Last week I conducted a short Q&A on IG about NYFW 2017 and got some really good questions! The unfortunate thing about Insta stories is that they disappear after 24 hours, so I figured I’d answer everyone’s questions more thoroughly on the blog today.
Q: Do you have to pay to go to shows?
A: You do not have to pay! In fact you shouldn’t have to pay for anything at fashion week besides meals, transportation, a flight and maybe a hotel (some bigger bloggers do get this comped as well). For shows, PR agencies and brands send press emails to bloggers and other media through various channels and you just RSVP! They will assign you a seat or certain sections of standing room a few days before the show. Everything is relatively last minute so if you plan to attend NYFW next year, don’t be alarmed if your seating confirmations don’t come in until the night before.
Q: What was your favorite show/shows?
A: I loved the Banana Republic presentation of Olivia Palermo’s new line. Runway has the reputation of being a little bit “out there”, but these looks reminded me of street style that could easily be replicated. I also liked the set up within the 5th Avenue store because as soon as the show was over, all the items were ready to be purchased right there!
I’ll say I also enjoyed the Leanne Marshall show even though I’m not a die-hard Project Runway fan! But that weekend, 5 of my friends got engaged so it was fun seeing a collection of bridesmaids dresses for inspiration. [Not that I’d ever assert my opinion about bridesmaids dresses to a future bride! Haha!]
Q: How did you decide what to wear?
A: I had done research on some things that were trending for fall, including but not limited to: pleats, velvet, white boots, all things red, statement sleeves, mixed metallics, embellished sneakers, etc. So I tried to plan looks around the trends that still felt like me: girly and true to my brand. We were extremely lucky with the weather because it was mid 70’s which meant I could basically wear anything and still be comfortable.
Something I forgot to mention on Insta stories is that oftentimes brands send you clothing for fashion week (either to keep or to borrow), and some will invite you to show rooms in NYC so you can style yourself and return the clothing afterwards. A lot of bloggers save money on designer items this way! It’s nice because a lot of what you’d wear to NYFW you wouldn’t necessarily wear in your “every day” life.
For this particular jumpsuit, the decision was easy! It’s comfortable, it’s my favorite color, satin is trendy for fall, and I can easily re-purpose it as a wedding guest outfit, for brand meetings or events, etc! If you’re in between sizes or a little less busty (like me!) I’d size down in this one.
I also really wanted to wear heels everyday. Not the most practical in Manhattan, which is why I brought a tote with me to all the shows with sandals inside to change into in between long stretches of walking. However, embellished sneakers and the increasingly popular mule are trending and I saw a ton of girls wearing those. I myself brought this pair of satin mules and this pair of jeweled sneakers with me on the trip.
Q:Was it fun?
A: YES!! So fun! And I especially loved sharing the experience with my girlfriends Jaclyn, Whitney, and Luisa. We traveled really well together- no drama mamas! Which is perfect because 4 girls and 1 bathroom.. really could have been a recipe for disaster! Haha! We also made the conscious effort (AKA Whitney dragged us out of bed every evening!) to go out and explore some rooftop bars at night. I’d only been to NYC one other time, but had never experienced the nightlife there and I’m glad I did! Thanks Whit 😉 !
Q: Where did you stay?
A: We stayed in a HomeAway in West Village! Most of the shows are at Skylight Clarkson, so we intentionally chose a place that was a 15 minute walk from there. West Village, Greenwich Village, SoHo, etc. are all convenient and trendy places to stay if you want to attend NYFW.
Q: Did you see celebrities?
A: YES!! I saw Lea Michele, Kate Mara, and I met Caila Quinn and Jen Saviano from The Bachelor, Courtney Kerr, and Amy Venz Box! #fangirl
Q: What is the purpose of bloggers going to fashion week?
A: This question wasn’t meant as snarky as it sounds. It was a genuine interest, and a really good question! Yes, NYFW can be used as “social hour” for a lot of bloggers because we come together from all parts of the country (and even the world!) and get to meet each other/connect IRL. But it’s more than that. Many (if not most) of the PR companies that we work with are based out of NYC and it’s a good opportunity to set up face to face meetings with the people that have been facilitating our collaborations all year. Networking and strengthening existing relationships/ creating new ones is the most important part of NYFW. Don’t forget your business cards!
In addition, we get a look at the trends that are coming for spring, which will help a lot of us set up content calendars and get an idea of the types of items we should be promoting in the next calendar year. I got a good sense that daytime lace is here to stay for spring, as well as statement sleeves and thick-rimmed white sunglasses! I just bought this pair (under $20!) and I’m obsessed.
Q: Will you go back next year?
A: I would love to go back next year! However, I will have just started grad school (God willing!) so I’m still not 100% sure if I can swing it. But it’s in my plan, and I definitely know how to organize my schedule better the next time around. Can’t wait!
Any other questions? Let me know!!
Photos: Madison Katlin Photography