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NYFW

February 15, 2013
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As you know, we spent a hell of a lot of time fabric shopping on day 6, but we also got to take in some fabulous sites in-between rummaging…

When the sun went down, we headed over to Central Park for a little stroll…

Our stroll inevitably ended up in the most incredible session of ice skating, ever! Move over Torvill and Dean, who are ya!?
It was mind blowing though, glittering sky scrapers, streets lined with fairy lights and the clearest of skies. 
It was perfect.

It got late but we weren’t done for the day, we wanted to explore!

We walked all the way from Central Park to Midtown, Garment District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, China Town and back up through Little Italy and Noho before arriving back up to the upper east side. 
If this didn’t deserve a cakey treat from ‘Crumbs’, I don’t know what would.
 Other than saving the world from poverty and all things evil, of course.
But we didn’t have time for that!

There’s nothing like Times Square at night…

…other than cocktails at night, ‘Woo Woo’.

We hitched a taxi back to the hotel and crashed, literally! 

Tired legs, tired heads.
Day 7

Leaving day 🙁

We grabbed last minute supplies, mooched around the vintage shops and got our nails shellacked at a crazayyyy nail bar downtown. 
What a trip!

A magical trip shared with a magical friend.
Until the next time…

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B and J fabrics | NYC

February 14, 2013
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As you can see, we spent the best part of 3 hours in the AWESOME B & J Fabrics on 7th Avenue. Home to a plethora of leading luxury fabrics, trims and finishes, it’s a no-brainer as to why this place is the industry favourite for top designers and couturiers!
It’s a family run company which is evident in the excellent service they provide. Any fabric maven will know it takes time and consideration when choosing your samples. Luckily, B & J Fabrics offer you 15 free swatches of your choice! Good sizes too, nothing like the 10p piece size you get down Shepherds Bush, because if that doesn’t make you want to scream, ‘I WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU AND GIVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY’, I don’t know what does. Sarcastic voice.
They ship internationally AND do a great deal for wholesalers.
A true must-visit for any fashion or textile nerd looking to add some more chunk to their fabric file. 
Fashion/Textile/Design students – get in touch, think final collection!

Find them at: B&J Fabrics, 2nd Floor,525 7th Avenue,(corner of 38th street)New York, NY, 10018 or eMail them at bandjfabrics@gmail.com

‘Design is an opportunity to continue telling the story, not just to sum everything up.’
Tate Linden
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WORKING AT NYFW

February 12, 2013
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We were feeling particularly rebellious on day 4, daring to try out an alternative diner instead of our ‘usual’ haunt, we walked a whole 2 blocks to find something new…
Kayleigh chose chocolate and banana pancakes whilst I opted for something a little more substantial, chocolate cheesecake. 
You cannot put a time of day on that shiz. 
Breakkie was demolished and we hit the road again. When you’re abroad, I think it’s really important to explore the ‘local’ everything. The local cafe, diner, corner shop, chinese take-out, pub etc. I also think the best way of experiencing life in a another country is to use their public transport. It feels real good to navigate yourself around this way rather than paying tons in taxi fares. 
Anyway, back to the story, we strolled for miles, taking in the skyscrapers and patriotic flags before jumping on the metro and heading over to Battery Park. 
It was a gorgeous day with not a cloud in the sky…
That was until we paid out for our Statue of Liberty Tour and just like rain on your Wedding day, the heavens opened!
It wasn’t just the weather that went wrong for us, we also managed to end up on Staten Island.
 That’s riiiiight.

The pair of us stood there attempting to discreetly remove our Liberty hats when the response to Kayleigh’s question, ” Why are we going past the statue?” ended in, “‘Cause we’re going over to Staten Island Ma’am, If you wanted the Statue, you got tha wrongggg boat!”

So that sums us up really, still, we got to admire Lady Liberty from afar. What are we like?

We were safely back on dry land just in time for a spot of retail therapy.
 I believe we spent about 2 hours in Victoria Secrets, by-passing the sexy undies and racing straight to the Yoga Panties. These not-so-sexy, neon peach-huggers are THE undies to don when working out. They have no VPL, are super soft and are designed to stay put; perfect for those of you who actually kept to your New Years Resolution of ‘getting fit’ (unlike us, oops.)
We then headed back to the hotel for a freshen up as that evening, I had a meeting with a very special lady from Dior…

(Died inside!)

Our informal meeting ended up inside the famous Trump Towers where myself, Miss Dior* and Kayleigh shared a few cheeky wines.  The three of us hitched a cab downtown and myself and Kayleigh carried our rendezvous on into the night, hitting the bars.  

That night was a blur of Key West Coolers and Mai Tais.
The best kind of blur. 
Day 5

Day 5 saw me working all day long at the NYFW shows, it was exhausting and totally amazing all at the same time. Did you know that in-between every show they repaint the runway white and use industrial hairdryers on poles to blow it dry? They also gaffer tape the sole of the models foots to the inside of the shoes to stop them flinging off mid-runway! There’s so much I could let out but I think it’s best that I stop there before I ruin the complete vision of glamour…

That evening, myself and Kayeligh met for a Chinese feast before swooping round the stores for a bit of late night shopping. Is this sounding like a males holiday from hell? I hope so, because it was a girls dream!

We ended up back in Times Square on the hunt for all things bright and beautiful…
We certainly met some characters…

We propped ourselves up against the bar at the Hard Rock Cafe for a sweet rehydration; que cocktails with a side order of glacé cherries!

We strolled back to the hotel for yet another outfit change before heading out to our very self-indulgent evening at The View , Marriott, Times Square.

There we were, sat 48 stories above the New York skyline, enjoying the ever-changing view thanks to the revolving floors. We turned a whole 360 degrees in just 1 hour!

          What an experience!

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NYFW

February 11, 2013
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DAY 1

This past Thursday saw the start of NYFW‘s Autumn/Winter 2013-14 shows. Now, I know this is no big news, as it appears the whole world is reading, blogging and live streaming the whole shebang!

This got me thinking, what better time to re-cap on my amazing week this time last year!? I was incredibly fortunate to be working at New York Fashion Week, assisting with the runway set-up, greeting A-list guests, attending some awesome events and most importantly, dressing the runway models in the most incredible clothes before the rest of the world got to fall in love with them…



Me and my dearest friend Kayleigh arrived in NYC on the 6th Feb at around 4pm. We got to our upper east-side hotel, dropped our bags off and took a yellow cab straight to the Lincoln Centre for the NYFW Workers Initiation Evening.
It wasn’t until that very moment, when the entire room applauded the directors that it all sank in. I, Sophie Bailey-Hine, am working at New York FREAKING Fashion Week!!! The very place that the ten year old me dreamed of!


We met some lovely people at the initiation and in true American style, went straight out to dinner with them! The Americans are nothing like us Brits when it comes to newbies. They are refreshingly ballsy. We quite enjoy sticking to what we know, those familiar faces and familiar places. But to them, this is the norm, and I must say it’s a very cool way of living!
We crossed over to the legendary Mexican ‘Rosa Mexicano’ next to the Lincoln Centre, which FYI, if you’re making a trip to NYC soon, you HAVE to check out!
Our waiter made fresh Guacamole en Molcajete at our table (from scratch I might add!), while we awaited our mains. We got tons of exotic dishes and shared the lot out between us, more flavours for your buck!

The cocktails were rolling along, with the ‘I love your accent!’ talks and within 6 hours of landing, we’d unpacked, been to the NYFW welcoming, made new friends, ate a Mexican and got drunk. We should have known from that very point, that the whole week was going to be all go!
DAY 2
Just like in the movies, we headed to a cute little diner right near our hotel for breakfast pancakes, milkshakes and huge glasses of never-ending cola.
All fired up, we headed for the sites.

This was my second trip to the big apple, but it was Kayleigh’s first which made it all the more exciting. There is nothing like experiencing this place for the first time. In fact, I don’t think Kay spoke for about 10 minutes, this is unheard of! This place is truly everything you dream of, and more.
Understandably, it all got a bit too much for Kay and it was best she had a little sit down. As you can imagine, the safest place was a shoe shop…
You guessed it, she snapped these little Jeffries up within minutes. Killer heels, in the literal sense!

We traipsed back to Times Square, heading straight to the Box Office, in search of two tickets to a Broadway Show. We weren’t hanging around, we wanted a pair for that very evening and luckily, we managed to get the last two tickets!
Pretzel and soda stop-off!

We walked for miles and miles until refuelling in a cocktail bar,  sheltering from the potential shops that were calling our names. We slurped away until 10pm before hauling a taxi to the bright lights of Broadway! We saw ‘Wicked’, which was even more amazing and corny in a American accent! Awesome.
We ambled back to the hotel, by-passing a few water holes on the way and off to bed we went.
DAY 3

You guessed it, we ended up back in the diner before the clock struck 9am.

“Same again?” the waiter asked.
This went on all week, and yes, one morning I did have the Lasagne for breakfast and yes, it was incredible! I HEART NYC!
I was working on a few shows that day, so we enjoyed brekkie together before Kay headed off for a spot of sight seeing.
Please reference the above picture, an image of peace and tranquillity.
Now look below, there I was, rushing around backstage dressing the models for the catwalk, assigning buyers, press, designers & celebs to their seats, helping to assist the production team and trying not to pass out with awe at the same time. 
Multitasker ☑

Within 5 minutes of the doors being prised open, the whole venue was packed, the lights were dimmed and the music blared. 6 foot somethings glided down the catwalk, cameras flashed and notes were taken.
6 months’ worth of blood, sweat and tears, all revealed in a maximum of 20 minutes.
Chaotic paradise.

I worked 3 shows back to back that day and still managed to get out before sunset. I met Kay on Fashion Avenue for a spot of museum and exhibition perving.
In true David Attenbourough fashion, we explored our new found territory to the fullest, accidentally ending up in the FIT head quarters…
The perks of travelling with a blagger 😉
My stubborn side went wild as I read the sign reading ‘No Photography’. This is like bringing a kid into a sweet shop and hanging a sign reading ‘No Sweets’. It’s fraud, surely! We soon found ourselves surrounded by some of this centuries’ most infamous gowns from the top couturiers. Jaws were dropping.
We spent hours sketching, reading, admiring and dreaming, before heading over to the East Village for the infamous LIT Lounge, recognised as the centre of the counter-culture scene in NYC…apparently.
This is a notorious hangout for industry Kings, Queens, celebs and fashion bloggers. However, we were more interested in the cocktail menu, which ended up being quite………messy.
Later that night, we strolled down to the Cake Shop on Ludlow Street for some sofa boozing. This place was like stepping back in to the 70’s with a strong DIY aesthetic. Boxes full of vinyl line the walkways, retro prints were hung from the walls and miss-match furniture ruled the house. Admittedly, it was a bit of a ‘Hipster hangout’, but the place was crammed with music lovers, who flock there 7 nights a week to this premier independent music venue to enjoy the latest, breaking talent. It acts like a cute café, with baked goods, hot brews and a relaxed vibe, but also offers a cracking drinks menu which is really affordable!

We kept going until the next morning before finally collapsing in to bed. If you could call it a bed that this! It was like a scene out of Stepbrothers with two grown up drunks clambering onto crooked old bunk beds. 

Oh the glamorous life…

p.s. Sorry there’s no photos of the shows, there was a very strict NO PHOTO rule for us workers!