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Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.

NYFW

NYFW

I hope everyone is enjoying the frenzy of fashion week! I was lucky to get away to see some shows and amazing exhibits.  Here's my 3 day fashion week diary!

Day 1

Check in at the Brklyn House Hotel.  If you want to stay off the beat and path and save some money while your at it, the Brklyn House Hotel in Bushwick puts you in great proximity to amazing restaurants, bars and vintage shopping!

 

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The pillows are the best I've ever seen in a hotel room! So firm and thick I slept great in my quiet room! I'd definitely check in again!

Taking some recommendations from runway model Lindsey Jean-Baptiste (check out his interview here) I headed to L Train (Bed Stuy Location) to check out some vintage.  They had an amazing selection of vintage denim! I wish I had more time as I hit the store about a half an hour before it closed! I'll be back!

 L Train Vintage on Delkab Ave

L Train Vintage on Delkab Ave

Midi dresses are having a moment and I can't wait to rock this one.  Also in store an amazing boiled green wool and black dress remenicent of astroturf.  This gorgeous A-line dress when with a beautiful local shopper who couldn't resist such an unusual Prada inspired piece.   For more one of a kind treasures this is the store for you!

Liz Claiborne silk midi dress

Also in store an amazing boiled green wool and black dress remenicent of astroturf.  This gorgeous A-line dress when with a beautiful local shopper who couldn't resist such an unusual Prada inspired piece.   For more one of a kind treasures this is the store for you!

Boiled Wool Dress

Then off to dinner at Win Son, where I bellied up to the bar for some amazing Taiwanese dishes.  

 Photo Courtesy of This is The Place I was Telling You About! Follow them @thisistheplaceiwastellingyouabout

Photo Courtesy of This is The Place I was Telling You About! Follow them @thisistheplaceiwastellingyouabout

I ordered the incredible pork dumplings and Spanish Rose as well as the eggplant.  It was more than enough food but with so many good options it was hard to choose! Daniel the bartender (also a fashion stylist) shared some great stories and industry insight.  He also took the time write down all the best bars and restaurants in the are  ideas  to check out in the neighborhood including my next stop, Featherweight.  

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Right down the street from Win Son, Featherweight is a gorgeous speakeasy with low lighting and great djs! I ordered rum cocktails and celebrated a birthday and indulged in some great art talk with an up and coming curator from the neighborhood.  But the party had to end so I went back to my fluffy and firm pillows at the Brklyn House Hotel!

 

Day 2

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The Subway ride and walk were so pleasant since the weather was perfect! I wore my metallic Isabel Marant dress and pink Valentino sandals with black chiffon bows (I walked in my gold Stan Smiths and then swapped shoes!) and my Gucci Dionysus! I encountered a huge puddle and construction zone.  True story- a construction worker offered to carry me over the puddle- genuinely concerned I would ruin the Valentinos (I had already swapped!) I was able to awkwardly step over the huge puddle and the Valentinos were fine but my construction pal made sure to point out all the shoe unfriendly areas on my way to Pier 59 Studios!

 

 Ghazaleh Khalifeh, SS18 

Ghazaleh Khalifeh, SS18 

By invitation of the amazing Ghazaleh Khalifeh, I attended her CFDA presentation.  I can't get over the exquisitely hand embroidered details, exuberant color and detail on each of her garments. She told me that she hadn't slept in two days, and confessed,  "I think I'm a more is more person!"  and that she would have kept adding more layers. 

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These were once very basic pink pumps.  Ghazaleh hand dyed and embellished each pair! My profile with @ghazelehkhalifeh is coming up soon!

 

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Pier 59 Studios also has some of the best lounge chairs around! After staying out late it was great to get some sun and fresh air! Time wise this worked out great as I bumped into Ghazaleh and her Mom and had more time to catch up with her!

 Ghazaleh was also unsurprisingly one of the best dressed people in the room! I can't wait to find out more about her closet!

Ghazaleh was also unsurprisingly one of the best dressed people in the room! I can't wait to find out more about her closet!

Adam Dalton Blake

Also new and noteworthy, Adam Dalton Blake's Tennis inspired collection and Tiffany Huang's technologically and spiritually activated collection! 

Tiffany Huang

Next up, a stroll through the High Line and a long awaited visit to the Whitney Museum!

Clifford Still

One of my favorite Clifford Still paintings, which reminds me of the color story for Ghazaleh's SS18 Collection.

 

Mayor of the Meatpacking district

I also met the Mayor of the Meatpacking District (writer/director Roberto Monticello) there.  He told me to check out the Standard Hotel Rooftop Bar for the best view of the city and to enjoy a nice cocktail! The Whitney had some very amazing politically charged pieces, including a phenomenal exhibit by Hélio Oiticica featuring some great installation pieces..  

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There are replicas of  Hélio Oiticica's Parangolés that you can try on, in front of a video/music montage of protesters outfitted in Parangolés.  After not eating all day though it was time for a big lunch.  Luckily you can count on the 21 Club bar being open all afternoon.  

21 Club Burger

The classics are always the best! And their ketchup with horseradish is to die for! I caught up with Sotheby's agent Frances Gates (also a wine distributor) who poured me a sample of her favorite Pino Grigio and we bonded over our affinity of all things Hermes!

Franco La Costa

Next it was off to Barneys where I took a look at beautiful velvet bags with Howie, who wore an amazing Grace Jones T-shirt. Upstairs at Fred's I met Franco La Costa to celebrate his gender neutral line, featuring textiles he designed.  I also met the gorgeous and charming bloggers @thestylepaz and @amorsocialmedia to talk about some of our favorite places in Brooklyn and Williamsburg- my first stop the next morning!.

Day 3

 

 

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Thanks to @rollyrobinson, (Be sure to check out Rolly's interview here!)  I took the time to do a beautiful walk through Williamsburg to the Wythe Hotel.  The rooftop is the place to be, but as I had work to do and the rooftop doesn't open until 2pm I enjoyed some sparkling water and a marvelous cappuccino at the breakfast bar and did some painting.

 

Reynard at the Wyeth Hotel

Then it was time to head to FIT for the Force of Nature Exhibit! Where I was happy to run into a friend a fellow Alexander McQueen afficionado!  Delighted to see plenty of Gucci and menswear also in the mix!

Gucci Floral Menswear Suit

Also a great selection of accessories on view!

 Pierre Hardy Shoes, Summer 2015

Pierre Hardy Shoes, Summer 2015

Feeling sentimental, I headed uptown to the Carlyle Hotel for a late lunch at Bemelman's Bar.  I ordered the Cobb salad and Chablis.  I think the best Cobb salad I've ever had! 

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I told my friend visiting from London at the bar wearing Paul Smith to check out the WytheHotel for cocktails.  I had to head downtown and was running late for the Chromat Show at Skylight Clarkson Square!

 

 

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My phone died right after the show but I managed to get a quick photo of the finale! Amazing casting and beautiful and empowering lingerie.  I was especially fond of the metallic and denim pieces.   Finally it was time to charge my batteries at Charlie Bird (literally, they charged my phone behind the bar!)  Where I indulged in some much needed Rose and Montauk Fluke Crudo before heading to the airport!

 

 Patio at Charlie Bird- although it was crowded when I was there! Photo courtesy of Vanessa Deleon

Patio at Charlie Bird- although it was crowded when I was there! Photo courtesy of Vanessa Deleon

Nik Dodani

Nik Dodani

Spencer Neville

Spencer Neville