FIRST TIMERS GUIDE TO NYFW
This season, I did something a bit different. Over the summer I had the idea to bring on a few interns for the fall semester to help me with various back end tasks and planning for the blog and help me plan and cover New York Fashion week. I had so many amazing applicants and wish I could have chosen everybody, but ended up going with FOUR creative gals (plus two amazing temps who helped fill in for fashion week, Sarah and Gabrielle)!
Annie, Madison and Hannah were all able to come up to the city and attend their first fashion week EVER. We started the day with an early lunch and then they were all sent to cover various shows throughout the day on Saturday, some with me, some by themselves.
Keep reading to get to know a little bit more about the girls and read their fashion week recaps!
“When I was packing my strategically chosen outfits for my first fashion shows ever, I thought about what my experience was going to be like, thinking about how I was actually going to be at NYFW and feeling so excited! When thinking of what I was going to experience and see in NY, I thought about stars and awesome outfits. I didn’t even think about how long the days are and how hectic it must be.
When I got to NY, I had a full schedule for Saturday set up and I honestly was so excited about every single thing planned. My first show was Elf Sack, and after waiting in line outside and walking in, my nerves started setting in. It was a crowded show and after I saw inside, and felt more confident in my surroundings, my excitement came back. Honestly, I just acted like I knew what I was doing and took in everything. I was able to see a star from Teen Mom and that made the experience even more awesome, but the outfits and people watching were even more satisfying!!
After this show, I had a show in the Bronx later that night. This show was Chulo Underwear and honestly it was like a hometown fundraiser. So awesome, seeing a different culture and community coming together, as well as a designer giving all proceeds to help with this community’s efforts. It was nice to be able to go to a faster paced show, with awesome outfits and a star sighting, but then I liked the different change of pace and being able to experience a small town feel in the Bronx of NY. Overall, NYFW was freaking amazing and I loved every moment, from the Pop up shop anD free rosé, to the photo shoot at Pier 59. Cannot be more thankful to get this experience and will definitely jump at an opportunity like this again!
Fashion Week just ended and it was my first time EVER. My boss invited me to come, and it was amazing. Luckily Bethany already had tickets to shows, so that was one thing I didn’t have to worry about. Although I only went for a day, I wanted to give you some quick tips for fashion week!
wear comfortable shoes:
I did not listen to this rule for my Fashion Week debut. I decided to do fashion over function, and that was not the move. I wore my NEW Dr. Maarten’s (yes, which means they weren’t broken in). Wear a cute, but most importantly COMFY shoe, because you’ll be on your feet a lot.
Know Your Schedule
Make sure you have your schedule ready for the day. I screenshot mine and set it as my background, because you do not want to be late. You actually want to show up 20-30 minutes early to wait in line for good seats!
Be prepared to wait
That takes me to me to my next point, be prepared to wait! You wait in line to get in, and then you wait once you’re finally in. If you get a seated spot then waiting isn’t that bad, but most first timers are standing. Once the show starts the waiting is well worth it.
Pack Your Purse Full with Essentials
If you’re like me, and don’t live in the city, make sure you have everything you want with you at all times. You’ll never know what you’ll need throughout running around all day, Like:
Headphones: Bring some headphones for listening to music/podcasts while you have downtime (which is barely ever)
Portable Charger (that works, cause mine broke mid-day lol. You’d be surprised how quick your phone dies)
Gum: You never know who you’re going to meet, and you don’t want to make a bad impression with bad breath
Deodorant/Body Spray: You’re going to be running around a lot, and whether you like it or not you’re going to sweat. Be prepared, and smell good while you work hard!
Granola Bar/Snack: Running around all day, you might not be able to stop for food. Make sure you have something to give you energy.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I binge-watched Gossip Girl—and I’m only half-joking when I say that it changed my life. By the time I finished all six seasons, I aspired to be a powerhouse leader like Blair, a free-spirited fashionista like Serena, and had become completely obsessed with all things fashion. Ever since, I have literally DREAMT of going to fashion week and being a part of that world. And here I am, years later, writing about my very first trip to New York Fashion Week.
Spoiler alert: it wasn’t anything like what I’d anticipated. Shocking, I know, considering how I’d formulated my expectations based on fictional TV shows and movies. But, if you’ve ever wondered about the real, unfiltered truth of Fashion Week, I’m here to help.
⁃ First of all, it’s exciting. Obviously. But seriously, it feels like there’s electricity running through the air, crowds buzzing with excitement. Shows big and small attract all kinds of people, so, you never know—you might run in to a celeb or two!
⁃ You have to be early. Get ready to hurry up and wait—a lot. Even if your invite to a show includes reserved seats, that doesn’t always guarantee your spot (Unless you’re like, a celebrity, or just super important. Which I am most-definitely not, LOL.) Example: my first show. I arrived 20 minutes early, invitation in hand. The lobby was PACKED. They ended up letting about half of us in before closing the doors. Everyone around me seemed to have assumed, like me, that their invitation would guarantee them a spot. Apparently, that’s not always true. In this case, people in that particular room from the previous show, who didn’t have tickets to the next, never left. Thus, there wasn’t enough space to accommodate everyone they’d invited. Moral of the story: just arrive early and you won’t have to worry about it.
⁃ So, on that note, it’s not as glamorous as you might think. If you’re there to really experience fasion week, you probably won’t sleep. Or remember to eat an actual meal. Or sit down, unless you’re watching a show. I’m exaggerating, sorta. But seriously, it’s not all fun and games. The pictures you’ve seen on Instagram were likely just tiny snippets of that person’s day, captured between the chaos of trying to make it to each show and event they were invited to.
⁃ But perhaps most importantly, fashion week is inspiring. People put their hearts and souls into these collections, and to see their hard work come together is like magic. As each show ended, the designers would step out on the runway to wave and take a bow. It honestly made me kinda emotional, at times. Lol. You could just sense the pride they took in their art, and how excited they were to share it with the world.
⁃ And lastly, IT’S SO. MUCH. FUN. YES, your feet will hurt. NO, it’s not like a movie scene. And will you be totally exhausted when it’s all said and done ABSOLUTELY. But the truth is—if you’re like me—you’ll be having the time of your life, and won’t even notice those things until the plane ride home.
Unfortunately Lexie wasn’t able to attend NYFW as it coincided with her schools sorority recruitment. However, she wrote a little recap about her experience rushing and shared tips for people thinking about going through the recruitment process!