I have always loved fashion shows and dreamt about attending the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Less than a week before the September 2017 shows started this year, I decided this was the year I was going to make it happen. I don’t know how but I was able to pull it off.
I’m so grateful I found the help that I needed in the nick of time. I wouldn’t have been able to attend the shows without Style Collective (more here). Read here how Dailylook came to my rescue to create the perfect NYFW looks. Of course, I’m grateful for the few friends who encouraged me to go, helped me pack mentally, and were ready to be my photographer on a day notice.
So here’s what I learned attending NYFW:
- It’s best to prepare in advance. Prepare for show invites, outfits, schedule and so on. I did it in a week, but I had to scramble. I don’t suggest going to NYFW stressed out.
- It’s not as glamorous as it seemed on Sex and the City but still as exciting.
- RSVPing to shows as soon as possible means the difference between Standing or Priority Standing. Priority Standing will more likely to get you into an over-booked show.
- You can’t make it to every single show on your schedule. Late show starts, lack of a personal driver, crowded subways/restaurants/cafes and traffic will get in the way. The shows tend to start 20-30 minutes late in order to get everyone is seated. Then everyone rushes out right after the shows, leaving little available Uber drivers. And everyone stops at the same places to eat.
- At the same time, you will no be able to get into all of the shows you have a ticket to since some are overbooked. That’s why you should get arrive 20-30 minutes before start time to beat the crowd. This is where Priority Standing will help you.
- Even with a Standing ticket, you’re likely to get a seat in the second or third row, which is great if you’re wearing heels but good luck taking a decent picture over all the iPhone or iPhone covers.
- Comfortable shoes will take you a long way.
- The lighter and smaller your handbag, the better. A small clutch could mean a better seat, catching the eye of a photographer and comfort all day long.
Day 1 at NYFW
Indonesian Diversity Runway Show SS18 Collection – Six designers from Indonesia made their US debut at NYFW. Some of my favorite looks from this show were:
Photo Credit: Fashion Week Online
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Day 2 at NYFW
Galtiscopio Runway Show SS18 Collection – The collection was jewel-embellished and 90s inspired. Can we all start walking around with our headphones? The designer is well-known in the music world so that explains the performances by Ray J and King Combs. She plans on bringing the brand to Beverly Hills, CA.
Concept Korea Runway Show SS18 Collection – A collective of talented Korean designers burning the best K-Fashion has to offer to NYFW. I loved how diverse the models were.
Day 3 at NYFW
Leanne Marshall Runway Show SS18 Collection – Possibly my favorite show with all the colorful chiffon dresses. Can it be spring all over again? I’m absolutely obsessed with chiffon and love the diamond cut details. The designer is a Cali girl, who you might know from Project Runway.
If you’re attending a show at Skylight at Clarkson Square, I suggest you arrive since there are so many fun things to do there. This season, you could make a hair statement with TRESemme, be a star in a video by E! and have a lavender latte while you wait for your personalized handwritten cards courtesy of Papyrus.
The biggest lesson, which can be a life lesson: if it’s supposed to happen, it will happen, and all you’ve to do is show up. You can’t plan out everything. Like the Sunday 10 am show that I thought for sure I was getting in, I didn’t. But the show that was overbooked, I got it. I’m so grateful I show up!
Who is ready to join me next season?