Super cute musician Siva Kaneswaran (formerly of The Wanted) came to town this week for his first-ever New York Fashion Week -- as a guest, that is. (A former model, Kaneswaran walked a few NYFW catwalks back in the day.) He was kind enough to share a photo diary of his busy few days going to shows, after parties, and even one of Times Square's biggest tourist traps. Read on.
Backstage at Desigual with my friend, Billboard's Gregory DelliCarpini
This was my first New York Fashion Week as a guest. The last time I was ever at New York Fashion Week, I was working as a model and walked in shows like G-Star. That was around four years ago.
I arrived on Thursday and rushed straight to the Duckie Brown show as soon as I landed. I was a bit flustered to have to rush like that and I also had to speak in an American accent to make the taxi driver understand me and where I wanted to go! The show was awesome though.
The finale at Desigual
From there I went to Desigual. I know the brand from when I was in Spain. The fashion show was just amazing -- it was very colorful, there was lots of energy. The models were even dancing down the catwalk. At the end of the show, they threw souvenirs from Desigual into the crowd, which I thought was really cute. They were little hearts.
Fitting at G-Star RAW
After Desigual, I went to a fitting with G-Star before their big party on Saturday. We went in, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, they were super accommodating and it was quite easy. I got a denim shirt and jeans but I wanted to mix my own style in so I wore my own shoes and a leather jacket -- gor-geous jacket. In terms of style, normally I try to keep my clothes fitted. It's a habit of being in the industry for a few years. You've got to be prim and proper and dapper and look and feel like a man.
Trying on some jeans at G-Star
Back at the Sanctuary hotel -- the view of NYC's skyline never gets old
After the G-Star fitting, I wanted to go out but that night when I got back, I was so jet-lagged from the whole day that I just conked out on the couch, which wasn't great.
It was great to catch up with Kellan before the Nautica show
That morning I had an interview with E! News and after that, I went to Nautica. I bumped into Kellan Lutz. I've briefly been at the same events with him but this is the first time we got to talk. We both enjoyed the Nautica show and just made small talk like, "Hey, I liked those shorts!" "Yeah, I liked those shorts!" But I did really like the Nautica show -- I wanted a pair of shorts from there, a jacket from there. I also met the designer -- he was really nice.
Nautica finale -- what a great show!
Afterwards, I went to the Charlotte Ronson party and took a few pictures. The party was in my hotel -- the Sanctuary -- so I felt like I should pop down -- it would be rude not to. It was the first time I got to go out [since getting to New York]. I got a bit tipsy and headed back up to my room because I didn't want to drink too much because I had to work the next day. But then my friend came around who lives in New York and we continued the party. We've been best friends since we were kids and he surprised me with a bottle of rum and we drank that until I got so tired from the jet-lag.
Channeling my inner tourist at Bubba Gump -- love their fried chicken!
In the morning we went to meet Rushka Bergman from Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue. She was really expressive and was saying she wanted to help me on my "fashion journey." That was a great start to the day.
I've only been to Bubba Gump shrimp once but I love their fried chicken and I had to go back and try it so we went to the one in Times Square. There were a lot of [fans]. When I walked in, I took off my hat, which was a big mistake. I don't know why I did it. I got stopped by an English girl and her family and a French girl, too. I was like, "Wow, I'm in NYC and I get stopped by a French girl and an English girl?
Posing on the denim carpet at G-Star's party
Then we went to the G-Star party at the American Museum of Natural History. It felt nostalgic -- I remembered [modeling] years ago for G-Star. They're so passionate and they're perfectionists about every detail. The party was celebrating a collab with Bionic Yarn and G-Star and curated by Pharrell. It was about raising awareness about plastics damaging the ocean and how the collab found a way to turn plastic into yarn for G-Star. Everyone was emotional at the end of the presentation. I'd love to be involved with something like that in the future.
Night at the museum! Man vs. Tiger
We couldn't get enough dessert at Antica Pesa
Afterwards, we had dinner at Antica Pesa, which was awesome. I *think* I've been to Brooklyn before -- maybe even for a gig -- I can't remember! But I'd never been to this restaurant. We walked in and there was a jazz singer above us on a terrace that overlooked the restaurant. Straightaway, good vibes. The people were really nice, the staff was lovely, and we had really good food. I remember I had the lamb chops and they were so nice and tender. After dinner I had to crash right away because I was going into the studio the next day.
It was great bumping into Mr. Mickey!
Sunday, I went to the Public School show. I just liked the whole vibe of it -- the hats, the black quilted details, the layers...even the shape of the catwalk was interesting, too. I liked that it enabled me to focus on one person and not have to constantly look left and right. The models could pass by and you could take it all in. The show felt very modern and I'm very excited about the label. It feels very futuristic -- like the next step [in fashion]. I thought, "They're gonna grow and grow and be a big thing."
Scoping the Public School finale
After the show, I had lunch at a diner down the road -- it was awesome. I had waffles and bacon -- I can imagine myself very fat if I lived in New York City for a few months.
After that, I went to the studio and worked with [producer] RedOne on a new track. It was nice to get to do stuff on my own and be creative. We got on really well. Hopefully you'll all hear the song soon! After that, it was on a plane and back to London.