New York Fashion Week is always a whirl of appointments for stylists such as Ilona Hamer, so it’s no surprise that the Australian expat is something of an expert when it comes to dressing in a way that combines edge with ease. Here, in her own words, she decodes her favourite fashion uniform, the tuxedo, and shares a few of the city’s insider addresses along the way.
NYFW is always a blur, and this season was no different – shows, dinners, meetings, lunches, not to mention four photo shoots. I try and stick to a schedule that works for me but it's always madness. The reality of working on various advertising and editorial shoots on overlapping days, means that often all you have is a 10-minute stopover at home to change before dinner. Then at dinner, you might find yourself seated amongst a large number of guests who have loaned serious dresses and head-to-toe runway looks. I stopped worrying about this conundrum years ago by relying on a fail-safe uniform of sorts: the tuxedo jacket.
I tend to wear mine with jeans, cigarette pants or high waist tailored pants. Personally, I like to keep it quite masculine and always wear it with trousers instead of over a dress or skirt. Part of my style usually includes a silk shirt – I have too many to count and I always like to have one button undone just a little too low. I have tiny invisible press-studs sewn in between the buttons to help with the placement so there aren’t any unnecessary accidents. The next step is make up, and I keep it minimal: a little eyeliner, eyelash curlers and a generous spritz of fragrance, and then I’m out the door!
Ilona's Top 5 Addresses During NYFW:
413 Greenwich Street, TriBeCa, NY
Lunch on the go including healthy salads for between showings.
430 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
It’s classic and delicious and a short walk from home.
Manhattan Wardrobe Supplies
245 W 29th Street, New York, NY
The mecca for any stylist. Everything you can think of and even things you didn’t know you needed for your styling kit can be found here when shooting on the fly.
Chris French Dry Cleaning
57 4th Ave, New York, NY
Luckily, just one street away from my home this is one fantastic dry cleaning service. One of the best in the city!
The Leather Spa
55 W 55th Street, New York, NY
I always try to have my boots and shoes touched up and repaired before fashion week.