My mother used to always say “cuteness is gonna kill you.” When I was in the 8th grade she actually pointed out the hypocrisy of me wearing shorts while playing outside and coming back inside to get a coat. She instead forced me to change into pants. Because according to her, if I were cold, I shouldn’t be wearing shorts.
Well, I use that introduction to discuss my attempt to be part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015. When I went out on Monday, February 16th, it was 19 degrees with a negative 10 degree wind chill factor in New York. Knowing this and understanding the advisory to stay indoors if possible, I bundled up because I was going to Lincoln Center where fashion week was being held. I put on two pair of Cache leggings and a pair of jeans, 3 pairs of socks, a sweater dress, a cotton dress, a jacket and a yellow vintage coat. I belted the coat. But with all of the layers, I looked like a belted watermelon. Not the most fashionable look, but I was warm.
Once I arrived, I asked a woman to take a picture of me in front of the building. I noticed that outside were other bloggers who, like myself, weren’t invited to attend the actual fashion show inside and photographers who for one reason or another had no press/photo credentials. So they we were out in the cold taking photos of ourselves and watching as wonderfully dressed fashionistas (who surely were not wearing 3 layers) went into the building.
I thought to myself, I have much more fashionable outfits, but I could not dress in them without layering to the point of destroying the outfits. Now in the photo to your left you will notice as fellow fashion blogger in a red vintage 1980s leather dress with metallic buttons and shoulder pads. I took her picture all the while wondering why she had no coat on.
I say all this to say, that though I was hopeful that I would be part of fashion week, it was too cold. Next year I will aim to get an invitation inside the building. Geez!!!