This past February I had the privilege to go to my first New York Fashion week. I had been to New York during fashion week before, but never had the opportunity to work a show, and it has always been a dream of mine.
New York during fashion week is amazing. The city streets are flooded with the best high street fashion you will ever see. Inspiration is everywhere.
The call time to work the show was 7am. Anyone who knows me knows that mornings are not my thing...but I can make it work for fashion week. I worked for Christopher Palu's show. He has been on Project Runway twice, once for his first season and second for the All-stars season. Admittedly, I have never seen the show, nor heard of him. When he walked in the room to greet us, he was so kind and grateful we were there for his first presentation for fashion week.
Everyone always asks me, "How did you make it into to fashion week? It's so hard to get in." And that's true, getting into fashion week is a hard task, but thankfully Wella has a class where you learn the skill sets you'll need to work backstage. After taking Wella's class, their Top Artist, Aubrey Loots, takes you to work the shows with his team. We all received our call sheets with the style we were to create, a low, sleek ponytail. Once we started working on our models, time flew by; it felt like the fastest two hours of my life. When we stood back and had all 20 models lined up together, they all blended together perfectly.
Fashion week is hard work, and no one gets paid--which is what I love the most about it. People coming from all over the world work solely, because they love what they do and are passionate about it.
All in all my first fashion week was a blast. I got to meet tons of new people and I learned a lot. Hopefully there are many more fashion weeks to come.