New York Fashion Week. Where do I start!? It has always been a dream of mine to just be in the presence of those attending fashion week in New York City. So instead of sitting at home, reading vogue, and dreaming about it, Dani and I actually DID IT.
I’m going to do a separate post about the shows, because they were so amazing that they deserve a dedicated post. If you’re curious, we went to the Jarret show, Gemy Maalouf, a New York Street Style presentation, the Lifetime Women Behind the Seams opening at Milk Gallery, the Eloquii HQ, Irinia Vitjaz (although they overbooked tickets and we couldn’t get in) and we creeped outside the Yeezy show to try and catch a glimpse of the VIPs.
So here is a quick recap of how we got there, our process, etc.
Where We Stayed
Our entire trip lasted from Wednesday morning to Friday afternoon. Super quick! We took the Amtrak train from DC, which was about 3.5 hours. Our hotel was the Lexington Hotel (on 48th and Lexington) and was super nice! They had free coffee and the location was fairly central. Dani and I shared a room to save costs. And because we like each other.
How We Got Around
Uber in NYC is as easy as any other city, but the traffic is ridiculous. Uber rides took 35-45 minutes no matter where we were going. We switched our strategy half way through and starting taking the subway, which was really fast and efficient.
Since our schedule was packed, we carried everything we needed with us. Choosing a stylish bag that could hold a DSLR camera, make up touch ups, wallet, a snack, show confirmations, and a small water bottle was challenging. I wore my kitty backpack (last worn here) and just carried whatever swag bags we received separately.
How Did We Get Invites to NYFW Shows?
The secret is in the research and follow ups. We did a ton of research on how to maximize your chances of getting into shows. For instance, we emailed brands that are a little less well known, but still fabulous. It was not realistic to think we could get into Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors, because are not Kendall Jenner or huge bloggers like Amy Song. So we focused our energy on emailing a lot of PR reps for shows within our reach.
Dani was the mastermind behind the brand emailing. She looked at all the schedules and decided which PR reps to contact. It helped that she was the point person this time. Next time I will be emailing full force!
Since we heard that NYFW is a hot mess behind the scenes, we followed up for confirmation, and printed all our confirmation emails. Some people got back to us, and some didn’t. To stay organized, we kept an ongoing google spreadsheet of all our appointments and updated it accordingly.
What Else Did We Do?
We tried to build in some time for ourselves so we could enjoy other parts of NYC. That being said, we were still eating dinner at 10:30 pm each night. Whoops!
We had some time to stop at Jack’s Wife Freda for brunch, which was good to the last bite (pictured above!) Makeup appointments at Birchbox in Soho were a definite yes since we are both make up and skin care obsessed. And we had dinner at an incredibly posh restaurant called Budakkan.
NYFW still feels kind of like a dream. I got home Friday evening and starting cleaning like a madwoman because we had weekend guests from out of town. Now that I’m finally sitting down to process it all, I’d say it was a very successful fashion week trip!
*Some of these photos were taken by Dani of Blonde In the District and Nicole of The District Darlings.
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Liz H. says
This is so inspiring! I absolutely cannot WAIT to go to NYFW!! Fingers crossed for fall! What a dream come true <3
You will, lady! I’m so happy you found it inspiring. When fall rolls around, we’ll talk <3
How awesome!! Looks like a packed weekend, excited to hear more about it!
It was insane. I wish I could have seen you!
That’s great that you were able to do that!
Thanks so much, Kaitlin!
Susan Rahamim says
Awesome that you made it to NYFW this year- the process was funny to hear about!
It was so amazing! Yes there was a lot going on behind the scenes!
Michelle Orsi says
What fun! Wish I had known you were here! I am NY based!!
Darn! I didn’t realize you lived so close to the city! I’m only 3.5 hours away by train if you want to have a date!
This looks like so much fun! Super impressed with organization 😉
Thank you Courtney! You need to come next time!