NYFW Look #1: the DVF Wrap Dress
I’m going to be honest and say I never thought I’d be at New a York Fashion Week. Seriously – it didn’t actually seem like a thing that existed in the real world, only in the world of glossy magazines. But in recent years, with more and more bloggers attending and the advent of popular Street Style, things have started to feel more relatable. So here I am, having an incredibly good time! I thought I’d share a new-eyed insider’s view here today of what I’ve learned so far.
What Shows are happening now? Spring time is for the Fall collections and Fall is for the Spring collections. Magazines are showing content now from the previous season’s show like it’s happening now. The March issues of MarieClaire and Glamour, for example, both have great spreads on NYFW with pictures that appear to be happening now…but they couldn’t have been because they went to production months ago! It’s all an illusion folks.
If Fall is in Spring and Spring is for Fall, how do I tell if a trend is coming or going? Most brands have long turnaround cycles – 6 months or more. Zara has the fastest cycle of any – just 3 weeks from runway to stores, which means that their merchandise is exactly current. They have great items, so put them in your rotation to keep something current in your wardrobe, work or otherwise. Or use them to know what’s current and look for trends you like reflected in other stores – that way you won’t be as concerned you are catching something at the end of the cycle.
If You Come to Fashion Week…Go with a friend and wear big sunglasses! The fashion scene seems really intimidating from the outside. I expected it to be a bustling scene where I’d be pushed around by all the cool fashion people. That just hasn’t been the case, much thanks to my fantastic companion on the trip, Jenny. She’s been to NYFW before and learned the hard way what it’s like to come alone. There is power in numbers and, once inside the fashion show tents, I realized that everyone is pretty much alone doing their own fashion-y thing. And, when in doubt, you can look like a fashion insider just by wearing some extra-big sunglasses, like the ones pictured here that Jenny let me borrow. : )
Photos by Jenny Liu
Bonus: around and about at New York Fashion Week
The tent where the shows take place is almost as much entertainment as the shows themselves, with sponsor giveaways and much to see.