Fashion Weeks

Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

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Fashion Weeks

Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

 

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The hotel

My flight landed late and I missed my very first fashion show of the season, but arriving at the Iroquois Hotel lifted my spirits when I was able to grab some warm apple cider in the lobby, check in to my gorgeous suite right away, and watch that very show live online. Staying at a midtown location was such a score – the subway was steps away, and I could get to any show within 20 minutes – pretty much a miracle if you ask me, since venues were either way downtown or way uptown. Iroquois New York Hotel (rates vary), at triumphhotels.com. READ MORE: Basket bags and what we'd put in them

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The bed

My bed quickly became my favourite NYC spot after long days running around from show to show while enduring possibly one of the coldest weeks I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t wait to come back to my soundproof windowed midtown oasis – a.k.a my suite – where all I could hear was the sound of my own thoughts as I reviewed each day’s lineup of shows all over again from the comfort of my own bed. I definitely forgot I was right by Times Square every night when falling asleep. The walk-in closet was possibly my second favourite NYC spot, where all the extra clothes I had to pack for a full week of shows fit beautifully. Add the jacuzzi tub and my very own private living room-sized office to that list, and anyone would understand why I had a hard time leaving my room most nights after the shows. Except maybe for the Alexander Wang and Jeremy Scott after-parties, of course. READ MORE: Meet the #WangSquad

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The breakfast

Fashion people do eat: a French-style breakfast was my fuel every morning before stepping out to super early backstage call times. Chef Florian Wehrli at Triomphe Restaurant created the perfect Eggs Florentine which became my staple every morning. The much needed and balanced ratio of greens, carbs and protein kept me going for many hours before I could sit down to eat again at say, 4pm. True story. Triomphe Restaurant at the Iroquois New York Hotel, triumphhotels.com. READ MORE: Cara Delevingne in Chanel's new campaign

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The beauty pop-up

I lucked out that PRIV, an on-demand beauty service, partnered with Triumph Hotels during NYFW and offered complimentary make up touch ups and quick manis on the go. I stopped by and got a much needed polish and total beauty refresh in between shows within 15 minutes. I opted for a neutral colour from the hotel's signature shade range, for a look that lasted all week. PRIV on-demand beauty, www.gopriv.com. READ MORE: The best accessories from NYFW fall 2016

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The venues

Sunglasses at shows are not just for Anna anymore. The lights inside the venues can blind just about anyone. I tried wearing sunglasses at the Marissa Webb show and could see all the clothes and detail without any eye strain. I won’t lie that it can be challenging to wear them while taking pictures, videos and snapchatting, but if you master the ability to do it all while wearing sunnies indoors then you’re definitely on your way to sitting front row. READ MORE: Yeezy Season 3 summarized in 9 pictures

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The sunglasses

These Fendi cat eye sunglasses are perfect for indoors – not too heavy, not too reflective, they are modern yet retro, and update just about any outfit you could possibly be wearing. Fendi cateye sunglasses ($495 USD), at net-a-porter.com. READ MORE: Lady Gaga walks the Marc Jacobs runway

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The shoes

What’s on the runway and what’s on your feet are two very different things during fashion week. The trick is to wear shoes you love but that are capital "C" comfortable. That can be a challenge if you are a platform-loving gal like me, but I discovered that a pointy toe bootie can have a similar effect on lengthening my look for pictures (tricks of the trade), and a classic camel colour goes with everything. Tabitha Simmons suede booties ($795 USD), at tabithasimmons.com. READ MORE: How runway disrupters are changing the meaning of fashion week

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The goodies

Backstage is like a bag of tricks: you learn so much and collect all kinds of knowledge that goes beyond fashion. This season, the models had one big stop before heading to make up: the skin treatment station. Backstage at the BCBGMAXAZRIA show, I learned that a quick mask treatment is a must. Lancer’s new mask of vegan stem cell complex infuses the skin with moisture and plumpness and within literally minutes, every model had angel skin. It was essential for me to take a sample and try this magic angel skin trick on myself. If my skin looks like a baby’s bottom, you'll now know why. Lancer Lift & Plump Sheet Mask, available in April, set of four for $120 at lancerskincare.com. READ MORE: Meet fall 2016's newest It-Girl

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The front row comic interlude

The coat was the most important piece of clothing this NYFW. Everyone needs to stay warm and stylish, but when I ran into Perez Hilton at the Jeremy Scott show, I realized some coats are worn for more than just practicality and style. Sometimes, the goal is to make a statement: Attention, attention, Perez is sitting here, please take a picture. And so I did. If it's not obvious in the picture to the left, he is wearing bubble gum pink tights under his coat. No big deal. It is Jeremy's show after all. READ MORE: All your favourite celebs were at NYFW

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Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week

The coat

A great topper is the first and last most important thing to get right if you want to survive fashion week. You'll want something warm but not too hot or you’ll sweat to death inside the venues, and sometimes taking your coat off is not an option because of the minimal space in between you and the next editor. I literally melted and had to redo my hair in between shows when I wore anything too heavy indoors. Plus it is not flattering to have your coat off sitting around your body in pictures either, trust me. A warm trench coat can be the answer, because it's classic yet directional. And voila, you survived! Junya Watanabe pleated trench coat ($1,040 USD), at net-a-porter.com. READ MORE: The best coats from NYFW fall 2016

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Fashion Weeks

Our Fashion Director’s guide to surviving New York Fashion Week