So Sydney's First New York Fashion Week & What Every Rookie Should Know
February was an incredibly busy, but amazing month that consisted of a sporadic weekend trip to California, breakfast at Tiffany & Co., and New York Fashion Week.
New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was always something that I wanted to attend, but honestly didn't know how or if I was capable. I'm definitely not Arielle Charnas, Chiara Ferragni, Danielle Bernstein, Blaire Eadie, or any of those other big name fashionistas. I've always remained true to myself and style and most times I just don't feel like I'll ever compare to the main stream bloggers.
Let me be the first to tell you that you should never undermine your hard work or value. So Sydney, a travel-obsessed, free spirited, college student with a mere 2,564 followers was invited to New York Fashion Week. Why? I honestly have no clue how, but I was. So from the time I got my invitations in my inbox to the moment I attended my first shows, I had to get it together real fast.
A lot of bloggers actually dislike Fashion Week because it tends to be a big contest of who has the latest Gucci bag, who wore the most avant-garde outfit, and who's sitting front row. I can't stress this enough: If you're going to Fashion Week, you need to be secure in yourself, your brand, and your worth.
Who cares if you don't have 50k followers?! Who cares if no one else in the room knows who you are?! What's important is whether or not you have the guts to walk up to someone you admire and compliment them on their work. Believe me, it'll go a long way. Bring it back to the basics and remember that a smile will go a long way. We should be supporting each other. If we stop looking at one another as competitors, think about how far we could go! #collaboration
So, those are my thoughts on NYFW as a whole. Don't let the pettiness of some people discourage you from attending shows. I knew getting invited to Nolcha Shows was a dream come true for me and I was going to go regardless.
We made sure to choose a hotel that was nearby the venue so commuting wasn't too difficult. The Nolcha Shows were at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m., so by the time the shows were done, we didn't have too much time to change or eat.
You can either splurge for NYFW and buy all new trés chic outfits that you'll probably only wear for that thirty minute show or spice up what you already have in your wardrobe. If you have an abundance of followers or have a great relationship with the brand, they may send you some clothing to wear. I bought all these great outfits and had them shipped to my house before attending the shows, but when it came to the actual event, I didn't end up wearing anything that I purchased. I used staples from my closet that I felt most comfortable in. I definitely wish I could've worn that bubble gum pink pant suit, but maybe some day in the future.
I learned that there are no guide books to fashion. There were people with lime green hair, polka dot pants, brightly colored tops...you name it. I love Fashion Week for that reason: it's a chance for everyone to wear what makes them happy or what they wouldn't typically wear on a day-to-day basis. My advice: Have fun with it!
Lastly, when you pack make sure to bring basics that could save you if you're in a pinch. I packed a few tank tops to wear underneath a blazer, several different shoe options, every lipstick color I own (you never know when you feel like a hot pink or orange), and several accessory options. It was better to have an array of outfit choices instead of being stuck with one or two options.
Network, Network, Network
The most valuable part of this experience was the networking. Be sure you go to the shows with the mindset of shaking as many hands as possible and exchanging social media accounts. I was grateful to sit next to some of the most inspiring and energetic bloggers during the shows. It may feel uncomfortable at first but you'll get the hang of it.
I had the pleasure of meeting Elle Harper who I've followed on Instagram forever. She's a grad student, newly engaged, fashionista, Southern Belle, and overall incredibly sweet person. I saw her at one of the shows and just decided that I wanted to say hi and compliment her on her work! We ended up having a great conversation and one that I will value forever! Remember, we're all people and you should never feel intimidated to strike up a conversation with anyone!
I didn't have the chance to ease my way into my first Fashion Week because I sat front row at my first show! That's both amazing and a bit scary. So since we're in the 21st century it's totally appropriate to film and take pictures the entire show. Everyone wants to document their favorite outfits and I definitely encourage it! Be sure to always "be on" because there's dozens of photographers snapping from every angle. You don't want to be caught biting your nails or looking disinterested during the show. Even though you might not like every single outfit that comes out, look at it all like artwork and remember that the designer put so much time into it.
I give so much credit to bloggers who go to every show for a week straight and then straight to Paris for the next week. It's exhausting and you really don't understand it until you're living it. Big thank you to Nolcha for inviting me to their incredible shows this year. It was the best first NYFW!
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