My Fashion Life: This In-School Style Star Models 7 NYFW Looks

Navigating NYFW is like running through a very tricky obstacle course. Just replace hurdles with street-style photogs, sand pits with cab lines, and monkey bars with PR girls' clipboards. While we have a few seasons of experience behind us, the whole thing can be extra tough on Fashion Week newbies. But not for blogger Colby Jordan of Minnie Muse.
Though this isn't the student and writer's first rodeo, at just 19, she's still taking in all of the lights, the passed hors d'oeuvres, and the seating charts — and we were right there along with her to snap the outfits she wore all week. So, don't let the Minnie misnomer fool you. There's certainly nothing diminutive about her sartorial savvy. We're not trying to be prophetic here, but we have a feeling this style star's only gonna get better with age.
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Click through for a look at a teen blogger's Fashion Week outfits as she takes the city by storm (and, undoubtedly, by Instagram).
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How did you first get into blogging?
"I began blogging during Fashion Week, and fashion-related events, for Teen Vogue around 2008. I used that experience to start Minnie Muse, which launched as a video-based fashion blog in September 2010. Since its inception, Minnie Muse has undergone renovations and was re-launched with an entirely new design in January 2012, offering primarily art and fashion-directed content."

Stella pantsuit, The Row top, Céline shoes and bag, Louis Vuitton scarf.
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Jennifer Meyer necklace.
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How do you think young bloggers are changing the game? What is specific about your voice versus the other fashion commentators?
"The concept of a blog gives people, who may have not otherwise had the opportunity to share their interests with a larger community, the ability to express themselves. It is interesting to see blogs take such center stage in fashion, as a majority of today’s top bloggers have little formal training in the fashion industry and started their blog as a mere project to feed a passion. I think that shows how many great ideas and talented people are actually out there."
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How would you describe your personal style? And, how has this changed, or not changed, since you've become more and more well versed on fashion?
"I have very eclectic taste that tends to change day to day, but I would say preppy and girlie are two words that I would consistently never use to describe my style. There is always a masculine element within each of my looks, whether it is a dark color palette, a leather jacket, or a blazer. Over the past few years, I have been fairly consistent with my taste, but, if anything, I have gotten better at editing. It isn’t about buying multiple white T-shirts, but rather the one that you know will work for you."
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What are your top five favorite stores in NYC?
"VFILES + Gallagher’s, the MoMA Design Store, Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabete, and Barneys New York."
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Balenciaga dress, The Row top, Rochas shoes, Céline clutch, Barton Perreira sunglasses.
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What is your one most-worn article of clothing?
"My most worn item of clothing is a simple black T-shirt by either Kain or The Row."
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What is one thing you will never wear again?
"You will never again see me in jeans with any sort of detailing or prominent label — the more basic and nondescript, the better."
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3.1 Phillip Lim jacket and top, Derek Lam pants, Proenza Schouler shoes, The Row bag, Chanel sunglasses.
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In your opinion, which blogs/magazines/commentators provide the best coverage of Fashion Week?
"I check Style.com daily for runway coverage, Refinery29 and WWD for the day’s top stories, The New York Times for reviews, and then at the end of the season, I am always excited for L’Officiel or Vogue Paris’s Collections Issue for a complete recap of the season."
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How do you build your outfit for a show?
"How I style myself during Fashion Week is very mood specific. I have key, favorite pieces set aside that I intend on wearing, but what I pair them with is always dependent on how I feel at the time I am getting dressed. I always stay true to my personal style, because in the end, the clothing I am wearing is my own, so I feel comfortable in it and dress for myself."
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Hermès, Eddie Borgo bracelets.
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Vintage Chanel sweater, Givenchy boots, Pleasure Doing Business skirt, Tom Binns necklace, Proenza Schouler bag.
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What's in your bag at a fashion show?
"My phone is, of course, number one, then comes business cards, sunglasses (my current favorites are from Barton Perreira), a notebook and pen, my camera, plenty of hair clips, and a slew of lip glosses and lipsticks."
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What pieces are you looking to add to your fall wardrobe? Is there any one shape or accessory that you're particularly inspired by?
"Women can never have too many jackets and coats (specifically leather jackets), so fall is always my favorite season to shop for. I love going on a hunt for the season’s best boot — this year that award goes to Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy’s fold-over knee-boots — and a good fall bag is always key; this season I am all about The Row’s leather backpack."
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What designers were you most excited to see and why?
"I get excited about shows for different reasons. Sometimes, there is a theatrical component to the show that adds interest, and other times, it is purely about the design. Some of my favorites that come out of NYFW based solely on design are The Row, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Cushnie et Ochs, and Phillip Lim."
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Pleasure Doing Business skirt, Mary Katrantzou top, Céline shoes and bag, Chanel bag.
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Who are your street-style icons? Is there anyone in particular that you're most looking forward to seeing?
"In terms of women I have always idolized, that would be Tilda Swinton and Carine Roitfeld. They feel fresh amidst street style’s elaborate outfits because they are never overdone. Something, as well, that I always pay attention to is what designers wear as their runway looks. To me how designers, themselves, appear is a very important part of the brand. I like when they embody their designs, which is something Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci do better than anyone."
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It's a little early in the game, but out of all the trends or consistencies between individual collections to come out of fashion month, do you expect one to triumph over all others? What will be the new black?
"With Hedi now at YSL and Raff at Dior, I think spring will be filled with simplicity and clean lines. There will always be plenty of colors and patterns, but I am more attracted to a look that feels fresh. I love layering no matter what the season, so I am drawn toward collections that offer light fabrics but plenty of different pieces. I wear black and leather all year around, but for spring I do wear more grays and whites, and I always like a pop of color. Rag & bone’s gray/violet pairing in look three has been an early favorite."
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Tiffany & Co. bracelets.
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What's your favorite part of the job?
"Fashion is an industry that has always excited me, because it is such a fast-paced world of endless creativity. What I love most about the Fashion Weeks around the globe is that every city and its residents seem to adapt a similar mentality during this time. Whether you work in fashion or not, Fashion Week is a great way to bring excitement to cities around the world."
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rag & bone pants, Prada top, Isabel Marant shoes, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Chanel bag, Isabel Marant bag.
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Have you had an "I've made it as a blogger" moment yet?
"I've had some unbelievably exciting fashion moments so far in my career, but I think once my twitter and readership are at my target numbers I will feel even more content. It is always comforting to know as a blogger that people are reading and interested in what you have to say, and my goal is for Minnie Muse to keep growing as a blog and one day into a successful brand."
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How do you transition your looks from morning to night?
"I don't think there is such thing as a day-specific look or a night-specific look anymore, especially during Fashion Week. Whether I am wearing jeans or a dress, however, I think adding heels, accessories, and a slightly darker lip makes any look more evening appropriate."
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Where are your favorite places to go out in NYC?
"My favorite activity to do at any time of day is to walk around the neighborhoods of New York. While I think that being social is an important part in making for a successful blog and a strong following, it is far from the only aspect. Strong content is most important to me, and I find constant inspiration through observation, readings, and research."
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Prada fur, The Row skirt and top, Jimmy Choo shoes, Alexander Wang bag.
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How will you balance everything come school time?
"I am lucky enough where I go to a school that supports students with outside interests, and thus, I can, in a way, build my blog into my school curriculum."
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Lanvin bracelet, Eddie Borgo bracelet and ring.
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How do you plan to relax post-Fashion Week?
"I am in school and interning, so I suppose having class and work with no shows and parties sprinkled in between will already feel relaxing. My friend and I have wanted to go on a nail-art adventure since before summer, so maybe once the shows finish, we will finally have the time. A nice manicure/pedicure is always much needed post-Fashion Week as well as a good massage."
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