You know those moments in life where there are pre-planned weeks of non-stop work? Exhilarating, backbreaking, breathtaking work? That's what fashion is for me and thousands others in the fashion industry.
Words that won't be in your vocabulary are sleep, relax, and calm down because they'll be no time as you shuffle from backstage to front of house to the next show across town (if you're lucky in the same venue) for an hour, just to repeat all of this until the last show ends.
People who aren't apart of this world tend to frown upon what we do and how much "drama" it seems to garner, but at the end of the day it's one of the industries that are keeping our economy going. Yikes... let me step off my soap box. Anyway, follow me and see what exciting mayhem fashion week in New York brings.
During this time, restaurants, hotels, bars, boutiques have "fashion week sales", "Fashion Fixe" plates and even drinks commemorating designers showing in the city.
Also, NYFW (as it's so commonly hashtagged) has many opportunities for those in other business sectors to attend and see some of the shows first hand. American Express has special card member packages, so make sure to sign up for their news letter. Due to the snowstorm this past season, that caused flights to be cancelled, some PR Firms gave away free tickets to shows. And if social media still isn't your cup of tea, there are dozens of contests going on weeks to days before the tents open.
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Backstage of BCBGMAXAZRIA
Backstage of BCBGMAXAZRIA at 7:30am on the first official day of fashion week. Hairstylists and makeup artists prepping models for a show whilst photographers and videographers file in for backstage shots.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Front of House at Hervé Léger
Front of house at Hervé Léger this past season. Seats are filled and people are standing to see what the famed married duo were going to give us in this Fall/Winter 2013 collection.
Most shows have celebrities sitting front row. This show you can see model Coco Rocha, Djano Unchained actress Nichole Galicia, Blue Bloods actress Sami Gayle, one part of the DJ trio "The Misshapes" Leigh Lezark, and DJ Kiss.