As you probably know from my Instagram and the previous post that I wrote, I went to fashion week in New York this year! It was my very first time going and I learnt a lot. I wanted to write this post for you all, as a guide on how to navigate fashion week / things I learnt at New York fashion week.
GETTING AROUND TOWN: Since fashion week is one of the most anticipated events in New York, Uber fares surge all week long. Uber is by far the most convenient / no hassel way of getting around town. However, I spent wayyy too much money on Ubers over the weekend. It literally hurts to think about it. What helped was sharing a car with 3 other friends who were going to the same show as I was. We were all staying in the same hotel and going to the same shows so it helped lower the cost of traveling. If you don’t have anyone to share an Uber with, try Uber pool or Via. If traveling in taxis is not in your budget, take the subway. Just make sure you plan your trip so that you reach the show venue at least 30 minutes before the show starts. I know figuring out the subway system in New York can be overwhelming. I downloaded an app called NYC subway (pretty much Google Maps for subways) to help me navigate around town. It provides detailed instructions of how to get from point A to point B.
NYFW LEXUS CARS: If your show is at Skylight at Clarkson Square, you may be able to get a NYFW Lexus to drive you to your next destination after the show for FREE. These cars are usually reserved for VIP’s and are invite only. However, my friends and I were able to ride in them twice! The key is to ask the representatives as soon as a show is over and they have quite a few cars standing outside waiting for guests to leave.
ARRIVE AT SHOWS EARLY: Whether you have a seat assigned to you, are priority standing or standing, arrive to the venue 30 mins before the show starts. Sometimes brands over book shows and it is impossible to get in. One of my friends had a front row seat but it was given away to a VIP because she showed up late. If you have a seat, make sure you are there to claim it in time! Priority standing means that if someone who has a seat assigned to them doesn’t show up or cancels, you will be seated in their place. If you early enough, chances are you will get their seat rather than someone else who also has priority seating and showed up on time. That being said, I also realized that shows almost never start on time. They usually start about 15 mins late. Therefore, if a show is scheduled to start at 1, make sure you are there by 12:45. This is technically still 30 mins before the show starts because most likely, the show will start at 1:15.
DON’T SIT ON A SEAT THAT ISN’T ASSIGNED TO YOU: If you think the organizers don’t know where you are supposed to be seated, trust me, they know. Especially if you try to take a front row seat. I saw some people being asked to vacate a seat moments before the show was supposed to start. It was totally cringe worthy and I felt so embarrassed for them.
RECORD AND TAKE PICTURES AT THE END: No one likes their views to be blocked by someone else’s hand and or camera every time a new outfit comes out on the runway. I realized very quickly that taking pictures / videos at the finale of the show not only gets you the best coverage possible but also allows others to enjoy the show.
BRING SOME SNACKS ALONG: I had heard from other bloggers that if your schedule is packed, there is no time to eat. This is in fact very true. I think I ate 4 proper meals in 5 days. No joke. What really helped was snacking on grapes and carrots in between shows. Word of advice, bring snacks with you because you don’t know when you will get to eat.
COMFORTABLE SHOES: I cannot stress this point enough. You will be walking around a lot, standing at shows and standing at parties. If you are flat footed like me and generally miserable in heels, make sure you bring some cute flats to wear around town.
EMERGEN-C AND ADVIL: Fashion week is a marathon. You need all the help you can get. I took emergen-c every night to boost my immune system. Advil is really just for hangovers or achy feet.
BATTERY PACK AND POWER STRIPS: If you’re running around all day and are constantly on your phone updating your social media accounts, you NEED to bring an extra battery pack with you. I forgot to pack mine and it was so frustrating to try and make my battery last all day. If you’re planning to share a room with other bloggers, make sure to pack a power strip. Most New York City hotel rooms have minimal power outlets. If you need to have steamers, phone chargers or hair styling tools plugged in x 4, your power strip will come in handy!
DON’T OVER BOOK YOUR SCHEDULE & SEND REGRETS: So this is something that I learnt while I was already at fashion week. It may be very tempting to RSVP yes to every single show that you receive an invite to. However, be realistic with your time to see which shows you can attend. If the shows are 30 mins apart at the same location, sure, you can make them all. However, if the shows are at different venues, you may not be able to get there in time. This is something I didn’t know: a lot of brands and agencies notice when you RSVP to a show and don’t show up. This could potentially harm your relationship with the brands. If for some reason you can’t make it to a show, I would suggest you update your RSVP and /or send a regret email.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below.