Go Behind-the-Scenes at New York Fashion Week with Stylist Jenni Lee

We're half-way through NYFW Spring/Summer 2013. See what Jenni's been up to so far.

Backstage // Jenni Lee // 09/10/12
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Rebecca Minkoff went for a sandblasted white-out for Spring/Summer 2013.
Tomato reds and corals dominated...

Hello from Brooklyn! I bring this post to you as I drink an iced coffee seated at a breakfast table positioned on a sunny fire escape overlooking a lush back yard. How many days have I been here? NYFW is really such a blur. The weather has gone from gorgeous to muggy to stormy to breezy and sometimes all in one day. I am having a great time running into old friends and making new ones that live out on the west coast. But enough about me, on to the fashion!

Fashion week is not just at the Mercedes Benz tents at Lincoln Center uptown. It is spread all down the West Side Highway at Pier 59 on the Hudson to assorted art galleries in Chelsea and then then in the heart of the Meatpacking District at Milk Studios and in the Standard Hotel. I have seriously covered major ground. I try to take as many subways as possible because it usually is a bit faster than trying to nab a cab with the hordes of fashionistas.

I think I am going to make the perfect Cali girl (once I get over my fear of driving) because I love spring fashion and California is sunny all year round. (How do you know what month it is with no seasons? Sorry, I digress.) Gorgeous colors, prints everywhere and airy fabrics looking all breezy down the runway. Highlights have been Rebecca Minkoff for a cool-girl in the hot-city vibe and Mara Hoffman for a straight-up island paradise wardrobe of swimsuits to match stunning gowns. If it's a sexy edge you need look no further than to Max Azria's Herve Leger collection of paneled, twisted and cut-out bandaged mini-dresses paired with leather corset belts. For casual but super chic daywear, go to Edun for basics like slouchy light-weight knits comprised of earthy tones juxtaposed with sequin shorts and bursts of lemon and tangerine. So effortlessly put together. Here, a snapshot of two of my favorite shows:

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff's cool girl style was a breath of fresh air. In what was her largest venue to date, the models strutted down the runway with the wind in their loose, lightly tousled hair. You can always count on fresh prints from Minkoff and this season's collection did not disappoint. I especially loved the bleached out ombré effect she utilized on separates and dresses. There was plenty of color in the various prints and to even it out there was crispy white shift dresses and slouchy jumpsuits. She encapsulates a sexy tomboy in the most feminine way.

Jen Kao
The lights went pitch black and we were instructed there was to be no flash photography during the blackout portion of the show. Eerie music filled the space as my eyes began to focus; I could just barely make out the outlines of dresses in black-light molding. It certainly made the show feel like a theatre event. Then the lights went on and the models teetered out in precarious but modern versions of the Japanese Geta sandal paired with structured origami-inspired dresses. The color palette had an array of warm colors, from tangerine to tomato reds to corals, in loose sweatshirt-shaped tops and form-fitting, elegant sheath dresses. While some pieces seemed impossible to wear, there was a fair share of completely wearable pieces like graphic tops with leather paneled skirts and the loose knit tanks with silky relaxed pants.

Spend the day with me on Instagram at @foammag and @jennileetweets and check out OnceWhenIWas.tumblr.com for more day in the life of a fashion stylist.

Photos courtesy of Style.com

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