"remember, in the front row we don't cross our legs....

....we cross our ankles!" said an official looking lady with a headset and determined stride.

and so began mine and Alicia's swift education at Day 2 of Style Week North East, Rhode Island's very own fashion week which we were lucky enough to attend. we discussed it on Tuesday then one thing led to another and by Thursday we had tickets and were excitedly swapping outfit ideas. 

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the night itself was thoroughly enjoyable. an early highlight was watching alicia drinking champagne from the bottle with a straw: classy! in her swift defence, apparently the bar supplier didn't deliver the champagne glasses so it was straws  all the way. nevertheless, it set us up nicely for an evening of the unexpected. we had no idea what sort of tickets we had so we just followed the usher blindly to our seats. when we were shown straight to the front row, our grins would put the cheshire cat to shame. we really did try to play it cool but it didn't quite pan out. we sat, took an acceptable number of selfies and waited excitedly for the show. 

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first up was designer Jamall Osterholm. his collection was definitely what you'd expect from a fashion show: art in motion. i definitely clicked away and made out like i understood men walking around covered in duvet-like contraptions. my arm stopped mid air and refused to click the camera when a young man stepped out in the sheerest of garments and everything on show. the michael scott (steve carrell, the office) in me rose to the surface and it was all i could do to suppress all the silliness going through my head. still, there were a few pieces in there that were ready-to wear.

i fell in love with this top..for me though, not kola....

i fell in love with this top..for me though, not kola....

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 show 2 by Carissa Frazier featured floaty fabrics and delicate beadwork. it was very lingerie inspired and therefore very "now" in terms of fashionability. the final piece was definitely stunning in real life, featuring beautiful beading in the train. unfortunately my camera wasn't quite able to capture the magnificence of the detailing.

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the third show featured Nathalia JMag's designs which were 100% up mine and alicia's alley. featuring brightly coloured pieces and deconstructed high waist jeans, it definitely drew a lot of cheers from the crowd. the models strutted down the runway to some upbeat music, in sharp contrast to the dark and moody tones that characterised the first 2 shows.the accessories in bold geometric shapes pulled all the looks together. metal rings were worked into each look as well as mixed colour earrings. i need a pair of those earrings for the summer! the attention to detail was just phenomenal.

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the final show, DEVINTO by Ting Barnard, returned to the moody tone set by the first 2 shows. it featured very clean, simple lines and fluid, body skimming fabrics. definitely not the type to be worn on a day you plan on eating! shoes were covered in tights that were then tied at the ankles - looks like the covered shoe trend is going nowhere.

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overall we were pretty chuffed to have been at the show. we wished Nathalia JMag's show had been the finale as an upbeat, bright show would' ve been the ideal crescendo to the whole evening. but what do i know - i have only just learnt rule one of fashion week etiquette!

 

we ended the night with some seriously delicious burgers at Julians on Broadway. Poor alicia had to suffer through one last picture before she could tuck into her burger.....the joys of being a blogger's friend :-)!

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toodles darlings,

Tanaka

xoxo

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