How ELLE’s Editors Are Dressing for Fashion Week’s Terrible Weather




Dressing for fashion week in NYC in February is a crap shoot—snowing one day, 45 degrees the next. So ELLE’s fashion and beauty editors are attending the shows in style…with a dose of practicality. Executive digital director Leah Chernikoff sums it up this: “I just want to be cozy.” Read on to find out what that looks like, along with what seven other ELLE will be wearing including Old Céline, flashes of neon, and a dose of “gorpcore grunge.”

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“This season I’m mixing my classic and sporty sides to create looks that are equal parts comfortable and interesting. That means wide-leg trousers (with tights underneath because it’s cold), hoodies, warm outerwear, and shoes I can get around in—sneakers some days, stacked-heel boots others. Jewelry will be simple as I’m not the best at remembering to switch up my pieces so they need to match everything.” — Nikki Ogunnaike, Style Director

Equipment + Tabitha Simmons Hyperiorn Prince of Wales Pants, $425;

J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Hoodie, $168;

Aritzia Super Puff Vest, $150;

Vrai & Oro Oval Signet Ring, $1,875;

SarahChloe Elle Strauss Pearl Hoop Earrings, $196;

Nike Air Force 1 Low “Off White,” $550;

“New York Fashion Week is known for its grueling, dizzying schedule and it doesn’t help that this year’s celebration has landed right in the thick of what seems to be the coldest winter ever. As an NYFW newbie, the main fashion tip I’ve picked up from the vets is to always think of comfort and warmth before anything. But I’m extra, so this season I’m diving head-first into the work gear trend with a bold print boiler suit. I’ll top it off with a dash of neon, some crisp white boots, and a transparent bag for added oomph.” — Nerisha Penrose, Assistant Editor

Monki Utility Jumpsuit, $56;

Adam Selman Neon Turtleneck, $225;

Alias Mae Ahara Bootie, $250;

My Accessories Plastic Tote, $38;

“I’m delusionally committed to getting as much wear as I can out of my beloved floral, summery dresses, even in polar vortex temperatures. So I’ll be layering thin turtlenecks under them and adding shoes that will stand up to the weather, like the Freda Salvador hiking boots I just got for this purpose. The overall effect will my own brand of gorpcore grunge, and will hopefully read as more “Perry Ellis 1993” than “Eddie Vedder 1993.”” — Véronique Hyland, Fashion Features Director

Joostricot Turtleneck Sweater, $393;

Ganni Lindale Wrap Dress, $225;

Freda Salvador Hike Combat Boot, $550;

Wandler Hortensia Mini Crossbody Bag, $722;

“I just wanna be cozy. And warm. One day I came across The Frankie Shop’s instagram and thought: I want to look like that all the time. I want to wear Katherine Hepburn-esque high-waisted pants (that aren’t too tight!) and cloud-soft knits, all in one monochrome hue. Because I normally dress in neutrals, I’ve been getting into colorful earrings to offset my greys and navys, and Rachel Comey does it best.” — Leah Chernikoff Executive Director of Digital

Everlane Cashmere Crew Cardigan, $130;

Frankie Shop Tweed Pleated Trousers, $225;

Salvatore Ferragamo Blavy Boots, $795;

Rachel Comey Arc Earrings, $104;

“Unlike most of my coworkers, I’m typically in the middle of the chaos backstage to see the beauty looks. Translation: Comfort is key. The spaces are usually cramped with models, hair stylists, and makeup artists so you want to avoid anything bulky—hence, a slim but warm puffer and the tiniest crossbody to fit my recorder and essentials. I am also under less pressure to dress up—backstage is not a place to be “seen” so I go for casual. Black pants look sleek, a bright turtleneck keeps me covered without being boring. As for the boots? They’re insanely comfortable and, most importantly, weather-proof in case a blizzard also decides to attend NYFW.” — Kristina Rodulfo, Senior Beauty Editor

Moncler Quilted Shell Jacket, $995;

M.i.h. Bodycon Jeans, $215;

Aerie Real Soft Turtleneck, $14;

Saint Laurent Monogramme Blogger Bag, $995;

Timberland Camdale Field Boots, $100;

“During fashion week I regress to the things I loved in elementary school. And not the grown-up versions, but the actual clothing items I wish I had when I was 8. I’ll be reaching for scrunchies, tacky-cute jewelry, and The North Face’s Nuptse coat. It’s the only practical look for me when I spend the majority of my time running between shows in freezing New York weather. The only adult addition is an Old Celine tote, because I’ll never be over it.” — Justine Carreon, Market Editor

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket, $249;

Levi’s Ribcage Flare Jeans, $128;

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On, $50;

Céline Phantom Cabas Tote, $1,140;

Jennifer Behr Silk Faille Scrunchie, $100;

Vanessa Mooney Romance Earrings, $132;

“NYFW this winter is going to be an adventure to say the least. Until the weather figures out what it wants to do, it’s important for me to layer up for these New York streets. I love denim; and as the denim editor for the magazine, this look is very me. The denim sets that are out now have been great and this one in winter white is perfect. To ensure I stay my warmest, I always turn to Kotn who makes the best turtlenecks! They’re super comfortable and fitted. I love wearing boots, and these By Far ones are the best height and allow me to swiftly move from show to show. For the final touch, it goes without saying…no outfit is complete without a pair of gold hoops!” — Kia Goosby, Associate Market Editor

Goldsign Waisted Denim Jacket, $611;

Goldsign The Benefit Straight Jeans, $407;

Apparis Laure Faux Fur Coat, $365;

Kotn Fitted Turtleneck, $40;

By Far Sofia Boots, $510;

Jennifer Fisher Samira Hoops, $550;

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