I just had my first time experience with fashion week and I have to admit…it’s one of the best experiences of my life. The fact that is was completely spontaneous added to the thrill of it. In all truth, it had been on my bucket list since I started my business 9 years ago, and being there made me feel free. If you’re in fashion, don’t wait as long as I did to make it happen because it was well worth every penny.
My first diary entry started like this…” I know I’m meant to do something more. I’m in my fashion element taking in the culture, the fast paced environment, and the eye candy. I have this desire to really step into the future me and take ownership in my life as a leader. I’ve conformed parts of me for others but now I’m ready for more.”
As a personal stylist, my job is to help people own a different part of themselves, to step into their world with confidence and be the expert that helps flip a switch in so they can see themselves through my lense. I love the business marketing elements as much as I love the creative fashion part of my business. In Seattle I’m not exposed to much of the art of fashion and seeing the photos and runway online is nothing like being there in person.
It hit my expectations just as I had imagined it to be but there were some things I learned along the way that I wanted to share in case you plan on going. I travel a lot and always feel well prepared but Fashion Week is a whole other kind of traveling because it has to do with work, with dressing up, with getting everywhere on time or earlier.
Here’s a list of what happened along the way and what I’ll be doing next time:
1. IT WON’T GO AS PLANNED – A few days before arriving, I created a schedule with pretty text and colors to print out and have with me, little did I know that the outline I had planned would be inundated with randomly meeting with friends in between shows. I had no idea how crazy the traffic was in New York either! When finding an Uber I was surprised how close everything was because the GPS said the shows were 15 minutes away. Everything ended up taking 3 times longer than expected.I quickly had to accept that I wasn’t going to make every show, or every party and I just had to enjoy what I could make it to and take as many photos as possible. My friend and I even went back to our Airbnb for a daily nap because we didn’t adjust to the jet lag or the full schedule until the very last day.
2. COME PREPARED WITH MORE OUTFITS – Oh goodness, you would think I would of had it together, which I pretty much did, but I felt I was missing something. The problem was that when I entered the first show, I had wished I dressed up more or at least brought more big crazy jewelry. If you know me in Seattle, I feel overly dressed all the time but I don’t mind at all. In New York it’s all about excess, think actual runway looks. I felt confident and put together but when I was around everyone else, I wanted to up my game with all the fun trends too.
3. DON’T FOLLOW THE FORECAST – If you are going to take all that time to get dolled up, you might as well bring an umbrella and boots just in case the forecast goes off. I read it was going to be warm and sunny, so what did I do? I packed cute slip on loafers, open toe heels, and dresses. Nothing warm, not even booties (which go with everything and are great year round). Luckily, I had a stylish roommate close to my size to borrow a jacket from but my brand new shoes couldn’t be saved from the rain stains.
4. RANDOM INVITES AND FRIENDS – Yes to meeting new people! Be nice, smile, open up because you never know who’s sitting next to you. I met bloggers, stylists, business people, marketing pros and more. Once you start talking you also learn more about other events happening that you can check out and meet even more people. Although I went with two other girls, we were separated most of the day because all of us got invited to different shows.
5. NO TIME TO SHOP – Oh my goodness, I wanted to shop so badly but I was there 4 days and all my time was spent on the shows, events, and meeting people. I suggest if you want a day to explore, add another day to your itinerary after fashion week is over. We did get a chance to check out What Goes Around Comes Around. We couldn’t purchase a Chanel bag in less than an hour but we definitely know where to go next time. Fun fact I learned! Did you know all the Chanel bags and jewelry made before 2000 are gold filled and all the new stuff is gold plated? I’m getting consigned styles when I decide to invest in a new piece.
What did you learn from your trip to New York Fashion Week?