I headed to the MADE for Peroni Young Designer Awards event for NYFW on Monday evening and enjoyed all-you-can-drink Peroni, some (very) small bites and plenty of great crowd watching. Since I headed over straight from the office, I kept things simple with basic black stretch pants ($5.99, Goodwill) and an embellished peplum top (cost unknown, purchased from a small boutique in the Philippines), but after seeing all the amazing outfits at the party, I quickly wished I had slipped into something more stylish. (Oops.) Luckily, I had my camera with me to capture some of the chicness, and met several friendly fashionistas (including supermodel Coco Rocha!) who were happy to share a little of their style with me.
One of the first people I noticed in the crowd was Stefany, who was rocking a gorgeous polka-dotted maxi dress and some great layered necklaces. After exchanging hellos, Stefany revealed she was a professional stylist who also loves thrifting and hunting for vintage pieces--she even has her own thrift-focused blog Pretty In Thrift! When I asked about her favorite places to hunt, she lauded Harlem for its great thrifting, namedropping the Goodwill on 135th as a particularly prime spot.
After meeting Stefany, I chatted it up with Chiselle, who was perfectly styled for fall with a super cute hat and leather skater skirt. When I complimented her on her look, she was quick to point out that nothing was break-the-bank-level expensive, and that she loved finding on-trend pieces on a budget.
Later on, I ran into Geraldine, who was sporting a funky mix of floral and flannel prints, some amazing jewelry and a pair of cool metallic shoes. After a brief chat, I discovered that she's the owner of the hip online shop Lust Covet Desire, which features designer accessories and clothing inspired by street culture, the beach and contemporary art. I couldn't say goodbye to Geraldine without getting a closeup of her hands--her rings and bracelets (not to mention her manicure!) were amazing!
As I was leaving the event, I ran into Marcus, who was rocking a long red robe, some harem pants and a statement necklace like nobody's business. He appeared to be at the event as a photographer and looked mildly surprised when I asked to take his photo, but he was kind enough to let me snap a pic of his amazing ensemble before heading home for the night.
I loved getting a chance to see all the personal style at the MADE event, and it definitely inspired me to take more risks fashion-wise and experiment with some new looks. So here's to a more fashionable fall--Cheers!