A New York Fashion Week Survival Guide
A whirlwind of models, high heels, couture, photographers, flashing lights, and champagne can only mean one thing – New York Fashion Week has begun. While fashionistas everywhere excitedly welcome the reveal of next season’s must-have styles, Fashion Week in NYC can also be a grueling time. Here are some tips so you can look and feel your best, from the first runway show until the last after-party. Read on for our New York Fashion Week Survival Guide.
Map out your itinerary beforehand.
It’s crazy, not to mention impressive, how many fashion shows and events New Yorkers can manage to squeeze into a relatively small time frame. It all comes down to RSVP’ing “yes” to the right invitations and mapping out a sensible travel route beforehand. The last thing you want to do is waste time schlepping back and forth throughout the city.
For each Fashion Week day you plan on being out and about, choose your top one or two events, use them as your “anchors,” and schedule the rest of the day accordingly.
Interns organize and manage a good selection of the runway shows, so schedules don’t always go according to plan. There’s usually a swarm of last-minute attendees as well, which will make a venue go from comfortably buzzing, to insanely crowded before you’ve even been served your first cocktail. Try to leave your apartment or hotel at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to navigate the subway, get stuck in a gridlocked cab, and take your seat in plenty of time.
Plan your outfit the day before.
The last thing you need is the stress of throwing an outfit together when you need to be out the door in ten minutes. Lay out your ensemble, including jewelry, the night before. Get your clothing dry cleaned, mend any loose buttons or hems – whatever you need to do, so you’re on top of your game for your fashion day out.
Be smart about your footwear.
Of course, Fashion Week makes any NYC girl want to break out the sky-high pumps and designer shoes. But keep in mind that many parties and events require long periods of standing, and heels also make it more difficult to run around Manhattan. If you’re not willing to sacrifice the height and leg-lengthening effect of your stilettos, bring a pair of flat shoes along so you can change your footwear between events.
Bring your business cards.
NYFW isn’t just about the fashion. It’s about the full experience, which includes tons of mixing and mingling. You never know who you might meet, so keep a stash of business cards in case a networking opportunity pops up.
Blowouts and manicures are your best friend.
Regardless of what you’re wearing, a good manicure and blowout will make you feel as if you just stepped off the catwalk. NYC is chocked full of affordable, walk-in blowout bars and nail salons you can pop into whenever you need a pick-me-up. And if you’re pressed for time, you can even book a fast in-home beauty service through PRIV.
Keep your makeup handy for touch-ups.
This one should be a no-brainer, but don’t forget to toss a makeup kit in your bag. Makeup wipes, lip gloss, bronzer, eyelash glue, etc. Keep your cosmetic necessities on hand so you can do a quick touch-up while you travel from one party to another, and you’ll be camera-ready the entire time. (NYFW has no shortage of photo ops.)
Wine and dine fashionably.
When you’re dressed to the nines, it’s more fun to explore the city and be seen; so treat yourself to brunch, dinner, or drinks before or after the shows. Some favorites among the New York Fashion Week crowd are Margaux at the Marlton Hotel for French fare, sushi at Momoya, ABC Kitchen in the Flatiron District, cocktails at Bar Centrale, and champagne at the Waverly Inn.
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