I had the opportunity to check out Hakan Akkaya’s runway show today down at Spring Studios. The collection’s theme was Glam Rock. Full of fierce shoulders, studded ensembles, and metallic hues…this collection was so edgy!
New York Fashion Week is here. I started my week off by seeing a presentation of one of my favorite designers. Full of bold colors, sparkling sequins, and shimmery metallics…this collection has seriously won me over! Full of movement, flair, and fun…their current collection has something for everyone.
What I love most about Greta Constantine’s collection (season after season) is that their looks are so wearable. Bold and fun, yet perfect for any cocktail party or evening function. Personally, my favorite looks of this collection have to be the bold pink suit. I’m obsessed!!!
Earlier this week I posted an Instagram Story explaining my tips on getting invited to New York Fashion Week and what has worked for me in the past. I thought I'd take a moment to get it all written down and give you all a guide to Fashion Week.
First things first, you need to figure out what days you'll be in town (or if you live in the fashion week city of your choice, when you'll be able to attend). For instance, I live in NYC. So you would think that I would be able to go to any show. Not so. I work full time and the last few seasons the shows have been nowhere near my office. So I'll typically keep my evenings and weekends free during NYFW...because you never know what last minute invite to a show, presentation, or event will come your way.
Be realistic! Odds are Chanel will not be reaching out to you, and the likelihood of a front row seat will be slim to none (but it can happen as it has happened to me a number of times...more on that another time). Even if you request a very high profile show you might not get an invite. Be prepared for rejections. It happens to everyone! Try shooting for shows that newer designers are holding. Your chances of getting on their guest lists are a bit higher.
Be sure to check out the the official calendar. This step is so important. This calendar shows the bigger runway shows and presentations. I will always look to see what shows are happening on the dates that I'm free to try to snag a ticket. Three things to note: 1) These are not all the shows that happen. There are so many more (typically smaller) shows! 2) Events are not captured on this calendar. 3) This list is always being updated...so keep checking back!
When you decide which shows are of interest it's time to send out an email to their PR Contact. How do you find out the email addresses? It's typically quite simple. Go check out the designer's website and click on their contact link. You'll find the PR Contact there. You'll want to keep the email short and sweet. Explain who you are, how you'll cover the collection, and be sure to include your media kit. You'll want to email them a month or so ahead of time (I always email as soon as I see shows on the calendar). About a week and a half before the shows I always follow up with anyone that I haven't heard back from. You never know what availability will open up.
Another way to get invited to shows and events is through GPS Radar. I have the app on my phone and use it all the time. A few of my friends have tried to sign up with them during fashion week and had little luck. You might want to download the app now to get a step ahead.
Lastly you'll want to keep an eye on your spam folder. I have lost out to a number of invites because I didn't look in my spam folder. Trust me, you don't want to miss out!
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions. And if any of my readers are planning on attending NYFW be sure to let me know. It's always a great opportunity to meet up with readers and other bloggers. See ya in September!
Emerging designer sisters Krystal and Marilyn Lavoie presented their Angela Mitchell FW18 collection with a presentation during New York Fashion Week. I was lucky enough to snag an invite and see their amazing collection up close.
Krystal and Marilyn were inspired by their journey through Morocco's Tizi n'Tichka road, which is considered one of the most beautiful and dangerous in Morocco.
This collection is bold in color, uses high end leather, and select pieces are even encrusted in semi-precious jewels.
Yuna Yang's Fall/Winter 2018 season is titles "Love Yourself". Yuna wanted to send a message out about the importance of loving yourself. Love was seen inscribed on several pieces in this collection that was filled with bright colors, beautiful floral patterns, and lace.
I'm sure many of you saw my videos of the show in my Instastory yesterday. It was a rather intimate engagement, as it was held in a beautiful townhouse on E. 9th Street.
Thanks again to the team with Yuna Yang who let me be a part of this!