How Fashion Editors Survive New York Fashion Week
When all you need is a glass of sauvignon blanc.
You’ve probably heard somewhere that fashion week is underway. Which means fashion editors, buyers, and stylists (and us, too), are spending their days running (or cabbing or subwaying) from show to show. Follow them on their social media accounts and you’ll see that they’re in the front row at Altuzarra or attending a *certain* five-year anniversary party. But what happens between shows? We asked some of our friends who will actually be pounding the pavement, what they bring with them, their sanctuaries around New York when all they need is a coffee or a glass of wine, and how they otherwise occupy themselves between the shows.
Rickie De Sole
Fashion Market & Accessories Director, W Magazine
“I do not travel light during fashion week! My work day is much longer during fashion week, which means I need to carry everything I’ll need from sunrise to sunset in one handbag—not always an easy task! These are the essentials: iPhone, a mini bag of Billy’s Infinity sprouted almonds, La Mer lip gloss, Tic-Tacs, a Smythson mini notebook and pen, a phone charger, and a travel bottle of Tom Ford Black Orchid perfume.
“I am excited to have Spring Place open this season. I love the restaurant and bar there—it’s perfect anytime of the day for a juice, coffee or drink. So many shows have moved to that area, and it’s a very convenient place for meetings or killing time between events. Cookshop is a fashion week go-to for me as the location cannot be beat. Its right on 10th Avenue near a lot of the shows, so I try to see friends for a quick brunch on the weekend between events. La Sirena is good too for an outside spot near Milk Studios.
“My fashion week is all about trying to be in 10 places at once so being able to get where I’m going fast is key. I definitely prefer the comfort of a car but appreciate the speed of the train. I really take it all!
“Since wmag.com relaunched last month it has become my new homepage. I read The New York Times and WWD every morning on my way to shows to check reviews and any fashion related news. Thanks to Sarah Rutson I discovered @gianlucavacchi on Instagram earlier this summer—a sure way to keep my team smiling between shows!”
“I always have Chapstick, lavender oil, and Make red matte lipstick on me. And depending on the size of my bag I usually have a moleskine calendar (I'm analogue) and a pencil case with yellow automatic pencil, a highlighter, and uniball 500 pen.
“It depends on where I am, but between shows I try to go anywhere that has a matcha latte—that makes me sound like a basic bitch, but I truly am addicted. I love the color...
“I prefer walking (I don't really wear heels that often so it's okay for me). And often times I take the subway—I'm a born and bred New Yorker so I can navigate the subway system like a champ. But I also love Uber and will never say no to ride when I run into my friends who work for places that provide them with car transport.
“I'm a little slow with technology, but I catch up on Instagram, The New York Times, The Cut, WWD, BoF. I literally don't understand Snapchat and none of my friends will break it down for me.”
Megan Bowman Gray
Stylist; Cofounder, The Vernacular
“I try to keep my bag pretty minimal… phone, chapstick, lipstick, coffee and a snack, money, hand lotion, and a Mophie for the inevitable one bar.
“We always make a run to juice press to rehydrate and go to any coffee shop nearby. Chelsea Market is great when you are at Milk for a few hours.
“I try to sync my calendar with my friends during fashion week so we can always meet up before or after the shows. Sometimes we make it to a café but normally it is the glamorous streets of NYC. I try to walk as much as possible when the weather is accommodating. We take cars when we can and the traffic isn’t too crazy.
“In between shows I catch up on Vogue, Garance Dore Studio, Tommy Ton, Phil Oh, and all my friends’ Instagrams. It is always fun to see their day and see the shows through their perspective.”
Senior Fashion Market Editor, Cosmopolitan
“[I carry] lipstick, lipgloss, wipes, tickets, a portable charger, gum, ID, and credit card. Those are the essentials for me. Everything else I can go without.
“Between shows I get coffee at Chelsea Market and meet friends at the nearest bar—whatever is closest to the next show.
“I usually take a taxi or car. I barely ever take the train during fashion week. I am always in a heel and in a rush. A car just makes more sense.
“I catch up with Complex and The Cut between shows. Also DailyMail for a break from fashion.”
Chief Executive & Fashion Director, Tank Magazine
“I always have nuts, my Mophie extra battery, Glossier Balm Dot Com, a Byredo perfume oil stick.
“I get from show to show by my driver Ibrahim! And catch up on the BBC and @BecauseMagazine.”