Saturday was our last full day in New York and the most jam packed. We started the day with a gigantic portion of pancakes and bacon at the hotel before a morning full of shopping! First stop was Macy’s where me and my Mum wanted to buy the handbags we had had our eye on all week, and my Dad and Bro wanted some jeans and baseball jerseys! We split up so me and Mum could take our time in places like Victoria Secrets, TJ Maxx and of course Sephora (for the last time *sob*) and even had to pop back to the hotel twice to drop off shopping bags! We regrouped for lunch where we picked up a quick sandwich from Europa Cafe – mine was spicy chicken with a mango chutney in a flatbread and it was delicious!! Then it was back off for a final look at the shops!
Our stay in New York had coincided with New York Fashion week by chance and I was devastated I did not realise this sooner or have any spare time to visit the the Lincoln centre and see who I could spy! However me and my Mum were lucky enough to bag two tickets for one of the Couture New York catwalk shows happening in our hotel! For the last few days of our stay at the Crowne Plaza the hotel was buzzing with models, makeup artists and designers galore as each day several catwalk shows were showcased and I was attending one of them: words cannot describe how excited I was.
In our evening showcase there were 4 different collections. The first was UpScales Fashions 43 collection created by Evelyn Suzette (Scales) Johnson. The clothes in this collection were very wearable and comfortable with interesting use of denim. A common theme throughout the collection was the retro silhouette and style of the 1960s. Overall a very comfortable yet stylish feel to the whole collection.
The second collection created by Narine Tovmasyan and named “Live for Beauty”, is a gorgeous collection of evening gowns inspired strongly by the Renaissance period incorporating the current dynamics of the modern day. Each piece was absolutely stunning with a flawless, luxury finish and simple accessories complimenting each outfit perfectly. The colours and materials used really added a romantic, fairytale feel to the whole collection and the sophistication and elegance of each piece made this fit for a Queen.
The third collection was a debut collection by Martha Fadel including mainly evening wear with one bridal piece at the end. Each couture piece was glamorous and elegant fit for any trendy women and silhouettes created will certainly make heads turn! Some of the pieces were so simple yet unique and elegant whilst others incorporating lace and intricate embroidery were more on the risky side but each and every piece was exceptionally stunning.
Vo Viet Chung was the final collection to be showcased and boy did they save the best till last! This Vietnamese designer showcased his new collection “Cochinchina’s Beauty” including 30 designs made with traditional Vietnamese material similar to nylon. Each piece in the collection was beautifully crafted to create unique, one off pieces incorporating traditional and classic Vietnamese design and modern culture. Every single piece in the collection was elegant and sophisticated and truly highlights Vo Viet Chung’s distinctive and original style.
After the show it was a quick stop in the room to change before heading back out to the Broadway. Before we had arrived in New York we had discussed watching a Theatre show and looked into buying tickets but had agreed we would decide whilst we were there because of the cost. As soon as we arrived we booked tickets on the first day: after walking around and seeing all the theatres it was clear we couldn’t leave the big apple without seeing a Broadway show first! So here we were queuing outside Chicago waiting for an evening of fame, fortune and all that jazz! I love the film and was thrilled to be experiencing the show live on stage! The staging complimented the show perfectly, the acting was spot on with the right amount of humour added and the singing and dancing was just astonishing – I would highly recommend watching this show given the chance.
Whilst the show was on the craziest, loudest thunderstorm had been going on outside as we found out when everyone left the theatre! Luckily we were having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe which was only a few blocks away so we made our way there in the downpour and waited for a table to dry off and indulge in some yummy cocktails! The food was to die for and although they are notoriously famous for their legendary burgers I opted for Steak and waffles and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. After a few more cocktails and a very long wait for the rain to stop we headed back to our hotel to begin packing for the long journey home.
In the morning we had to check out by 10am and as we had a few hours to kill, we decided to head to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I absolutely loved the exhibitions in this museum, there were some really interesting and original pieces as well as some very famous original paintings. Some of the exhibitions were so interactive and unique there really is something for everyone to enjoy! After a few hours we slowly made our way back to the hotel for our airport transfer and that was it, our amazing time in New York had come to an end!
After being excited about this trips for months New York is without doubt the most incredible city I have ever visited, being everything I dreamed about and more! There is so much to do and see and there is always something happening it really and truly is the city that never sleeps! I’ve definitely caught the travel bug as I’ve already started planning my next trip and I will 100% be returning to New York again sometime!