Inside Edition: The Fashion Week Tents - Among Other Things

Inside Edition: The Fashion Week Tents

I’m kicking off New York Fashion Week early this morning at a few shows (catch them on Instagram) and the madness has only just begun. I still can’t believe it’s September!

After receiving such positive feedback from you guys on my How I Prep for Fashion Week post, I thought I’d share some additional tidbits on what happens when you actually go inside The Tents at Lincoln Center. (And if you’re familiar with the experience, I’d love to hear your take/some of your own experiences in the comments!)

Let’s do it:

Okay, we’re in! Once you’ve made your way uptown, you’ve changed your shoes (don’t be taking the subway in your cab-to-curb heels, girl), and you’ve navigated the street style madness, you arrive. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by an array of PR girls dressed in all-black. After you check-in, you’ll make your way to the dimly lit room for the show you’re seeing (titled either The Stage, The Box, The Studio or The Theater). Then, you wait. And then you wait some more.

If you’re not familiar with a runway show set-up, here’s a few good-to-know terms: Front of House is where the runway is, where the photographers are and where everyone sits to view the show (above). Then, there’s Back of House — hair and make-up, models, designers and producers. Also worth noting, the collections that designers are showing this season are for spring/summer 2014. Crazy, right?

Fashion shows never start on time (and you know I’m grateful for that if you caught this video). Fifteen or so minutes after it was scheduled to start, they’ll let you in the room. Then — you guessed it — you wait.

Who sits where? First, second and third rows are usually A-listers, press and journalists. If you don’t have an assigned seat, you stand in the back. Although you will tend to find a few rogue bloggers like myself who simply walk in, act like they know what they’re doing and sit down, hoping no one asks them to move. 

About three minutes before the lights dim, they’ll ask those attendees standing along the back to fill seats if there are any available. 

Let’s get to the good part. At this point, most people are positioned on the edge of their seats (or on their tip-toes) with their external battery-ridden iPhones raised. 

On average, shows last 7-10 minutes. Really, that’s all. Within that time span, I think I take maybe five or six breaths and about 30-40 photographs. I try to enjoy the collection live, but it’s a battle between being present and capturing everything to write about, recap and share with you guys.

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The second a show is done and the designer peeks out, waves hello and takes a bow, the energy explodes and everyone runs toward the door. 

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So, then what? In between shows, I usually scope an outlet, loiter outside observing the street style photogs, or head to a nearby coffee shop for iPad time. If I’m not commuting downtown to catch another show, that is. 

This is my third season at Fashion Week — the experience is still very much a dream. In fact, I probably have marks on my skin from this morning where I pinched my arm.

I’m going to share a number of posts with you on exactly what the next week brings (if you’re not into runway shows, don’t worry — there will be plenty of lifestyle updates, behind-the-scenes snaps and boozy stories to share), so check back often for updates — and please do tell me if there’s something in particular you’d like me to write about.

In the meantime, have you checked out Glam.com’s Fashion Week app for iPad? It features designer interviews, a home tour of Christian Siriano’s Manhattan home and so much more. I have a little feature in it, too! You can download it for free here.

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