New York Fashion Week is daunting. Swarms of out-of-towners, dressed in self-appointed trends and too-high heels make the entire ordeal... stressful. But we New Yorkers are willing to make the best of it, in the name of good fashion. On that note, below are the dos and don'ts of #NYFW (rule number 1: don’t talk in hashtags).
Don't Overdo it With the Photos
Taking a million pictures at Fashion Week does not make you a Fashion Week expert. Actually, it makes you look like a newbie. Put the long arm down, nix the duck face you're making in selfies, and return your phone to your purse. Don’t bombard your followers by Overgramming; a few pictures go a long way.
Never Forget That the Average Show Lasts 15 Minutes
It’ll take you up to two hours to get to the show and get back home. Just something to think about as you consider which shows to attend.
Do Not Overreact When You See Someone Famous
This should actually be filed under “How to be a New Yorker.” Fashion Week is a Mecca for famous people so stay cool, be calm, and stare at Anna Wintour only when no one is watching.
And Remember: You’re Not Famous
Don’t feel entitled to be there. Don’t scream at PR people. Don’t take other people’s seats. You’re not the star of the show, the clothes are. Also, everyone is a blogger these days. Just remember that when you are threatened.
Don’t Even Think About Bringing Your iPad, or Google Tablet, or Whatever New Fun Gadget Amazon is Releasing Along for a Ride
People survived Fashion Week without an iPad for decades. You can do the same.
Please, Look in the Mirror Before Leaving Your Apartment (Read: Dress for the Season)
Yes, this is an event that celebrates modernity and fashion, but let’s be realistic. Heel-less shoes, coats that take up two seats, and bags big enough to fit Grace Coddington inside just don’t do well in cramped spaces. Especially when running from show to show. Two words: functional fashion.
The Oh-I’m-Lost-and-I’m-Just-Going-to-Stand-Here-Until-You-Scream Doesn’t Fool Anyone
People are at the top of their game. Get to your seat and don’t take shortcuts—you will get shoved.
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