Downtown Manhattan is slowly transforming into a sea of stylish bloggers, editors and celebrities now that the women’s shows for New York Fashion Week are less than 24hrs away. But don’t be bitter over all the posh fash-un folks hijacking your cabs and crowding your favorite cafes—there’s a lot of cool and inclusive stuff going on this year!
That’s why we’ve assembled a brief guide on how to navigate your way through NYFW like a stlye-boss. From which fashion Instagram accounts you should follow to how to attract street-style shutterbugs, this guide proves that it is possible to have the best f*cking NYFW ever.
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Good news, style-savvy kids. Several fashion brands will be showing in-season collections this year. Translation: You don’t have to wait until fall to snag the looks you see on the runway. As of now, we know that you’ll be able to nab styles from Burberry, Vetements, Tom Ford, Rebecca Minkoff, LaQuan Smith and Banana Republic in a jiffy.
Where to watch:
Did you know you can watch the runways shows from the comfort of your own home? From Alexander Wang to Dian von Furstenberg, the best shows will be live-streamed. You can access the full calendar schedule and watch the shows in real time at nowfashion.com.
Where to hangout:
NYFW shows take place at Skylight Clarkson Square, Skylight at Moynihan Station and MADE Milk Studios, so make sure to linger outside those venues if you’re looking to take some sick street-style pics or be mistaken for a fashion blogger.
People are always buzzing about Kanye West—and that’s just the way he likes it. But you’ll have even more reasons to devote attention to the rap genius during his runway show on Thursday (Feb 11) at 4pm. West is showcasing his latest designs at Madison Square Garden, plus his new album. So make sure to check your Instagram and Snapchat feed while it’s going down.
Style goddess Rihanna is also staging a fashion show on Friday (Feb 12) at 8pm to show off her collaboration with Puma. Again, check your smartphone repeatedly because you’ll likely see your favorite celebrities sitting real pretty in the front row.
Where to get on fleek for fashion week:
Whether or not you have invitations to shows, TRESemmé wants you to look fierce for Fashion Week—like, just stumbled off the runway fierce. Grab your girlfriends and head to Spring Studios to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from NYW and nab the latest hair styles and trends from the second they hit the catwalk. Complimentary java and charging stations will be available while you wait for an open chair, but you can book an appointment time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to look good in case a street-style shutterbug mistakes you for someone important (you’re important to us!), on-demand beauty service PRIV is teaming up with Triumph Hotels to offer free makeup touch-ups (for eyes, lips and brows) and mini manicures at all seven locations. Get there early—pampering is first-come, first-served.
Attend awesome shows:
NYC-based clothing company SmartGlamour is hosting a body-positive catwalk (sizes XXS to 6X) to launch its spring collection, featuring trendy women's looks for all shapes and sizes. Bonus for attendees: The free event features a complimentary champagne toast following the presentation at Grape & Vine (52 W 13th St). R.S.V.P. at email@example.com and make sure to use the hashtag #Imflattered during the show.
Open-to-the-public runway show the Future of Fashion Is Now features seven up-and-coming designers, including contemporary cool-girl Kasuni Rathnasuriya and fair-trade organic brand KATE by Katherine Tramposh. Tickets are surprisingly affordable ($12 per show), but the VIP ticket ($155) gives you front-row seating and access to the after-party, where the industry chitchat will be going all night long.
Like us, designer platform FTL Moda believes that NYFW (and fashion overall) should be inclusive. At its runway show, The Revolution Continues, the brand highlights models that wouldn’t ordinarily be seen on a catwalk, like Madeline Stuart, who was born with Down syndrome, and Shaholly Ayers, who will walk without her prosthetic arm. FTL Moda always saves seats for the public, so you can preview designs from some of its labels, including Italy’s FuMo Bespoke and Paris’ Lulu et Gigi, on NYC’s most inspiring runway.