I have been dreaming of going to New York Fashion Week, for so many years I have been sat streaming my favorite runway shows. When I got the email extending an invite to attend I was over the moon. I couldn’t possibly wrap my head around the idea that I was actually going. After days of planning and trying on millions of outfit combinations, I finally made it. It was a surreal experience but was so exciting and I learned so much.
While planning on going, after I received my first email I started to do a little bit of research on how to attend a few more shows throughout the time I was there and I stumbled upon a site called GPS Rate. You sign up as an influencer and you can get invites to different shows throughout the weekend. It was super easy to use and when you RSVP the app will add the shows to your calendar so you can keep track of your events.
While literally ripping apart my closet trying to pick outfits I learned packing light was essential. I took the bus so space was limited and if you’re flying into the city for the weekend you feel my pain. But with the weather being so unpredictable and this year it rained all weekend I definitely felt like I needed to pack extra. Another lifesaving tip is when you put together your outfits make sure to take picture. Do your hair similar to what you want, make sure you have your shoes, and accessories on in the photo so you don’t miss a piece. This was seriously a game changer for me when I was put at 7 o’clock trying to put together my outfit for my photoshoot on Sunday. I almost forgot jewelry and what hat I had paired with my look. I also feel like this tip can be applied to any trip you’re taking.
While in New York I also learned some really valuable things, one was take public transportation. You can get the subway to just about anywhere and they are really easy to navigate. Waiting for an Uber and then having to sit in traffic is incredibly stressful to me. I wanted to make sure I was early to all my shows and the subway stations were just a short walk from all the venues even in the rain the subway was the easiest option for transportation.
Going back to GSP Rate. I also found making sure all my shows were organized in my phone calendar was incredibly beneficial. I updated the times to be 30 minutes early that way I could be at the venue early and able to relax. Many of the venue’s had free drinks which was a really nice way to wind down. The GSP Rate app and my calendar were my most used apps for this weekend (under Instagram of course).
I also found it was incredibly easy to network and make friends. I went to the shows by myself and was really nervous I was going to be all alone all day but found if you just strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you, you can make some amazing new friends. Just remember everyone who comes to these things has something in common, you all love fashion so why not make friends!
My final tip is to take risks! The street style at Fashion Week might be my favorite thing. This is really the time to show off what you have and be bold. Mix prints, throw on that outfit you would never wear to the local clubs. All of the style rules go out the door when it comes to this week. And don’t forget to take pictures of the outfits you’re loving. Make those connections and get inspired, that’s truly what fashion week is all about.
Have you been to NYFW?