“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future… This is known as Fashion Week”
How serendipitous was is that Fashion Week took place during my second week at NYU? Very. I got the opportunity to report on two shows for the school paper. As cliche as it sounds, it was a dream come true. It reinforced my desire to be a fashion editor and allowed for me to network with some of the attendees of the show. While I am by no means a Fashion Week expert, I did learn a thing or do and have compiled a list of things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself reporting on a show.
- Fake it til you make it. Regardless if you are invited or not, if you are confident and act as if you know what you are doing, chances are you will be allowed in. If you are reporting on a show, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get quotes. Even if your stomach is in knots and you are sweating profusely under your black blazer, keep your cool and fake it til you make it.
- When in doubt, wear black. Unless you are of socialite status, owning pieces by the designer of the show you are attending is unlikely. Especially a higher end designer. Black always looks chic and exudes an air of class and professionalism. However, on a different note, street style photographers anxiously await outside show venues waiting for people to walk out in fab outfits. So do not be afraid to take risks and display your personal style.
- Bring a notepad, voice recorder, and a camera. Jot down notes throughout the show, especially about your favorite pieces in the collection that you want to focus on. Record all conversations with interviewees ALWAYS. Jotting down their quotes will often lead to a misquote which is never good. Finally, always bring a digital camera because if your photographer doesn’t show up, you won’t find yourself at a loss for visual support for your review.
- Have a business card. Networking is the key to success in any industry. Talk to people and self publicize via business cards. It never hurts and you never know when an opportunity for an advance in your career will occur.
- Smile. Last but not least, always smile. Don’t try and be ‘too cool.’ A friendly smile will make people feel more comfortable to talk to you, will help keep you in better spirits and also help you remain calm. Even if you are internally screaming of stress.