My Dramatic New York Fashion Week African Print Patchwork Outfit

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How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #NewYorkFashionWeek #Ankara #Kente

Stepping into 2017, I never thought that this would year that I finally made it to New York during fashion week. My last visit to the Big Apple was more than seven years ago during a transit to the suburbs.

 

As I cultivated an escape plan from Alaska for a few weeks to South Jersey, it dawned on me that New York was within my reach. Being adventurous, I figured why not? Why not take this shy Alaskan girl to the overcrowded Manhattan.

 

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One thing was missing though! New York Fashion Week (NYFW) meant that I needed an outfit that would stand out. I sifted through my closet for the “perfect” outfit but nothing seemed to cut it. I reached out to Valerie of With Flare Designs at the very last minute.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #NewYorkFashionWeek #Ankara #Kente

Worried that I’d be out of options, I tossed a few African print attires in my luggage. Val and I hashed out the details and she went to work. All I knew was that she would be making an exceptional patchwork beauty that was guaranteed to be a showstopper.

 

I’ve always known that With Flare Designs crafts spectacular pieces. But nothing prepared me for what I got! You know, With Flare is the mastermind behind some of my favorite African print pieces like this reversible ankara patchwork dress and this ravishing high-low skirt with patchwork details.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #ootd #Ankara #Kente

With my understanding of the intricacies of patchwork I was not sure that Valerie could outdo herself one more time.

 

I held my breath, heart racing as I opened the Express Mailbox containing my NYFW 2017 outfit. My hands were shaking as I unfolded the nicely-packaged jumpsuit. I was in awe! Like how could someone literally cook up this style, cut and sew it to perfection in a few days?! Valerie did and I was not about to let her down.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #NewYorkFashionWeek #Ankara #Kente

Indeed, I was ready for my 1-day visit to Manhattan for New York Fashion Week. The aura, the people, and the vibes made my feet tremble as I maneuvered my way, feigning confidence, through the streets.

 

I wore this outfit for my first photoshoot before making my way to Clarkson Skylight Sq., where professional photographers and press laid in wait for celebrities, designers, and influencers.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #ootd #Ankara #KenteAs I stepped out of the car, I realized I had no sense of direction. So I unlocked my phone scrambling to call my friend as I waited to cross the streets. As I spoke to her, I was inundated with five or so photographers. I’m pretty sure I looked visibly scared.

 

The rest of of my time in that area seems like a blur. I remember holding my breath and my cape hoping I don’t trip as I tried to pose in front of the cameras. I believe a photographer kindly hinted to me to get off my phone.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning NYFW Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #NewYorkFashionWeek #Ankara #Kente

It felt surreal. I could feel the air go in and out of my lungs as I struggled to strike a pose. I eventually made my way across the street to meet up with Hollie. Chatted with her for a few then figured it was time to prepare for my next shoot and an event that I had to attend later that evening.

How I love the dramatic cape sleeves of this rainbow patchwork ankara jumpsuit. I'm sure she turned heads when she showed up to New York Fashion Week dressed like this. With simple wavy hair, black pumps and green statement necklace to match, it'll be no surprise if the media swoons over her. Stunning New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017 outfit #NYFW #ootd #Ankara #Kente

As I wait at the light to cross again, a few more photographers came my way. This time, I felt a little more confident. I had to do Valerie justice! By the time I got to the car, I felt a sense of relief. Special thanks to With Flare Designs for coming through with my stunning ankara patchwork jumpsuit. Here’s to more New York Fashion Week experiences!

 

You may also like these posts: The Cutest Reversible Ankara Dress | African Print Palazzo Pant Set with Pleated Sleeves |

 

I am wearing:

Black classic pumps (similar)

Amrita Singh Reversible Bib Necklace

With Flare Rainbow Patchwork Jumpsuit

Fitbit ‘Blaze’ Smart Fitness Watch (Special Edition)

Photos by Lauren Bloom Photography

 


14 Comments

  1. Betty Finney
    September 28, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I know how you feel. Val is the real deal. She has been my stylist for almost 3 years. Withflare is the bomb.com!

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 29, 2017 / 11:20 am

      She sure is! ?

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 28, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you Mindy ✨?

  2. julicelda
    September 26, 2017 / 4:27 am

    nice look

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you!

  3. September 25, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    That jumpsuit is amazingly beautiful. I fall in love with African prints every time I see a great piece ??

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 26, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Thank you Lovely! I’m absolutely obsessed with this ankara jumpsuit.

  4. September 25, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I love this piece. You look absolutely stunning. Definitely a show stopper piece ❤️??

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 26, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Thank you so much Fri!

  5. September 25, 2017 / 10:13 am

    This is ~such~ a beautiful jumpsuit! It suits your style and personality perfectly and I’m sure made you stand out at NYFW! love this look

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 26, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thank you Megan! It was a stand out piece for sure 🙂

  6. September 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

    GIRL, you better WERK this outfit!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!! I am really gonna try to get to next years Fall NYWF, hopefully I can make it!

    • Louisa
      Author
      September 26, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Thanks babe! I’m hoping I can go back next fall and stay longer. Fingers crossed, we’ll see each other there.

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