Since this was my second time attending New York Fashion Week, I learned a few things! If you want to be prepared, or just want to know the real deal, then here is my best advice.
Photography by Preethi Rajaguru
- You have to start emailing for invite requests as soon as the schedule comes out. Email everyone and anyone, but be prepared for zero responses and follow up emails. Fashion week is a hot mess, and for some reason coordinating invites is the last thing on everyone’s mind.
- Just because you get invited a show, doesn’t mean that you will actually get in. Make sure you get in line for the show an hour ahead of time, especially if you have a standing ticket. There have been multiple occasions where we were turned away because they ran out of standing room.
- If you get invited to something and the rest of your crew doesn’t, use your superpowers to get them an invite too. Even if it is a “lesser” ticket like standing room versus a seat or some bullshit distinction, it is very important to try to make it happen for your friends. On the flip side, don’t feel like you an’t go to something that would be life changing if your friends are not extended an invite. They will just go drink pitchers of margarita and have a jolly good time until you’re done. I know from experience.
- Don’t schedule yourself back to back. You simply will not make it. Traffic in NYC is really bad, and shows/appointments never start on time. It is better to take your time and enjoy where you at rather than be rushing off to the next thing. Quality over quantity. I remember we were wandering around looking for the BaubleBar HQ foreverrr so thank goodness we didn’t schedule anything right after our appointment.
- Book your hotel way in advance. Luckily, my friend had a hotel booked far in advance so we squeezed three women in there. If she hadn’t done that then, well, I would have been screwed. We had a queen bed and a twin sized blow up mattress. One bathroom, three fashionistas. We are all quite close.
- Water and snacks! Despite not scheduling yourself silly, you won’t have time to eat until maybe 10pm every day. Bring yourself some nuts or a bar and water. Lots of water. Reservations aren’t necessary unless you are trying to go somewhere really exclusive and trendy.
- Enjoy the people watching. One of my favorite parts of NYFW is seeing what everyone else is wearing to the shows! It is inspiring. If you have down time (which you will when you are waiting in line to get in) then find yourself a good spot and enjoy the street style!
- Bring business cards. You never know who you might meet. Side story: we ran into Christian Soriano outside of our hotel and were so star-struck that we didn’t even take a photo with him. Totally kicking ourselves now.
- If you know of a brand that has their headquarters or an office in the city, make an appointment to visit! It is nice to meet a contact that you have been emailing with for years in person. Putting a face to the name is important for your relationship.
- Meet up with other bloggers. I have strong friendships with some ladies on Instagram even though I’ve never met them in person. If they are going to be in the same city, then make a date to meet up! I met my friend Jessica for the first time in the flesh and we had the best time at Pietro Nolita. Funny: the napkins say “pink as fuck.”
- Take some fashion shots. I you’re gonna get all dolled up for shows and wear a killer outfit, then you might as well memorialize it for your blog! There are tons of photographers in NYC so book one you love or bring your camera!
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