LINCOLN SQUARE — Despite a wet and humid start to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Saturday morning, spectators at Lincoln Center found creative ways to shield themselves from the elements, taking advantage of the latest trends to help them stay looking fabulous in stormy weather.
Fashionistas battled the forecast of severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes in the early morning and late afternoon Saturday with colorful umbrellas, hooded shirts, and vintage fedoras and other sturdy hats that allowed them to stay sleek and chic despite the skies.
"I'd rather wear this than carry an umbrella," designer Ann Yee, 30, said while sporting a dark brown vintage fedora. "The hat protects me."
"I'm a huge fan of hooded ponchos, little capelets, and there are so many cute rain boots right now, with little patterns on them," she said.
"And of course there's hats. So there's really a lot you can do."
Latouche, a designer hailing from London, agreed, even though he didn't purposely wear his hat to protect him from the rain.
"I didn't check the forecast, I just have a fetish for hats," Latouche said. "But I'm not afraid of the rain as long as I'm wearing it- it's a really good, old-school hat that belonged to my grandad in the '50s. So I know it can withstand the rain."
He added that in London, sturdy hats are seen on men everywhere because of the notoriously wet weather.
For Morgan Pederson, the water wasn't so much of an issue as the humidity — something she says is a catalyst for wild, frizzy hair.
To stay stylish without having access to a blow dryer or curling iron, Pederson donned a shiny, hooded shirt, leaving the hood over her flowing, curly hair.
"Right now I'm wearing it because my hair is frizzy, and I'm doing as much as I can to help it out," said Pederson, the blogger behind Design My Heart Out. "But it's a versatile piece, and I put it on inside too, just for fun."
Despite the weather, most fashionistas didn't seem to finicky about a few drops falling on their outfits.
"Usually I try to tough it out, and walk or take the train anyway," Yee said. "Unless there's a torrential downpour- then I'll hail a cab."