Fashion Week is a turbulent time, for all those in the fashion industry, in particular for bloggers, who spend endless amounts of time trying to keep up with all of the goings on. For those of us like myself, who are experiencing NYFW from half way across the world, who sit on our arses, glued to our computer screens all day and night (this may or may not be an accurate description of myself...) trying to watch every show and keep up with all of the trends and news flooding in on Twitter (quite literally every second!), the experience is wholly frantic and chaotic! I can't even imagine how turbulent each day must be for those of us attending Fashion Week (although I do not feel sorry for you in the slightest!!)
Perhaps the most energetic locale on the fashion calendar, New York, to paraphrase the Carrie Bradshaw herself, is the fashion worlds epicentre to which fashion-goers flock every season to get a glimpse of the future. This is what makes NYFW so special. New York is known to all as the city that never sleeps, and it is this experience of witnessing the future of fashion unfold which draws an audience from all over the globe, making New York Fashion Week in particular, a truly living, sleepless entity; while those in the west of the world rise and New York's day of serious fashion begins, those in the east remain glued to their computer screens watching it all in the dead of night, not sleeping and never resting.
So how on earth are we supposed to handle it all, I hear you ask. Well first I highly recommend a good supply of tea, coffee or any such caffeinated drink because staying awake and alert is essential, and second a ready supply of concealer to hide those dark circles which form under your eyes due to constant late nights and early mornings. I know I'm making it all sound like a really annoying chore, but it most certainly isn't. This is where we get to have fun, choosing the perfect outfit for Fashion Week (this includes those of us who just like to throw ourselves fully into the spirit of it all, despite being half way across the world sitting in a lecture theatre in England...once again this may or may not be an accurate description of myself). Our outfits need to be multi-purpose, they must be durable and comfortable in order to handle the turbulent city and at the same time they must exude beauty and effortless cool.
This is where we must draw inspiration from the masters. Given that one of the many reasons for my staying up until 2am in the past few days was the eagerly anticipated Marc by Marc Jacobs collection, it is from this which I draw tips and inspiration for an infallible Fashion Week ensemble.
First we must fine tune the detailing, and Jacobs does this perfectly, first with the bag. It is the perfect size, not too big, not too small, and it is structured which means that essential things will not be as easily lost to the bottomless pit (I know you all know how that feels). However, as well as being functional and practical for the frantic city it also exudes sleek and oozes chic. As well as this, Jacobs clearly understand the importance of time keeping at events such as Fashion Week, where sticking to schedules is of the utmost importance. He has offered up the idea of wearing our watches over our sleeves, so that we're never struggling to know what the time is and to ensure that we are never in the wrong place at the wrong time, because missing a show is simply not acceptable!
Selecting the right shoes is essential, particularly when you're about to endeavor upon a long and hectic day. The guys at Marc by Marc Jacobs strutted down the runway sporting worn converse-style trainers, what could be more perfect!? They're comfortable, durable, wont ruin in adverse weather conditions (because they're already ruined!) and they're effortlessly cool. However, if you'd rather not take this excuse to wear grungy trainers and want to emanate elegance from top to toe, then Jacobs' selection of heels is the perfect example to draw from. They're chunky and sturdy, allowing for stability and durability (since there is little chance of snapping your heel) and a lot more comfortable than thin and high stiletto heels.
This look form Marc by Marc Jacobs encapsulates my perfect idea of a NYFW outfit. Firstly, the jumper is ideal for winter, it will not only keep you warm, it is comfortable and cosy as well as radiating cool with the paneled colours. The trousers help to balance this outfit perfectly, they offset the 'casual comfort' nature of the knit jumper, creating a wonderful air of class and elegance. The shape of the trousers will grab a lot of attention, they cinch beautifully at the waist, the billowing and baggy shape and the cutoff create a beautiful silhouette and show a slash of leg and ankle, exuding sex appeal, but subtly. The bold colour choice only makes this look even more show-stopping.
Durability and Adaptability
The ideas and themes of this ideal Fashion Week ensemble transcend seasons, and can be easily adapted to New York in summer. Only two changes could be made, that is swapping a comfortable jumper for a comfortable t-shirt (Jacobs here adds a shiny satin design to create flare, showing that t-shirt most certainly does not mean boring!) and second, switching from cutoff, baggy, waist-cinching trousers, to a baggy, waist-cinching mid-length skirt. This style skirt is perfect for the hustle and bustle of the city as well as being a good length, in case of any rogue gusts of wind! Once again it offers a subtle sexy element to the ensemble. Note also that a bold colour choice applies to any season, because it instantly draws the spotlight and looks effortlessly chic. Jacobs' voluminous hair styling for the Marc by Marc Jacobs show is also worth adopting for your Fashion Week endeavors; with this style there is no need to worry about looking windswept (because it already does) and it is a style which embraces frizz all while completely encapsulating 70s glamour. Perfect!
I hope that you have all enjoyed these tips and ideas for handling Fashion Week and all of its stresses and turbulence! If you don't feel like listening to my tips because you feel that I don't have any authority on the matter, then listen to a master of the trade, Marc Jacobs, because let's face it he does know best!
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