BFW: It Starts with a Sketch

Well to be completely honest, it usually starts with a cocktail- and it did.

It was Friday night, and more importantly, the opening night of Boston Fashion Week.

Working full-time Monday through Friday usually entails a snooze fest as soon as I finish my commute from work. However, today my newfound bestie and coworker, Gigi, mentioned that she had an extra ticket to an event in the financial district of Boston.

Luckily for me, it’s easier to drive to that city after work than my own. I would also choose a catwalk over a catnap any day. Also there was food and fashion on the menu- how could I say no to that?

Craft Cocktails: Wanderlush

If you know me, you know that I spotted the food tables before anything else. Beyond the roast beef wrapped asparagus, an enormous selection of chocolate nut cookies, and overflowing cheese and veggie platters was a great night of networking.

Let’s get back to business here. A unique illustration business to be exact. If you never heard of Holly Nichols or her magnificent drawings of bridal and fashion, I would have to argue that. Like me, you probably didn’t put a face to a name, or a name to an illustration I guess you could say.

Holly Nichols (hnicholsillustration)

Holly has over half a million Instagram followers and tons of famous clients. She works with Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, TRESemme, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, PEOPLE Magazine, Simon, and more-including the lucky guy the image above!

Pop-Up Shop at the Show

Did you notice something from the first picture? If you’re from New England you’ve probably heard of a certain handbag designer. Living in Providence, I’ve had the pleasure of attending Styleweek Northeast and seeing local talent (and purchasing their locally fabricated pieces of course). I’m talking about Kent Stetson! I literally screamed when I walked in the room and saw a wall full of his carefully curated clutches (try and say that five times fast).

The important news I’m trying to relay here is that Kent and Holly designed a handbag together and one was even auctioned off at the event! I can’t even begin to tell you what I would do to get my hands on that red one.

Jumper // Shoes

It was an extremely windy night and the perfect excuse to wear this cropped palazzo pant jumper. When I first grabbed it off the sale rack, I just thought it was a regular dress. When I saw the pants and the price tag, I knew I had to get it. Also, I’m on a rooftop posing on top of a bed of water. I like to live on the edge.

Meet Gigi! I promise you won’t regret it.

Remember how I said it was windy? It was difficult to take photos but I managed to snap a few. Check out the designs by Denise Hajjar from her graduate collection! Some trends I noticed on the runway were animal prints, silk, monochromatic, velvet, dyed to match sets, and open backs.

Thanks for reading! Stick around for some more posts from Boston Fashion Week- I’m headed back now to cover a show hosted by one of America’s Next Top Models!