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On The Streets: The Personalities Behind The Personal Style

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Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Photos by Kelsey Ann Rose

“During NYFW I tend to dress a little more outrageous than my normal day-to-day style,”

Samantha Riggi, a fashion assistant at Factory PR relayed to us in an interview below. “It’s a fun and exciting time for the entire industry and an ideal time to debut new looks – hence me experimenting with blue lips.” One idea we’ve always loved exploring is the motivation behind one’s personal style. With regard to today’s story, we’re taking this one step further to explore if there is any heightened anticipation in getting dressed for NYFW events. Just as the subzero temperatures set in, we sent our new contributing photographer Kelsey Ann Rose on a mission to find a few people to speak more to these ideals – and of course those who had a unique and unapologizing sense of personal style. We wanted to know whether or not people felt a certain sense of “pressure” or expectations to meet a certain sartorial standard during an industry event like NYFW, and if their approach to getting dressed varied any differently than it does on a day-to-day basis. We were able to catch up with two dynamic women outside of Milk Studios who offered up some insight on this. Discover their thoughts and also shop an edit inspired by their eclectic tastes below.

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Samantha Riggi, Fashion Assistant at Factory PR

Please introduce yourself!

Hello, what a pleasure to “meet” you – I’m Samantha Riggi. I currently work as a fashion assistant in the women’s division at Factory PR. My clients include Charles YoussefDROMeGround Zero and Nour Hammour. Follow me on Instagram.

What is your approach for getting dressed during NYFW and do you feel there is any added pressure to look a certain way?

My approach for getting dressed during NYFW actually isn’t much different than my daily routine. Working in the fashion industry there’s definitely pressure to look a certain way, but I don’t let that affect me. I don’t buy labels just because of the hype, I’ll buy what looks good on me. I wear what I want, when I want and how I want to – it’s really all about confidence.

How do you celebrate personal style?

I celebrate my personal style through photography! I love to document my favorite creations to share with others my love for fashion. My style is an extension of my personality and the person I hope to continue to growing into. Each photograph I share is like a little celebration of my style journey and growth.

What are your their thoughts on street style and it’s role in the industry?

I think street style helps push the boundaries of what’s considered ‘fashion’. It represents what’s not in the magazines and lots of fun trends that often go untalked about in big publications.

Do you dress up more during this week then the more routine day to day?

During NYFW I tend to dress a little more outrageous than my normal day-to-day style. It’s a fun and exciting time for the entire industry and an ideal time to debut new looks – hence me experimenting with blue lips. I focus on small details that will make a big impact and really pop. I try to pre-plan outfits in my head – but let’s be real that never actually works, so I just play around with different pieces until my floor is no longer visible. Eventually I’ll find something that works. (If you’d like to combine with the second please feel free)
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Tzvia Rush Orbach

Please introduce yourself!

My name is Tzvia Rush Orbach!

What is your approach for getting dressed during NYFW and do you feel there is any added pressure to look a certain way?

I love fashion, I always have. NYFW is the time for everyday girls to truly blossom and show their personal sense of style. I like to mix some high end luxury items with everyday accessible H&M pieces. During fashion week it’s extremely important to be comfortable and stay warm! Especially in this weather! There is definitely added pressure to bring your “A-game” ensemble, but currently being five months pregnant, I try to look chic with dressing as comfortable as possible.

How do you celebrate personal style?

My personal style is eclectic. I live for the classics like Valentino, but I also love a little street side edge.  Investing in a specialty piece and adding your own personal flair is what I believe style is all about.

What are your their thoughts on street style and it’s role in the industry?

I think street style is crucial to the fashion industry because it really identifies tastemakers and trends. It gives designers an indication about what the public gravitates towards and I would like to think it might give them insight on their future collections. I think it’s interesting to see how real life girls apply fashion trends and inspiration from the runway and apply it to their everyday life.

“There is definitely added pressure to bring your “A-game” ensemble…”