This Was My Wild Experience Attending New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is nothing short of a marathon!

There are fashion shows, parties, presentations, dinners and meetings. It's actually quite daunting when you look at your schedule! In years past, I have covered fashion week from the media side, which means I went backstage to interview the designers and models before the show.

This season, I went as a fashion blogger and show "guest" for the first time. Even though I have been to fashion week 14 times before, this season felt special, because I was going solely to see the shows instead of working them backstage—which is also a very cool experience, might I add.

I decided to fly in a on Thursday, so I sadly missed Kanye's Season 4 Yeezy runway show and the Kendall and Kylie presentation (tear, tear). Flying from L.A. to N.Y. is literally an all-day affair, so after landing, I decided to take it easy and grab dinner at Lil' Frankies on the Lower East Side with an N.Y.-based friend. And, instead of staying in a hotel this season, I decided to book an AirBnB in the Lower East Side, which turned out to be awesome except for the three huge flights of stairs upon which I had to lug my unnecessarily large bags.

The first day of fashion week, for me, was Friday. I started off my day with meetings around the city, and man, it was hot. And humid. My cute waves quickly turned into a pony tail, and I instantly regretted wearing a leather jacket. There is a lot of shlepping around at fashion week, and I pulled an amateur move and forgot Band-Aids, which I wrote about here, and managed to get colossal blisters on both feet before 11:00 a.m. Wonderful.


 
After my meetings, I shot for my blog, and then headed down to the Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi spectacle. And when I say spectacle, I mean it. Tommy Hilfiger always knows how to put on a runway show, and this year, he collaborated on a line with supermodel Gigi Hadid that was nothing short of amazing.

 

The collection stayed true to Tommy's signature Americana aesthetic, but reinvented with militant accents. After the show, I headed home to get dolled up for the annual Harper's Bazaar ICONs party. This event is considered to be the Met Ball of Fashion Week. The who's who of fashion are always in attendance, and this year, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were the night's hosts—Kanye even treated everyone to a performance where he sang a medley of hits including, "Famous," and "All of the Lights."

 

The black tie event always takes place uptown at uber fancy The Plaza Hotel and is always a memorable night. I always feel very Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl every time I step into this hotel!

Reunited with my ❤️ @laurensofair #bazaaricons #NYFW

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This year, I chatted with Kaia Gerber in the bathroom (she is gorg) and spotted tons of other top models, including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Stella Maxwell and more. It was definitely a night to remember, I mean, Kanye even did a mic drop at the end of his set…

how bazaar

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There's only one Carine *mic drop* #bazaaricons

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Yeah. That happened. I also would like to add that my dinner consisted of a medley of appetizers at the #BazaarIcons party, and after around 1:00 a.m., I snacked on late night empanadas from a place called Empanada Mama—living like a true New Yorker!

The next day, Saturday, I woke up and got ready for another hot, outdoor N.Y.C. outing, but I didn't think I would actually be outside for a show! In case you missed it, I did an Instagram Stories takeover with Sweety High at the Rebecca Minkoff show, where she closed down Greene Street in SoHo for her #RunwaytoRetail collection!

unforgettable. thank you everyone for your support #myRM #RunwaytoRetail

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What I loved about her show is that everything was shoppable, so you can actually buy clothes featured on in runway show right away, instead of waiting six months for spring.

Rebecca Minkoff also had several big bloggers walk in her show instead of traditional models, like @SomethingNavy and @ChriselleLim. The only downfall of the event was the heat. Sitting outside for 45+ minutes is less than ideal, especially if you were wearing long sleeves and trousers like me. I know, I was way too optimistic for fall weather and definitely paid for it the whole time I was in the city.

After the show, I walked to the Crosby Hotel and met up with an old co-worker for coffee. Then, I managed to hit another show at 3:00 p.m., where I had a front row seat, and then jetted to another meeting at the Ludlow House with Chelsea from the blog @Truelane. The only thing left to do after a days worth of shows and meetings was to take my blog photos. And rest my poor feet. Ah, the life of a blogger!

Little ruffles on everything 😍 #NYFW #ltkxnyfw

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Now that you've gotten an inside look at what it's really like at NYFW, HERE are the only five shoes you need this fall to stay on trend!