I am SO excited to share with you my vlog from my experience at New York Fashion Week this past September! It was my first time attending and it may even be my last (read on and you’ll see why!)
I was really fortunate to be able to attend so many amazing runway shows by designers I’ve only dreamt of seeing in real time – Noon By Noor, Naeem Khan, Tibi, Derek Lam, LANYU, Louis Vuitton, Taoray Wang, Tracy Reese, and many others. The dramatic and ethic edge of Naeem Khan’s collection was definitely something to remember. And the i m p e c c a b l e aesthetic and tailoring of the LANYU collection still has me droooooling. But above all, the Tibi collection had to be my all-time favorite; I was literally envisioning myself in almost every piece that debuted on the runway. The collection was feminine but not frilly, the fabrics were luxurious, the silhouettes were loose without looking frumpy – I was in love!
Not only witnessing but participating in the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week is definitely an experience. There’s something very exciting about waking up and getting ready with your girlfriends, hopping downtown from show to show, stopping to get photographed by the mob of paparazzi waiting to photograph the perfect street style shot for the next big magazine feature, getting to sit front row and even getting access to backstage with designers, models, and celebrities, seeing your favorite bloggers and meeting new ones, grabbing dinner in the city with endless top notch foodie spots to choose from, and the list goes on.
What you didn’t see though, is the mere exhaustion of having to choose a picture perfect outfit, the hours of getting ready, the hours it takes to get the perfect outfit shot, the stress of getting on time to the shows – and God knows NYC is not the easiest place to get around, the hunger that strikes you because there’s not enough time to eat, the disappoint in people because they’re not who you expected them to be.
I’m sharing this because many people messaged me wishing they could go to NYFW based off of what I posted and I want to make sure I’m painting an accurate portrayal of what NYFW entails. It was definitely a fun experience but an entire week of it was way too exhausting, a few days would have been more than enough but I had to stay longer because the following week was the NYFW All White Afterparty Pop Up Shop that I hosted in the city (blog post to come on that!)
All in all, I’m very grateful for the experience and always wondered what NYFW would be like. For those of you who asked what it takes to get invited, you should email the PR representatives of the designers you’d like to see. NYFW is not open to the public, you have to have some sort of background or reputation in the industry to get invited, but don’t let that discourage you. Be persistent and you never know what doors will open up for you!
Ps, I have to give a special shoutout to one of the hottest restaurants in town Penthouse 808, for giving us the best view and experience! Amazing food, service, and a view that I'm still reminiscent of <3
Hope you enjoy the video!