Earlier this month, we ran an #OOTD sweepstakes to choose a subscriber to attend the Cynthia Rowley presentation. We were blown away by all the entries—so many enviable ensembles and incredible Instagram feeds!—and naturally they inspired us to stalk our own fashionable staffers. Here's what they've been wearing and snapping this week, plus a style lesson by our #OOTD sweeps winner, cutie Candace Read.
"While I love the hustle and bustle of Lincoln Center, the shows at Chelsea Piers always have a more pleasant, laidback vibe. My trip to the Tibi presentation was particularly nice because I walked the Highline to get there and caught the most amazing views of the Hudson River !"
stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Bellissima, Zara coat, Zara shorts, Wolford tights, Madewell bag, Forever21 shirt, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes."
Frozen Hudson sunset.
"This was my first time getting to go backstage at fashion week, and let me tell you—this is where the magic happens! I've been going to shows every day and I've never seen so much multitasking—at one point I saw three hairstylists brushing out a model's tangled hair simultaneously. Other highlights have been seeing a dress made completely from Subway sandwich wrappers and coming across piles and piles of makeup—you'll never see stuff like this anywhere else."
"This was taken as I was coming out of the Ruffian show. I have the privilege of working with the brand's designers, Brian and Claude, on a regular basis because we sell their lacquers. I love hearing about the inspiration for their fashion collections, and then seeing everything come to life during their shows. They are so talented!"
Favorite new #Ruffian #nyfw shade! @ruffian #ruffianmanicure
"Every fashion show has a different backstage vibe, but it's usually somewhat frantic. Backstage at Diane von Furstenberg, however, was calm, cool, and collected. I even got to cross off a major bucket list item: meeting 'it' model Karlie Kloss!"
Oh hai @karliehkloss backstage @dvf. #nyfw #bbnyfw #girlcrush
"I usually cover a handful of shows each season, but I only go backstage and leave before the shows actually start. This week, however, I got the chance to go to the Tocca show with a co-worker. It was so nice to sit and see the parade of beautiful clothes—plus we got the most adorable goodie bag."
Two big perks to actually sitting at a show: a cute goodie bag and my feet don't kill. #nyfw #bbnyfw cc:@eneher @tocca_ny
"I've always wanted to go to fashion week so attending my very first show was amazing! I've always read the fashion week recaps and trend reports in magazines, so seeing everything in real time was such a treat."
Dr. Jart BB cream, stila Stay All Day lipstick in Beso, Nars blush in Orgasm, Cynthia Rowley Beauty liner in Black Ink, Marcelle Xtension Plus mascara, vintage leather jacket, Zara shirt, Urban Outfitters pants, Steve Madden boots, Asos bag, Bauble Bar necklace.
Had so much fun at my first show! @ruffian #nyfw #bbnyfw @birchbox
"I've attended a few fashion shows in the past, but had never taken a peek at the action backstage. The energy and excitement was palpable as models circulated through a frenzy of makeup, hair, and nails. So much fun!"
"I'm a huge Mally Beauty fan—I consider myself a Mallynista—so I was so excited to see what Mally would create backstage at the Tracy Reese show! I fell in love with the look, nude lips and bold brows—Mally never disappoints!
stila Stay All Day lipstick in Beso, Cynthia Rowley Beauty liner in Black Ink, Benefit They’re Real mascara, Sumita Brow Powder, theBalm Cosmetics Mary-LouManizer, Zara skirt, Steve Madden booties, Gap tank, Forever21 blazer, Prada bag, Ruffian jewelry.
Final walk at @Tracy_reese - makeup by @mallybeauty & hair by @ouidad #TRFall14 #nyfw #bestseatsever
Last, but certainly not least, our #OOTD winner!
One of my most fav #ootd..Purple Haze! Dearest #birchbox and @Cynthia_Rowley please, oh please send me #NYFW!
Things that Meredith can't live without: Monograms, glitter, puppies, and her running shoes. She also has a real weakness for pancakes.