After an early morning and insanely delayed flight out of O'Hare, I finally made it to New York, delighted to find a driver holding a sign with my name on it. Official notification that I've made it in life :)
The view from Ann Taylor Corporate at 7 Times Square. This is where all the models were fitted and styled for the show. How could you not love coming to work everyday when you're surrounded by fabulous clothes and this view? And if you're wondering, yes, Ann Taylor has their own version of "the Vogue Closet." And it was every bit as fabulous as you'd expect :)
My fabulous boss Mandy and I before dinner. It was so funny to see so many women in one place totally decked out in Ann Taylor. Mandy and I were almost twinsies in our orange. (For a better view, I'm wearing the same sweater from this OOTD post.)
Getting my hair done before the show. The theme of hair and makeup was big, loose curls with a bold red lip. Love!
I couldn't stop drooling over the racks and racks of gorgeous clothes. It was fun to see not just what people were wearing for the show, but also what is coming to stores over the next few months. Now that I live in a place where the temperatures actually drop below 60 degrees, I am obsessed with fall and holiday collections. PS: The guy on the left in the orange is Paul, and he was one of the primary stylists for the show. He was fabulous and helped me with everything from putting on my shoes to sprucing up my runway walk. Thank you Paul!
Looking at the trays and trays of new fall and holiday bling was like watching my paychecks go out the window. I'm a huge sucker for AT's jewelry.
We ended up being kind of rushed before the show, so I didn't get a ton of pictures, but I managed to have one of the other models snap a quick pic of my look with my iPhone. I wore a dress from Ann Taylor's upcoming holiday collection, which features a black and cobalt blue color story. The dress was black lace with cobalt blue undertones, and I loved it so much I almost cried when I had to take it off after the show. (And if you're wondering, no we didn't keep the clothes. Most everything in the show was a sample, so they needed them for upcoming press stuff, features, etc.)
Here I am with Elizabeth, one of the other models, who works in one of the Phoenix stores. I loved her big faux fur collar!
So I don't have any pictures of me walking in the show (I was a little preoccupied with walking and not pulling a Carrie Bradshaw), but Thursday morning, in the closing meeting, they flashed up pictures from the show on the big screen. My boss snapped this picture with her phone and texted it to me as I was flying out. That's me walking on the right, trying to give my best little Heidi runway wave :) It was a fun surprise to receive as I was headed back home!
All in all, the trip was a success! I had a fabulous time, and I was beyond honored to be able to walk the runway for a company I love so much! And for those of you still sad about me not getting to keep the dress, don't worry, I scored some fabulous swag that will be making an appearance on the blog very soon :) Thanks again for all yalls support and good luck wishes as I went on this fun little adventure, it means more than you know! Happy Thursday!