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Behind the Scenes of My First New York Fashion Week!
Sep 21, 2016
Melanie Elturk
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Melanie Elturk
This was my first every NYFW and it wouldn't have been possible without Hanan (our previous Hijabi of the Month) who came down from Ottawa and asked me to join her at some shows! Heba (also a previous HOTM and spotted veteran) just moved to New York so it was a Lebanese squad made in heaven!
Hanan scored an invitation to the Rebecca Minkoff show where we somehow found our way to the front and scored some *major* hijabi representation points!
The show was incredible! Rebecca shut down Prince street in SoHo and made the famous cobblestone side street right outside her store her runway - complete with a live band and VIP guest list!
All the final looks came down topped in signature Rebecca Minkoff leather jackets.
Post-show photos and meeting Camila Alves - Matthew Mcconaughy's wife!
We also sat across from my absolute ultimate style icon - Olivia Palermo!!! Seriously, check out my Style Inspo Pinterest board - she takes over the entire board with her amazing street style!
Of course, we made time for a mini-photoshoot in SoHo ;)
I couldn't have asked for better company for my first NYFW! Be sure to follow them: @hebay_jay & @hijabsbyhanan
Later that day Heba and I met Sazan Hendrix! AHH!!! I don't follow a ton of bloggers, but she's someone I absolutely love - and she was exactly as she is on social media, so down to earth and relatable <3
For my second day of NYFW I attended Anniesa Hasibuan's groundbreaking show. I kept it classy in a sleek black turtleneck and black wide leg trousers as well as this elaborate neck piece from River Island that I got years ago. See this post for more on my thoughts about the show (as well as more pics!)
Two of my favorite looks from her show! See more pics here and be sure to read my piece on Muslim Matters about the implications and importance of Anniesa's show!
There was something electric in the room that night. Attending show after show with models baring skin for the upcoming Spring/Summer '17 season, the striking contrast of Anniesa's designs were noteworthy to even the most nonchalant of observers. We all knew we were witnessing something groundbreaking. That night, Anniesa made history as the first Muslim designer to showcase all her designs on a NYFW main stage in full-on, head-to-toe hijab.
Post show photo with the beautiful designer Anniesa and friends! Watch my vlog below for more behind the scenes of NYFW!
Be sure to stay updated with me on Instagram and Snapchat @hautehijab!
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