New York Fashion Week 2018

February 21, 2018

It doesn't matter who you are, if you are into fashion, it is a D R E A M to attend THEE New York Fashion Week! If you currently follow me on social media, then you already know that I had the opportunity to attend for the first time. 

It's amazing how the universe works because just five months ago, I wrote about how to experience the notorious well-known event. With only six weeks to plan, my friend and stylist Alysha Williams of Fetch Fashions, decided to buy a plane ticket and make it work! There was nothing but space and opportunity right in front of us to check this off of our bucket list. 

I managed to over-pack, get business cards printed and as you can tell from the home page, revamp my logo! Thanks to Custom Touch Designz, based in Charlotte, N.C., who worked with me to bring my vision to life because it made me feel more credible as a creative and entrepreneur. 

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If this experience taught me anything, it's taught me to prepare. My favorite quote is "stay ready so you won't have to get ready!" I can apply this inspirational phrase to all facets of my life. Whether it's brushing my hair before running to the grocery story, keeping an updated resume, or carrying cash just in case my card isn't accessible. Being prepared is essential, especially in a time when everything moves so fast, so quickly. 

As soon as we found out we were attending Fashion Week, we knew we needed a plug. If you aren't familiar with the term, it means a connection, a way in, an access point, all that. Phone calls were made, emails were sent and before we knew it, we had media credentials and a place to stay! I don't know how many times I can say this in each post but it's about networking, people!!

Work the room, maintain contacts, reach out to your friends who occupy the spaces you want to frequent.

 

As Alysha and I navigated the city, got lost in the city, ate in the city, and dominated the city, I realized my level of appreciation and pride I felt. The two of us could have made the decision to attend New York Fashion Week next year or thought small and attended the fashion week in our own city. Instead, we were decisive and intentional on making this trip happen. We chose to focus on the resources we had to create a strategy, not the resources we lacked. 

Take a look at our triumphs from that weekend and tell me in the comments how you will create a strategy in the next two months!

 

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NYFW: How to Get the Behind the Scenes Exclusive

All this weekend, the Southeast along with myself, prepared for Miss Irma's arrival. It hasn't quite affected my area but I would have preferred to partake in the notorious New York Fashion Week! Of course with live streams (InStyle), runway applications on my phone (WGSN), and social media I felt like I was front row at Philip Plein myself! If you're not familiar with that designer, I'm sure you saw Teyana Taylor and her EPIC performance at his show. 

 

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Take a look at the Instagram accounts I follow that give me the inside scoop, along with black girl magic, who happen to be industry professionals! These women are people who set tone for working in the apparel and beauty industry. Following them allows me to go backstage, see the Fenty x Puma collection up close and personal, and their outfit changes first hand! But it's not all business with these ladies! They know how to party, serve looks, and BRUNCH! TALK. ABOUT. GOALS. I highly suggest you follow their social media accounts to get a true look into their daily lives as they attend events, travel, and hang out with some of your favorite celebrities. A lot of them are friends, too! My 10-year goal: be just as successful and powerful as these women. 

Ade Samuel - Designer, Stylist

www.adesamuel.com

@adesamuel

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Aurora James - Creative Director, Brother Vellies

www.brothervellies.com

@aurorajames

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Shiona T - Shiona Turini Contributor Editor, The Cut

www.Shionaturini.com

@shionat

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Danielle Prescod - Lifestyle Editor, BET.Com

@danielleprescod

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Nikki Ogunnaike - Fashion Features Director, Elle.com

@Nikkiogun

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Tamu Mcpherson - Photographer + Contributing Editor

www.alltheprettybirds.com

@tamumcpherson

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Nicole Chapoteau - Fashion Director, Allure

@Chapoteau 

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Chrissy Rutherford - Senior Digital Editor, Harper's Bazaar US

@Chrissyford

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Tiffany Reid - Senior Fashion Market Editor, Cosmopolitan Magazine

@tiffanyreid

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Aleali May - Image Consultant + Model + Blogger

www.alealimay.com

@Alealimay

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Siraad Dirshe- Beauty Editor, Essence

@dirshe 

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Rajni_Jacquese - Fashion Director, Teen Vogue

@rahni_jacques

www.Rajnijacques.com

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Briana Wilson - Creator of Matte Brand/Girls Working

@eenahsanairb @mattebrand @girlsworking

www.shopmatte.com

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Tatiana Price - Model, Owner of Skin Buttr

@tatianaelizabethh

Skinbuttr.com

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Fashion Bomb Daily- Creator @ClaireSulmers

@Fashionbombdaily

www.fashionbombdaily.com

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June Ambrose - Costume Designer/Creative Director

@juneambrose

www.juneambrose.com

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Elaine Welteroth - Editor in Chief, Teen Vogue

@elainewelteroth

www.teenvogue.com

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