If you want explore the newest trends in fashion and accessories, Barneys in NYC is the place to go! Prior to attending the Design 4 Disability Gala, I made a special trip to Barney’s to familiarize myself with Derek Lam’s collection, the famous guest designer who would be honored that evening. Barneys is something you would see in movies–doormen, security guards, and even a concierge to help you navigate the nine floors of the finest clothing. The 5th Avenue entrance opened up onto a whole floor of handbags… in every color, designer and style…as well as gorgeous jewelry found only in your dreams. I was in heaven, absorbing the scents of fresh leather, crisp fabric, and airy perfumes that drew you into every floor. My mom and I approached the concierge to find out where we could find Derek Lam’s collection. It was obvious up to that point we were judged as tourists, but after explaining we were guests of his show, the gentleman called up to the third floor and effused; “Angela is waiting to assist you whenever you are ready.” The staff congratulated me on the invite as we headed upwards. One thing is for sure, name dropping gets people moving! The beautiful Angela greeted us wearing a high fashion, orange silk shirtdress and red high heels. Immediately it impressed upon me that she was well educated on the calendar of the production of collections and such. She explained that Barneys would receive the pre-Fall collections in just a few weeks, even as the “pre-sale for Spring” had just begun! She shared a little background on the inspiration for Derek Lam’s collections. Unlike crowded retail stores in malls, each floor is set up spaciously and neatly displayed by designer. Derek’s was along a wall with a’multi-hued assortment of jackets, blouses and pants, all showcasing simplistic elegance. I especially admired his attention to detail of seams and trims, and his choice of unique but wearable fabrics.
The entire experience left me even more inspired to learn as much as possible about the fascinating world of fashion! 

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