What I learned from NYFW Last Year
I'm happy to share, that in a few weeks I'll be attending New York Fashion Week for the second year! I remember when I was living in McAllen and saw a few people in the local fashion industry attend fashion week. I was in "awe" of them, and admired how they got there. Meaning, how they actually got invited to one of the biggest fashion show events in the world!
I had no intention of going to Fashion Week last year, but a good friend of mine believed that I was capable of going. I managed to go, attend shows, see more of the city (it was my second time in NY ever), and I was able spend time with my now husband, Ivan, as he visited NY for the first time. It was such an experience and I knew my first year going would be more of an observation, and lots of learning of how I can make my second year better. Here are a few things I learned.
Planning is essential
Since I am going to NYFW this year, I know better how to prepare for this event! Not only am I starting to prep outfits, but I am also trying to be more strategic with what I want to accomplish while I'm there. I felt all over the place last year even though I did have an agenda. So I'm hoping I can make better use of my time.
To Buy new clothes or not to?
Last year I bought a lot of brand new outfits. This year, I am trying to purchase less for NYFW. My goal is find a top or two, as well as bottoms and minimal accessories and then mix and match with what I already have. Last year I spent way too much on these items. One thing I did spend on was my luggage. I bought a black luggage where I am able to literally hang my outfits. It helped me fit 5 outfits and then some so it was worth the expense. I have since only used it one more time so it's still in GREAT condition and I plan to use it again this year. It made my photoshoots much more easier as well since they were already hung and not wrinkled.
Last year I did not separate time to blog or write. This year, I am going to try to spend some time to either write a blog post, or strategize ways on how I can keep my blog/instastories entertaining! I'm planning on incorporating some "non fashion week" stuff, as last year it was all about the shows, and very minimal of what I was doing when I wasn't at the shows. We'll see how this goes! Of course I want to be able to accomplish this, but I also know how crazy Fashion Week can be! ::fingers crossed::
Last year, as I mentioned previously, I only went to shows and a few social events. This year I am trying to schedule appointments to partner up either with brands, salons, or other places. So far I have only secured one as it's much harder than it seems! If I don't gather any more appointments I'd be more than happy with the one lol. It's still progress afterall!
Being Smart about Time
Last year, I felt that I was back and forth from show to hotel, then back to show, then show to another show. I really feel like I spent a lot on taxi cabs. This year, I am hoping I am able to make better us of my time (I know I already said this!), and try to schedule shows that are around the same area so I don't waste a ton of money on Taxi's. I dont know how this will play out honestly because I know (once again), Fashion week get's crazy. I'll have to report back on this lol.
More than just Fashion Shows
Last year I showed mostly just Fashion shows, which are awesome! However, I plan to try and showcase spots that can be visited by anyone. Yes, I do want to incorporate some eats, drinks, and places to snack! Afterall, NY is full of places to visit, and I want to share with you all some neat spots that I might end up checking out :)
If you have attended NYFW last year, what were your learning experiences? leave them in the comments below!