Tony Triumph NYFW GS Pop up shop

This year, New York Fashion Week sprung to life two days earlier then the SS 2014 calendar said so. With a ton of off-site Spring/Summer 2014 showcase events underway, a ton of the industries best editors, exec’s, journalist, and renowned spectators dropped into popup stores, runway shows, after-parties and dinner parties, guzzling champagne, passing business cards and of course buzzing into everything that next Spring’s world of fashion had to offer.

My first stop was the GS Shop New York Collection fashion show, where 5 of Korea’s top designers collaborated with GS Shop to present their latest threads.

The designers who showcased were as follows:

  • Sj Wani
  • Robo
  • Alice & Blue
  • The Studio, by Hyein Hong
  • D on the Label


As the last few days of Summer heat trickled over into September, I swiped the sweat tears from the brim beneath my hat, making an unbelievably frantic refreshing entrance into the venue.

Tony Triumph NYFW GS Pop ShopAs a male, my vitality is usually drawn to suits, blazers, and traditional form fitted accouterments, yet instead, today I I would opt for a distinctively cool and crescent look via my Zara hat (last seen here), a denim Ralph Lauren shirt, silk tiger print scarf by Versace (gracious gift from an Auntie), hunter green slacks from Topman, Barney’s NY belt, mustard socks from Uniqlo + my vintage Jimmy Choo shoes. I’ll keep the suits and blazers for when the temperature dabs down a few more degrees.

IMG_7598-001I replied to a few emails and checked into the highline hotel via social media, just before I took my seat and the show started.

Here’s a few snaps of the runway show, just for the ambiance’s sake. I didn’t worry about zooming in too close, as most people could care less about runway imagery these days. As I recently overheard on Twitter, “After a while, all the NYFW shows start to look the same”. If you’re not a fashion journalist, buyer, or editor-attending runway shows is just for the experience of seeing, and being seen.

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“Omg, get into those shoes, get into those shoes. They’re so to die for.” – I heard coming from the lady sitting next to me.

Heewon Kim and Tony TriumphOn the way into the venue, I was greeted by this fashionable beauty, whom after a later chit chat with discovered that she was Heewon Kim, a PR maverick + Fashion Editor of Dress to Kill Magazine.

Following the show, champagne was served and I mingled a bit. Then I moved around, scanned the room upside down, and spotted plenty of excitingly chic individuals whom I wouldn’t have minded exchanging business cards with. Then I looked down, and a group of fashion fails attacked!

I think #1, and most deadly of them all were these silver and plump little block heel puppies (on the right).

Fashion Fail Fashion Week

Please keep in mind that this is just for the laughs, as I’m not one to crack jokes on unfortunate situations, but this was surely a crowd of some of NYC’s most distinguished types during a top-tier fashion week event. Fashion Week, which is the one time of year where acuteness of your style and oddities are meshed to a public spectrum.

Fashion Fail NYFW Block heels…and where bargain Cinderella’esque slippery shoes will probably never cut it…

Fashion Fail Block heels…and where 1994 style block heels just wont ever be a tolerable atrocity.

Next up to bat in fashion fails brought to life a more serious issue, anorexia (woman with red heels and black dress).

Anoxeria at New York Fashion Week

I’ve witnessed nearly every single size patronize fashion week, from the super duper plus sized to the obnoxiously anorexic. Generally speaking- the more healthier body types make up the annual “best dressed” and “top [insert number] most stylish” lists. The above photograph poses light on a question that I don’t hear enough people asking themselves. Why do people have the desire to be so damned skinny?


Sliding away from the GS Shop, my colleague and I marched up town as we continued to dabble in Fashion Week chatter and prepared to break for lunch.

image_6I stretched out my Ipad and began prepared to finish up a few writing assignments, as we settled in for lunch at BRGR on 26th and 7th Ave.

Live Work Create Triumph

After lunch, we passed through some everyday NYC avenues and crossed tons of street signage that would pay homage to words that I live and breathe everyday.

Pamela Gonzalez NYFWOur last event of the day was the store opening for a young and budding couture designer by the name of Pamela Gonzales.

Pamela G store nyfwShe hosted a fabulous event at her SOHO store, which also houses her signature collection, serving champagne and dressing models in her boutiques latest threads.

pamela gonzalez store openingWhile most models were generous enough to let the photographer’s snap them in Pamela Gonzalez’s couture pieces, some models were too busy responding to club promoters to even bother striking a pose.

Triumph streets of new yorkClosing out the night, my thoughts crossed yet another notation, totally relevant to the creative prowess that would follow me for the week to come. “Our Imagination is your future”.

top 50 stylish new yorkers

The following day was a day of rest. No shows for me, but later that evening I did hop into StyleCasters top 50 most stylish New Yorkers party hosted at club Lavo. Accompanied by a smooth open bar of Rum-fused cocktails, the vibrant venue was filled with an excess of stylish New Yorker’s, readers + a not so shabby mix of some of LAVO’s regulars.

Have a look at Stylecaster’s official recap here:

photoVisiting from Paris is one of my uber stylish colleagues who twirled along with me in a black turban and matching cape, a cream skirt with turban inspired draping, and a signature pair of sparkly red Gucci pumps.

Tony Triumph and Valerie and JeanInside, the ambiance was quite eclectic and a bit crazy, but fun indeed. Of the few photos that I did take, I grabbed quite a chic capture with two of the most stylish women at the event, bloggers Valerie and Jean, who are number 45 on Stylecasters list of most stylish New Yorkers!

Stylecasters 50 Most Stylish New Yorkers

Valerie & Jean seem like the type I could spend an entire day with!

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….goes on until Sept 12th!

May the fashion week festivities continue! Stay tuned..