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Highlights from Day 1 of NYFW F/W 2014


Day 1 will be wrapping up soon, and there have been some exciting shows today. Each day of NYFW, I’ll be watching many of the shows streaming LIVE on the Mercedes Benz site and LIVE Tweeting during the shows. After the show ends, I’ll post a clip of the final walk on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cmcross (or in the right sidebar!) for all things NYFW. Then, I’ll be coming to the blog to discuss my highlights from the day. So, without further ado, here are my highlights from Day 1 of NYFW F/W 2014!


creatures of the wind fall 2014

Creatures of the Wind is a Chicago based brand that was founded in 2007 by Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters. They made it big in the fall of 2010 with their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. With their Fall 2014 collection, the brand stays true to their name with bold earthy tones and prints. The bright yellow sweater and dusty orchid blazer featuring the wood ring pattern as well as the metallic reptile print skirt are some of my favorite nature inspired looks from the line.


tadashi fall 2014

Tadashi Shoji is a Japanese American fashion designer known for his stunning dresses from evening wear to red carpet looks to bridal gowns. Until today, I was not too familiar with the designer, but his Fall 2014 show was the standout of the day for me. I loved each look that came down the runway more than the last. The show kicked off with several breathtaking cutout cocktail dresses, and the looks only got more gorgeous from there. From bold jewel tones to classic black and white, Tadashi Shoji can do no wrong in my book!


desigual fall 2014

Desigual is a Spanish brand known for its bright colors, bold patterns, and fun and flirty silhouettes. I discovered Desigual last fall when they presented at NYFW for the first time. The brand was particularly memorable for its very atypical catwalk featuring girls dancing down the runway blowing kisses. I had never seen a show with such a great energy, and this year they delivered the same positive vibe while presenting their Fall 2014 collection. Some of the standouts from the show were the trench coats, ombre prints, and pops of bright color on primarily black and white looks.

City Hot Spot: Chicago

I spent this past weekend in Chicago, and of course, I had to make time for a little retail therapy. I ended up trekking around the Southport neighborhood after grocery shopping with a friend, and the Lincoln Park neighborhood near my friend’s apartment. I came upon a number of cool places but there were definitely two front runners in the neighborhoods.



If you’re in Southport, check out Cerato boutique for a mix of local Chicago designers and other awesome brands. There are two Chicago-based designers that caught my eye while browsing Cerato: Sophia Reyes and Alicia Mohr of Ali’s Collection. Cerato’s sampling of Sophia Reyes namesake collection consists of ultra feminine, flowy dresses made of 100% silk. The boutique also has an extensive selection of unique, statement making rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from Ali’s Collection.

Kyle Dress by Sophia Reyes and Hulu Necklace by Alicia  Mohr

Kyle Dress by Sophia Reyes and Hulu Necklace by Alicia Mohr


sta 3

I can’t resist a good consignment shop, and near the corner of Armitage and Halsted, there are a few consignment stores worth hitting up. I snagged a couple gems at Second Time Around (STA). STA doesn’t quite make the cut for Chicago’s City Hot Spot because the consignment company has locations in eleven other states, but my finds are too good not to share. First I found a gray, wool Cartonnier blazer for $25.00. Cartonnier is a staple line at Anthropologie, and they make truly awesome blazers (I should know, I own two others already!). Next I made my find of the day: a double breasted Theory wool military style jacket in the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid! This amazing item was a whopping $60! I must admit, I got these winter goods at such serious steals because all winter merchandise was an additional 50% off (wink, wink Chi Town ladies looking for an awesome winter deal).

Theory double breasted

Theory double breasted