Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Honest Review of NYFW


     People’s thoughts on New York Fashion Week are normally influenced by the media and other stories that circulate about events taking place during that one week. An online article may report that the hottest trends were shown, and the show went off without a hitch. A magazine or newspaper publication may state the atmosphere was buzzing with “big egos and high maintenance individuals”. A scene from a movie may show a bunch of actresses portraying characters that are sassy and “bad-mouthing” each other. There are so many different sources to find information about NYFW, but the best way to fully understand what goes on is to attend an actual show at the Lincoln Center.

     I went to a show last year, but it was a completely different experience. I showed up, sat down, and left. This year, I attended as a member of the press, and came in direct contact with a lot more faces and opportunities. With that, I decided to carry around a notebook to one of the shows and take notes on everything I saw. I was constantly writing things down, and I am here to share with you my full, honest impression of Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week.  

     The night started off when we exited the subway and walked into the Lincoln Center, where we found a very polite man at the door who gave us directions and told us where to pick up our press passes. We found the tent area in no time, and checked in without a problem. I have heard that the people who usually run the press entrances are snotty and short with you, but I didn’t run into this at all. Everyone we talked to was really helpful, and most of them actually had a smile on their face.

     We got backstage for the Academy of Art show and it was chaos, but in an organized way. There were models, staff, designers, photographers, and writers running around. One woman must have noticed the overwhelmed look on our faces, because she ran up to us and handed over a program that listed  all the designers, their bios, and descriptions of the collections that they would be showing. She politely helped us link up with six or seven designers, and I had the opportunity to ask them some questions. There was a mix of reactions when I was speaking with them. They were all very polite, but had different ways of showing their emotions towards their collections. Some were passionate and talkative, some were nervous and rather shy, and some were excited and could have gone on and on for days about their pieces. 

     At one point, the models lined up against a black curtain to rehearse. The female models had playing cards clipped in their hair. I tried to take notes on what the models looked like and what it felt like to be in a room full of so many women who were over six-feet tall. It’s just really hard to describe what seeing a professional model in real life is like. Their faces captivate you, men and women, and you can’t look away. It’s so odd to see someone with such proportions and height that you wouldn’t necessarily see in public places.  They played on their phones, rested on the garment racks, and listened to music. Surprise, models are just like you and me!

    Now, since we’re being honest, I will tell you that it wasn’t all cupcakes and macaroons the whole time. I did run into a few people who were riding their high horse pretty hard, which is to be expected in the fashion industry. My best piece of advice is to just ignore them and do your job. Plus, as my boy Justin Timberlake said, what goes around comes around.

     When I felt like I had all the information I needed, I left the backstage area for the theater. When I went to meet up with my photographer, I observed that the other photographers had already scouted out their spots at the end of the runway.  Florescent-colored tape was plastered on the floor, and in permanent marker, names like “Tommy Ton” and “Style.com” were written. Before the doors opened to the public, I was able to find my seat. I kept it real from the fifth row this year. “Not bad”, I thought to myself. 

     About five minutes into waiting for the show to begin, I spotted a girl on the opposite side of the runway wearing the same jacket as me. We made eye contact and then everything happened in slow motion. We both started running down the stairs; I jumped over the seats in the first row and ripped the jacket off of her. She grabbed my hair and dragged me down the runway screaming. Okay, this exact story didn’t actually happen, but a few side glances were exchanged and we moved on. 

     It got to be 7:07pm, and so far I’d managed to make it in the background of eight selfies. At 7:10pm a woman wearing a fur vest strolled into the theater, and across her chest, a child was strapped in a carrier. The poor child not only looked like he was swallowing pieces of fur from his mother’s choice of clothing, but he also looked as if he was suffocating. I guess some people believe in fashion first, children’s safety second!

    When the lights went down around 7:20ish pm, they ripped the plastic off the runway and made a strict announcement not to step on the uncovered catwalk and to stay seated. Translation: If there is a fire, stay seated until we get the plastic back on the runway, then worry about finding your way to safety. Everyone was in the dark for about thirty seconds, and then the music came on. It was so loud that I could feel the bass in my chest, and my heart started pumping rapidly. People clicked the camera app on their I-phones and a line of arms shot up in the air. My vision of the first few garments was blocked by people in the 4th row, who thought they were somehow going to get a photo without the heads of everyone else in front of them. 

     As I watched all of the collections come down the runway, I was actually mesmerized. The clothes that these straight- faced, pouty lipped, non-blinker models were wearing had me in a trance. As a group of models wearing gray and black pieces, combat boots, and gloves walked by me, I thought how they looked like really fashionable crime fighters. I secretly wanted to join their club. 

     About ten minutes later, the lights went out. My notes were written exactly like this, “Oh my God, what’s happening?” Well it turned out, surprise, the show was over. People jumped up and ran out of there like there was a sale at Bergdorf Goodman. One guy literally jumped over a woman who had bent down to tie her shoe lace. I got wacked with a suitcase as I was leaving my seat. Who brings a full traveling suitcase to a fashion show? Just as quick as the whole thing started, it was over. The next thing I know, I’m walking back to the subway and heading home, to the normal, more realistic, less fashionable life. 

Extra Kudos to you, if you actually read all of this! If you've ever been to NYFW, do you have any funny stories?  

-Katie

24 comments:

  1. Never been to NYFW but dream of going :) great review!

    Beauty & Colour||Bloglovin

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  2. Interesting perspective, you've written this really well. It was cool to read about all of the little details and encounters that you had the chance of experiencing throughout the day, people don't normally open up about the smaller aspects to do with NYFW so this was great!
    The Style Icon

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    1. I really appreciate feedback like this, thank you! I'm glad you liked the review, and enjoyed the smaller details included.

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  3. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Interesting posts, beautiful photos & design! It’s really amazing!
    Great job! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
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  4. I really appreciate your honest review of NYFW! Great blog!

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  5. I really like this recount. It sort of reminds me of the article Australia Vogue did "overheard at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" where it was more about the backstage things that nobody talks about. I laughed at the mention of the similar jacket. I won't lie, if I'm at an event and see somebody wearing the same thing I'm torn between going "you've got great taste" and "damn you to hell and back and then to hell again" :P Haha. Also, really enjoying what I've read of your blog so far!

    Elleosophy

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you've been enjoying the blog! I haven't read that yet, I'm definitely going to look it up now, it sound interesting. I think some of the funniest things happen backstage and no one talks about it just because. That's so funny, those were about my exact thoughts when I saw her! Oh well, it happens!

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  6. Loving your review! You write fantastically and I really had the feeling I was there with you :D Thanks for that ;)

    xx Nicki

    www.morning-elegance.com

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    1. I love comments like these, I'm glad for a few minutes I was able to let you feel like you were there with me in the middle of all the craziness!

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  7. I dream about being in something with this magnetude! Congratulations, your review was awesome!

    xx
    Helô, from Vestido do dia

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    1. Thank you so much, it was an amazing opportunity.

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  8. Loved reading your review Katie! Ten minutes....Seriously??? Never knew the show go on for a such a short time!

    www.delhidaffodil.com

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    1. The shows seem very quick compared to the waiting. It may have been fifteen minutes, but it felt like five! They just fly by in the blink of an eye.

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  9. Congrats! I loved this review. I live in London and would love to go to a fashion week x
    harrieescribbles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I think Fashion Week is something every blogger should get the chance to experience.

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  10. Hahaha your review was hilarious! The lady with the fur coat sounds particularly interesting. I hope I'll be able to attend one day :) Also, your review kind of reminded me of this funny Cosmo article about things overheard at NYFW: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/news/a36503/overheard-fashion-week-2015/

    http://fashamorphosis.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm really glad you found it entertaining! Also, thank you for sharing that article with me, it made me laugh so hard! What's ridiculous is people actually do say crazy things like that. Some of the things I overheard had me rolling my eyes so hard I thought they were going to fall out of my head.

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  11. haha i really enjoyed reading this! i've never been to nyfw or to ny or anything similiar haha but i loooooove this!!!

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  12. Amazing article and very well written. I had been to Lakme India Fashion week and had the same experience. People like to see less from their eyes but capture everything in their Phone.

    Your article has those small details that makes it really interesting to read. Good going and waiting to read more from you.

    Love,
    Ruchita

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