Inside Look: Jessica Lin Cheesman Dishes on New York Fashion Week
Although New York Fashion Week finished its final show late last week and Milan Fashion Week is in full swing, people are, not surprisingly, still talking about it. And while the guest list for such an influential event could only fit about 200 names, Best Companys is still going to give you an inside look at some of the highlights from last week’s show. How? By speaking to one of those very guests!
Jessica Lin Cheesman is a fashion blogger at goldenswank.com, and her Instagram account has nearly 4,000 followers. Jessica was invited to this year’s New York Fashion Week, and she talked to us about some of the standout designers she saw, as well as some of the designs we can expect to see in clothing stores six months from now.
What is New York Fashion Week, and why is it so important to the fashion world?
JLC: New York Fashion Week is when buyers, editors, media, and other fashion-related folk can get a preview of designers’ collections for next season. Collections show at fashion week about six months before they are available to the general public. This gives the fashion industry time to decide what pieces they will carry in their stores, what content to share with readers, how to expose trends for the new season, etc.
What were some of the highlights of last week’s fashion show? Which new designers stood out the most?
JLC: I personally love fashion of all kinds, but a new(ish) designer who stood out to me was O’2nd. I really appreciate their modern take on classic pieces and how they incorporate a girly flair to everything. Their spring/summer collection featured a lot of pastels and flowing silhouettes. Super beautiful stuff.
Where might the average consumer see some of the looks presented at NYFW?
JLC: Since most of the designers who show at NYFW are high-end, the average consumer would have to go to more high-end stores to find these looks. Stores like Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf’s would be the best bet. Consumers can also go the online shopping route and find items from places like shopbop.com or farfetch.com. And luckily for those of us who may not be able to afford to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a single item, more affordable brands like J. Crew and Banana Republic were also part of NYFW. You’ll be able to find their newest styles in stores over the next few months as well.
Which notable celebrities or fashion icons were in attendance at last week’s show?
JLC: Anna Wintour was of course in attendance, the Kardashian/Jenner clan also showed their support at some shows, my personal favorite celeb (due to her copious amounts of hilarity) Chrissy Teigan, and one of my favorite style icons Mira Duma, to name a few. Also, top models are becoming fashion icons in their own right so Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, were of course in attendance and walked in many shows.
How does NYFW differ from the other fashion shows in Paris, London, and Milan? Is there any particular emphasis or style that sets it apart?
JLC: NYFW features sportswear that is more wearable/commercial so that pieces are more likely to be purchased and worn, London features edgy/avant-garde style, Milan shows over-the-top, outlandish yet stylish pieces, and Paris showcases couture.
Anything else you learned that you weren’t expecting?
JLC: Something I learned at NYFW this year is the shows are super short. Most are about 15-20 mins and they almost always start at least 30 minutes late!