NYFW is always a whirlwind—but can you imagine navigating the madness in subzero temps? A seasoned veteran on the fashion week circuit, Kate Davidson Hudson, CEO of accessories mecca Editorialist, takes us through a day in the life at the Fall 2016 shows. Word to the wise: Even the chicest of ladies rely on pragmatic layers—and hand warmers—to battle the chill the in style.
6am: "My essential early-morning reads include WWD, Editorialist.com and our SS'16 print issue for a dose of fashion week inspiration. These go hand-in-hand with a cup of Viand coffee. They deliver at 6am every morning—it's a completely guilty indulgence, but they have the best coffee in town."
6:45am: "Ava and Will (my kids) wake up and we all have breakfast in our nook—it's the perfect way to spend time together before we get ready for the day."
8:04am: "Quick weather check before I pick out an outfit. At the height of the polar vortex, it's -1 degrees today. The newscaster's water froze in her hand! I decided to add an extra pack of hand warmers in my bag."
8:30am: "Accessories are the linchpin to most of my fashion week looks. This is one of several shoe walls in my closet that I pull from in the morning."
9:30am: "Off and running to Victoria Beckham in my favorite pair of Louboutin boots, Céline clutch, Alexander Wang dress, aviator jacket, Anita Ko floating earring and Paige Novick pearl and diamond ear cuff."
10:05am: "I ran into my friend and incredibly talented photographer, Scott Schuman, with my business partner, Stef. Scott started the iconic street style site, TheSartorialist.com. Check out his new book and exhibit, opening later this month in Milan—a look through his work is always incredibly inspiring."
Noon: "After meeting some old editor friends from Harper's Bazaar for coffee, I ran across town to Skylight Studios for Derek Lam's show. This is one of my favorite looks from the collection. I'm in love with this entire silhouette and how fresh it reads styled with a clean white boot. The entire collection was flawless and had the most amazing range of outerwear options. It was one of my favorites of the week."
1pm: "I walked across the venue to Rachel Zoe's presentation. The space was packed as everyone swooned over the collection. I'm eyeing the white shearling coat, chunky white cable knit sweater and all of the outerwear. The collection start to finish was to die for."
1:45pm: "My hand warmers had worn out so I ran uptown to my apartment to add a few layers before heading down to the office. I'm wearing leggings, trousers, two sweaters, a leopard calf-hair vest, camel Stella McCartney coat, thick wool scarf, Altuzurra parka and my favorite Chloé bag...plus toe warmers in my shoes. I can hardly move my arms to take this picture, I have so many layers on!"
8pm: "Following an afternoon of editing and two more shows, I ran up to meet my husband for a Valentine's dinner at Michael White's new Upper East Side restaurant, Vaucluse. He was savvy enough to color coordinate our dessert with my favorite Edie Parker clutch."