To my dearest:
Finally, I am able to wrap up NYFW! What better way to do it, than with an experience recap right? From my perspective, NYFW really isn’t what it used to be. I remember, eons ago, when I first participated in Fashion Week, I was in college. My participation then, only consisted of attending designer events, in-store parties, and sales in stores. My experience was far more commercial than what I have experienced this year. I have also attended shows here and there during my modeling days, but that was more of an insider industry look to it all.
This NYFW, however, was the first Fashion Week I attended as a blogger. The experience was truly different. Being invited to view a collection and spy the latest trends was definitely eye opening. Getting to breathe, sit through the whole show and enjoying it was a nice change of pace as well. However, it obviously got hectic. Now that my schedule consisted of different shows to attend and all at different locations, I had to make sure to jet out and follow my schedule to a tee.
I think you’ve heard of stories of how far shows are from train stations. Yes, that is the truth. As a matter of fact, they’re usually located about 15-20 minutes away from the nearest train station, so you will either have to walk or call an Uber. When you’re pressed for time and running around in heels, it’s definitely not going to be easy, so proper planning is a must! I experienced this first hand this year!
I kicked off Fashion Week with a late start and actually missed out on many events last minute due to schedule conflicts and personal errands I needed to run. When dealing with Fashion Week, you really have to have the no FOMO (fear of missing out) attitude, or it can get really draining. There’s just too much going on!
My favorite show this year was an industry show by Nolcha. They had four different collection shows and I attended two of the four! I really enjoyed the collection by upcoming designers and artists and loved to support local talents! The atmosphere was laid back and the highlight of it all? I got to meet my long time Taiwan drama idol, Danson Tang. I sat only seats away from him! I’ve been a fan since High School days, so you can imagine how much I squealed! Many of you probably don’t know who he is, but he’s a famous model turned singer and actor in Taiwan. If you’re into Korean dramas… think Taiwanese version of Lee Min Ho or Sung Joong Ki. He actually walked the Luyang by Yanglu show that I was supposed to attend, but decided to skip on because of schedule conflict. This was the one time FOMO should’ve existed! Perhaps next time…
My favorite presentation this year would have to be Katie Gallagher’s Rain. I loved the overall presentation – theme, music, designs, and all. It was just so suitable and melded so well together! My favorite trend I spotted was the mesh top with little iridescent pearls. I attempted to recreate the look the week later by wearing mesh with rhinestones!
We can’t leave Fashion Week without parties now can we? As a member of Style Collective – a blogger community, I attended a pretty awesome get together party hosted at the Inside Park at St. Bart’s. We chatted with glasses of rosé, cocktail pops, cheese, dinner, chocolates, and more. We also got the chance to get glammed up by make up artists and hair stylists! There was also a nail bar to get gel manicures. I arrived to the event late due to coming from another show and only was able to make an appointment to do a gel manicure, but it was fun nonetheless! The best part was meeting new blogger babes to hang out with! (View recaps and all images here.)
Another awesome party was the one hosted by Rakuten Affiliate Marketing. It was on the last day of NYFW, at the Glasshouses with open bar and hors d’oeuvre. Many brands attended, so it was a great chance for networking with brands as well as meet new friends in the industry! Not to mention, they spoiled us crazy with a crazy gift bag that I would say worth up to $500 USD!
The disappointing party was the one hosted by Twitter and CreatorFirst. It was the same day as the Rakuten one, so I left Rakuten’s party early and headed to Twitter Headquarters with my gang of blogger babes via VIA (lol). Only to find a group of people outside Twitter being extremely frustrated, because they were told the party was at max capacity. I would’ve thought they would be more strict about their guest list and not over-invite. However, it happened and it was not a pretty sight. My babes and I waited 15 minutes and we were done. I heard the party was awesome though with photo booths, ice cream from OddFellows, Burgers from Shake Shack, and drinks. Oh well, things happen.
I also did get the chance to attend the little events from designers such as Grey by Jason Wu at Cadillac House. It is open until September 30th, so definitely stop by and have a look for yourself if you have the time! You’ll be able to listen to pretty awesome sound tracks, see their latest style displayed, and more!
Anyway, NYFW was fun and I managed to not overwhelm myself. It opened doors to many new experiences to come and it was definitely worth my time. I can’t wait until February and attempt to trek out the dead of winter and attend my second Fashion Week as an influencer (if I manage!). However, if not, next September it is! I hope you all enjoyed little bits and pieces of my story! Write back to me! I’d love to hear from you all!