I was granted the opportunity to experience something that I’ve been only dreaming to experience for years. Something that I had no idea was in my near future, at all…not even close.

I went to New York Fashion Week. Otherwise known as #nyfw on the thousands of Instagram posts that filled my feed last week. I have to say, my first time going I didn’t think I would be working. I naively imagined myself being front row and drooling at the pieces sweeping past me down the runway. Wronggggggg.

Instead I was backstage. In the thick of it all. No sleep, no full meals and no drooling in the front row. To be honest though, I’m glad that I got the backstage experience. I learned so much. Not just about the industry, but about myself and where I want to be within that chaotic world. Here’s a few things I took away from my first NYFW:

Lesson 1. My intuitions were correct – I would rather be sitting front row…drooling or not.

Lesson 2. People like Miranda Priestly really do exist. {Please refer to The Devil Wears Prada if you do not know wtf I’m talking about}

Lesson 3. Models really do barely eat anything…which then leads to actual fainting. Weird.

Lesson 4. Celebrities, designers and socialites are soooo much smaller in person than on tv, online or a magazine.

Lesson 5. Famous people are actually approachable. I thought certain people would be so, “Um, yeah you don’t have enough status to speak to me”. Turns out, I met a lot of really awesome people I have admired & who have inspired me for a long time. They were super down to earth. Shout out to Christina Milian for being so…normal.

Lesson 6. There are no boundaries during NYFW. If you’re the faint hearted…I wouldn’t suggest ever attending a Namilia show. One word for that…aggressive. Personally, I thought the “outside the box” aspect was cool, but you wouldn’t catch me in any of those designs. Noooppppeeeee.

Lesson 7. You meet a lot of knowledgable people. One of the biggest advantages of attending NYFW was all of the networking I was able to do. Introducing myself to bloggers I follow, designers whose work I love. Opportunities, man.

Lesson 8. New York City is magical. All of the diversity, chaos and beauty it holds. You can be who you want, wear what you want and do practically anything you’ve ever wanted. New York City knows no limits. Why should you?

I came back telling my family and friends that NYFW wasn’t what I expected. It was more. It was hectic, busy, inconvenient and mesmerizing. I mean that in both good and bad ways. All I know is this…I’m going to keep busting my ass, pushing through all the BS and working hard to achieve my goals. Hopefully with that, one day I’ll be sitting  front row. 

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Model Line Up: Backstage
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Namilia: Backstage
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Alice & Olivia Presentation
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First Looks: Backstage
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Hair & Makeup: Backstage

 

Xx Jaqlyn