NYFW FW 2020 Recap (+ Why This Is My Last Season)

NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman standing on a cobblestone street and wearing a Anthropologie Cynthia Textured A-Line Midi Skirt, Nordstrom The Hero Washed Cotton Shirt GRAYSON, and Revolve Ariella Heel  Schutz brand: Schutz.

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A little over a week ago, I was in New York for my 10th season of NYFW. And I can say with confidence that this will be my last NYFW.

It pains me a little bit to say this because going to New York Fashion Week has been my dream since I was about 12 years old. The glitz. The glamour. The fashion. The hustle. It was a whirlwind, and I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to go for as many seasons as I have. But it was evident this time around that my heart just wasn’t in it anymore, and it’s time for me to move on, not take up a ticket, and give a younger blogger a shot at their dream. 
 
I didn’t end up attending NYFW at all last year, and oddly enough, I didn’t feel an overwhelming amount of FOMO. I wanted to check it out one last time, and it just didn’t have the same energy. I think a lot of influencers have made NYFW all about themselves rather than a celebration of the designer’s hard work. However, I did get the opportunity to tour some incredible showrooms and check out the Rebecca Minkoff presentation, which has been a favorite designer of mine for years (ahem, do you remember this old blog post?)

Charlotte Tilbury Showroom | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of two women sitting in a tub at the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk showroom.

Marc Fisher Fall 2020 - Metallic Boot Trend | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman holding a gold metallic Marc Fisher boot.
Marc Fisher Fall 2020 - Western Boot Trend | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of Marc Fisher boots.
Showroom Visits

This season, I did quite a bit more showroom visits than shows. I kicked off my time at NYFW at Tarte Cosmetics HQ, and I had the opportunity to try some of their latest and greatest product launches. Hands down, my favorite product I tried was their shape tape™ glow wand. When used along with their acclaimed shape tape concealer, it acts as a highlighter and gives you the most flawless, dewy glow. For reference, I wear the shade tan-deep sand in the shape tape concealer, and the shade ablaze in the shape tape™ glow wand.

Another highlight for me was Marc Fisher: for Fall 2020, metallic booties, kitten heels and square toes were king. We’re going to continue to see hints of the western trend when it comes to footwear next fall as well, which I’m 100% here for. 

Lastly, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the brand new Charlotte Tilbury showroom in NYC. I’m a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury (and have blogged about the brand in the past!), but it was a treat to see nearly their entire product line IRL. I fell in love with their Pillow Talk Lipstick in their new ‘Intense’ shade, which is the perfect nude lipstick for my fellow dark-skinned girls out there! It’s hard to find a nude lipstick that works for dark skin, so kudos to Charlotte Tilbury for producing such a fantastic option. 

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2020 | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of models wearing Rebecca Minkoff clothing.
Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2020 Presentation | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a model wearing Rebecca Minkoff clothing.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2020 Presentation | NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a model holding a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

Rebecca Minkoff Presentation

Rebecca Minkoff is a designer I’ve loved for years. Heck, I’ve even met her three times: twice at NYFW-related events, and once when she made a stop on her ‘Road Trip’ in Richmond back when I was in college. It was an absolute treat to attend her Spring 2020 presentation, and to celebrate the brand’s 15th anniversary.

In honor of their milestone anniversary, Rebecca Minkoff debuted their children’s line, which was all sorts of adorable. It’s an environmentally-friendly collection, and as stated on her blog: “no piece of clothing gets made until you click purchase.”

Aside from the children’s collection, her Spring 2020 line was heavily inspired by 70’s fashion and featured a lot of feminine dresses, leather, bold prints, and ruffles. As for accessories, it looks like silk scarves will be a big trend for spring, and her leather bags are as iconic as ever. 

OOTDs

NYFW 2020 by popular DC fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman standing on a cobblestone street and wearing a Anthropologie Cynthia Textured A-Line Midi Skirt, Nordstrom The Hero Washed Cotton Shirt GRAYSON, and Revolve Ariella Heel  Schutz brand: Schutz.

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Truth be told, I rewore a lot of old things this NYFW and felt kind of uninspired to plan crazy new outfits.

I spotted this skirt at Anthro when I was in NYC, and I knew it had to be mine — and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear it during my last day of NYFW. What I love about it is that it’s very “me,” and it’s something I see myself wearing long after Fashion Month is over (heck, I even wore it to an event just last week). I plan on dressing this skirt down with a denim jacket, t-shirt, and sneakers once spring rolls around the corner!

What trends do you love from NYFW 2020?