If you follow me on social media you probably know that I spent last weekend attending New York Fashion Week. It was my second time and it was even better than the first time back in February.
What made it so much better is that I didn’t go alone. I had a wonderful roommate – a fellow Maryland blogger – Tiffani Johnston from Tiffani at Breton Bay. She is the sweetest person and I’m so lucky to know her as I have learned so much from her. She was one of the first bloggers I met when I started out and she has always been supportive, encouraging, and willing to share information with me. Not all experienced bloggers are so open so I am forever grateful to her for that!
NYFW goes for a full week but we got in late on Thursday night and stayed through the weekend. There are many designers presenting their collections at Fashion Week so there are multiple venues to accommodate the shows simultaneously. There are also industry events and blogger parties. I have to admit, even though the focus is on the fashion shows, what I really enjoy is my interaction with fellow bloggers. It’s an opportunity to meet people I normally see only online, to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It’s a learning experience that energizes me and inspires me with new ideas.
The exchange of ideas and information is the purpose of the blogger network I belong to – Style Collective. They organized a party that was also open to the public and connected influencers with brands. The Style Collective website has multiple resources on working with brands, blogger worksheets, templates, etc. It was an invaluable tool for me when I started out as a blogger. When I attended NYFW for the first time back in February I didn’t feel alone (even though I traveled alone) because I met up with the women I had gotten to know through Style Collective.
Sunday was an early day as I had a 9 am show to attend by the Italian designer Francesca Liberatore. This designer is a favorite of mine and she always puts on an amazing show so it was worth waking up early for it.
The purpose of Fashion Week is to see the new collections designers present for the season after the one we are about to begin. So in September they show Spring/Summer 2018 collections; in February 2018 they will show Fall/Winter 2018. Bloggers secure access to shows either by being invited directly (the big ones) or by sending a request to the PR firm representing the designer (me).
Going to a runway show is like going to a concert, albeit a very short one. The show only lasts 10-15 minutes but it’s spectacular. The designer’s vision comes together and is expressed not only through the clothes but also hair, make up and even the music that the models walk to.
I attended seven shows in three days. Got around using Uber, walked and took the subway. I wore pumps, then I wore bandaids … and flats. It was exhausting but also exhilarating and inspiring.
Fashion Week can be what you make of it. You can schedule as many or as few shows as you like to either make your day jam packed and hectic or with room to breathe, eat, sightsee and take pictures. This visit was somewhat in between for me. It’s hard to turn down invitations and live with FOMO but my goal for next time is to tip the balance in favor of slower pace.
Here’s a peek of my outfits from NYFW. Click on each pic for outfit details.