By Christine Bibbo Herr, NYC Pretty
It's that time of year again… the weather is getting crisp, and sadly, summer has come to an end. Being a sun lovin' surfer girl, this is a bit of a downer for me. Luckily, New York Fashion Week in the Big Apple arrives just in time to switch gears and focus on fall — and my new wardrobe for the season.
I was a fashion and beauty editor for years at a bunch of different women's mags, so I've been a part of the buzzing fabulous fashion scene for a while. Every year it's a different experience for me; from being an editor, to launching my own site a few years ago, to actually walking on the runway! My site, NYCPretty, shares my love of fashion, fitness, and beauty with my followers from both my experience as a magazine editor, to my adventures and travels that I encounter now being an influencer and a TV host. So it's important that I try to see as many shows as possible, and share the trends in real-time. And, it's always fun to see my fellow bloggers and editors to catch up on everyone's exciting journeys while we check out the hottest styles for the seasons ahead.
This year was extra special for me because not only did I go to the shows, but I was actually IN one! And even more exciting, it was a fit-fashion show, Calia by Carrie Underwood. If you read my blog or follow my social media channels, you know I'm a fitness fanatic and can't get enough when it comes to working out and staying healthy. So when the Calia team asked me if I'd like to strut some yoga moves on their catwalk, I literally jumped for joy! I kicked off Fashion Week with a bang and a Warrior II pose on the runway, right in my element. Now that's my kind of high energy!
As you probably know by looking at my Instagram feed, I'm a huge fan of color, prints, and playful pieces, so a lot of these looks incorporate just that. Below are some of my faves from the fitness inspired runways this year.
These were the two looks I rocked on the Calia catwalk, and I thought they were just as comfy as they were cool. These pieces easily moved with my bod as I jumped, twirled, and struck some yoga poses on the stage. I gravitated towards the feminine printed leggings and the detailed crisscross back tank in Look 1. Then we added a cozy knit wrap that takes the look from studio to street in a flash. Look 2 incorporated a softer pale pink hue, but the sporty ‘80s vibe of the off-the-shoulder slouchy sweater was what sold me on this piece. Again, super stretchy sleek leggings that can take me right into winter with some cool boots and a blazer, if I want a polished yet practical look for meetings.
Bold and blocks of colors were the theme at the Derek Lam for Athleta show. My favorite piece was probably the color blocked crop top that I will definitely rock after a sweat-sesh. I can totally see it paired with a fun flouncy skirt, heels, and some bold bangles for date night with my hubs. Bare some of that toned belly, beauties. Let's face it, after all of those ab workouts, who doesn't want to show some skin every now and then
It was high energy and #girlswithgrit at the Reebok show. The black and white printed leggings, crop tops, graphics, and mesh tanks all popped and gave a "badass" butt-kicking vibe that I love, especially for a bootcamp or boxing class. But these pieces are just as easily transformed from the ring to the real world by layering a few chic accessories, a moto jacket, and heels for a night out with the girls.
I'm a sucker for playful prints and mixing graphic patterns, so this adorable tennis look is my newest obsession for spring. I would totally wear this polka-dot mini after hitting the courts, and that just might be the cutest little tennis tote ever.
These two surf styles are another MUST for my summer lifestyle. By the time June rolls around, I’d say I’m in some sort of surf or swim gear at least 5 days a week. And I love that cropped rash guards are still going strong for Swim 2016.
A girl after my own heart… Cynthia Rowley, also a surfer girl, brought her show to life by partnering with a drone company to film and showcase her show on the beach on a mirrored runway in Montauk! Talk about beachy-chic! (Okay, okay… I’ll admit this isn’t an activewear show, but Cynthia Rowley DOES make great activewear, and I fell for these dresses.) I always love her pieces because she mixes fun girly details with structured shapes and retro flair. The two pieces that really stood out to me and will be on rotation in my closet are the retro polka-dot mod mini dress that combines color and coolness. And of course, the one-shoulder tiered fringe frock that gives us all a reason to show off our toned arms. (Oh, and I almost forgot, on the bottom of the screen when her video was running, she gave fit tips on how to keep abs in check all summer long! Brilliant!)
Christine Bibbo Herr is among the most creative and sought-after stylists/ spokespersons/ fitness fanatics in New York City! Her keen eye for detail and design gives her an indisputable edge in anticipating trends and pulling together just the right elements for creating looks that define the mood of the moment.
Always at the forefront of fashion, beauty and fitness, Christine attended the world-renowned Fashion Institute Of Technology, and has spent more than a decade as a New York fashion editor/director for various national glossies including: Health, Real
Simple, Family Circle, Rachael Ray, Shape en Espanol, and The Knot. All leading to the position as Fashion Director for the legendary Good Housekeeping. Currently, Christine is the contributing editor and spokesperson for Life & Style Magazine.
Whether on TV segments, fashion spreads, advertising campaigns, runway shows or fitness projects, Christine has styled a vast range of people, celebrities and brands. Her passion for her work and healthy lifestyle has taken her from inside the fashion industry to the yoga mat, covering the hottest new fashion trends and workout crazes. Christine is an independent stylist and widely-followed lifestyle blogger at NYCPretty.com, where she provides readers with the most current fashion, beauty, and fitness inspiration for girls everywhere.