greets - as I always know that her line makes me look phenomenal and she has fun cuts and prints that I adore! Stay in the loop with She's Kimmie.
New York Fashion Week in Sept (and to much of the same extent in Feb), makes up a large portion of my year as it's all about hitting shows, seeing new brands and establishing my relationships. This season, I celebrated my birthday (always) as well as the 4th anniversary of my digital baby and then launched my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 2012 collection at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lab with me doing Meet and Greets off and on through the season. Today marks my last Meet and Greet as well as the last day of me running through all of the amazing fashions that I have seen this season. It has been such an amazing opportunity to share my work with friends, colleagues and new connects! If you know one thing about me, you know that I love chatting it up with others about what my passion is and spreading it around. With this being the last day, coverage of Spring Summer 2012 NYFW comes to a close but there will be odds and ends that will be included tomorrow and the weekend so that we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming.
If you would like to stay in touch with what is going on with the Kimmie portion of the brand, you can always check in at She's Kimmie for up to the minute news!
The picture above is courtesy of Diva Gals Daily - loved being able to chit chat with them more as I have seen them throughout this season's NYFW!
Today was the day that we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of Kitten Lounge! I can't believe that that many years have gone by! When I think about why I started, how I did it etc and what it has evolved to (being the face of a number of brands, collab designs with phenomenal lines and so much more - I get goose bumps just thinking about it) - I knew we had to have a time to commemorate it even when it's in the midst of NYFW! But there was no question that it would be perfect at Shobha which not only provided complimentary threading, fab additions to the goodie bags and a great music selection - but they also had their famous Shobharitas which we all enjoyed!
It's been a busy Fashion Week season. Although we're viewing looks for next spring, on newsstands now is the October issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine! This summer I shot a campaign for Palladium Jewelry (if you have yet to see ads, you must check out Rose McGowan, Kelly Osbourne and Pamela Anderson) which was amazing and then did a fun video doing what I do best, talking about Fashion and Style! As many of you know, I am apart of the Beauty, Brains and Blogs network which was created by the publishers of Cosmo Magazine which was announced in September's issue. In this month's issue, you can find out how you can win an amazing piece from their massive collection by visiting and learning about how you can Get Palladium Pretty! Below you can see the video I shot!
In the midst of the madness of just having to focus on all that goes along with NYFW, I have been doing Meet and Greets at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lab for the launch of my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! It's been rocking there as we have had Nigel Barker, Tinsley Mortimer, Bobbie Thomas, US Weekly, Essence Magazine, AP, Fashion team of Lord & Taylor, various mag publications and more coming through! It's been so much fun to introduce people to a significant project that I have been working on with this collection as well as to see the reaction of people who have fallen in love with the shoes. When you think about designing something months in advance and being able to collaborate with an existing brand, bringing in your own as well as to forecast the trend - it's nice to know that I got it right!
With buys already secured from Bloomingdales as well as HSN - it's super exciting to see where it will be available next Spring. I'll also keep you looped into our amazing photoshoot that's in the works!
With the day kicking off with heading to Victoria's Secret Rooftop Lounge, ARTISTRY/AMWAY Lounge, Allure Lounge and then The Daily Lounge - I had already put in a full day! Then I was off to the second day of my Meet and Greets at Robert Verdi for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 preview! So by the time that was completed, I was ready to eat! Thankfully, I was invited to the Cupcake Vineyards dinner at The Red Cat where we learned from wine maker, Adam Richardson about the new wines that are coming to the market. As I enjoyed my Watermelon Salad, Skate and then a yummy Marble Cheesecake, we started out with Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and continued on to Malbec, Shiraz and the new one - Red Velvet (there will also be a white version of this). Being a fan of the brand for almost a year, it was nice to ask my burning questions like the choice in name (they just loved the idea of having a certain emotion that you felt upon hearing it and ensured that upon consuming, it kept the feeling going). It was nice to eat among foodies, wine tastemakers and more. Over the next few weeks, we'll definitely introduce our faves to you!
New York Fashion Week involves a lot of activity. It means that I attend the shows to see the trends, what's new and who's coming up in the world! It also means that I am covering backstage whether it's accessories, makeup and more. There are also a lot of media lounges which not only give you a place to sit and regroup, but you have the opportunity to see new product that will be coming out or is currently in stores. Yesterday, my sister and I went to a number of media lounges in the Empire Hotel and we kicked it off on the rooftop with Victoria's Secret which is always one of my place to get my undies and amazing fragrances. I love that Lauren Cosenza - Divalicious Blog and MUA (fellow member of the Beauty, Brains and Blogs created by the publishing team of Cosmo) invited us to swing by - I also look forward to including more info about her on the site as she does a lot with the brand and the creative look of the girls!
Today was definitely a crazy day and there were tons of pics but I will have to go back and get those to everyone! So it's my birthday today (hooray), I have a few shows and then I will be at Robert Verdi's doing the first of my 3 Meet and Greets for my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection. I have been hearing the buzz that has been coming through so it will be nice to be there in person. If you miss me today, you can see me on Tues (3-5) and then again on Thurs (2-5). So it's a busy week for sure. In addition, a huge shoutout to Natori who is dressing me all week!
Courtesy of Sennheiser, my sister and I headed over to the Style 360 lounge and attended the Marithe Francoise Girbaud Denim show for Spring/Summer 2012. Denim is a staple in most people's wardrobe and I loved that this show was simple. It was about great style, a classic tee/tank and once again a number of diverse models rocking the runway from the cutest little girls all the way to attractive looking adults. I truly enjoyed the footwear that the men had on during their struts (love that they did an innovative paint look on some of the guys and girls during portions of the show).
It's day 4 of NYFW as well as the remembrance of 9/11. Lela Rose opened her show by turning off the lights (as is done at every show) and played John Lennon's "Imagine". It was such a tranquil and unifying moment as we were all singing along with the twinkling lights of phones in the audience. As the song faded out, the tempo kicked in and our eyes were treated to pastels and vibrant orange and sunburst hues. Looks that were perfect for being out and about to nicer affairs graced the runway. Of course, Lela Rose included her footwear line that's available at Payless as well as her jewelry collection. I fell in love with many of her pieces that were in grey tones as well. The show was zippy and vibrant - of course we have the final walk as well as the girls showed us a blend of fresh looks with some throwing a little love to the day dresses of Doris Day!
Paul and I ended the night at Good Units at the Hudson Hotel (which is also in our neighborhood and is super convenient) with Eva Minge which is an amazing Polish designer that I became aware of last year! I knew that the show would have some interesting pieces as I know she is about the drama but being able to see the entire collection in a French runway style definitely allowed me to see the lifestyle components of the brand. The show had a bit of something for everyone with mens and womens fashions hitting the runway, fab black and white pieces and everything from work, casual, evening and lingerie was included. In addition, I loved seeing the models who represented a myriad of looks and ethnicities which is always something that I love seeing. Make sure that you look at the video which includes the final walk as well as to find out more images that we have included!
So much for the weather report that threatened fashionistas everywhere with the possibility of our biggest series of days of getting rained out! Today, temperatures rose and my sister, Paul and I headed to Le Bain at the Standard Hotel. As the sun beat down on us on the deck and the astro turf, we were treated to a presentation by Prism which included vibrant bikinis, bathing wear for men and sunglasses! The models sunned and baked on the waterbed pods and even had a hot tub to jump into. Guests enjoyed Svedka Vodka cocktails, crepes with various options and mini popsicles in cucumber, beet and fudge. It was definitely fun to mingle with others and then head downstairs to the Standard Grill to enjoy a few beers and to cool down from the heat.
See more images from Prism's presentation Spring/Summer 2012
Paul and I closed tonight at Falguni and Shane Peacock. I have to say that I was not familiar with this line but I'm definitely happy that I attended the show! In addition, I love that I was sitting right across from Joan Rivers and loved watching the show while seeing her reaction (it was like a mini Fashion Police live without hearing the commentary but loved the face reactions)! As always, you can enjoy the final walk as this show had a lot of vibrant colors, see through patches within various garments but more importantly - accessories that I definitely would love to incorporate within my baubles and bits chest! More importantly, one of the models had a ring that literally wrapped around her finger in a caged effect - I'm so on the hunt to get this piece!
One of my favorite shows that I look forward to seeing every year is modern designer, Nicole Miller. I love that she always has something unexpected in her shows. With it being Spring, I wasn't sure what she would have hitting the runway but found that she gravitated towards vibrant colors and super cute outerwear that is perfect to layer up. As always, here is the final walk of the runways and take note of the accessories especially the clutches. For me, this was a highlight of the show as they added that "out and about girl" vibe to the whole show! It was also fun to check out those in attendance in the foreground is Creative Director of Elle, Joe Zee and in the background is Bam (members of the cast of Gossip Girl were also there).
This morning marked the 2nd official day of Fashion Week and my 3rd day as I had shows prior to the official season. With a long day of shows and events yesterday as well as Fashion Night Out (loved being able to do Style Sessions at Henri Bendel with fab designer Ted Rossi) - it was a full day. But I popped up to head to Emerson (yet another show produced by People's Revolution and my third day in a row to see Ms Cutrone in action) at Lincoln Center. This season was the first one that they had done in the tents which is always an accomplishment and creates additional buzz. They also had eyewear that was provided by Eyefly. There were a number of cute dresses and separates. As a whole the collection had a fresh look that was dominated by white and black with pops of blues and purples. As always, I have the final walk of all the models and the designer herself that popped out as is custom!
Tonight was such a fun night as I participated in Fashion Night Out with my favorite Accessory Designer that I have worn and talked about since 2004. Ted Rossi ensures that I look amazing in python and Swarovski whether I'm in town, on vaca or on segments! Taking place at Henri Bendel (my fave place to shop accessories and to see new designers that are out) Ted Rossi and I held a Meet and Greet where we met with fans of the brand. We introduced them to the phenom fall collection and I styled them of course to ensure that they had fab bling to where! It's always fun to do style sessions as an Accessories Expert, with people who know the brand, want to know or have been fans of Kitten Lounge and want my tips in real time - tailored just for them!
Above is the favorite part of any fashion show, it's when the crew rolls up the plastic on the runway, the whole space goes dark and then the lights that are for the opening of the show light up. There are a few moments of anticipation where you're not quite sure what will come out but you're excited to see the first look. I also love when the lights go off at the end and you're left with a few moments of just enjoying the moment. I love seeing a Tadashi Shoji show. He's all about pops of color for Spring, whimsy and maintaining feminine qualities without taking away elements of sex appeal. He's a designer that can make the size 2, 10 and higher look gorgeous within the same dress and doesn't skimp on style. He truly is about the shape of a woman's body. There were a number of pieces that were simply stunning on this afternoon's Lincoln Center show. Held in the largest space of the Fashion Week complex, the audience practically swayed as they previewed each portion of the collection and were delighted with flowy dresses, florals and just the feeling of pretty that we want when we're out and about at special events without worrying about the fuss.
You know a show is good when you talk to Kelly Cutrone post show and she smiles and says they rocked it out. Nicholas K's show was full of phenomenal neutrals with a mix of Bohemian edge which is right up my alley! Men's and Women's looks were paraded down the runway of Lincoln Center and I love that Walk Over Shoes created the men's shoes specifically for the show. As always there is a video of the final runway footage. I am obsessed with the cream looks, gorge head scarves and the flowy dresses. This was a show where everyone left feeling good about Spring and what's to come.
It's the night that has been bombarding my inbox, been teasing us in stores - it's about Retail Therapy at its finest while doing it in style and meeting some of your favorite personalities! Tonight is Fashion's Night Out here in NYC and in many cities around the US and globally of course. Here in the city, you can definitely rock your shopping at a number of locations from 6 - 11pm tonight! It's a time to support your retailers, boost your closets and to enjoy it in a festive atmosphere. With global acceptance, you have to check out the official site to see what is taking place in your area! For those in NYC, I will be participating this year with Ted Rossi one of my favorite luxury accessory brands at Henri Bendel! You can meet Ted Rossi and myself, your fave Accessory Expert as we show you the collection and find the perfect piece to cap off your look!
On Kitten Lounge, I'm always excited to showcase items that I have my eye on and think that you should know about. I'm also all about accessibility so whether you can head out to your local Fashion's Night Out or want to get some shopping in prior to the official time slot of 6pm tonight! I present Kitten Lounge's Digital Fashion's Night Out which presents a curated group of amazing finds that are a must to have and you can shop throughout today and still head out later in the evening to continue filling your closets!
Beauty finds come to your door and this month, Birchbox partnered with Scoop to create the perfect look! I also love that Birchbox is a sponsor for Kitten Lounge's NYFW 4th Anniversary Cocktail Party on the 14th!
There is no excuse to not rock a scarf as it can add a pop of color to any look but you don't have to wear it just around your neck - find out the number of ways that you can wore these gorgeous pieces from SabinaLes!
Ted Rossi was my first introduction to the world of python and Swarovski Crystals so he has a special place in my heart as well as being a phenomenal human being! So you see me rock his pieces frequently AND I am honored to participate with him in tonight's Fashion Night Out at my favorite and most essential home of accessories - Henri Bendel!
I love mixing materials and when you pair a large bag with a pop of texture you have an amazing combination which is what I present to you in the Belt Bag!
Too many options are never a bad thing and when you have a 3-in-1 with amazing exotic leather, you have true success!
I have been writing about Virgins, Saints and Angels for years and if you've seen recent appearances since this Spring, you know it's always on my hands - but there are so much more. LOVE this Tribal Cross Pendant which is also available in silver!
Although this isn't the first official day of NYFW, I hit another fab show that was being run by the fab People's Revolution PR team (yes this is Kelly Cutrone's company and yes I did see her and have a pic of her in here) - What Goes Around Comes Around or WGACA. As the misty rain settled in, I made my way to Soho to the Soho Grand to see this fun boho chic inspired collection. I ran into Lauren Rae Levy (which we both hosted an event last year for the launch of Forever 21 in Times Square. I loved that this runway show allowed the models to walk throughout an entire floor into various rooms. It was definitely an intimate vibe and of course sipping champagne while snapping pics is always fun. Although this set up is great, it makes taking pics a bit rough but I always love filming the models do their final walk as you get the flow of the entire show in about 30 seconds (at this show you could tell it was done as other rooms would clap when the presentation ended in their section.
I have 3 go to designers when I need a dress with pop whether it's for Day or Night - Natori (who dresses me for a number of Fashion Weeks including the current one that starts officially tomorrow), David Meister (you can check me out rocking one of his pieces in October's issue of Cosmo and on their Facebook page) and Theia. The reason is simple all the designers are multigenerational (meaning from your 20's + they ensure the person wearing them rocks great style while also being able to be comfortable, have gorgeous fabrics and it hides the items that we know is there or we believe is there that we don't want others to see. Without them, dressing becomes tough! When I travel or have an appearance, these are my go to's.
Although NYFW starts tomorrow, there are those that get in a little early on the action so on a not so rainy but definitely not sunny day, I found myself in the Fashion District prepping to see Theia. This line is always Grecian inspired and the goddess muse for this collection (as told and commentated by Don O'Neill, Creative Director and dashing guy all around) was Chloris the Goddess of Flowers, Nature and Spring. Below are some of the dresses that I am obsessed over from Day Dresses, Gowns and Red Carpet stunners. There's ruching, glitter, glam and diva all over it which Kittens know is my fave! For those following my Tumblr account, you can also see some other peeks that I took in real time to get your fashion fix started!
She's Kimmie is a virtual scrapbook and is the best way for fans of Kimmie to connect with her, see where she's heading next and of course to get fab insider info!
As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie appears on HSN, designs, is quoted/featured in various publications talking about style from an Accessories Forward perspective! To work with Kimmie or to see project portfolio, visit her site here.
Kimmie is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Shoe Week which launched during NYFW Sept '12 and is styling a number of shows as well as having evening leading up to our second season of shows during NYFW Sept '13.
Co-Founder, Kimmie, connects brands with bloggers in intimate event settings via Style Tweetup.