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INSIDER’S GUIDE | 10 secrets to surviving fashion week

1. Getting on the list You know that whole fake-it-til-you-make-it adage? Well you’ve already made it this far—there’s no sense in letting a small hiccup like not being on a list stop you from attaining a coveted seat or heading backstage at the hottest shows. If you act like you’re supposed to be somewhere, most people will just assume that you are. Or you could just slip quietly past the red tape as a PR girl with a clipboard frantically searches for your name on “the list”. Godspeed.

2. Bring help No matter how it looks from the outside, covering Fashion Week is a DIY experience. Enlist the services of those around you to get ready: an intern to organize your schedule and ensure that your runway invitations arrive safely and on time in your hotel room. Or possibly a significant other to navigate the winding streets of Paris—whatever it takes.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard goes to WMCFW s/s 2016. Toronto, October 2015.

3. Make friends with cab drivers Since we’ve determined that a) you’re not Anna Wintour, and b) you’re responsible for organizing your own travel, your next bet is to befriend a cabbie to make sure that they get you from shows at the Lincoln Center to an obscure warehouse in Brooklyn on time. Smile, and tip well. On another note, a model at NYFW once told us that a cab driver dumped his passenger to give her a lift, so having a runway friend handy probably helps.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard goes to WMCFW s/s 2016. Toronto, October 2015.

4. Flats are also your friends Racing around the frantic backstage area, elbowing your way through the horde of beauty editors to chat with hair gurus (Guido Palau, Orlando Pita) and face-painting makeup artists (Dick Page, Pat McGrath) as they transform models can be exhausting—doing it in heels all day long, is masochism.

5. Dress for the elements Speaking of torture, hailing a cab in the midst of a snowstorm to make it to a showroom appointment that started 20 minutes ago is barely survivable when dressed appropriately. Think layers—oversized coats, chunky knits and tech-friendly gloves are totally justified here, friends.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

Article via ellecanada.com


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